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My new 72 CL350

Picked up a 1972 CL350 this morning. Purchased it from the second owner who purchased it in 1975 it has 10,997 miles on it as of delivery today. Overall decent shape and complete. Lots of little rust and corrosion/oxidation, looks better in the pictures than in person but I am very happy with what I have to start with. Pipes are solid, tank has been sealed about 6 years ago and carbs have been changed from the looks of it due to damage from tank. I will have to try to identify them. No major plans for now besides to clean it up some and do all of the maintenance and getting it a little more road worthy maybe some bars and grips. Hasn't been registered for the street in a few years.




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Awesome find. The best thing you can do to make an old Honda look better is to rattle can the kickstand. Makes a day and night difference in appearance.
Haha that a good tip. I didn't even notice till you pointed it out.

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Great find! I love the look of those long and high CL pipes. Good luck with the restoration.
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Well previous owner told me they replaced the carbs and though they were different, but they are stock they were just rebuilt 6 years ago. Well I had to take them apart though I had a sticking needle valve, turns out the float on the one side was re-soldered didn't hold up and took on some fuel. Stole one from another set of carbs I had to get her up and running. Funny thing is when I test drove it and picked it up it was ok. I am thinking the ride home in the back of the truck maybe caused it to let go. Oh well ordered a replacement from work to complete the other carbs again. Probably do the valve adjustment, point gap/inspection, oil change, and cam chain tensioner adjustment on friday before work. It was also missing the rubber bumper on the center stand causing the center stand to rub on the chain when it was up. Ordered that as well. Lubed the cables, found where the clutch cable was rubbing against the triple clamp as the lube was shooting out the hole. Replace the clutch lever as it was a little bent with a spare I had. Removed the backrest rack assy. for now. While taking that off I didn't notice the nut holding the left shock on had been replaced at one point with nylock nut. DUMBASS use a coarse thread SAE bolt, had to run a dye back over it to fix it and replace the nut and washer with the correct one. Want to get everything in proper working order before any real cosmetic improvements.

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Hah don't u just love finding those idiot P.O. "fixes"? I encountered too many to count
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Well got all the basics done on the bike oil, carbs, cleaned petcock, points, valve adjustment. Got it running pretty good. Was swapping the seat off of my 73 project that has been on the back burner so the wife could reach the ground comfortably so she could ride it. Decided to swap out the front fender with the 73 well found leaky fork seals and one thing led to another now the wheels are dis-assembled and the forks are apart. I will get pics up soon of the progress. Been a little slow but coming along. Pics to follow.

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Few pics of the progress

Forks coming off the bike


Left side washed up right side after a little polishing didn't buff them yet not sure if I want to.


Rear rim during dis-assembly


Front spokes left untouched rear spokes right after some cleaning don't want to replace as this build is on a buget


Rear hub, rim, and some other bits. they were sandblasted and painted with epoxy paint. Pretty happy so far with the durability of the paint just have to let it cure for days before doing anything with it. Laced the rear up today and trued it. Front still has a few days to cure before I can lace it up.

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Oh and Dave13 the kickstand is in the last pic on the right side.

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It'll do it for sure... just put your left foot in the huge luggage rack.

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Very nice. Good job. I just picked up a 1971 CL 350 recently. It runs and everything. It just needs some TLC, most notably front brake, electric start and new battery. Other than that it is ride able.













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Hey Blah Blah Blah are your pegs even on both sides from front to back? Not sure if mine was bent or thats how it was designed. They are different from my 72 to my 73. 73 is in a different position and has the shifter mounted directly to the shift shaft.

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The bike is stored at my friend's house in Skokie. Next time I go work on the bike, I'll take measurements and get back to you.

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Alright thanks. Just looking down at them from the top it was pretty obvious that one was placed further forward than the other.

Been making some progress on the bike. Got both rims laced up and tires back on. Both forks are mostly done with new seals, oil and most of the polishing done. Just have to do a finish polish on them. Took off the triple clamp to put in a set of All Balls tapered bearing, while it was off I cut of the parking lock on the triple to clean it up some. Got that sandblasted and just have to paint it.

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Well one thing led to another and...

Just got the frame back from the powder coater.





Started to assemble last night didn't get to far as I am taking my time and cleaning, greasing, refinishing parts as I go. Also replacing some bolts, washer, and nuts with some stainless hardware I have.Plan to get the chassis together with harness and in roller state, then I have to refinish the motor. Still have a lot to do it has been on the back burner as I insulated my garage and have picked up another project in the meantime.

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I feel for ya smurph. The RD is in one zillion parts in 50 miles in any direction from my house. But my project is coming along well. It looks like yours is too. See you on Wednesday.
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I feel for ya smurph. The RD is in one zillion parts in 50 miles in any direction from my house. But my project is coming along well. It looks like yours is too. See you on Wednesday.
Yeah at least all my parts are here. I just noticed I didn't post pics of the wheels. Not the best pics but you get the idea.




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This is coming along very nicely! Keep the pics coming!
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That's looking great! I had a '72 CB350 back in the day and it was tight and solid. I'm working on a '72 CB500 now.

Who did your powder coating?

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That's looking great! I had a '72 CB350 back in the day and it was tight and solid. I'm working on a '72 CB500 now.

Who did your powder coating?
PowderTek in Round Lake. I have known the owner for a while and have seen some of his work before and thought I would get him to tackle this for me. He started the business a few years ago so not as well known as others in the area, but I would imagine that will change with word of mouth. I couldn't be more pleased with the work. He has a nice shop with some very nice equipment/ovens and doesn't cut corners.

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