Author Topic: 1976 Honda CB360T - Build Thread (Update 10/1 S2000 START BUTTON AND VIDEO!!!)  (Read 34889 times)

Offline mattfeet

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So this happened yesterday.

As you all know, I recently bought a '73 Honda CB350 motorcycle to restore.

Build thread here:

Well, ever since then, a number of my friends expressed their interest, and one in particular said he had his wife to the point of not killing him, should he get a bike. Well, he was looking at $2,000 CB's that needed work, which is absurd, so I quickly jumped on and began searching regionally on Craigslist. Lo and behold, I found a really nice '73 Honda CL350 that caught my eye. It was in great shape, a few small dings, but ran like a top and in overall great condition. So I got to thinking...I should buy THAT and sell the one I have.

New bike: $1,000
My bike: $500 + A LOT of additional necessary costs which would be WELL north of $1,000 all said and done.

My wife had a half-day at school, so she calls on her way home, and I let her know that we're going to jump in the car, rent a trailer at U-Haul, and go 3 hours northwest to a TINY town in Warren, Indiana.

Fire up the trusty steed, grab a trailer, and get some gas!

*Side note: U-Haul is a great deal. Motorcycle specific trailer for 24 hours only runs $14.95. Not bad AT ALL, IMO.   :cool:

Ok, so we drive 193 miles to Warren, which is a sprawling metropolis of 1,239 people and covers an area of 1.15 sq miles.   :eek:

Aerial shot of Warren, IN.


Ok, so we get close, and the folks Im meeting call me. Really nice couple, and I tell them we're about an hour outside of town. Cool. The lady tells me "once you get to the blinking red light in downtown, we're the white 2-story hours on the corner". What she didn't tell was that the red-blinking-light was the ONLY light in town. :laugh1:

THE intersection:

That's their neighbors house. Almost all the homes we saw in this town were old, big, well kept, and beautiful. This is a small town, but it has a lot of pride. Pretty cool.

Well, we finally get there, and I meet the owner who, come to find out, works on and sells over 40 bikes a year to fund their vacation budget. Mad props. He shows me to his garage and the CL350 is up on the list. Everything looks as it should and then I see a beautiful blue paint job on a bike out of the corner of my eye. It's a 1976 Honda CB360T. I ask him about it, and he says it's also for sale, for the same price. And it's beautiful. My wife said it's beautiful. My wife rocks.

CB360 up on the stand while he installs a brand new battery for me:

Same deal with the's MINT condition. Everything works. All new carbs, new tires, battery, carbs, engine overhaul, etc. The paint is all original, 1 tiny dent, NO rust on the tank, seat is mint, etc. I was sold. I hand him the money, we sign the title over, and get her all loaded up! Went there for one bike and came home with another!

Back on the trailer:

At this point Im giddy beyond belief, but my wife and I are STARVING. Well, turns out there is a Chicago Style Pizza place in the MIDDLE OF NOWHERE that is pretty well-known, somehow. The guy I bought the bike from vouched for it, so we figured let's take it in the local scene and give it a whirl. Oh yea, it was about 200' from their front door. I actually took the 'intersection' pic from the front door of the restaurant. :laugh1:

Here we go!

Gotta love the plastic menus! Hmm...what to order!?

Super thin crust hawaiian it is!

So. Good. So we eat, drink, be merry, piss, and leave. Time to head home!

Dark outside by now, but the bike is still beautiful!

That's all from last night! Fast forward to today, and Im trying to figure out how to sell my old bike quick. Had a few nibbles, but I had e-mailed the guy I bought it from to see if he was interested...and he wanted it back! :crazy: So today I loaded it up, drove 30 minutes and delivered it back to him for $20 more than I bought it for originally! :laugh1: (increased price due to reupholstered seat). Fair price, and nice I could sell it so quickly! Now to begin ordering some parts for the new bike!!!

Anyways, that's all for now, Ill do another small build thread with the new bike once I decide what I want to do. For now I just have to get my license and some gear! :w00t:

Thanks for tagging along!

« Last Edit: Oct 01, 2013, 19:30:44 by mattfeet »
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1976 Candy Sapphire Blue Honda CB360T

Offline Tim Burke

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That's a great find. Pristine!  Can't wait to see it in person.

1971 Honda CL450
1973 Honda CB350G
1974 Honda CB350
1971 BMW R60 /5
1972 BMW R60 /5
1976 BMW R75/6
1982 Honda XR200 thumper
2008 BMW R1200GS
Too many parts bikes...
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Offline diggerdanh

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Congrats, Matt. That's a great looking bike and a good story.

Offline Tim

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Warren Indiana could become a very popular spot for DTT members ;)  Would be a good central spot for a meet-up if there were some nice riding roads in the area.  Heck, some of us might be travelling right past it on the way to the Spring Thaw in Kentucky.
"Quality . . . you know what it is, yet you don't know what it is. But that's self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There's nothing to talk about. But if you can't say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn't exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist."

Offline mattfeet

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If you dig long, straight, and flat rods, then Warren is your place! lol
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Offline mattfeet

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Did some polishing today. This bike is in unbelievably good shape.

Rear Fender:

Header with a nice blue hue:

Front wheel, fender, forks, etc.

Right crank case before:

Right crank case after:

Not perfect, but definitely looks better. Will continue tomorrow evening.


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Offline VonYinzer

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Nice. Should have gotten the 350 though. ;)
Like a river that don't know where it's flowin'
I took a wrong turn and just kept goin'

Offline mattfeet

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LOL! I love the high pipes, but this CB made the CL look like poop. And the CL was in good shape!
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Offline speedwobble

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Nice selection..

Offline DrJ

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Nice. Should have gotten the 350 though. ;)