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Old 05-27-2005, 01:02 AM
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motorcycle talk: 1970 Honda CB350

seems the bike bug has been biting lots of us... I've got a potential deal to trade some snow tires/wheels belonging to a volvo I no longer own for a 1970 Honda CB350. That's a no brainer...
It's currently not running, but the guy says he's got the parts to make it go.
Where do I start!?! (besides taking a class to learn how to ride it)
I checked google for a forum but came up empty-
any chance of finding oldjapanesebikesshop.com?

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Kevin

This pic is what this bike is supposed to look like... it needs a little help at the moment...

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Old 05-27-2005, 02:53 AM
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Start with www.vjmc.org. There's got to be a specific forum - there's a forum for everything these days. See if Clymer still sells a manual for those things; if it's out of print, find one on ebay. Next time you're at Borders or Barnes & Noble, check the motorcycle section for the Motorbooks Buyer's Guide to Classic Japanese Motorcycles - it'll have some information on these, plus give you context for what else was out there at the time. Good luck!
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Those bikes are pretty much bulletproof. As long as the motor still turns over you are good to go. Parts are pretty much available.
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It is true you can get just about any part for almost any Honda motorcycle. I shudder to think how many Honda bikes are out there. Most of them lack collectability though because they were produced in very large numbers. Notice there is a difference in a bike being collectable and desireable.
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That is a good solid bike and they built over a million of them, first bike to hit that mark, IIRC. I just bought some parts for my 1984 CR125R and prices are shocking. Availability is questionable, they sent a couple that don't fit. My bike is not modified either.

The 350 is a more solid choice than a 450. Rockers and cams can be an expensive problem on a 450. 450 has an interesting valve setup if you have never seen one. Rockers open and close the valves with torsion bars instead of coil springs.
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That is a good solid bike and they built over a million of them, first bike to hit that mark, IIRC. I just bought some parts for my 1984 CR125R and prices are shocking. Availability is questionable, they sent a couple that don't fit. My bike is not modified either.

The 350 is a more solid choice than a 450. Rockers and cams can be an expensive problem on a 450. 450 has an interesting valve setup if you have never seen one. Rockers open and close the valves with torsion bars instead of coil springs.

Is that like desmodromics?

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Is that like desmodromics?

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Nope...desmdromic motor (older Ducati Twins certainly used this)
the cam opens and closes the valves......there is no form of spring (torsion bar is a spring) to close the valves....which means you can't float a valve on these.
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Ask me all about it. I'm in the process of doing a valve adjustment on mine.

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