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Hi all,

Just bought a 72 CB 350 before winter, and managed to get one ride in on it. Already I'd like to do some changes, and am looking for advice on clip ons. What are some period vendors? Anybody have some for sale? What else to consider before just going ahead with this? Are controls bolt-on as well?

Thanks!

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oh, duh, a 72, probably a 2 cyl. huh?? try pro-flo.com for the clips, cheapest and best around and they show great. which controls?? the brake/clutch levers will go right on. the throttle (?) has a locating pin that needs to be shaved off. all the wires hang outside and look ugly. get rid of everything you dont need. check out the posts on the tech forum. we actually just talked all about this. there is a ton of shit you can do to the 2 cyl and really make it handle awesome and go fast. (you can even make it stop good too!!!) i race a cb350/2 and aaron has a 350/4 and so does jeremy for race.


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Hey thanks for the site JC - some cool clip-ons there. A bit pricey, especially since I'm in Canada ($1US = $1.6Cdn). Gives me some ideas though!

As for the tech forum, I only see one thread - can you point me in the right direction to the 'tons of shit you can do'?

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Dave,
There is a compiled list of CB350 mods at www.eurospares.com Many CB350 racers contributed suggested upgrades and modifications complete with 'how toos' and supplier lists. While some mods. are only for racing applications, many will be worthwhile for a Cafe street bike. From the Euro Spares opening page click on 'Other Topics'
and then on the 'FAQ for setting up the CB350'
Cheers, Bret @ Glass from the Past
 

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the eurospares site is a good one. i'll see if i can find the threads we did on the clipons and rearsets. you could try british cycle supply. they are canadian. although i dont know how much crosses over. i dont know what size my triumph fork tubes are or for that matter what any of them are. i'll ask around this weekend while im up in vermont. megacycle has a few different cams available. sudco sells mikunis for them. the front ends are easily swapable with cb500, 550, or 750's one of the toughparts is finding a good pipe for it though. chances are, you'll have to have one made or madded for it. sometimes on ebay they pop up.

lessee.................the other threads.

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its too late to look around. its here though, somewhere. above the text window you read, there is a scroller that says show topics....pick the show all topics. you'll see a bunch more topics show up. good luck and later all.

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Thanks for the sites and tips guys! Some pretty good info.

Aaron - I'll have to get back to you on the size - stock as far as I know, but I'll go measure them tomorrow. I remember seeing one set on ebay, from the 70's too - brand name started with an 'H'...

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Okay, finally got around to measuring the fork legs. Does 32mm sound right? Or would it be imperial - 1.25"?

Looking at the forks, I don't think it's a triple clamp after all. Yes, one around each fork, but not around the steer tube, rather on top of the steer tube, then a big bolt. Plus, If I wanted to go with clip ons, would I have to find another way to mount the turn signals and headlight? Currently the bracket covers the fork legs from the top clamp to the lower clamp.

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use the aftermarket headlight brackets. they have holes drilled in the sides for ts stalks. you can drop them below the clip ons or the clip ons below them. look at dk for an example. the chrome on those things generally sucks. it might give you a better idea for setting it up though. god, i cant remember if its 32 or 33!!!


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as always, joe is correct. aftermarket headlight brackets are the way to go. most places have the cheap $12 dollar chrome ones. tomaselli makes a nice rubber mounted set but are a little hard to find but much better quality. on the tube size I would guess 33mm, thats what the 350f is in 72/73.
 

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Joe do you have any 350 twin front forks? Also I haven't spoke with you in a long time. Do you want to go to Daytona with me, my original co-pilot I think is going to bail.

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aaron, i tried to call you last night. i'll have to think about it. i have some nicely bent forks. i'll have to dig through and see what i have. i dont know that i have a set with pretty tubes. i used the nicest set i could put together when i built my race bike. after that i decided to make the switch to 35mm, so i never looked for another set. i'll see what i have though. if i find anything good, its yours. i have about 4 front ends here. i'll drop you a naot and let you know.


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Joe,
I wasn't home last night. I should have mentioned I will be at the shop everynight until I leave for Florida. I'm doing a top end on the BSA (remember I reved it til it didn't rev no more). Plus as soon as Daytona is over I'm dropping the B50 in it so I'm trying to sort out some little things like the rear brake. Anyway I will be home tonight cause Smallville is on so I will try and get a hold of you before 9.

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hey, just found this site. really cool. im building a 73 cb350(twin) caferacer streetbike. what seems to be the best front wheel size to run, stock 18 or a 19 or does it matter much ?

2000 zrx1100 1980 cb650 1993 xr650l 1972 cb450 bobber 1973cl450cafe scrambler 1973cb350 cafe racer, the list goes on
 

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i run an 18 on my street and race. you can get a 19 on the cl though. the cb came with the 18. the 18 will make it turn ever so slightly faster because of its smaller diameter. you may never notice the difference though. it will also depend on your tire size. ive been using the dunlop kr825 on my race bike. its a race compound only but its super low profile so it looks very cool. im now running a cb450 drum with cb750ss tubes and trees to race. its pretty radical for a street bike but very cool. on my street bike im running an early stock k750 front wheel with 550 tubes and trees. i like the spoked look. you can get the later model 750ss with dual disks for ultimate stoppie power. those only come with the star wheels though. of course its all still in kit form laying on my basement floor for my street bike. is that a wish list of bikes you want to own at the bottom of your signature??? because it has a few of mine on there!!! zrx1100...xr650l....


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snakezrx - I would go with the 18 as well mostly for the quickness of turning and handling, but there are several other reasons that the 18 is better for a racer or cafe racer. You seem like you have a few bikes, you should turn that 350 in to a vintage racer and come to NHIS with us.

Joe - You can run dual discs on almost all the early Honda */four model spoked wheels. You just have to remove the speedo drive. The fork legs also have the disc mounts for both sides stock.

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