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Author Topic: Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler  (Read 24458 times)

Offline ncologerojr

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Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler
« on: Dec 23, 2015, 10:19:13 »
Progress has been slow lately on my xs650 project (http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=63229) due to various other customer projects, and this cb350. So I decided to start a thread for this build as well. I own a small business called Catskill Mtn. Customs Inc. (www.catskillmtncustoms.com) and this build will be sold upon completion. I'm shooting to have it wrapped up sometime in February so updates should come often.

The donor bike is a nice original '72 cb350 with only 3,700 original miles. Unfortunately it is non-running, with very low compression in one cylinder.




Offline BarnBurner

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Re: Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler
« Reply #1 on: Dec 23, 2015, 12:13:12 »
Nice base. Bummer about the compression but at least the rest looks rather clean. I've got a CL350 tracker of my own so I'm curious how this comes out. Any specific plans?
Old motorcycles never die, they just wait.

1971 Honda CL350
1968 Aermacchi/Harley Davidson Rapido
1967 Ducati Monza Jr. 160
1966 Honda CA100
1965 Honda CL77

Offline ncologerojr

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Re: Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler
« Reply #2 on: Dec 23, 2015, 12:48:27 »
Nice base. Bummer about the compression but at least the rest looks rather clean. I've got a CL350 tracker of my own so I'm curious how this comes out. Any specific plans?

 Yeah, it was a very clean bike considering I live in the north east. The good news is that a local guy bought all the original parts to be used for some restoration projects, so they will go to good use.

 I'm going to go with a dual-sport direction with this build. I am lucky enough to live in an area with very diverse scenery and road types. There is everything from gravel back roads to tight city streets, and I plan to build this bike to sort of handle it all. I have a lot of specifics in mind, but too much to type right now lol.

Offline ncologerojr

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Re: Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler
« Reply #3 on: Dec 23, 2015, 12:52:20 »
 I started by cutting off the original stamped subframe and bent up a new one from 1" .120 wall tube. The shock mounts are made from 1/4" steel plate with stainless posts.








Offline ncologerojr

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Re: Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler
« Reply #4 on: Dec 23, 2015, 12:57:45 »
Once the subframe was all welded up I started on the brushed aluminum battery/electronics tray. It rubber-mounts with stainless hardware.





Here you can see it mocked up with taller shocks. The new shocks are the same height. I am going to balance the extra shock length by switching to a 19" front wheel with a taller tire to keep the trail numbers close to stock.


Offline DohcBikes

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Re: Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler
« Reply #5 on: Dec 23, 2015, 13:05:11 »
This'll be one to watch.
burning bridges sometimes light the most productive paths

Offline ncologerojr

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Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler
« Reply #6 on: Dec 23, 2015, 13:09:07 »
I'm going to be making a new tank and rear tail for this build. I would usually prefer to make both from aluminum, but I want this bike to be abused so I'm making the tank from steel for durability. The tail will be aluminum and also serve as a mudguard.

I start by making my shapes from foam, and then make my patterns from there.





Here is a pattern on the foam buck and a panel being roughed in. This panel only has about 20 minutes of work into it so far.
« Last Edit: Dec 23, 2015, 13:15:07 by ncologerojr »

Offline ncologerojr

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Re: Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler
« Reply #7 on: Dec 23, 2015, 13:10:10 »


Offline BarnBurner

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Re: Cb350 Tracker / Scrambler - The UpstateScrambler
« Reply #9 on: Dec 23, 2015, 16:03:00 »
Well that escalated quickly. Looks great!
Old motorcycles never die, they just wait.

1971 Honda CL350
1968 Aermacchi/Harley Davidson Rapido
1967 Ducati Monza Jr. 160
1966 Honda CA100
1965 Honda CL77