1973 Honda CB350F
Owner: Stephen Richardson, Texas, USA Owned for: coming up to a year So far: Hailwood rep built in seven months What’s next? An MV rep, perhaps
As a teenager in England in the late ’70s, I spent a lot of time around UK race tracks. The bikes that made the biggest impression on me were the Manx Nortons, Hondas and MVS. I built this Honda to resemble a 1968 RC166. I purchased the rolling chassis of a ’73 CB350F with a standard engine which has had no modifications other than the addition of velocity stacks and the carbs rejetted. I replaced all fixtures with stainless steel. The frame was modified at the rear to lower the profile of the bike and to accommodate a new tank and bubble seat. The electrics, wiring, and battery are hidden underneath the seat hump. The wheels were relaced with new spokes and Akront alloy rims, rear-sets and clip-ons. The loom was removed and replaced with custom wiring. The seat and tank were made to order by Air Tech in California.
The build took me about seven months to complete. All the work was done by me except the tank and seat paintjob and the frame’s powdercoating. The riding position is very much like a race set-up which is great if you’re only doing six laps around a track. This is partly due to the height of the rearsets. I used the original pillion passenger mounting
brackets. The bike is electric start and runs like a champ considering it’s a stock 350 four. You can definitely feel it pull when you get up in the power band.
Bit of a stretch to those faraway clip-ons – but hey, that’s cafe racers
From comfortable and practical to agonizing and radical
Honda fours always look pukka with bellmouths