Project 1970 Honda CB350 — Part VIII

It's time for the big reveal: Our 1970 Honda CB350 is finally done!

| November/December 2016

  • Our 1970 Honda CB350.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Our 1970 Honda CB350 is back together: We may be biased, but we think it looks great.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Rechromed shifter assembly looks better than new.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • New paintwork by Marbles Motors is just excellent. The color scheme is the stock Candy Gold/White, which was a 1970-only option, the other two being Candy Blue Green/White and Candy Ruby Red/White.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Hagon shocks look right.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Switchgear wears non-stock satin black paint.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • We had the original header pipes, starter lever, brake lever, shifter and gas cap rechromed.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Our 1970 Honda CB350.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Non-stock mufflers look good and don’t detract from the CB350’s original lines.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • We spent some time getting the engine to look this good, painting the main case and cylinders while leaving the cylinder head and cam cover natural. We had the original header pipes, starter lever, brake lever, shifter and gas cap rechromed.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • Replaced wheels retain original rims.
    Photo by Richard Backus
  • We spent some time getting the engine to look this good, painting the main case and cylinders while leaving the cylinder head and cam cover natural. We had the original header pipes, starter lever, brake lever, shifter and gas cap rechromed.
    Photo by Richard Backus

The is the eighth and final part in a series on our 1970 Honda CB350 build project. Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V, Part VI and Part VII for earlier stages of the project. You can also watch video of our Honda running for the first time.

Of all the projects we’ve done over the years, our 1970 Honda CB350 took the longest and in some ways was the hardest. Our goal, as much as we could, was to keep it looking stock and original while also giving it sensible upgrades to make it a rider as well as a looker. We think we’ve succeeded on both counts.

This CB350 project has been a real education. Except for our very first project, the 1971 Triumph TR6C we put back on the road almost 10 years ago, every build we’ve done has been a custom. There’s a certain chickens@#% logic to that: You don’t have to like what we’ve done, but you can’t say it’s wrong, because it was never supposed to be right. Adding to the allure of a custom is the simple fact that correctly executed restorations paying strict attention to originality are just plain hard. There are myriad details that have to be right if it’s really going to be a proper restoration, and getting any one of them wrong invites a tongue lashing from the cognoscenti.



Sticking to the facts

Yet for us, this bike has come close to being a restoration because this time we tried, as much as we reasonably could, to stick to the rule book and keep the bike mostly stock. That “reasonably” qualifier is important, because from the outset there were certain deviations from stock we knew we’d make.






November December Vintage Motorcycle Events

Blue Moon Cycle Euro Bike Swap Meet and Vintage Ride


Make plans for the 28th Annual Blue Moon Cycle Euro Bike Swap Meet on Saturday, Oct. 27, followed by the Blue Moon Cycle Vintage Ride on Sunday, Oct. 28!

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