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Author Topic: '71 Honda CB350t cafe-inspired build  (Read 2611 times)

Offline krafty

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #15 on: Mar 07, 2014, 15:38:00 »
Frame paint!









This was originally going to be a mostly-black bike, but the more I thought about it the more having some color on it made sense, especially from a safety standpoint. I'd rather stick out like a sore thumb than blend into the background. This paint was left over from a race car paint job done by a friend of a friend. It sprayed on satin with just a slight amount of gloss, and I love how the sheen turned out. Touch-up guns FTW.

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #16 on: Apr 14, 2014, 14:14:29 »
I finally got the universal coils mounted. I ended up making a new bracket for the condenser as well (which you can't really see, but it's tucked in there).



I also mounted the reg/rec combo permanently behind the battery box.



Mocking up the rearsets (from Slipstream). This also shows the driver foot pegs cut off but the kickstand and cross-bracket still in place. I'm also experimenting with some black POR-15 on the bottom of both the kickstand and the center stand. We'll see how durable it really is.



Handlebars are on so I can maneuver the bike around the shop.



Rear brake on and linked (although nothing's been adjusted yet. Kudos to Slipstream for the cool bracket allowing me to use the stock brake light switch.







Last Thursday we re-installed the engine.





eBay LED turn signals for the front and back (back ones aren't mounted yet). These seem to be pretty nice, they're actually metal and are pretty bright.



Front fender chopped, installed and front brake hooked up. I wish I could figure out where I put the speedo cable...



Rear fender chopped (using the front half only) and the tail light / license plate bracket temporarily installed.  I need to tweak the bracket a bit, then reinforce and paint it.  I'll be modifying the original turn signal brackets to hold the new ones and they'll mount in the stock locations.

« Last Edit: Apr 14, 2014, 14:19:59 by krafty »

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #17 on: Apr 14, 2014, 14:50:15 »
Coming along very nicely. Love that frame colour.

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2014, 12:38:50 »
I got my gas tank and seat back from my buddy Nick this morning and they're mocked up on the bike. Awesome. The throttle cable should get finished today and then I can actually start to button this bike up and get it running!

I put a new condenser in yesterday along with new points and now I have spark (imagine that). Gimme some fuel in that freshly-painted tank and it should run.

The rear brake still needs some adjustment as well as the clutch, but we're getting down to it.



























Also note the fun I had with a hole saw.  :)

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It's Alive!!! Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2014, 16:02:57 »
Fired it up for the first time this morning! We spent some time adjusting the clutch and fiddling around with the shifter shaft, after which I took it for its first (albeit brief) ride.  There are some things to adjust, tighten, loosen, reposition, and the carbs definitely need to be balanced, but a good day indeed.







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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #20 on: Apr 27, 2015, 17:42:24 »
Brief update - got the bike back on the road Sunday after dealing with a couple of issues. The aftermarket covers over the points and tach cable are larger than the stock tin ones and interfere with spark plug sockets. The former owner apparently didn't notice this and the result was a severely cross-threaded right-hand plug. I ended up putting in a helicoil which helped tremendously.

Once that was fixed we had a spark issue due to a craptacular Chinese point/condenser set. We ended up temporarily hooking up a pair of Lucas MGB condensers (hey, use what ya have lying around!) and now the bike runs well. It might still need a tweak in mixture settings once the weather gets warm, but it is happy for now.

I took it to the local blessing of the bikes on Sunday. Out of 1500+ motorcycles there mine ended up being the oldest (!) so I won some cash. The previous year there had been some 40's and 50's era Harleys and a really nice old Simplex, so I was sure I would come anywhere near the oldest bike, but most were 80ish and newer. The really satisfying part was having tons of people around the bike for almost the whole time I was there. It certainly isn't special compared to what a lot of you all are doing here at DDT, but it made me feel pretty good to have a bunch of knuckleheads telling me I have a nice bike.  :)




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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #21 on: Apr 27, 2015, 22:02:33 »
Pull the two levers apart and rotate the short one back a hole, it'll get that brake lever on a flatter plane, pointing a little down.

The brake pivot is pretty nifty, if I do say so myself.


And, lastly, beautiful bike.

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #22 on: Apr 27, 2015, 23:53:05 »
Pull the two levers apart and rotate the short one back a hole, it'll get that brake lever on a flatter plane, pointing a little down.

The brake pivot is pretty nifty, if I do say so myself.


And, lastly, beautiful bike.

Thanks. If you're looking at any of the above pictures other than the one outside, things have changed. Went to the scrambler exhaust which gave me the angles on the rearsets I was looking for. They're much more comfortable and sit at a great angle for my feet/ankles. Shifter may come down just a fuzz more, but brake is damn close. If I have my foot on the peg the brake naturally sits just below the bottom of my boot. Any movement forward actuates it.

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #23 on: Apr 28, 2015, 00:28:52 »
Glad you like them.

That exhaust looks killer.

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #24 on: Apr 29, 2015, 18:15:52 »
Hey krafty, nice bike! Question on the brake pivot from Slipstream: using the stock bolt and washer to attach the brake pivot, how tight did you tighten the bolt?...I went to install mine last night and it seems to bind/lock the pivot if the bolt is tightened too much. Thanks!
'69 cb350

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe build
« Reply #25 on: Apr 30, 2015, 10:45:01 »
Hey krafty, nice bike! Question on the brake pivot from Slipstream: using the stock bolt and washer to attach the brake pivot, how tight did you tighten the bolt?...I went to install mine last night and it seems to bind/lock the pivot if the bolt is tightened too much. Thanks!

Mine is tight and still pivots just fine. I just took a look at it to verify - haven't had any binding issues.  (Sorry it took me so long, the bike is still at the shop and not at home... too many vehicles to bring home, not enough people to give me rides!).

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe-inspired build
« Reply #26 on: Apr 30, 2015, 11:04:10 »
Okay, thank you. Per J-Rod10, my problem seems to be due to my stock bolt being slightly too short and not bottoming out into the frame before it tightens too much on the brake pivot.
« Last Edit: May 05, 2015, 18:14:47 by lev16gt »
'69 cb350

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Re: '71 Honda CB350t cafe-inspired build
« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2015, 17:45:08 »
A little artistic aircooled porn in front of the shop today. My CB350, co-worker's 58 VW Beetle.