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I'm wondering if I should give this one a look. It doesn't seem like it's in too bad of a shape, the chrome in particular looks good, but obviously the tank and the seat need to be replaced (plus the turn signals apparently don't work?). At least the front wheel looks like it needs to be replaced too, maybe the rear... and it's got what looks like a gazillion miles... so basically needs quite a bit of work. Are replacements tanks even easy to find? Can't seem to see many online...

Basically I couldn't imagine shelling more than $600 for it in that shape. It needs lots of work and it's got lots of miles... thoughts?
 

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It comes with an extra tank with emblems. I would be inclined to salvage one of the two. The tank on the bike is nice and clean inside, and the dents aren't terrible to repair. Those tanks aren't easy to find in good condition. Seat covers don't cost much.
 

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Ooooh that blue one is gorgeous... aren't the 360Ts a little more of a pain than the 350s, just because they have less parts available though?
 

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It comes with an extra tank with emblems. I would be inclined to salvage one of the two. The tank on the bike is nice and clean inside, and the dents aren't terrible to repair. Those tanks aren't easy to find in good condition. Seat covers don't cost much.
Almost 43k miles though... sounds like a lot, no?
 

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It does sound like a lot for an average-cared-for 350, and you have to assume average care over that many years and potential owners unless you're certain of otherwise... along with the statement that the top end must have been rebuilt by a PO, which leaves the door open to a lot of things as well. You'd have to judge by eye and ear at the scene
 

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Yeah, that's what I kind of feel too... and call me shallow but I much prefer the look of the later tanks like the 73 models. :p I suppose they're interchangeable if you manage to find one that's in good shape though?
 

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I think so... 83XLX would know right away, he's done it. I don't think you're being shallow, they're all Honda tanks and all had their appeal to some at one time. Personally, I'd like the older style just for the nostalgia aspect - I went to high school with a guy who had a '68 CL350 and I always thought it was badass, so maybe that's where some of my preference comes from
 

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It does sound like a lot for an average-cared-for 350, and you have to assume average care over that many years and potential owners unless you're certain of otherwise... along with the statement that the top end must have been rebuilt by a PO, which leaves the door open to a lot of things as well. You'd have to judge by eye and ear at the scene

I think so... 83XLX would know right away, he's done it. I don't think you're being shallow, they're all Honda tanks and all had their appeal to some at one time. Personally, I'd like the older style just for the nostalgia aspect - I went to high school with a guy who had a '68 CL350 and I always thought it was badass, so maybe that's where some of my preference comes from
Are there some aftermarket tanks? I assume yes since people seem to customize these quite a bit... my worry is 1) while I work a lot on my car I've never owned (and therefore worked on) a motorcycle (although I'm looking forward to it, must be much easier than my car :p always have to take apart 100 things before I can get to what I want) so it'd be hard for me to judge (so I guess I'd lowball the poor guy to be safe) and 2) I really want to make this my daily commuter as much as I can so although I understand a 72-73 model probably will need some TLC anyway as well, it might need less because that seems like the highest mileage I've seen, and the 'I think it's been rebuilt' is not inspiring much confidence. But I guess if I was hard-pressed and I'd get it for under $1k it might be worth it...
 

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Well, to use it as a daily commuter would require looking into a lot more than just a "get'r running" situation, you'd want to know as much about the condition and reliability as possible... so unless the engine turned out to be solid enough to ride semi-regularly and reliably during a shakedown period before starting the commute with it, you might end up tearing it down further to be sure of the most important components like (beyond the engine) brakes, controls and cables, fuel system/carbs, wheels/bearings and tires, etc. since it isn't like when something breaks on a car and you just get it to the side of the road... it might put you on the road if something you didn't investigate further blindsided you. I don't know if you remember Gremson, a member who sold his CL350 a while back and got something newer to rely on. He and his wife embarked on a motorhome trip around the country and he acquired the CL350 only a month or so before leaving IIRC, with the thought that he could rely on it to do food deliveries and such to make a little money on the road. He had some success, but in the end it broke down often enough that he got tired of dealing with it in part due to him being a novice at doing his own maintenance. Search his username (Gremson) and check out his trials and tribulations of using a vintage twin as a daily rider with a novice's experience level.
 

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Thanks for the info. :) Whatever I end up getting, I fully intend to have a pro check it out, at least brakes and tires and replace what needs to be replaced, for starters, so that like you said whatever breaks doesn't end up putting me on the road (that was a great way to word it BTW :-D). I was going - at least at first - to let a professional handle the safety stuff first basically...
 

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Apparently the turn signals are also not wired, which is odd... owner says "For some reason the wiring harness did not have wires for the turn signals. It would not be that hard to run wires. There is a turn signal switch on the handlebars and I have a flasher. The turn signals each have wires."

Just out of curiosity, how much (ballpark) would it cost to have both tires replaced with something good of course and also both brakes replaced?
 

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Just wondering: how much would you offer for such a bike? Seems like there's a lot to replace and the mileage is not inspiring great confidence either so I feel like $1,000 is definitely too much, but I can't exactly put a number on it. I've seen bikes in much better shape with much less mileage for $1,500 so I want to say $600 but I'm not exactly a specialist...
 

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It's difficult to put a number on what a shop would charge for brakes and tires on it, but buying the tires yourself - without installation - would be the better part of $200 and brakes for both ends probably around $70 to $80, then add the usual high hourly labor rate of a local shop (forget the potential for lack of experience on older bikes, though for those two operations it shouldn't matter much) for at least a couple hours of labor if not more... and yeah, it's not in great shape overall either but from the pictures it looks serviceable. So, if you take all that into consideration as bargaining/counteroffer info - $500 to $600 could be the number but you can guess he'll probably be insulted. To put what he (apparently) knows in perspective, all 350 wiring harnesses came with turn signal wiring back then...
 

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That wiring harness thing really puzzles me a bit, I really don't get it... :-D I guess someone tried to install a new wiring harness but picked the wrong one? Anyway, yeah, you nailed it: not in great shape overall but serviceable. And yes, I don't want to insult the guy with a lowball offer. Add to that the fact that I'm going on vacation soon and might have to go on an international business trip next week... I'll just sleep on it and if it's not sold by the time I come back maybe I'll revisit it, but I kind of feel like with a little bit of patience and a little more money I can probably find something better. Maybe in September people will start shedding Hondas... :-D
 
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