1971 CB350 Cafe Racer
Here's one cafe racer from North Carolina!
The affordable Honda CB350 seemed ideally suited to this project. The only original major parts remaining are the frame, engine, and swing arm.
The front end was lifted entirely – triples, forks, and wheel - from a CB400F that had been modified to race at the club level at Laconia/Loudon. It’s a very nice upgrade over the stock items and has the bonus of a pretty good drilled disc brake. The rear wheel is also from a CB400F. The wheels are wrapped with Michelin Macadams. Both are 100/90-18. Unfashionably skinny these days – especially on the rear – but the small section quickens the handling nicely while the modern compound is vastly grippier than the venerable old K-81s or Gold Seals. The shocks are vintage Red Wings. The bike is sprung for the average size male American rider - - 180 lb. or so.
The tank is a fiberglass unit from an old Triumph flat-tracker. To make it work both functionally and aesthetically with the Honda frame, the bottom was cut out and fitted with a modified version for proper fit. The tail piece was also modified to fit as well as uplolstered for comfortability.
A brand new set of Mikuni 32mm VM round-slides replaced the stock CB carbs with pod filters and Dunstall-replica silencers.
The engine is dead stock and in robust health – 155 and 150 lb. compression.
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