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Another Vintage Honda

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by 19-2, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. 19-2

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    Just traded into yet another vintage Honda. This one is a 1974 CB 350F. Exelent condition. Need to paint the tank and pick up the front turn sigs. Have a question. If you have a gas tank with an oil can type dent with no paint chipped, how can you air up the tank to pop it out?
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  2. AirCav

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    Cool bike. Looks like original pipes, sweet.
     

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    Yes the pipes are original, they are stamped with the factory markings. Someone told me that the pipes were worth more than the bike. Don't quite believe that. They haven't even turned color or have any rust. The only thing I will re-do on the bike is repaint the tank and side covers. Someone painted over the stripes and that is a must fix for me. I found a place to buy the original stripes and Honda plates for the tank and covers. I'll do a before and after picture when I am finished. Do you have or have you had a vintage bike?
     
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    Very nice. I love vintage bikes in great shape.
     
  5. epsylum

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    That's a parrallel twin right?

    My Dad's first bike was a CB 175. He said it got like 70mpg.
     
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    No it's a 350 four cyl.
     
  7. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

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    Sweet. I bet that thing revs pretty good.

    I want a CB400F pretty badly.

    edited to add:

    ah missed the "F" part of your bikes name in your first post.
     
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    A 4oo would be sweet.
     
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    Markcuda A gun a month

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    I sure hope you are going to replace the rear tire ;)
     
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    Nice!!!My first bike was a CB450. It was a parallel twin patterned after Triumphs.....
     
  11. Timothy658

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    My dad used to have a mid 70's 550 4 cylinder, and that is what Id like for my next bike to be. Very cool!
     
  12. AirCav

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    I don't think that I own any right now. If I'm not careful, my 1983 CB1100F is going sneak into that category soon. Time flies!



    I've also owned a CB550K and a CB750F but I didn't think of them as vintage when I was riding them. ;f

    Someday, I would love to find a nice dark blue 1975 CB400F Super Sport. They had 4 into 1 pipes, rear-sets and had the low bars from the factory. Those were way cool!

    My dad was a Honda mechanic in the 70's when I was a kid. When he retired a few years ago, he started buying old project bikes to fix up and sell. He really enjoyed it and it kept him out of trouble. He even started riding again after about a twenty year layoff.



    His last project was a Honda 350F like yours. After all those years and all of those bikes, he told me that the little four cylinder Honda was his favorite. He scrounged up two of them, one with a title, and an extra engine. The idea was to build one nice bike from all the parts and pieces. He'd started buying a few various ebay parts for the project but hadn't really started tearing into it. Unfortunately, he died about this time last year. ~sd

    I wish that I had a happier ending but I don't. If that bike would have been close to done, I would have finished it for him. The way it was, I didn't have the time or a way to get the parts to my place, a thousand miles away.



    I did keep his ST1100. That was the bike that really got him back into distance riding. He loved that thing and put over 10,000 miles on it during the seven or eight months he had it.


    One last picture. With my mom and dad. We traveled around Lake Superior that year. (with me sleeping in between them most of the way) ;f



    Sorry about the big downer/hijack but you can see why the picture of your bike and your post caught my attention. 'Tis the season.

    By the way, those pipes on your bike are very rare. They probably are worth more than the rest of the bike if they are in good condition. Those four-pipe setups that Honda used didn't get hot enough to keep condensation out and they rusted real bad.

    Again, cool bike. Good luck with it. If you've still got a dad, give him a hug. ;)
     
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    Those are some great looking bikes. The main thing you have are the wonderful pictures and memories of your Pop. Keep them alive by shareing them with everyone you can. My dad past away 3 month ago. I'm going through a bad guilt thing as we didn't speek to one another for 14 years. Now he's gone and I live with it. I would say that anyone that reads these posts to take it to heart, call your Dad's
    My Best, Jess
     
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    Boy, this thread really brings back good memories.

    My first bike loooooooong ago was a used Honda CB350 Twin like this 1973 pic I found on the net; same plum/purple color. What a great little bike!

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    AirCav,

    my 84 GPz 1100 falls into the "vintage" japanese bike catagory, so I bet yours does too.

    You know what I mean about the CB400F. The headers on those things are beautiful.
    the attachment has a pic of one

    Here's my GPz since we are on the topic of vintage japanese bikes.

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    oops

    CB400F, not mine but wish it was
     
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    Markcuda A gun a month

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    19-2, I have not spoke with my dad for 8 years and this September we started talking again :cool:
    Tons of people told me to make up but I had to do what a person has to do.
    I went 8 years and finaly one day, it was time
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    Man those 350 and 400 F Fours. What Fun ,and I also remember those turbine grips on that 350 four . Without leather work gloves, they were torture. Good luck and ride safe.
     
  20. AirCav

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    19-2: Thanks for the good thoughts, Jess.

    Beautiful ride, epsylum. I remember them well. Along with the Suzuki 1100E's. ;) Superbikes in their heyday. ^c


    I love that 400F, too. What a pretty bike. I knew a guy that had a blue one back in the day.
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    whogasak47: Nice collection. A man after my own heart. I just need to find more time to ride.

    I think that the Interceptors spelled the doom of the great inline F's. The 1100cc displacement was probably near the design limits of the F's engine. The same clutch that was designed for the 750F's, was marginal on the 900F and was abused horribly on the 1100Fs. I've got a Motorcyclist magazine article from OCT '83 that featured a Vance & Hines built street 1100F. The clutch and lower end design were the limiting factors on the project. They did go 10.80 @129 vs 11.38 @ 118 stock, their Pro-stock 1100F went 8.40 @157! ;f (Nowadays we've got bone stock 600's going 10.70 or faster!)

    It was interesting to page through that magazine from 1983. The "centerfold" was a V45 Interceptor that they chose as "Motorcycle of the Year". Also saw a full-page ad for the Kawasaki Turbo GPZ750. Remember that one? Wow!