Monthly Archives: November 2010

Honda CB350

Sorry about the lack of posts but I’ve been on a general hiatus from the internet due to me having a lot going on right now…one of which is my somewhat newly acquired ’72 CB350 which I’ve been working on endlessly and riding here and there.  I got it non-operational and after lots of late nights, big frustrations, soiled denim, acid eaten shirts, a million kick starts, tons of reading and even more learning, I’ve got her up and running fairly well.  There’s still lots of room for improvement (it’s a 40 year old bike with nearly all stock parts and not a lot of maintenance) but I’m happy with it for the time being.  I will eventually do a full tear-down/rebuild, but I need to ride it around and enjoy it for a bit.

These bikes look great stock and are an obvious candidate for a killer cafe racer.  I’m not really sure where I’m going to go with it at the moment, but I’m thinking probably something between a cafe and a brat.  We’ll see.  Anyhow, vintage motorcycles have been my growing obsession over the last year or so, mostly due to influence from several friends who ride/fix them up and sites like Southsiders (who I just found out linked this site :)).  It’s a nearly primal instinct in a man to be attracted to motorcycles, and once you get on one and furthermore, get your hands dirty and start working on them, the lure is undeniable.  Since I’m drawn to pretty much all things vintage, vintage motorcycles have grown to be a pretty serious obsession of mine.  Now I just need to learn some welding and fabrication skills (anyone wanna teach me?) Can’t wait for my next one!

P.S. I’m thinking of going back and documenting some of the work I’ve done on the bike here in case anyone is interested.  I for one have benefited a whole lot from people doing the same.