Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones, the ex-Mal Kirwan
c.1973 Honda CB350 'K4' Racing Motorcycle
Engine no. CB350E 4167288
The rise of the Honda K4 has been one of classic racing's talking points in recent years, the model's popularity resulting in the introduction of a 251-350cc Twin Cylinder class at CRMC events. Although based on that of a production roadster the CB350 the Honda twin-cylinder engine has benefited from modern tuning techniques and advanced technology not available back in the 1970s, and can now be made to produce more power than many of the thoroughbred racing engines of its day. Fast, reliable and relatively cheap to run, the K4 has provided many an aspiring classic racer with an affordable entry into the sport and is supported by a sizeable 'cottage industry' of specialists.
The example offered here was previously owned and campaigned by the late Mal Kirwan, the Wirral-based solicitor and specialist in motorcycle accident claims, who died in January 2011. Mal Kirwan was an experienced Isle of Man competitor. He first raced in the Manx Grand Prix in 1969, graduating to the TT in 1975. His best result was 6th place in the Formula 3 TT in 1977 riding a Honda. According to the Isle of Man TT Database, he last raced on the Island in the 1996 MGP Classic Junior event; however, the presence on this machine of a 2010 Pre-TT Classic 'technical inspection sticker' suggests that his Isle of Man career continued past that point. Nothing else is known of the history of this machine, which comes complete with rear-wheel paddock stand and (copy) Honda workshop manual. There are no documents with this Lot.