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Author Topic: CB350, homemade.  (Read 45386 times)

Offline 1chrisb

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CB350, homemade.
« on: Jan 23, 2012, 22:31:00 »
So I've been wanting to buy a bike for quite a while, now I finally have to job to support it, garage to house it, and time to burn on it! I picked up a 73 CB350 the week after Thanksgiving after months and months of searching craigslist. $200 and around 30,000 miles, but she started right up. I started tearing into her 10 minutes later. >:] She's a bit dirty, (looks like the prev owner lubed the chain with motor oil and drove down a dirt road in August) but I'm confident she'll purdy right up! Being winter in Iowa, I should have several months yet to work on it. So far, I've stripped down to parts, started clean up, built a sandblasting cabinet, and bought new(ish) forks. Started the paint stripping process, and realized my air compressor isn't *quite* enough for continuous blasting. Does the job though. Found a small crack in the frame underneath the left passenger peg bracket, but I got a guy at work to weld that up for me to the tune of a box of donuts. :)

My plans are to give it the full cafe treatment. Paint everything myself, build seatpan (and hopefully tank) out of fiberglass, upholster seat (already have the leather) myself, shave unneeded steel off the frame, clip-ons, LED signals (came up with my own tails since no one makes what I want), rearsets, etc... Haven't decided yet if I want to get rid of the starter, half just because I love the idea I have for the switch. One thing I DON'T want is a visible battery, so I will probably put it in the bump)

I am open to all ideas as well!

No pictures to upload yet, but they will be coming soon!

Offline 1chrisb

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Re: CB350, homemade.
« Reply #1 on: Jan 23, 2012, 22:55:45 »
Also, hoping not to tear into the engine too much. I plan on replacing gaskets and such, as I have noticed a lot of RTV gasket maker oozed out of some covers, and I'd much rather have legit gaskets under there. Also plan on bead blasting the engine to shine it up real nice like, so taking covers off will aid that process.

Offline YogiBear

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Re: CB350, homemade.
« Reply #2 on: Jan 24, 2012, 00:21:35 »
You sound ambitious. Got a picture?

Offline Fox

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Re: CB350, homemade.
« Reply #3 on: Jan 24, 2012, 00:38:57 »
This sounds awesome. Will definitely be following the build. Excited to see what you do with it. Would love to see some pictures.

Can you talk more about making your own taillight? How do you plan to do that? Might be something I'm interested in.
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Offline Cloyd

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Re: CB350, homemade.
« Reply #4 on: Jan 24, 2012, 01:36:29 »
Also, hoping not to tear into the engine too much. I plan on replacing gaskets and such, as I have noticed a lot of RTV gasket maker oozed out of some covers, and I'd much rather have legit gaskets under there. Also plan on bead blasting the engine to shine it up real nice like, so taking covers off will aid that process.
I see you have the disease too.  Im right there with you.  So many ideas and not enough time.  Make sure you take pictures every step of the way because thats what I have done for all my bikes and its really cool to look at them to see how far it has come. Also I wanna see them.  Good luck
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Offline 1chrisb

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Re: CB350, homemade.
« Reply #5 on: Jan 24, 2012, 15:13:00 »
Yogi: I am ambitious (and sometimes overly optimistic) , but I've come to expect that from myself.   :D

Cloyd: I agree, I enjoy lots of pictures of builds, but alas, I haven't taken overly many myself, for two reasons: 1) I don't want to get my camera dirty, nor wash my hands every time I want to take a pic, and 2) I just get so wrapped up in it I forget! I have entirely too much fun.

I'll try to do better, I promise!

Fox: Aw come on, man, I can't give away all my secrets RIGHT away! You'll just have to wait and see once I get all the materials! Unfortunately, that means I need to get the seat done first. I have everything I need either in hand, or on its way, other than the actual fiberglass. I need to get on that.

Of course, being an engineer, I immediately started importing frame geometry into CAD, to design my seat and tank on and check for clearances/fit ahead of time. I could MAAAAAAAYBE throw up a render of what it should look like when done, but I prefer keeping it in suspense!  ;D

Offline 1chrisb

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Re: CB350, homemade.
« Reply #6 on: Jan 24, 2012, 15:24:08 »
Also, it's a lot better than what I originally wanted: frame powdercoated to look like copper, and brushed SS tank/hump. When you look at that, this is really quite the compromise!

Offline YogiBear

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Re: CB350, homemade.
« Reply #7 on: Jan 24, 2012, 15:48:29 »
Yogi: I am ambitious (and sometimes overly optimistic) , but I've come to expect that from myself.   :D


nothing wrong with that ;)

Offline 1chrisb

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Re: CB350, homemade.
« Reply #8 on: Jan 24, 2012, 15:57:25 »
As indecisive as I am, I utterly amazed myself when I settled on a color scheme almost right away.

Offline Fox

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Re: CB350, homemade.
« Reply #9 on: Jan 24, 2012, 21:06:21 »

Fox: Aw come on, man, I can't give away all my secrets RIGHT away! You'll just have to wait and see once I get all the materials! Unfortunately, that means I need to get the seat done first. I have everything I need either in hand, or on its way, other than the actual fiberglass. I need to get on that.

Of course, being an engineer, I immediately started importing frame geometry into CAD, to design my seat and tank on and check for clearances/fit ahead of time. I could MAAAAAAAYBE throw up a render of what it should look like when done, but I prefer keeping it in suspense!  ;D

Haha alright alright! Can't blame me for asking though. Maybe you can give me a sneak peek though? I'm looking at getting tails right now and would like the option to make my own. Cool if not, but again, can't blame me for asking!

Now that you dropped that you're an engineer, I'm really excited. It's nuts I'm this curious and I haven't even seen a picture of the bike. Give us SOMETHING!
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