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    Erik's CL360 Build

    Hello all,

    Brand new to this forum and relatively new to classic motorcycles as my knowledge is at absolute zero. Also sorry if I posted this under the wrong section but I have a question and am looking for answers.

    Its been my dream for quite some time to build a cafe racer to ride for life, and I have recently been offered a relatively good deal for a 74 honda cl360 in near running condition for 500. With an unbiased opinion as humanly possible(it appears everyone owns a 350), is the 360 really as bad a bike that ive been reading and if so in what ways? Or is it worth it to wait out for a cl350? Ive been patient for quite some time but I'm starting to really get the itch to build this bike. And I dont know how many cl350s there are in my area that are getting sold soon, possibly none.

    Any help is very much appreciated.

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    quote:Originally posted by Forman65

    Hello all,



    Its been my dream for quite some time to build a cafe racer to ride for life, and I have recently been offered a relatively good deal for a 74 honda cl360 in near running condition for 500. With an unbiased opinion as humanly possible(it appears everyone owns a 350), is the 360 really as bad a bike that ive been reading and if so in what ways? \

    Any help is very much appreciated.
    No such thing as nearly running, it's either a runner or it isn't.
    If it has a clean title, it's probably not worth messing around waiting
    I like 360's and do a lot of dumb stuff to them
    With modern oil the top end seems to hold up a lot better than they did in the 70's
    You will not get it running right with pods so either keep stock filters, put up with bad running, get some VM28/30 or send them to me to get fixed
    I dabble in rocket science, when I\'m not picking my nose
    The other night I gave my girlfriend an orgasm, but, she spat it back at me

    'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'

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    Haha very true about the running part, I just like to remain optimistic.

    Is there really much of a difference in top speed between a 360 and 350? Im not looking for a racer bike but it would be nice to keep up with traffic. Also a question that is somewhat important to me is my height being 5'7" is the 360 much taller then a 350?


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    I am 5' 7 3/4", and have had both 350's and a 360. They are about the same height, and I can sit with both feet on the ground. The 360 had a 6 speed gearbox, which is a plus. I could easily keep up with anyone on both bikes until we came to steep hills, then the 900cc bikes pulled away.

    I understand what you mean by "nearly running"--kind of like it is all together, ran when they put it away so that it should start with a cahrged battery, fresh gas and a sweep of sandpaper thru the points. Not a pile of engine parts in a box.

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    Where are you at? I have a running titled CL350 taking up space in my garage. It needs the top end rebuilt because it smokes and has a very slight head gasket leak. Will need a new front tire as well.

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    360should be quick enough to keep up with traffic
    I dabble in rocket science, when I\'m not picking my nose
    The other night I gave my girlfriend an orgasm, but, she spat it back at me

    'you can take my word for it or argue until you find out I'm right'

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    JackC- Thanks, height has always been a concern for me. My first bike was a 650 nighthawk I picked up in high school and I can't tell you how embarrassing it was to try and park it some times. And its true about the almost running, the bike just needs a little tlc to get it going but yeah still not quite running. And thanks for clearing up the speed issue. I'm feeling much better about this purchase, so it looks like Ill be having a fun project for the next few months.

    Muskies666- Sorry I haven't really gotten around to updating my profile. But I am in southeastern MN. I see your in Boise, which may be a "little" out of my reach. But thank you for notifying me anyways.

    Crazypj- Thats a pretty awesome photo. And its good to know that speed really isn't an issue.

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    Bear in mind you need to push the 350/60 a bit past where it sounds "comfortable" to get it to sing. If I recall correctly my 360 didn't really kick in until at least 6Krpm, and maybe 7- it was a while ago.

    I can't read PJ's speedo. What is it at?

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    Thanks and it looks like its at 90, which is plenty fast for me.

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    quote:Originally posted by JackC



    I can't read PJ's speedo. What is it at?
    Still accelerating (although very slowly )
    The last number mark is 110mph
    Just keep it revving over 7K and it's happy
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