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    Looking at this 1972 Honda CB350 for first bike & project

    Hey All -- I'm super pumped about getting my bike license and first fixer-uper. I'm even more thrilled to start working on a bike than I care to ride around, but I'm sure that will be fun too. I've been wrenching on old trucks for about 5 years, am getting pretty good, and was about to buy an old 350 chevy engine to disassemble/assemble when a work buddy invited me to take a motorcycle class with him. Well, instead of learning on a massive engine, I figured I'd start with a bike.

    Going to check out the below old beauty next week. $500. If it cranks, it'll probably come home with me. If it doesn't....it might anyway for a low-ball offer.

    I looked around and it seems like I'll be able to buy replacement brake pistons, brake pads, head gaskets, ehaust....anything I need via at least ebay (worst case scenario). Anything else I should be considering in this purchase?




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    Welcome to the group.

    The 350 is an excellent choice for a first bike (or 12th, or 18th, whatever). They are relatively honest to work on, parts are pretty easy to come by, and advice is abundant. Speaking of which:

    Basic Checklist for that New to You old Bike
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    Welcome to the forum. Looks like you found a good bike worth reviving.
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    My guess is that it won't start when you go to look at it. An ancient dead battery just about guarantees that, as will varnished/clogged carbs, old/rusty gas in the tank, etc. You can kick it over with the kick starter to see if the engine is free, though. If the engine is locked up, I wouldn't offer much for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 83XLX View Post
    My guess is that it won't start when you go to look at it. An ancient dead battery just about guarantees that, as will varnished/clogged carbs, old/rusty gas in the tank, etc. You can kick it over with the kick starter to see if the engine is free, though. If the engine is locked up, I wouldn't offer much for it.
    Excellent advice- one less thing for me to research (how to manually crank motorcycle engine), thanks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by J-T View Post
    Welcome to the group.

    The 350 is an excellent choice for a first bike (or 12th, or 18th, whatever). They are relatively honest to work on, parts are pretty easy to come by, and advice is abundant. Speaking of which:

    Basic Checklist for that New to You old Bike
    Whoa this is great -- thank you very much


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    Quote Originally Posted by fillmarr View Post
    Excellent advice- one less thing for me to research (how to manually crank motorcycle engine), thanks!


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    It should have a kickstart lever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaNaPaPi View Post
    It should have a kickstart lever.
    Appreciated. I want to pick this up before it's gone, but I won't have taken my motorcycle license class until after. I'm bringing a buddy now who can assist in checking it out with me


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    They want $500 firm on it. The frame at the back looks like it has some surface rust, but I'd be willing to tackle that cosmetically with some auto body sanding/painting.

    Thoughts?

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    And you won't need brake piston since that is a drum brake on that bike
    You'll definitely need new drum brake pads though.
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