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    Question about cb350 front end

    Hey guys, so I'm new to the forum and new to motorcycles so please don't make fun of me for asking stupid questions haha!

    So I've recently picked up a 1973 Honda CB350. One of the things I have been wondering is regarding the front end.
    So this is what my bike currently looks like:
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    Here is the front end style that I am going for:
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    I was wondering what was done in order to make that front wheel closer to the frame? Was it an entirely new front end, or just a bigger rim/tire, or is it a simple adjustment to the stock forks?
    Again, sorry if what I'm asking seems obvious, like I said, I'm new to bikes. I grew up on old trucks. Thank you everyone in advance for the help.

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    Bikes aren't like cars - you don't lower them and expect handling to improve - in fact it's pretty much the opposite.

    Your "style bike" is pretty much a riding nightmare. Crap tyres, reduced suspension travel / ground clearance, and a lower COG will negatively affect the braking characteristics (lowered bikes tend to "skid" under hard braking). Add in the low bars with standard footrests and you'll soon get to know your local chiropractor on a first name basis.

    It might look cool to you, but it doesn't look cool to anyone who looks at bikes from a functional standpoint.
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    I understand all of that. I am intending on using better tires and making sure to have a solid suspension on there. I would like to note that I am not riding this bike up and down the freeway or anything like that. I am in school and about to start college, so for now it will simply be to ride up the road to my school. After that, I will likely sell it. This bike was intended more so to get some experience with bikes, and then sell it in the future.

    Also, I am still not 100% sure I will even do this to the bike for the exact reasons you mentioned. I am simply wondering how it is done.

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    Spend your money on rear sets, shocks, tires, fork springs, do something about a rear fender, put the stock air box back and side covers on and you'll have a decent, fun bike. Oh, and take the goofy tape X off your headlight, it's like having an L tattoo on your forehead here.

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    does anybody just have an answer to my question? haha!

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    The answer is most likely two fold.
    1. It looks like there was some work done to lower the forks internally by limiting the amount of travel. Most likely by installing a spacer on the damper rod.
    2. There is a taller profile tire in the front which puts the outer diameter of the tire closer to the lower triple clamp and engine.

    As has been mentioned, neither helps handling.

    Now it is time for my questions.
    Why does your bike have electrical tape on the headlight? Is the glass cracked?
    Why does your bike have lower bars, a lower seat and stock footpegs?
    Why does your bike have crap stock shocks on it?
    Why does your bike have crap pod filters on it?
    Why does your bike have crap tires on it?
    Why does your bike have a chopped off razor sharp front fender on it?
    Why does your bike have a side mounted lowered tail light and license bracket?
    How is your front brake, steering bearings and swing arm bushings?
    Why are you asking about shortening forks and fitting clown shoe tires instead of asking about the practical stuff like I just did?

    Not trying to be mean, just making the point that there are potentially real things on your bike that could/should be addressed.

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    Thank you for your help with my question.

    As far as your questions go, I have just recently purchased the bike and it came as seen in the picture. All of your concerns are also concerns of my own that I am also taking in to consideration. However, most of those things you mentioned I either am already working on replacing, or finding a better solution. The reason I did not ask any of the questions you mentioned, is because I know the answers to them, or know how to easily find the answers to them. I am planning on making this bike better than how I received it as far as safety is concerned. I am currently working on a list of all the things I am going to do to the bike, as well as a list of things to consider doing to the bike. This question was located in the "consider doing to the bike" section. I simply wanted to know how it was done so that I could figure out if it was something I wanted to do in the future. This specific aspect of the entire project is not a matter of me choosing to spend money on simply making it look "cool", this question was simply so that I could understand how it was done and then decide if it was something I eventually wanted to do to my bike or not. It is a new project with a long road ahead to get it the way I want it. I was already looking into most of the concerns you had on your list. Hopefully that can make you rest easy that I'm not just another kid out there looking to make their bike look cool on the side of the road without any concern for safety. I am trying to build a quality bike. However, like I said in the beginning, I am just new to this and had a simple question.

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    Perhaps you should have started with the "list" of potential upgrades you were considering. "Here is the front end style that I am going for" makes it sound like you are "choosing to spend money on simply making it look "cool"".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dchapa10 View Post
    I am currently working on a list of all the things I am going to do to the bike, as well as a list of things to consider doing to the bike. This question was located in the "consider doing to the bike" section. I simply wanted to know how it was done so that I could figure out if it was something I wanted to do in the future. This specific aspect of the entire project is not a matter of me choosing to spend money on simply making it look "cool", this question was simply so that I could understand how it was done and then decide if it was something I eventually wanted to do to my bike or not. It is a new project with a long road ahead to get it the way I want it. I was already looking into most of the concerns you had on your list. Hopefully that can make you rest easy that I'm not just another kid out there looking to make their bike look cool on the side of the road without any concern for safety. I am trying to build a quality bike. However, like I said in the beginning, I am just new to this and had a simple question.
    Hey Dchapa, welcome to the site. Did you read the "read first" section of CR.net before asking your question. I'd guess a "no" on that one. There's a reason your question is getting the response it is. You want to know how to do something that there is no good reason for doing. (IE clown shoe tires) Perhaps that should have been your first question. As for not being one of the "look cool" crowd, well,,,,, look at your bike!! The list of shit done to it just for looks is massive and the list of things done to improve it's actual handling and performance appears non existent. That's ok, it was built for that "cool" look that's been the trend. It will turn heads on campus. But if you got it for a decent rider you bought the wrong bike. Enjoy it for what it is, maybe tweak it a bit for a better safer ride or flog it and get a solid daily rider designed around the ride and not the curb appeal. Cheers, ride safe.
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    Good Lord "Here is the front end style that I am going for:" You are going for non-functional who in their right mind would want to do that!
    ... lol now I gotta go back and read the rest of this thread.

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