73' Honda CL350 tracker/scrambler build

coon555

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Hello everyone! I'm new to the Honda twins and wanted to post my build here. I also have my build posted on other forums but figured I would try this one out.

I sold my Harley (2000 Dyna Wide Glide I cut up a little) when my back went out and didn't think I would ever be able to ride again. Fast forward 6 years, and after a spinal fusion, I'm ready to go. I didn't know what kind of motorcycle I wanted and didn't want to buy a bike just to buy one. After seeing Slipstream's CL350 scrambler build, I knew it was the bike for me.

SO... I recently purchased a basket-case with a title for $300. The guy I bought it from had a really nice restored 72' CL350 that I was ready to buy when my wife seen he had a pile of parts for sale as well. She said, "why don't you try and negotiate the price to get all these extra parts with the bike!" I have a budget of $2500, so I chose the pile of parts instead. I have a hard time cutting up old vehicles if they are in good shape and with that in mind, these was the best option. I have allot of pics and I don't have it up and running yet, but here is my progress from start to current state.

Here it is how I purchased it...

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coon555

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Welded the bar in and boxed in the frame. I also did some weight reduction and removed the center stand, helmet holder, and fork lock.

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coon555

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I also purchased a sandblaster attachment for my pressure washer and it worked amazing for stripping the engine. Here is the engine after primer and paint.


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coon555

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Test fit assembly and my initial paint for the tank. Later, the tank will fall and I would have to start all the way over!

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coon555

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I'm using the Trail tech Vapor for gauges, LED headlight, turn signals and tail lights. After market controls and electronic ignition. I have rebuilt both carbs and started with a new wiring harness. I have almost everything wired up already. I just have to fab up a coil mount before wiring will be done. I will also have to purchase a new LEB tail light strip because the one I got has some LEDs that are not working. More to come....
 

coon555

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I started the bike for the first time yesterday. I didn't have much time, I had to take my son to basketball practice. I made a temp fuel tank just to see if it would run or not. To my surprise, it fired up on the 3rd kick! I have never had a bike do that especially when they have sit stagnate for years on end! The last time this bike was registered was 96' (I think) so I was really impressed. The engine sounded good and I need to do some fine tuning on the carbs. I did have some serious oil leaks that I have to address now. The engine cover for the stator and something on the upper right side of the engine? I also need to remove the clutch cover. I think the clutch plates are rusted together since the clutch will not disengage (I can't remember if it disengages or engages). Either way, I need to fix it so the bike will roll while in gear and the clutch lever is pulled in. I call this a victory even though it has caused more work. I will take a running engine over having to do a complete rebuild any day!
 

coon555

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Looking good man, what paint did you use for the drums and rims ?
Rims are powder coat. I used USC 2k Epoxy spray paint on frame, hubs and swingarm. I also used Rust oleum clear coat on most everything. Thanks for the complement.
 

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