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19-2
11-28-2005, 11:54
Just traded into yet another vintage Honda. This one is a 1974 CB 350F. Exelent condition. Need to paint the tank and pick up the front turn sigs. Have a question. If you have a gas tank with an oil can type dent with no paint chipped, how can you air up the tank to pop it out?
http://img385.imageshack.us/img385/1916/dscf063414ae.jpg

AirCav
11-28-2005, 15:20
Cool bike. Looks like original pipes, sweet.

19-2
11-28-2005, 16:19
Originally posted by AirCav
Cool bike. Looks like original pipes, sweet. Originally posted by AirCav
Cool bike. Looks like original pipes, sweet. Yes the pipes are original, they are stamped with the factory markings. Someone told me that the pipes were worth more than the bike. Don't quite believe that. They haven't even turned color or have any rust. The only thing I will re-do on the bike is repaint the tank and side covers. Someone painted over the stripes and that is a must fix for me. I found a place to buy the original stripes and Honda plates for the tank and covers. I'll do a before and after picture when I am finished. Do you have or have you had a vintage bike?

bac1023
11-28-2005, 19:14
Very nice. I love vintage bikes in great shape.

epsylum
11-28-2005, 19:39
That's a parrallel twin right?

My Dad's first bike was a CB 175. He said it got like 70mpg.

19-2
11-28-2005, 19:48
Originally posted by epsylum
That's a parrallel twin right?

My Dad's first bike was a CB 175. He said it got like 70mpg. No it's a 350 four cyl.

epsylum
11-28-2005, 20:38
Originally posted by 19-2
No it's a 350 four cyl.

Sweet. I bet that thing revs pretty good.

I want a CB400F pretty badly.

edited to add:

ah missed the "F" part of your bikes name in your first post.

19-2
11-28-2005, 20:49
Originally posted by epsylum
Sweet. I bet that thing revs pretty good.

I want a CB400F pretty badly.

edited to add:

ah missed the "F" part of your bikes name in your first post. A 4oo would be sweet.

Markcuda
11-28-2005, 21:19
I sure hope you are going to replace the rear tire ;)

mmsig229
11-29-2005, 00:25
Nice!!!My first bike was a CB450. It was a parallel twin patterned after Triumphs.....

Timothy658
11-29-2005, 10:37
My dad used to have a mid 70's 550 4 cylinder, and that is what Id like for my next bike to be. Very cool!

AirCav
11-29-2005, 16:04
Do you have or have you had a vintage bike? I don't think that I own any right now. If I'm not careful, my 1983 CB1100F is going sneak into that category soon. Time flies!



I've also owned a CB550K and a CB750F but I didn't think of them as vintage when I was riding them. ;f

Someday, I would love to find a nice dark blue 1975 CB400F Super Sport. They had 4 into 1 pipes, rear-sets and had the low bars from the factory. Those were way cool!

My dad was a Honda mechanic in the 70's when I was a kid. When he retired a few years ago, he started buying old project bikes to fix up and sell. He really enjoyed it and it kept him out of trouble. He even started riding again after about a twenty year layoff.



His last project was a Honda 350F like yours. After all those years and all of those bikes, he told me that the little four cylinder Honda was his favorite. He scrounged up two of them, one with a title, and an extra engine. The idea was to build one nice bike from all the parts and pieces. He'd started buying a few various ebay parts for the project but hadn't really started tearing into it. Unfortunately, he died about this time last year. ~sd

I wish that I had a happier ending but I don't. If that bike would have been close to done, I would have finished it for him. The way it was, I didn't have the time or a way to get the parts to my place, a thousand miles away.



I did keep his ST1100. That was the bike that really got him back into distance riding. He loved that thing and put over 10,000 miles on it during the seven or eight months he had it.


One last picture. With my mom and dad. We traveled around Lake Superior that year. (with me sleeping in between them most of the way) ;f



Sorry about the big downer/hijack but you can see why the picture of your bike and your post caught my attention. 'Tis the season.

