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Old 05-04-2005, 12:11 PM   #21
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Is it a single? I agree it would be as good as the Rebel
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:20 PM   #22
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Default Re: A 1972 CB 650 for a beginning biker?

LOL, do you say, "Brutale" or "Bwutale"?
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:22 PM   #23
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Default Re: A 1972 CB 650 for a beginning biker?

In '72 it was still the CB500, right? I almost bought one when I got out of the Nav in '71.



If it's a CB350 I wouldn't give more than $300-400. CB350s were designed and built as cheap throwaway motorcycles. As a typical Japanese multi, it is reliable but atrociously expensive to rebuild once it wears out.. Old Hondas are best thrown away. Or you buy 3 or 4 of the same bike so you can keep one running. Sort of like you had to do with brand new AMF Harleys.



I guess in your case you buy a couple dozen CB350s. Then you can keep them running for years. If anyone would want to.
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:39 PM   #24
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I dunno, my '71 CB350 runs like a top, and the 71 CL runs pretty darn good too.



Just keep the oil and oil slinger clean. Can't imagine a more reliable motorcycle than the venerable 350 twin honda.



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Old 05-04-2005, 12:48 PM   #25
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Default Re: A 1972 CB 650 for a beginning biker?

"Federal law only requires importers to provide parts for 7 years, I believe."





Don't think this law really existed. I think it was possibly one of the biggest lies ever told next to "The check is in the mail"!!!!!!
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:54 PM   #26
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No no. Not crack. My ex-brother-in-law gave me a well thrashed CB350 twin years ago. Another friend asked me to sell his old thrashed CB350 when he was suddenly transfered to another town. Both bikes (they were WELL used, like 40,000 miles used) were pretty pathetic and the costs of new engine parts (valves, guide, carb boots,pistons, etc) were far more than the bikes could ever have been sold for.



That's generally been my experience with old Japanese multis. Engine rebuilds are exceedingly costly.
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Old 05-04-2005, 12:56 PM   #27
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All they have to do is provide the parts. So, sometimes it takes 7 years to get them after you order them.
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:06 PM   #28
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Default Re: A 1972 CB 650 for a beginning biker?

Do you agree that "well thrashed" is not "well maintained"?



Admitted, the cam bearings on a 350 twin (or should I say lack of them) are something to watch, but the rest of the bike is pretty much idiot proof.



I've got 24000 miles on the CB, and 7700 on the CL. Both bought from the original owners (who kept them up). With regular maintenance they should last a long time.



Only bad thing about 30+ year old Japanese bikes, parts are getting scarce. And expensive.



Now if I could just wear out the KZ750 to see if you're right...
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Old 05-04-2005, 01:37 PM   #29
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I don't think your argument hold true anymore. The older these bikes become, the more they'll be worth (ones in good shape that is).



In 2001, I sold a 1967 CB450 (Black Bomber) to some guy in Japan for $2,500.00. Another guy in Scotland is willing to pay $3K for a decent example of an early CL350.



And I just sold a 1968 DT1 Enduro in OK shape that needed engine work for $1,300.00.



So maybe there's still hope for your old IT.

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Old 05-04-2005, 01:55 PM   #30
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Hmmm, a Honda 650? If you're gonna go for an older Honda 650 in the high $1000 range go for a Hawk GT, the greatest V-twin ever ... well, one of the greatest anyway.
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