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Post  Hybridwheels on Mon 31 Aug - 0:22

Hello racers,

After introducing myself, I thought I'd make a project page for my honda cb350f.

Since there's a rule in Holland that new drivers cannot ride a bike with a heavier engine than 25kw en me being a poor student. A honda cb350f seemed likea good choice. whilst surfing on the Dutch ebay, I stumbled upon an add offering a cb350 for a very fair price. Three days later I owned my first motorcycle.




It was very yellow, and time hadn't been very kind on it (or the owner hadn't I don't know) But according to the previous owner it should run fine with a new battery. So it did, and short after I rode a motorcycle for the first time Very Happy



Now that I knew the engine was fine, it was time to pull the whole thing apart.


Since I love cafe-racers, I wanted certain cafe traits on my bike. I wanted: Spoked wheels, double disk brakes on the front wheel and a 4-in-2 exhaust system.
But first I had to take of the cilinder head because it had one busted sparkplug thread. After disassembly I discovered that several threads were busted, so I searched for a replacement cylinder head:


The replacement:



In the meanwhile I disassembled the engine covers to start polishing.

Because spoked double-disk-wheels are kind of rare I first bought a cx500 front fork. It fit into my cbs crown plate nicely; the only adjustment was lowering the front end by sliding the crown plate down the fork a bit.


Since I wanted to keep some of the classic looks of the bike (I wanted to keep the painted fork covers) I had to transfer the chrome fork covers from the cb350 fork onto the cx500 fork, else there would be an open gap between the cover and fork.
Of course some harmonica rubbers would have saved me a lot of effort, but I like the covers better.

Because of the double disk brakes, there is a splitter between the brake lines, a little picture of the mounting bracket:

The polishing was coming along very nicely in the meanwhile.




Since most of the polishing was finished I decided to start on the paintwork for some small parts.

After that turned out great, the gas tank, side covers, head light and clocks were up. With this as a result:

In real life the paint looks a lot better, taking pictures in a garage is not always easy Very Happy
After discovering a double disk spoked front wheel on ebay, I contacted the advertiser and aquired myself a wheel . After minor adjustments the Suzuki wheel fit nicely into the cx500 fork.

I am replacing the rims and spokes, so the optic state of the wheel doesnt really matter at this point. Except for the disks, but they were in good condition.
The next thing on my list was a 4-in-2 exhaust system; A very nice one had been hanging around on ebay for a while. So after my bank account (which is empty most of the time) was refilled with this months pay I bought it Very Happy


This is my project so far Very Happy

to do:
Steel hosed braking lines, a bigger braking pump/handle, sort out the wiring, find rims and spokes and fix the muffler mounting.

Updates following soon!


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Post  650zed on Mon 31 Aug - 9:51

This is exactly the kind of photo-stories we love here!!!!


Brilliant work, absolutely! Very nice to see and to read...


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Post  Hybridwheels on Mon 31 Aug - 12:07

I'm glad you like it, coming thursday the build continues. Finishing the wheels and taking them to Haan wheels for spokes. cheers
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Post  Dave on Mon 31 Aug - 16:05

looking mighty fine, nice how you integrated the suzuki wheel and cx fork
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Post  hondalover on Mon 31 Aug - 17:37

Hey, nice project, when you go to haan wheels, what you buy chrome rims or Morad alu wheels, they look verry nice on your project, just checked the price on Vehikel last Sunday, E 140 and E 100 for the spokes and work !! Good luck.

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Post  Toecutter on Mon 31 Aug - 18:13

idd a very nice photo/project with nice comments, great job , this is going to be a beauty.

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Post  Hybridwheels on Mon 31 Aug - 19:03

Update!

A short while ago the mailman delivered a package from Ren van Maanen, my rear hub and anchor plate Very Happy Of course it was not shiny enough to be laced into a new rim yet. I cut the front hub out of the rim and polished them both, I also repainted the hearts of the brake disks.

See for yourself:




Thanks for the positive comments Very Happy about those rims @ Haan wheels though, Does anyone have pictures of the alu one's?

More updates will follow!

*edit: fixed the pictures*


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Post  Wallace on Mon 31 Aug - 22:40

Great photos, thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing the next instalment.
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Post  andreas on Tue 1 Sep - 20:54

Respect - with 17ten such a perfect work - you are on the right way! Hope i meet you in October and you show us "life" your Honda.

