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Author Topic: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build  (Read 1805 times)

Offline Danw8976

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Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« on: Sep 25, 2017, 18:10:02 »
I'm new here and I thought my first post might as well be the start of my build thread. Any advice and help anyone can offer along the way would be greatly appreciated!  I know without a doubt that i'll be asking a lot of questions.

For a bit of background I know very little about bikes and have only ridden a handful of times. So you maybe thinking why are you putting in so much time and effort so early on.

Simple answer I want to learn and what better way. Also once I'm done I'll know the bike inside out and will hopefully learn to ride it knowing it's limits early on. .

On to the bike
Basically a frame with bits hanging off.  The engine turns but won't start. The bike came from a bulk container shipped to the UK from new Mexico. I'm not sure why but they are a rare bike in the UK so couldn't pass up the chance. It'll be pretty unique on the UK roads once done.

I'll be stripping the bike and inspecting the frame this week.

Offline Danw8976

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Re: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« Reply #1 on: Sep 25, 2017, 19:56:05 »
Stripped the bike down this evening took a few of the tabs for airbox covers and a feel other bits off to clean up the frame. Also made the seat loop that I'll cut and chop into place.

Offline Danw8976

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Re: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« Reply #2 on: Sep 25, 2017, 19:57:40 »
Trimming tabs

Offline Danw8976

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Re: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« Reply #3 on: Sep 25, 2017, 20:01:20 »
Cutting the frame for the loop.

Offline trek97

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Re: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« Reply #4 on: Sep 25, 2017, 21:26:35 »
Welcome to DTT.   :)

Ok my first and best piece of advise is...

Make it run and ride it for a bit.  So you know what you got to work with before putting a bunch of money and effort into it. 

A little late for that now though. ;)

Offline canyoncarver

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Re: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« Reply #5 on: Sep 25, 2017, 23:36:23 »
I know the breaker yard where that container came from I'll bet.  Chop away! 
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Offline Integra99

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Re: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« Reply #6 on: Sep 26, 2017, 09:24:59 »

Its a shame you've taken it all apart so quickly eager to chop.. my best advice for your first bike build is buy a running bike first! I really would before anything get that bike road worthy and running and mechanically sound. Then you can start the strip down and modifications with a working bike having the confidence.

Good luck .. with the build , try and photo everything you take a part, label everything.. put parts in bags.. trust me its vital to be organised and get a manual too. They are fairly simple bikes but helps.

Being in mexico you will find most of the rubbers will be perished everywhere as well.. David Silvers will be your banks worst enemy!

Offline Danw8976

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Re: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« Reply #7 on: Sep 26, 2017, 10:29:30 »
Thanks for the warm welcome and advice guys. Bit late to ride it for a bit first unfortunately but it was a long way to ever seeing a road without spending a ton on it first.

Offline Danw8976

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Re: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« Reply #8 on: Sep 26, 2017, 10:37:11 »
I finished off smoothing the frame and welding the seat loop in this morning. will sand blast and prep this afternoon ready for paint. I've ordered everything i think i will need for the build and hope to at least have a rolling frame ready for the weekend. Ill then strip and rebuild the motor and see if i can get it running.

I'm hoping a fairly quick build and have it on the road by the end of October.
« Last Edit: Sep 26, 2017, 10:41:33 by Danw8976 »

Offline Danw8976

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Re: Dans CB350 Cafe build - first bike and build
« Reply #9 on: Sep 26, 2017, 10:38:11 »
Seat hoop