1970 Honda CB350 Frame no. CB350-2021508 Engine no. CB350E-2030620

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Lot 206
1970 Honda CB350
Frame no. CB350-2021508 Engine no. CB350E-2030620

US$ 5,000 - 7,000
€ 4,400 - 6,200
To be sold without reserve
Amended
1970 Honda CB350

Frame no. CB350-2021508
Engine no. CB350E-2030620

• Proceeds to be donated to charity: The AHRMA Rider Benevolent Fund
• Federal Motorcycle Transport will ship the motorcycle to the winning bidder free of charge
• Schumacher Cargo Logisitics will ship the motorcycle by ocean to Australian or European port arrival free of charge

Between 1968 and 1973, American riders purchased more than 300,000 Honda CB350s, making it one of the most popular motorcycles ever sold in the U.S. The mighty CB750 Four may have been what everyone lusted for, but the friendly little CB350 with its 325cc overhead-cam parallel-twin was what more of them bought.

Not a restoration per se, this 1970 CB350K2 was returned from the dead as a Motorcycle Classics magazine project bike, and its Phoenix-like rebirth underscores the CB's sound design. Purchased as a rolling chassis for all of $200, the bike had been sitting unloved in a shed for 30 years. "Why it was taken off the road after covering less than 8,200 miles we have no idea," says Motorcycle Classics Editor Richard Backus. "Where some bikes shout out the point of their demise – a connecting sticking through the cases, say – there wasn't a single defining issue with the Honda. Apparently, its last owner simply got bored and set it aside."

A testimony to great engineering, both the engine and transmission are as found. It fires up instantly, settling into a nice, quiet idle, making only the noises it should and without emitting a whiff of smoke. The ignition is an upgraded electronic unit with improved coils, the suspension has been completely rebuilt with new fork tubes and shocks. The wheels have been re-laced, bearings, brake shoes and tires replaced, the seat recovered and the bodywork beautifully repainted in original Candy Gold/White. All of the control cables are new and much of the chrome has been re-plated.

"It rides as nicely as you'd expect, its little twin propelling it down the road with surprising verve," says Backus. "This isn't a showbike, and was never meant to be. It's a reminder of what a great motorcycle the Honda CB350 was – one that you can still ride regularly without regret."

Footnotes

  • Proceeds from the sale of the 1970 Honda CB350 will go to the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association Benevolent Fun, which provides financial assistance to riders who sustain injuries during AHRMA racing events. There are no administrative fees associated with the Benevolent Fund. 100% of donated proceeds go to aid injured racers.

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1970 Honda CB350 Frame no. CB350-2021508 Engine no. CB350E-2030620
1970 Honda CB350 Frame no. CB350-2021508 Engine no. CB350E-2030620
1970 Honda CB350 Frame no. CB350-2021508 Engine no. CB350E-2030620
1970 Honda CB350 Frame no. CB350-2021508 Engine no. CB350E-2030620
1970 Honda CB350 Frame no. CB350-2021508 Engine no. CB350E-2030620
1970 Honda CB350 Frame no. CB350-2021508 Engine no. CB350E-2030620
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