Honda CB350 Classic Restoration Project. Cafe racer.

Price: £1,250.00
Condition: Used
Item location: Winchester Hampshire, United Kingdom
Make: Honda
Model: CB350
Type: Sports Touring
Year: 1972
Mileage: 24,162
Engine size: 350
Gears: Five-speed manual
Start type: Combo
Drive type: Chain

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Honda CB350

Frame Number: CB350 - 4122120

Engine number: CB350E ?€“ 4178523

Recorded Mileage: 24. 62 Kilometres (15. 14 miles)

All of our stock is imported so this motorcycle will require registration in the UK. All import duties are paid and we provide all necessary import documentation. the bike is registered on the NOVA database. please see below for the simple step by step guide on how this is done.


The Honda CB350 is an extraordinary machine. the performance figures are those that you might expect on the screaming two strokes of the era not an apparently mild mannered little Honda. This overhead cam parallel twin produced a claimed 36BHP from 325cc. equivalent to more 110 BHP per litre and red lined at 10. 00 rpm. The CB350 was not only powerful but it also had Honda?€™s legendary reliability. this was reflected in the sales figures when in 1968 it was the world?€™s best selling motorcycle. The popularity of these machines ensures that they are very practical classics with plenty of parts available.

This particular machine is cosmetically clean however it does need some attention. It is a very nice starting point for a winter project please read below for our assessment of the overall condition.



Cosmetically this machine is in generally good order and is to be largely original. however close inspection does reveal some attention is needed. The tank is in good clean condition having been refinished in a factory style paint scheme and to a good standard. it has no dents or damage. the inside has been coated.


The side panels are refinished to match the tank and are undamaged with all lugs intact.


The rear mudguard is in good shape with just a very minor dink on the top left hand side this is barely noticeable. the chrome is clean although we believe it is original so it does have some age to it. The front mudguard does have some minor dents and a scrape on the front edge. it would be acceptable on a bike to be ridden and enjoyed but if the bike was to be fully restored then this would really require replacement.


The seat cover is in good shape aside from a split as it folds under the base on the rear left hand side. The base is poor although it is functional it has clearly split in the past and has been welded. We do not have the key to the seat lock.


The exhaust downpipes are in good order but the silencers both have welded repairs at the end. this is not a tidy job. The front wheel is clean. the chrome does have minor marks on close inspection. the rear wheel is in similar condition. When inspecting the bike we identified that the rear axle was not tight. however when we tightened it the wheel would not spin. we suspect that a spacer is missing although if so it is not obvious. so it could be incorrectly assembled or a bearing issue. this will need investigation and resolution before the bike could be ridden.




We have not had the engine running. when the bike arrived we did spin it up on the starter the engine turned over with no indication of any mechanical issues clearly our testing is limited as we have not been able to run the bike. Since that point the starter is now spinning but does not connect and turn the engine over the engine is free and turns over on the kick start and has good compression.


The choke mechanism is not working and in our experience with these machines the carburetors will almost certainly need to be cleaned through.


A static check on the gearbox has shown all ratios select.




The chassis and cycle parts are in generally good order. as can be seen in the photographs. The frame and swinging arm have been refinished and the paint is in good order. the paint on the chain guard is flaking. The seat lock is present but we do not have a key. the steering lock is missing.  On the suspension side the forks are clean and the action is smooth. The rear shocks are also clean and working well.


The front and rear brakes are working on a static check but the front will require adjustment and possibly shoes as the lever pulls back to the bars.

The bike retains its original air box assembly.




The electrics will also need some investigation the ignition turns on and the headlight works on high and dip beam although dip beam lights with the switch in the off position. When the switch is put into the dip beam position the fuse blows. The rear light is not working. The horn works as do the indicators.


The switch gear is in good order. the instruments are clean we suspect that the faces have been replaced and we have not been able to test them.




This little CB350 is in cosmetically clean and in good order. it has the feel of a partially completed project with much of the hard and expensive work completed. The bike does still need work to restore it to road worthy condition and finish off the last of the cosmetic work such as the silencers. We are not able to offer a full assessment of the mechanical condition as we have not had the bike running but the engine is free and turns over with good compression. It will make an ideal project over the winter months and a great motorcycle to enjoy when the weather improves.


Please review the pictures carefully they form an integral part of the description.


We do not hold the title for this bike so a dating certificate will be required in order to register the bike we can provide contact details to obtain this.   All duties have been paid and the bike is registered on the NOVA database. all paperwork will be supplied and the registration process is very straightforward. We spend a good deal of time working with the DVLA and HMRC to ensure that are bikes are compliant with all current legislation in order that our customers do not have any difficulties in obtaining age related registrations. we have not had a problem with this in over 650 motorcycles we have sold.

Please consider carefully before bidding on a motorcycle we have for sale if you are new to the world of motorcycle maintenance. This motorcycle is a classic machine. it will need to be maintained and cared for. and if you can?€™t spin the occasional spanner we would not recommend purchase.


If you want to view the bike: Call Tony on 07745 650984. We are happy to meet up 7 days a week when possible. We also open most Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. stock levels change but we seek to have a broad range of classic bikes in stock so feel free to drop in for a look round. Our address can found at http://www. classicmotorcyclesearch. co. uk/contact-us/

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If you win: Please contact us within 48 hours of the end of the auction. Call Tony on 07745 650984 or email via eBay. Bikes can be stored for a period should you not be able to collect immediately by agreement.

Payment: We accept payment by bank transfer. cheque or cash on collection. if payment is made by cheque the funds will need to clear before the bike can be released.

Need it delivered: We recommend Peter and Chas they are often in the area picking up from us and delivering across the UK and Europe. They are professional. reliable and will treat your motorcycle like their own. If you have your own shipper we are more than happy to work with them.

If you need a price for delivery then please call/email Peter or Chas direct.

UK: Call Peter on 07831 559538

Europe: Call Chas on 01233 633623

Web link for Peter and Chas: http://www. classicmotorcyclesearch. co. uk/our-friends/

If you win the auction: Call your shipper. give them Tony?€™s number (07745 650984) and leave the rest to us. we like to make the whole process nice and easy.

International Buyers: We are more than happy to deal with International buyers. Please contact Chas direct if you need shipping prices. ?€€

How to register your motorcycle:

1.  MOT the motorcycle on the chassis number.

2.  Insure the motorcycle on the chassis number.

3.  We at the Motorcycle Emporium will provide the following forms:

?· An invoice.

?· All customs and excise paper work as evidence that import duties have been paid.

?· A V55/5 ?€“ Application for a First License for A Used Motor Vehicle Form

The original title where that is available. if the original title is not available a letter from the manufacturers UK importer will be required. we will supply contact details and forms needed. If the manufacturer no longer exists. as in the case of classic British machines. then the DVLA will accept dating certificates from a certified list of suppliers.

4.  Take all the paper work to your local DVLA office and you will then receive a certificate allowing you to purchase a number plate. the Tax disc will follow 2 to 3 days later. Please note. as from October 2013 all paperwork will need to be sent directly to the DVLA.

5.  A normal V5C Registration Certificate will follow by post within the next 28 days.

Finally don?€™t forget that you will need to advise your insurance company of the newly issued registration number.

6.  Need help after buying. just give us a call on 07745 650984.

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