Archive for the ‘cb350’ Tag

1971 Honda CL350 Cafe Racer

This is a really nice little cafe racer. I say little with respect, as I will soon be starting on an SL350 cafe project, so I gotta give the small-bores their props. Additionally, this bike has been done up very cleanly and has a unique paint scheme to boot.

One of the things I like the most about this bike is the fact that no aspect of the chosen aesthetic (cafe racer) has been left out. Yes, it has a stock tank, but it has been painted suitably. It’s got a nice seat, clip-ons, and rear-sets even! And the paint job with the cream-colored frame is unique. I can’t recall having seen this before. Are there too many stickers on the tank? That’s for each of us to decide according to personal preference. But overall, a great build-up!

As I write this, it is only selling for $1,020, but reserve hasn’t been met and there are 4 days left in the auction. I am sure that this bike will end the auction well above…, hmmm, $2,500. But it’s impossible to know where the seller has set reserve. Your guess is as good as mine…

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Nice CB350T Race Bike

Here’s a nice AHRMA race bike being built by the folks at OhioCafeRacers.com and posted in the forums at CafeRacer.net. I like all the detail work that has gone into the build. I especially find the hand-built front fender pretty sweet!

They have also built a nice street version of this bike, as well. I’ll post that one soon…

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1970 Honda CB350

I found this Honda CB350 on eBay, and I almost think I shouldn’t be posting it here. It is really nice as is. It isn’t restored per se, it is just in really good condition.

That being said, it would make a really good basis for a cafe racer project. Just think, you could start with a clean motorcycle, not some rusted out garage find that will take a month of elbow grease just to get it prepped for the build (let alone start attaching cool parts to it like a seat or rear-sets). And you could ride it before starting the tear-down. And maybe, just maybe, you would decide not to convert it as it is too nice for that…

Honda CB350F Cafe Racer

Here is a fairly standard build of a CB350 four-cylinder cafe racer. The seat goes well with the tank, it’s got reasonably sticky tires, clubman bars are fitted, and the pipe is a nicely upswept 4-into-1 piece of kit that has been blacked out.

But… it is still running standard position foot pegs. And it has the all-to-familiar flat black paint job.

Additionally, the seller is also selling a much more interesting Kawasaki drag bike, but the spelling in that listing looks like an offshore scammer trying to dump a stock-photo slathered GSXR1000. Weird, because this listing was written reasonably well by eBay standards.

Either bike from this seller is a decent buy if you can get past any trepidations you might have at the possible scammy implications of the writing in the drag bike listing. And I will admit that a nice revvy CB350F might be just the bike for me…


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Polished Aluminum Cafe Racer Tank

I think I have posted before that the tank can make or break the look of a cafe racer. It is the biggest problem with my Sportster. The peanut tank is, well, a peanut tank. True/pure cafe racers don’t generally have peanut tanks.

So if that’s a problem that your bike faces as well, this tank might just be the solution. The seller has a number of cafe-related parts up for sale on eBay with this being one of the nicer items. He does mention a dimple in the tank somewhere, but apparently it is small enough that the camera has trouble picking it up. I’m not an expert at mounting custom gas tanks, but there appears to be enough room in the tunnel for a fairly robust frame backbone.

8 hours left in this auction. Good luck!


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Homemade CafĂ© Racer Seat (CB750 or ???)

Here’s a pretty cool homemade cafe racer seat. Made with a steel pan, it should be plenty strong regardless of what bike it is on or how it is mounted. The riveted and polished aluminum rear cowl is a nice touch. Better yet, you can tell your friends you made it yourself!

Currently at $76 on eBay with about 4 hours left…


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BMW R-Series Cafe Racer Seat

For your perusal, a fiberglass cafe racer seat for BMW R-Series models. The bikes pictured below are pretty sweet, an that is a good looking cafe seat on them. These bikes are generally as reliable as can be, and they build up into really nice cafe racers. The bikes can be bought for a reasonable sum, and there are lots of them still around.

The listing claims fitment for 1973-1984 R90/6 and R100/7 models, plus fitment to some other beemers, Hondas, and Yamahas that may require some fiberglass trimming. The price ($155 + $20 shipping) seems mostly reasonable compared to the other offerings out there, and the feedback for these seats has been good. If you have one of these seats on your bike, send me a pic and a description and I’ll post it!


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Decent Scrambler Pipes for CB350 / CL350 / SL350

Here are some decent high pipes for the Honda 350 twins from the early 1970s. If you are building a cafe racer, and want something a bit different, this would do the trick. Seller seems to be honest with the description of the pipes, including a small scuff on the upper pipe. 1 day left on the item. Click to see more photos…


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CB350 Cafe Racer – Kinda Crazy!!!

Here’s a bike that is pretty cool, and not quite done…

Up for your perusal is a 1973 Honda CB350 that has been (to quote the seller) turned into a “mutant” bike. It is kinda half way between a cafe racer and a Zero Engineering chopper. Still needs some stuff done to it for completion, but nothing too major.

The coolness of this bike comes down to the soft spot I have in my heart for springer front-ends. How many CB350s are there with springer forks on them? Probably only one. This one…


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