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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 :D
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
 

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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 ;)
 

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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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quote:Originally posted by JackC



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

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So this is the 75' cl360 I have been talking about. Its got about 6,300 miles on it, carbs and tank need a good cleaning, battery needs to be replaced and possibly the chain too. Tires are in great shape and isn't missing any parts. For $350 its not too bad of a buy.

First step: Get the bike running!

The bike sits a bit higher then I would like. Anyone have any ideas or recommendations on what I should do to lower the seat height.

Have any ideas or recommendations on what I could do to make this a great looking and riding Cafe?

If I sound not terribly knowledgeable at times or all the time its because this is my first project bike and have up till this time only ridden motorcycles. So any and all help is greatly appreciated.

Also if you feel this should be moved to project bikes please inform me of how I can do so.
 

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Tyres may be in great shape but they are still 35yrs old?
They will stop the rims hitting the floor but are probably hard as hell.
You may get away with it in the dry, but, if you get on a wet road you'll probably be going down
 

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Erik,

I moved this for you. No sweat! Welcome to the site!

Cheers,

Tex
 

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those tires are NOT in great shape. neither are your fork seals.

cut some foam out of the seat and that should reduce the height.
 

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How short can you be that you want a bike thats lower then 360?
 

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Thanks tex!

So tires and fork seals also need replacing, thank you for pointing those out. I am planning to replace them with some enduro tires, but on a limited budget am concentrating on just getting it moving for the time being.

Jaguar- About 5'7" but I have some pretty short legs so the lower I can get it the better.
 

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Even at 5'7" I cant see a 360 being to tall.
 

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First name Erik? Last name Forman? Weren't you on That 70's Show? Lol
 

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RJB- Haha not quite, high school nickname that came from the character in the show that just stuck.

Jaguar- Its not terrible but my dream of not having to walk the bike on my tip toes or rocking it from side to side will not be met with this bike.
 
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