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hey guys, i've got '75 cl360 that i'm trying to cafe. it's slow going since i don't know anything about anything mechanical. but i'm learning, usually by screwing something up, taking it to the shop and then looking to see how they did it right. anyway... i'd like to put a different tank on my bike, something a little more square than the stock one. any recommendations on tanks that could be installed w/ a minimum of hassle?

thanks in advance!
 

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hey johnny-

yeah, the 360 tanks are ass. it seems they were trying to make the whole bike look bigger and the tank was the first victim. i have one sitting in the garage wiating for some help and i think i'm gonna do to it what i did to my CB350....find an SL350 tank. it's a smaller racier tank from honda's scambler version of the 350. it's not likely a direct replacement as far as mounting, but that's what drills and bolts are for.

good luck-
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I'm pretty sure a cj360T tank will fit the frame fairly easily. They are much longer and squarer and hold about 3.5 gallons. The only problem is that they only made the cj360 for two years (76-77) so finding one would be kind of difficult. The cj360T tank looks like an old breadbox square tank, kind of like a supersport tank and would look the shiznit with a nice fiberglass seat. the cj is kind of an unwanted bike so if you do find the parts they won't be expensive (if you were in ny I could tell you where to get a whole bike with missing papers for $300).
 

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oh, here's a pic of my bike as is. any recommendations on what to do next would be mucho appreciated. maybe while i'm looking for a tank i'll replace that giant brake light...
 

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triumph tailight pronto! how about some oval number plates over the air filters? a set of clubmans or clipons (however, that might not work with the high pipe, looks wise)...

what are you doing about the brake?

tex

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oval number plates? no idea what those are. i think i'm gonna keep the dragbar for now. hadn't planned on changing the brake, what would be the advantage? seems like it might be out of my ability too...? if i can't find a new tank i might just sand the paint off this one. who makes an orange motorcycle fer christ sake?
 

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I second the small tail light, Clubman bars but if the drag bars feel good go with them. I like the look of the drum brakes especialy dual leading shoe type I would keep them
I would get rid of those turn signals and put some smaller ones on.
Maybe a cafe style seat or remove your seat cover and notch the foam and re streach the fabric over the seat.
Keep the high pipes.
You know you dont have to do all this at once.
Slowly step thru it.
A tank i know Honda 500 twins have a nice tank with small knee indents on them been trying to figure a way to put one on my T-500.

//members.lycos.nl/corrb/hpbimg/P1010001.jpg
not my bike just a nice pic of the tank
Good luck

Edited by - lance on Jun 13 2006 09:33:40 AM
 

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white oval pieces of plastic that you affix vinal black competition numbers to! figured since you didn't have the left hand side cover in the pix, you probably needed one, and instead of replacing the covers, the number boards might work.

my thoughts.

tex

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oval number plates? no idea what those are. i think i'm gonna keep the dragbar for now. hadn't planned on changing the brake, what would be the advantage? seems like it might be out of my ability too...? if i can't find a new tank i might just sand the paint off this one. who makes an orange motorcycle fer christ sake?
Honda likes orange bikes even though their official racing color is red. The 2006 CBR 1000 comes in orange, and the most popular color for honda in the 1970s was flake sunrise (heavy metallic orange). The orange and flat black that is on your bike is one of the best color schemes honda had on their bikes, at least I think so.

clubmans on the smaller bikes are kind of a hard fit and will hit the stock tank, if you can find them go with clipons instead. Those high scrambler pipes are dead sexy but be careful not to burn your leg in a racer's crouch. The simple tricks are smaller signals, a brit style taillight (lucas, limp sausage, etc), smaller gauges (drag specalities or j/c whitney), a fiberglass front fender or ditch it all together, a fiberglass seat and tail, and remove all unnecessary parts (rear grab rail, center stand, etc).

good luck.
 

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Not Necessarily
I found out about this article on this site and its pretty good if you need to shorten them and want to do it yourself

VINTAGE BIKE TECH TIPS
REPAIR THAT OLD CABLE
DO IT YOURSELF
http://www.off-road.com/dirtbike/jul2001/jul01rsCableTech.html

I asked Rick "Super Hunky" Sieman directly and this is what he said

"You can tell if the cable is too long if it hangs out after you tuck it in. If you go to
shorter bars, you might not have to shorten the cable if the change was not
significant. Play it by eye."

Turns out mine were fine
Maybe yours will be to
Cheers
 

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that's awesome, good stuff. just out of curiosity, could you use like a honda cb200's (or something) cables as replacements? is there a difference in length? do they use the same kind of cables? just a thought...

thanks for the info
 

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I think that your CL360 is beautiful. Heck, I even like the Orange paint job (though I know it is not for everyone...). That gas tank is also a keeper -- the offset gas cap is really cool. Look at most bikes and their cap is right in the middle of the tank. I think that you would be really happy if you repainted the tank and laid a line of checkers right down the middle of the tank. It would look great! Very cafe.

The high pipes are what makes this bike so cool. No matter what don't get rid of those.

Almost any bike can look cafe with low handle bars and a solo seat. From there comes rear fender/ tail light mods, front fender, paint job, rear sets.

But looks are only looks. Performance is also important. IF you plan on riding the bike hard, you first need to make sure that your brakes, tires and then your suspension are up for it. Engine mods should always come after making sure the other three are up for it! You should be able to lock both wheels with a nominal effort. If you can't do this they need some love. Likewise, it is paramount that those skinny tires stay on the ground. The only advantage that your little bike has is that it is small and light, and thus easy to throw through the turns. If your tires and suspension suck then you might as well be riding a Vespa.

That front drum break can be kind of wimpy/scary. I recently revived the front drum for my '70 Suzuki T350. Before the work I could grab a whole handful of leaver and barely slow the scooter down. That was with everything adjusted correctly. I know something had to be done! I ended up taking the front wheel assembly to one of those places that works on 19 wheeler brakes and clutches. For $60.00 they replaced my shoes' 30+ year-old friction material with some amazing modern stuff. You don't need me to tell you haw much brake technology has improved over even the last 10 years. (It was called the "Green Grabber" compound.) Anyway, they cleaned my old shoes, bonded the new stuff, checked the drum for round, then put the assembled hub with the shoes installed into a lathe and custom shaped it (radiused it) to fit my drum. The result was unbelievable! I now can do more with just one finger than I used to be able to do with all my might. Amazing. I now have almost no fade, and it will stop me on a dime.

So even your old drum brake can be brought up to speed.

Having said all of that, looks are up to you, but as you consider how to spend your hard urned $$, be sure to remember the important stuff. Tires, brakes and suspension, then make her pretty.

Just my 2 cents worth.

Peace and grease
-fang

'70 Suzuki T350
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Oh, a side note about me liking orange bikes; I once had a '71 Honda CL175.

Bone stock. It was the bike that got me into old bikes.

Peace and grease
-fang

'70 Suzuki T350
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welcome fang...good to see you over here and not just on the suzi 2 strokers board.

You have to thow one really good pic of your bike up on here it is a cool peice and people can learn from example.
 
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