what can I do to make this bike faster?!
buy a bigger bike. Dollar per cc this is the best option. If a stock cb350 is not doing it for you in the speed department before you even bought one then don't start there, buy a 450 and so on.
Speed in bikes is relative. Compared to the bikes that came before it a cb350 can feel like a rocket (espically if you are comparing to a dream 95 or 200). If you are comparing it to say a modern 250 ninja, you could lump it in the speed category with razor rollerboard scooters. as a street bike a cb350 is a fairly peppy bike and will do exactly what you need it to in any urban situation. As for cracking the ton and staying there without hurt on the engine, a bigger bike is the way to go. No matter how much you spend and how many speed parts you throw at it it will still be an old bike and slower than anything modern. most people ride old bikes for the overall riding expirence, that barnstormer feeling of cheating death that the modern motorcycle has pretty much eliminated. Don't just do the stupid hipster thing an buy a cb hond because it seems to be fashonible now.
My earlier point was that each of the bikes you listed has its own following and while many places will cover all for service items, all the stuff you want is usually done by specalisits. I could give you a 5 page list of vendors for the cb750 and none of them will have a single screw nut or bolt for a cb350. Some of the guys here could do that for a 350.
It is more priductive to tailor the bike to your needs than it is to force your needs to fit the bike. Are you going to tour? city or highway use? is it a weekend toy or actual transportation? these are things you should be thinking about and then looking in a class of bikes that fit your need (honda was not the only jap company to make motorcycles in the 70s). if you are looking to fart around town on a sunday and you probably won't ride further than the local pub or you want to do entry level racing a cb350 is a great choice. If you want to take day trips or overnighters but never get that far from home or you plan on riding everyday in an urban enviornment a cb450 is probably more fitting. If you want to ride two up for weekend trips or longer or plan on doing a lot of highway riding a cb550 or 750 will probably be better suited. also body type plays a lot into it. If you are over 6'1" and more than 200lbs I would stay away from a cb350. If you are a midget like AD, a cb750 will be too much for you.
best of luck.
Edited by - geeto67 on Jul 27 2006 7:27:34 PM