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Post  Hybridwheels on Tue 1 Sep - 21:39

andreas wrote:Respect - with 17ten such a perfect work - you are on the right way! Hope i meet you in October and you show us "life" your Honda.

Andreas
Thanks alot andreas, its easier when you have the right tools and a good place to work. Hopefully by the end of this week I'll have visited Haan wheels so I can finish the wheels of Very Happy
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Post  Gss on Wed 2 Sep - 11:44

My kind of bike build! Looking great! realy love the Suzuki GS rims !

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Post  Hybridwheels on Fri 11 Sep - 21:28

Update!
I fixed the wiring, used schrinking tubes to bundle the loose wires together. I think it worked out fine.



I also finished off the tank; mounted the honda emblems and the fuel cap.



I told you the paint looks better in the daylight Very Happy

Still haven't been to Haan wheels, due to lack of transportation.

More updates will follow.

gr, Lex
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Post  Toecutter on Fri 11 Sep - 22:48

Looking shiny man, great job on the tank , and...shrinking tubes is the best ! Cool

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Post  tz250b on Sun 13 Sep - 0:08

Brilliant, I wounder how great it would be to have a DRY clutch on that machine.............

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Post  Hybridwheels on Sun 13 Sep - 1:20

tz250b wrote:Brilliant, I wounder how great it would be to have a DRY clutch on that machine.............
I am afraid the conversion would be one hell of a job silent
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Post  Hybridwheels on Sun 27 Sep - 2:24

Update !

This week I picked up my wheels from Haan. They are aluminium wheels, 19 Akront at the front and 18 Morad for the rear.
Stainless steel spokes wich were measured for my hubs.



Cafe style rims


Also my front fender and gas filter from rocket arrived!


After some polishing:

A fender is not an easy shape to polish evenly though silent

Updates will follow.
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Post  CJ on Sun 27 Sep - 11:06

Nice work,

You're doing it a lot quicker then me Very Happy

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Post  Hybridwheels on Sat 10 Oct - 1:01

Update!

I have been slacking with the updates, so here's a really big one..

Building the wheels..

Balancing the wheels..

Centering the front wheel after balancing..

Placed fresh breaking shoes..

And put the tires on the finished wheels..

Front breaking discs mounted..

What the rear wheel looks like..

Put the sucker back together..

Muffler mounting is not done yet..



I've painted the cilinders today, pics of that will follow.

*PS* I will fix the image sizes together with the next update. Neutral

*EDIT* Fixed the image sizes cheers


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Post  650zed on Sat 10 Oct - 9:27


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Post  Toecutter on Sat 10 Oct - 19:25

Lovely Machine ! Very Happy

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Post  Hybridwheels on Sat 10 Oct - 21:25

Thanks, I'll upload some pics of the back cilinder right now cyclops

*EDIT* Here we go:

Grabbed some newspaper and papertape, and started sticking them around the cilinders (took some time)

Went for a matt finish, paint hasn't dried here so it is still glossy.

Without the newspaper, flash still made it look glossy.


I want to remove the paint from the cilinders cooling ribs like this:


But I am afraid I'll fuck up and have to start all over again silent any suggestions on how to to this?

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Post  andreas on Sun 11 Oct - 13:19

Hi Hybridwheel,
was going on? Cannot be that you have nothing to show us? So let us see something new!
See you in Amsterdam on the first meeting??

Andreas


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Post  Hybridwheels on Sun 11 Oct - 17:02

Hey Andreas,

I am kinda busy with school (first test week starting tomorrow) But on the side I am working on the breaking handle/cilinder. I got on of a double disk model bike, because the original did not have enough braking capacity for 2 disks.

So I'll keep you guys posted.

gr, Lex
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Post  Crazy Cavan on Mon 12 Oct - 21:15

just use sandpaper wrapped around a woodblok or something on the ribs, it should rub only the surface
nice slick bike Cool

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Post  Hybridwheels on Mon 26 Oct - 2:14

Update!

So I decided, since the braking calipers needed some work anyway, I would give them a somewhat racier look.
First of, blasting the braking pistons out with a handpump.


The original versus the tryout caliper. I widened the service check gap, took off a bunch of aluminium cyclops


Mounted one to see how it looks. I'm happy with the way they turned out.


I started the engine last week, ran really smoothly cheers I'll finish painting the calipers this week.

Planned: Velocity stacks, and some adjusting to the carburettor settings.

Updates will follow.
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