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Hey, I just bought a non-running (ran last year supposedly) Cl175 with spare motor and no title on Egay for $76.01. I have to pick it up this week (only 20mi away). Is the cl good to race? I didn't know if the chassis or anything was different than the CB. Also, is there anyone that races 175s in the midwest. Thanks, Jimmy.
 

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wera smallest displacement in vintage is now 350gp. try ahrma as they have a 200gp class. www.ahrma.org click on schedule and go from there. wera is www.wera.com i don't know what the canadians have, but mosport would be a good roadtrip. google vrra for their website.

nice score. i'm jealous.

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Jimmy,
The closest AHRMA races to you are going to be in Michigan. There is a race at Gingerman and one at Grattan in June, I think. The 200GP class is a good one to get started in as most of the racers are real friendly and helpful. I won't be able to attend either of those races this year, but may try for the July Wera race at Grattan. I will be in western WI at the end of June. I have a spare Honda 350 front end if that is of interest.
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Michigan isn't too far, but that's not a lot of time to build a racebike (and take a racing class to get a racing license). Is the 350 front end better than the 175's? Thanks, Jimmy
 

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Jimmy,
I think the 350 front end has bigger diameter fork tubes, 33mm, and a bigger front brake. There are even better front ends available off egay for not much money, too. 35mm is better than 33. 305 and 450 brake drums are bigger too, as are Suzuki 500t.If you are not in a rush, then get the bike running and take the school, then work on the bike and take it racing.
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I'm running two of the 175's. One with a 35mm front end and one with a 31mm CB200 front end. Depending on rider and bike weight...I'm not sure how much help the 35mm front end is. If the bike is down around where it should be...(less than 225 lbs) and the rider is of a moderate weight...170 lb or less, I'm not sure if the extra strength of the 35mm comes into play much...specially considering the extra weight you'll carry with the 35mm front end.
Bikes like the Honda MT125 (two stroke) factory road racer use 31mm (or smaller) front forks...and are capable of making laps a LOT faster than most 175's.
Personally I prefer the larger front tubes....but I can't say as I have any proof the bike handles better because of it.

Like the man says...I'd suggest a larger brake though...CB160 or 305/450 is a good choice.
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I weigh 210, and I just started working out again (hoping to get to 220, although maybe not a good idea if I want to race). Jimmy
 

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I wouldn't run the 33's. I've run them and they suck. I'm switching back to the 31mm and if I weighed 210, I'd probably run the 35mm.

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I recently picked up a set of brand new NOS CB200 fork tubes on ebay for a song (31mm) still in the Honda wrapper. I use the 31mm forks on one of the race bikes...nice little forks. Light and seem to work pretty good when setup right.
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