1970 Honda CL350 Cafe Racer Project Bike Newbie

.Spindat.

New Member
I really like what you've done with the rear. Hope you are okay with clearance, so good luck sir! My tire smashed my seat all the time and it sucked haha
 

plyzo

1970 Honda CL 350
Ya should clear just fine, got a little bit of a longer shock. If it doesn't nothing wrong with redoing it a little to make it work.
 

Tifun

Indy
i really dig the color combo on the engine. We are planning to do similar to a bike we a in process of building except the side covers will be polished.
 

plyzo

1970 Honda CL 350
Was able to get the engine mounted on the frame. I ended up putting the engine on the ground on its side and then placing the frame over the top. Took a little bit to get it in but was able to at least do it without scratches. :)
 

Attachments

Barnburner

Member
The matching frame and crankcase covers looks great next to each other. Kudos for getting the motor in without scratching. I took my starter & exhaust studs off before I put mine back in and still managed a nick or two.
 

plyzo

1970 Honda CL 350
Thanks everyone for the kind words. New pics coming soon. I was able to order some more parts and am waiting for my RIMs to come back with new tires.
 

plyzo

1970 Honda CL 350
So when I put the complete engine into the frame I started wiring up the starter and notice with a test lamp that the cable coming from the starter has been grounded out. Not sure what is going on. And if I just run positive current to the cable and negative to the outer casing it shorts. Anyone have some recommendation on why this happening? Before I put the engine back in I painted it and removed the starter, so maybe I put it in wrong or something.
 

plyzo

1970 Honda CL 350
I ended up pulling the starter out cleaned it up and now its working. Glad thats been resolved. On another note, I am running the original headlight bucket but was wanting to update the headlight to a stronger more powerful version. Does anyone know what headlight will mount to the bucket?
 

Barnburner

Member
The stock headlight on early CL350s is a rather odd size (i.e. not 7"). DCC sells replacement sealed units for it but I'd recommend getting a 7" bucket with a non-sealed unit and putting in a 35 watt H4 bulb. I've also heard of people breaking the original bulb out of the original sealed unit and just inserting an H4 socket and bulb then gluing it all back together but that sounds a little janky IMO.
 

plyzo

1970 Honda CL 350
Thanks for the info. Bummed cause I really like the style of the original bucket, but the headlight is pretty weak.
 

squirley

Member
DTT BOTM WINNER
Plyzo,

You must be from SLO because if I'm no mistaken, I saw your frame at Hank's shop... am I right?
Bike is coming along great!

Jens
 

DTT Bike Of The Month Gallery

DTT Light or Dark

japan.webike.net
www.cognitomoto.com
https://www.townmoto.com
www.speedmotoco.com
www.jadusmotorcycleparts.com
www.lostapostle.ca/
www.sparckmoto.com
Top Bottom