1973 Honda CB350F

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - In Your Shed -

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

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