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    CB vs. CJ Questions

    So I am looking at a '72 CB350 and a '77 CJ360 as a first vintage bike and a winter project to turn in to a nice simple little cafe. Beyond the build differences, drum vs. disk and starter vs. kick only, which is a better bike to a first time project?

    Also, over the longterm will the kick only really become annoying and make me regret going with the CJ?

    Are parts between the CB and CJ interchangable or is there a short supply on the CJ side?

    Thanks racers for your help here and guiding a noob!

    Mike

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    No parts are interchangable (engine). Which bike is cheaper, has a title, runs, and looks better? I'd vote CB because that is what I love. 6 months ago I would have sold you my CJ for $250. Good Luck!
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    No parts are interchangable (engine). Which bike is cheaper, has a title, runs, and looks better? I'd vote CB because that is what I love. 6 months ago I would have sold you my CJ for $250. Good Luck!
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    which ever one is most complete with title and running.

    nothing is interchangeable except the front wheel.

    the cb350 has more custom parts available.

    how handy are you? if the answer is not handy then you probably want the e-start when diagnosing problems.
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    which ever one is most complete with title and running.

    nothing is interchangeable except the front wheel.

    the cb350 has more custom parts available.

    how handy are you? if the answer is not handy then you probably want the e-start when diagnosing problems.
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    Thanks, for the immediate relys, I dont have two left hands when it comes to working on stuff buy engine work will have to be done by a buddy. I would say overall the CJ is in better shape and it runs great, no idle or carb problems at the moment. The CB will need a new r/r and the carbs cleaned out and the engine gone over. CJ needs a new front tire CB's are new. Otherwise they are pretty comparable. CB is half the price of the CJ, $500 vs $1K.

    Sort of torn but I am leaning towards the CB.

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    Thanks, for the immediate relys, I dont have two left hands when it comes to working on stuff buy engine work will have to be done by a buddy. I would say overall the CJ is in better shape and it runs great, no idle or carb problems at the moment. The CB will need a new r/r and the carbs cleaned out and the engine gone over. CJ needs a new front tire CB's are new. Otherwise they are pretty comparable. CB is half the price of the CJ, $500 vs $1K.

    Sort of torn but I am leaning towards the CB.

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    Oh, both have good IL titles.

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    Oh, both have good IL titles.

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    Like Geeto said, lots more aftermarket stuff available for the 350 -particularly engine stuff such as pistons, springs, cams, etc.

    Not saying that stuff is not available for the 360, but definitly more plentiful for the 350.

    Personally I think that the 360 frame lends itself better to a cafe build. The "hoops" where the passenger pegs mount are ideal for rearsets and I like the loop at the rear of the frame.

    It has been said that the 350 runs best with a two-into-two exhaust, while the 360 benefits from a two-into-one setup.

    Also the 360 is going to have disk brakes up front with the option of mounting twin disks if you want to get hardcore.

    At the risk of being crucified, I think both tanks/frames would be narrow enough to use clubman bars, or you could go the more respectable route and use clipons -33mm for both I believe(?)



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