First-year model, classic "barn-find"
1968 Honda CL350 K0 Scrambler
Frame no. CL350-1028355
Engine no. CL350E-1037229
Scrambler-style motorcycles, with their high-mounted exhaust systems and go-anywhere attitudes, have always been a favorite of American riders. In 1968, Honda followed up their popular 305 Scrambler with the CL350, powered by the new-style 325cc twin-cylinder motor that would also find a home in the CB350 streetbike. CB and CL combined, the Honda 350s soon became the best-selling bikes in the U.S.
This particular first-year CL350 is a classic "garage-find," showing what has to be the lowest mileage for any 1968 model this side of a museum piece. The original owner put 682 happy miles on the bike, then had an "oops" moment, a simple low-speed crash that did little damage to the bike but apparently spooked him into not riding it again. The Honda sat for the next 42 years in a California garage. Recommissioned with a fresh battery, a carburetor rebuild and a replacement gas tank, the CL is once again rarin' to go. Included is the original California black plate, a period "Nicest People" license-plate holder, and the original gas tank with its almost-pristine left side and primered right side.