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I am sure I have mentioned this before but in case I haven't allow me to reiterate. I want to race bikes. Having looked around on various forums and talked to several people the recommendations for going with a CB350 have come up a lot. There are 2 70-71 CL350's for sale in my area for $400 each, the price might seem a bit high to some of the guys in the US but up here as long as the bike is complete and not trashed that is not a bad price. What I want to know is , how much different are the CB350's than the CL305's, are the engines the same (different cam's maby?), the frames. you know stuff along those lines. I appreciate any help I can get.

PS For whatever reason the search function does not work for me or I probably could have saved some time by not having to type this out.

Chris

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No real difference b/w the CB and CL. Mainly cosmetic. If they are complete, somewhat clean and kick over $400 (even US dollars) ain't bad.

Some on here may tell you that if you're interested in racing, try to find a complete race bike. Building one can be really frustrating and expensive if funds are tight. It may be a big outlay of cash to do so, but building a race bike (even converting a street bike to production racer to some degree) is really expensive.

Then again, it's an incredible learning experience to build one. I'm in the middle of a project right now.

If you do go the restore/build one route, be prepared for it to take a LOT longer than you think (unless, of course you have a fully functional machine shop and a bitchin' set of Snap On tools in your garage).



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dude

we don't race bikes here... we just park our racers under ez ups and hang out drinking beers and shit talk while it pisses down rain


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Luckily for me I am a mechanic and have a pipmin (well maby medium pimpin) box of assorted snap-on, mac, canadian tire and grey tools. Unfortunately I do not have access to a machine shop. I am however well aware of the time and cost of building a bike as I have done two so far and I can happily say that both were waaaay over budget and estimated time to complete

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My suggestion is get them both. Then I would make one into a very basic racebike by using the best of all your stock components. Then I would buy a good set of rear shocks and tires and go racing. I can guarantee you that the bike will be better than you are. Then as you figure out what you need to improve on the bike to improve your laptimes you do to the second bike. Start by doing the stuff that is cheap or free depending on your resources and what is legal for the class that you want to run. Brace the frame and swing arm, weld the frame seam. Build a hotter motor, Mikuni carbs, exhaust system, wheels and brakes, etc. If you work on one bike while getting track time on a basically stock racer, you will be way ahead financially and frustration wise.
I have done this before and have some ideas as do many of the racers here.

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My suggestion is get them both. Then I would make one into a very basic racebike by using the best of all your stock components. Then I would buy a good set of rear shocks and tires and go racing. I can guarantee you that the bike will be better than you are. Then as you figure out what you need to improve on the bike to improve your laptimes you do to the second bike. Start by doing the stuff that is cheap or free depending on your resources and what is legal for the class that you want to run. Brace the frame and swing arm, weld the frame seam. Build a hotter motor, Mikuni carbs, exhaust system, wheels and brakes, etc. If you work on one bike while getting track time on a basically stock racer, you will be way ahead financially and frustration wise.
I have done this before and have some ideas as do many of the racers here.

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Yeah the bikes are gone, they were gone about 2 hours after I talked to the guy. So looks like I am SOL until I find another one

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Yeah the bikes are gone, they were gone about 2 hours after I talked to the guy. So looks like I am SOL until I find another one

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