By the way, those pipes on your bike are very rare. They probably are worth more than the rest of the bike if they are in good condition. Those four-pipe setups that Honda used didn't get hot enough to keep condensation out and they rusted real bad.

Again, cool bike. Good luck with it. If you've still got a dad, give him a hug. ;)

19-2
11-29-2005, 16:26
Those are some great looking bikes. The main thing you have are the wonderful pictures and memories of your Pop. Keep them alive by shareing them with everyone you can. My dad past away 3 month ago. I'm going through a bad guilt thing as we didn't speek to one another for 14 years. Now he's gone and I live with it. I would say that anyone that reads these posts to take it to heart, call your Dad's
My Best, Jess

Catbird
11-29-2005, 16:40
Boy, this thread really brings back good memories.

My first bike loooooooong ago was a used Honda CB350 Twin like this 1973 pic I found on the net; same plum/purple color. What a great little bike!

http://www.mourneman.co.uk/motorbikes/images/bikes/honda_cb350/01.jpg

epsylum
11-29-2005, 17:22
AirCav,

my 84 GPz 1100 falls into the "vintage" japanese bike catagory, so I bet yours does too.

You know what I mean about the CB400F. The headers on those things are beautiful.
the attachment has a pic of one

Here's my GPz since we are on the topic of vintage japanese bikes.

http://www.photodump.com/direct/epsylum/106-0653_IMG-1.jpg

epsylum
11-29-2005, 17:23
oops

CB400F, not mine but wish it was

Markcuda
11-29-2005, 17:58
I'm going through a bad guilt thing as we didn't speek to one another for 14 years
19-2, I have not spoke with my dad for 8 years and this September we started talking again :cool:
Tons of people told me to make up but I had to do what a person has to do.
I went 8 years and finaly one day, it was time
:cool:

whogasak47
11-29-2005, 18:07
[QUOTE]Originally posted by AirCav
[B]I don't think that I own any right now. If I'm not careful, my 1983 CB1100F is going sneak into that category soon. Time flies!

I always questioned why this bike was only mfrd. one year. What a winner . Great then. Great now. Do Not Let That one Get Away From You.
Here are some of the old Honda's I ride.
http://www.bayou.com/~whogasa/78k.JPG
http://www.bayou.com/~whogasa/76.JPG
http://www.bayou.com/~whogasa/78f.JPG
The 70's 80's and 90's bikes out the are a gas to ride. Good luck and Ride Safe

whogasak47
11-29-2005, 18:19
Originally posted by bac1023
Very nice. I love vintage bikes in great shape.


Man those 350 and 400 F Fours. What Fun ,and I also remember those turbine grips on that 350 four . Without leather work gloves, they were torture. Good luck and ride safe.

AirCav
11-29-2005, 19:36
19-2: Thanks for the good thoughts, Jess.

epsylum wrote:
Here's my GPz since we are on the topic of vintage japanese bikes Beautiful ride, epsylum. I remember them well. Along with the Suzuki 1100E's. ;) Superbikes in their heyday. ^c


I love that 400F, too. What a pretty bike. I knew a guy that had a blue one back in the day.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d155/casino21/cb400f_fullMedium.jpg


whogasak47: Nice collection. A man after my own heart. I just need to find more time to ride.

whogasak47 wrote:
I always questioned why this bike was only mfrd. one year. I think that the Interceptors spelled the doom of the great inline F's. The 1100cc displacement was probably near the design limits of the F's engine. The same clutch that was designed for the 750F's, was marginal on the 900F and was abused horribly on the 1100Fs. I've got a Motorcyclist magazine article from OCT '83 that featured a Vance & Hines built street 1100F. The clutch and lower end design were the limiting factors on the project. They did go 10.80 @129 vs 11.38 @ 118 stock, their Pro-stock 1100F went 8.40 @157! ;f (Nowadays we've got bone stock 600's going 10.70 or faster!)

