This is a lousy introduction
I am interested in having a CB commissioned to be built.
Seriously? What The Fuck? You have yachts and exotic besoke sports cars commissioned to be built. When you hire shops to modify an existing motorcycle it is called "modifying an existing motorcycle" since they aren't starting from scratch. When you have a 1970's honda modified by a shop it's called "lighting your money on fire"
Pray tell, whom are you "commissioning" to do this work?
I can't decide what size as I'm getting so many different opinions. I have never owned a CB- most of my experience is with Yamaha dirt bikes.
Whom are you getting these opinions from? your other buddies who read the same pipeburn articles you do?
Coming from that I like a lighter bike and want a tracker/brat style.
You have no idea what you want. Case in point you used the word tracker and brat in the same sentence and you used the word brat at all. Let's start with the obvious questions:
- What do you want the bike to do?
- What riding experience do you want it to deliver?
- Multiple Choice: which 1970's racing motorcycle rider do you want the bike to most make you feel like?
a) Mike Hailwood at the Isle Of Mann
b) Jay Springsteen at the Indy Mile
c) Burt Munro at Bonneville
d) Russ Collins at Englishtown
Guys tell me get a 550F, others say go smaller with a 350.
again who are these "guys"? how do oyu know you can trust them. seems shifty.
I feel as though a 350 doesn't have enough power,
Have you ridden one? Motorcycles are all power to weight ratio. if you are 400 lbs and your wife just ate an entire easter ham, chances are the cb350 isn't going to light the world on fire.
especially if I was ever to take my wife out on the bike.
Buy XR1200 sportster. Seriously. Buy one, spend $5K on the VH kit parts to make it less ugly. or a new triumph scrambler and never look back. Whatever thing this wild hair you have yields your wife will probably not want anything to do with. but more importantly don't shuttle people you love around on old junk, buy something new with good brakes and tires and isn't going to be an albatross. I gaurantee whatever shenanigans this old piece of shit you are going to commission is going to cause your wife probably isn't up for it.
Any advice out there on what CB between a 400-550 I should look into acquiring and why?
The one that is not a honda. No seriously. Go to garage company in California. Ask Yosh to build you a Shell or champion tribute xs650 tracker. Stroke a fat check. enjoy a single seat street legal flat tracker. make wife take a cab or hitch. sell for 1/3rd of what you paid for it to be built.
you just aren't asking the right questions dude. but don't worry I still have all the right answers