Monday, October 11, 2010

1972 Honda CL350

One of the most distinctively American motorcycle designs in the "scrambler"- a street bike with off-road features, usually elevated exhaust pipe and wide, elevated handlebars. Honda's contribution to this fad was its CL series of the 60s and 70s- bikes more or less identical to CB-series bikes with the aforementioned cosmetic changes.

The CL350 was reportedly the least popular of the 350s of that era (it was built from 1968 through 1974)  but not because it wasn't a solid, dependable bike. With a typically reliable Honda parallel twin producing a claimed 36HP, it was a fun bike with plenty of power. But while 350s were popular "big bikes" during much of the 50s and 60s, 1969 brought the CB750, which changed the rules of the game. The 350s were never as popular after that.

This particular '72 CL350 (in Candy Panther Gold) is currently getting a thorough tuneup and detailing job in Barry's garage.