It was interesting to page through that magazine from 1983. The "centerfold" was a V45 Interceptor that they chose as "Motorcycle of the Year". Also saw a full-page ad for the Kawasaki Turbo GPZ750. Remember that one? Wow!

whogasak47
11-30-2005, 13:32
On the demise of the 83 1100F. The Interceptor was a sweety and look at it's grandchildren 600rr 600F4i even that nasty fast V twin rc51
is related . A good move by the Mfr. Aweak bottom end spells disaster.
Good Luck and Ride Safe.

wrenrj1
11-30-2005, 19:52
I've been hanging around the General Non-Glocking forum for too long! glad I found this forum. I purchased a 1981 Kawasaki KZ 550 in September. All original except for the front brake cable (even the tires which will be changed out this winter). It had about 6700 miles on it.

I changed the oil with synthetic and put her away for the winter in my basement. The wife is not necessarily happy about the parking spot in our basement...

Here's a pic.

Markcuda
11-30-2005, 20:13
A very sweeeeeeeet lookin' ride :cool: :cool:
I like her garage shes in also :)

epsylum
11-30-2005, 22:49
Originally posted by wrenrj1
I've been hanging around the General Non-Glocking forum for too long! glad I found this forum. I purchased a 1981 Kawasaki KZ 550 in September. All original except for the front brake cable (even the tires which will be changed out this winter). It had about 6700 miles on it.

I changed the oil with synthetic and put her away for the winter in my basement. The wife is not necessarily happy about the parking spot in our basement...

Here's a pic.

KAAAALEEEEENNN!

man that thing is cherry.

Good find!

BlackDPlus
11-30-2005, 23:39
I remember the Turbo GPZ 750. It was the fastest production bike in one of those years. Wow, 25 years ago I lusted after that bike. I used to stop in the local dealer just to drool.

epsylum - Tell your wife it could be worse about the basement. I'll try to find pics from when I first got married and we lived in an apartment. My 750 Kaw is in the living room.

I used to have a 1970 Honda CD175 Dream. That would be a clasic now if I took better care of it.

The only bike I have now is a '89 CR250R. Almost vintage and wicked fast. Kind of silly, but I always wanted a TL250. I would love to find one local.

I'm feeling old now.
Alex

whogasak47
12-01-2005, 09:38
[QUOTE]Originally posted by wrenrj1
I purchased a 1981 Kawasaki KZ 550 in September. All original except for the front brake cable (even the tires which will be changed out this winter). It had about 6700 miles on it.

I changed the oil with synthetic and put her away for the winter in my basement. The wife is not necessarily happy about the parking spot in our basement...

Absolutely one of the finest ,well designed, and bullet proof bikes
ever built. perfect for all around use. Good looking bike. Good Luck
and Ride Safe^c

whogasak47
12-01-2005, 09:47
[QUOTE]Originally posted by 19-2
Have a question. If you have a gas tank with an oil can type dent with no paint chipped, how can you air up the tank to pop it out?


One possible answer to your gas Tank Dent. Under $200.
http://www.empiregp.com/ I will check locally also.
Good luck and Ride Safe

epsylum
12-01-2005, 18:06
Originally posted by BlackDPlus
epsylum - Tell your wife it could be worse about the basement. I'll try to find pics from when I first got married and we lived in an apartment. My 750 Kaw is in the living room.

I believe you mean wrenrj1.

Last time I checked I wasn't married and don't have a basement. ;)

But on that note I had a friend who would pull his R6 into his apartment and park it behind his couch.

wrenrj1
12-01-2005, 19:30
Originally posted by whogasak47
[QUOTE]Originally posted by wrenrj1
I purchased a 1981 Kawasaki KZ 550 in September. All original except for the front brake cable (even the tires which will be changed out this winter). It had about 6700 miles on it.

I changed the oil with synthetic and put her away for the winter in my basement. The wife is not necessarily happy about the parking spot in our basement...

