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.

5 comments:

  1. Email for Barry is not working. How can I contact?

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  2. Barry, I have a 72 350 honda CL..just like the one in the pic above for sale....call me-6164771635. I'm in southeast mich

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  3. I had one exactly like this when I was discharged from the service. My wife and I loved it. A great bike.

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  4. This was my first bike when I was 16 living in Southwest Michigan. Same color, only mine had a white fiberglass fairing on the front and I put a backrest and lockbox on the back that came from a Harley. It said "King of the Road" on the box. Loved that bike!

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  5. After I graduated from Penn State in December of '71, I bought a bike just like this one in the summer of '72 . It was my first motorcycle and I loved it! On road or off road it was great ride! A girl I knew asked me if I wanted to go to a party at her house. I accepted. While at the party I asked her if she wanted to go for a ride on it. She accepted. In August '14 we will celebrate our 40th anniversary!!

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