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Author Topic: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.  (Read 1432 times)

Offline Antennaman346

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Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« on: Jul 25, 2017, 17:20:30 »
Hey everyone. This is my first post here. Also this is my first time owning a motorcycle of my own. I've been wanting a cafe racer since I was in high school. Now 31 and a divorced single father, I scoured the internet for weeks for a good cafe project. Instead I found a guy cleaning out his barn, selling 5 honda cb's and stole them for $300. I acquired a 73 Cl350, 78 CL360, 78 CB360, Cb750 "hondamatic", a 78 CB550 that had no engine and an unknown year 750 frame and parts all disassembled. Best part is I ended up posting the 750 hondamatic up on Craigslist.. And sold it for $300😂.

So here's where I'm at. Decided to start the 1973 CL350 as my first ride. Any insight is greatly appreciated and I may have gotten myself in deeper than I needed to. But I'm having fun. Here's my progress so far. The last two pictures are of the 550 I plan on building next and the engines I bought on Facebook classifieds for $100.

Just stripping it down. Sandblasted the frame. Was going to build a powder coating oven but decided I just want this guy to go back together and run. Building a list of parts I'm going to order to freshen things up but gotta wait a few weeks until I have money to buy.

Hopefully I can finish this build soon! And this place seems to be the mecca for information and wisdom if I need it... And I'm going to need it. Cheers!




Offline advCo

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Re: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« Reply #1 on: Jul 25, 2017, 18:01:48 »
Welcome to DTT. Thats a nice haul you got there. Keep us posted
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74 CB360 - Luna - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63294.0
82 GS550L - Tracker-ish - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=67229.0 - Sold
74 XL350 - The Turd - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70252.0
Suzuki FA50 "No-Ped" - http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=71189.0
73 Suzuki RV125 -http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=73875.0

Offline Antennaman346

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Re: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« Reply #2 on: Aug 17, 2017, 14:07:06 »
Found some time recently to continue cleaning up and rattle can her up.



Offline Antennaman346

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Re: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« Reply #3 on: Aug 30, 2017, 01:43:09 »


If you can see the video.got around to wet sanding, polishing and waxing the rank today. Mighty impressed with Dupli-Color paint from cans!

A little bit at a time. Ordered rear shocks off eBay. Trimmed the eBay seat to fit around the tank mount.

Offline RCDRONE

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Re: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« Reply #4 on: Aug 30, 2017, 12:06:21 »
That's a really great buy, your lucky you found something so cheap and yet so... not in hundreds of pieces. When I bought my 1982 Suzuki GN 125 for $300, it was just the frame, engine, and the trans all together. Everything else came in 4 full boxes of parts. Oh yeah, and a exhaust pipe made from a post from a metal fence.


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Offline Antennaman346

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Re: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« Reply #5 on: Aug 30, 2017, 18:39:26 »
Haha, that's a fantastic exhaust idea - speaking of, I was thinking about cutting off the existing mufflers and either welding or clamping on some cheap, slim mufflers. Any suggestions?

I want sleek and slim. Not tuba horns like everyone seems to love so much (no offense).


Offline CrabsAndCylinders

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Re: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« Reply #6 on: Aug 30, 2017, 20:59:41 »
Great haul  and your paint looks very good too!

If I were you I would not cut that upswept exhaust, sell it instead or keep it intact.  A lot of people would give their right nut for those pipes if they are in good condition.
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Offline CafeJeff1

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Re: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« Reply #7 on: Aug 30, 2017, 21:24:31 »
Very nice


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Offline Antennaman346

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Re: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« Reply #8 on: Aug 31, 2017, 14:20:18 »
I'd say they're pretty decent. Any idea what it'd be worth?




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Offline RCDRONE

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Re: Wanted a bike. So I bought 5.
« Reply #9 on: Aug 31, 2017, 16:35:36 »
For your muffler, check out these.

https://www.voodoomoto.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=634158


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