Absolutely one of the finest ,well designed, and bullet proof bikes
ever built. perfect for all around use. Good looking bike. Good Luck
and Ride Safe^c

Thanks for the thumbs up. It's a fun ride. I parked it in our walk out basement but have since moved it into the unfinished part of our basement for the winter. I winterized it this weekend and pulled the air filter out. It had never been changed. I swear it was like a mouse had built a nest in the center of the filter, I've never seen so much stuff in an air filter box. I ended up using a shop vac to clean it out.

I just need to spend $500 bucks for one of those low boy lawn trailers to pull it behind the TITAN.

19-2
12-24-2005, 18:09
Finished the restore Xmas eve day. Just shot the last coat of clear coat and put her back together today. What do you think?
http://img499.imageshack.us/img499/4185/cb3507pm.jpg

Timothy658
12-25-2005, 10:24
Awesome bike!

ZZR guy
12-26-2005, 23:05
I had a 1984 Honda Interceptor 750 from Jan 2002 to Jan 2005, it was a great bike, but I traded it in on the ZZR.

19-2
01-07-2006, 12:25
Well I stripped the new color and changed the whole thing. 3 coats of metal flake black, 2 coats of clear coat and pin stripes. The stripes are actually gray but show up white in the picture. What do you think?

http://img241.imageshack.us/img241/4347/dscf096312ib.jpg

norton
01-08-2006, 15:01
Originally posted by AirCav
19-2: Thanks for the good thoughts, Jess.

Beautiful ride, epsylum. I remember them well. Along with the Suzuki 1100E's. ;) Superbikes in their heyday. ^c


I love that 400F, too. What a pretty bike. I knew a guy that had a blue one back in the day.
http://i35.photobucket.com/albums/d155/casino21/cb400f_fullMedium.jpg


whogasak47: Nice collection. A man after my own heart. I just need to find more time to ride.

I think that the Interceptors spelled the doom of the great inline F's. The 1100cc displacement was probably near the design limits of the F's engine. The same clutch that was designed for the 750F's, was marginal on the 900F and was abused horribly on the 1100Fs. I've got a Motorcyclist magazine article from OCT '83 that featured a Vance & Hines built street 1100F. The clutch and lower end design were the limiting factors on the project. They did go 10.80 @129 vs 11.38 @ 118 stock, their Pro-stock 1100F went 8.40 @157! ;f (Nowadays we've got bone stock 600's going 10.70 or faster!)

It was interesting to page through that magazine from 1983. The "centerfold" was a V45 Interceptor that they chose as "Motorcycle of the Year". Also saw a full-page ad for the Kawasaki Turbo GPZ750. Remember that one? Wow!


My brother in law and I purchased the last 2 1975 cb 400f's off the showroom floor at the local honda dealer in 1977. The couldn't sell the 400F back then because nobody wanted a cafe styled bike. Mine and his both were retrofitted with higher bars.
I think the last year the CB 400F was made, it came in yellow.
I sold mine in about a year and bought a CB 750K.
He hung on to his for many years, I eventually bought his, kept it for 2 or 3 years and sold it for a BMW R75/5.
They ran like sewing machines. What I remember best about it was the passenger pegs were mounted to the swingarm, so the passenger had their feet bobbing up and down. And you really needed to ride it like a 2 stroke, wind up the engine for power.
It was a cool bike, but not nearly as much fun as the Yamaha RD 350 I bought some time later. Take about a wheelie machine!

AirCav
01-08-2006, 16:46
Originally posted by 19-2
What do you think?

I think it looks great. It looks like you did a great job. Now it's time to do some riding!

Is that a snowmobile behind the bike in the picture? Don't get me started on sleds! ;f

19-2
01-08-2006, 16:48
Originally posted by AirCav
I think it looks great. It looks like you did a great job. Now it's time to do some riding!

Is that a snowmobile behind the bike in the picture? Don't get me started on sleds! ;f Yea I restore old sleds too. That is a 1979 Polaris XT 440. Runs great.

Timothy658
01-08-2006, 17:45
That looks awesome. Id love to ride a bike like that. Im thinking you should re-do my vintage honda. Its fouling plugs like theres no tomorrow.

fnfalman
01-09-2006, 13:06
Time to burn some serious rubber!!!