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THANK YOU HONDATWINS.NET!!! In 2016 I bought this beat CB350 at the Barber Swap Meet.

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I worked on it regularly and kept things moving forward, albeit very slowly. In February of this year, I committed to race the bike at the Topeka AHRMA race this weekend. For six months, I've dedicated ALL my free time to getting this thing ready. I've picked brains here, and always come away more knowledgeable than I was before. Thank you all for your contributions, explanations, and education. Extra special thanks to Steve (66Sprint) for spending time on the phone with me, and just for being the absolute encyclopedia that he is. I could not have finished this project without you guys. With those thanks given, I present to you the bike I intend to race this weekend! If any of you guys are racing or planning to attend the event, please stop by the pit and say hello!

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Looks good!....BUT it needs some adjusting at the front brake (so the lever arms are parallel and apply both shoes equally and together)
Plus, I would add number plates, a chain guard, and a "dead-man's Kill switch"..... Phone for details on any of the preceding.......;);)
 

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I'm not usually a fan of store-bought billet rearsets, but those look pretty nice - where did you get them and how much, if I might ask?
 

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Now that I've re-looked at the rearsets, PLEASE also replace the missing bolts in the step arms as they are supports for the swingarm assembly.......
 

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Steve, I never cease to be amazed at how keen your eyes are for the things I've done wrong! Hahahaha! The front brakes have been adjusted, number plates are on, I don't *think* I have to have a chain guard, but I do have one in case it needs to go on. These photos were taken to meet a deadline to have a banner made and finish a blog. I try to maintain my "Clark Kent" identity here, mainly because I prefer to be speaking as a representative of Me, Inc. and no one else, but I pay the bills on the staff at Motorcycle Classics magazine and I've been blogging this process on the website. Here's part 1 of the 6 part series if you're interested in checking it out:

https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/mc-dispatch/i-am-a-racer-zb0z1902zhur
 

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The rearsets are a CB350-specific set from Old School Speed, available from Dime City Cycles for $220.
 

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SOMEBODY better mail me copies of the magazines that contain all 6 parts.........:lol:

Pretty sure the dead-man's kill is a requirement for racing.........
Please re-read post#4..........
 

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SOMEBODY better mail me copies of the magazines that contain all 6 parts.........:lol:

Pretty sure the dead-man's kill is a requirement for racing.........
Please re-read post#4..........
Hahaha 5 of the 6 are online, number 6 hasn't been written. It will be a follow up. There will also be a print feature about my experience with the AHRMA Fast and Safe Roadrace School that I'm taking tomorrow. PM me your address and I will more than happily get you a subscription "on the house" for all your help!

Best I can tell by the rule book, I'm only required to have a handlebar kill switch. If that turns out to not be the case, I guess I'll tie a rope from my leathers to the negative battery terminal ;)
 

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That bike looks great (before AND after), nice work.
Dead man's kill was never a requirement in the past for road racing, I will be looking for a current pic when you get it with plates etc. I will never understand where all these people on here keep running across free and cheap bikes? That bike's before looks pretty close to my bike, seized engine and all, and I had to pay a whole lot more than that for mine!

I assume you've safety wired everything and have an oil catch etc.?

I love the whole idea of this, these twins seem like they would be the perfect platform for something like this, light, cheap, slow enough to not get in over your head (at my age) and FUN!
 

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Shane, that's awesome - I've been wondering how the project was coming! Hope you have good luck on the track, we know you're gonna have a whole lotta fun!
 

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My first WERRA race I never lost a place....
Started and finished dead last...(I think the actual winner lapped me three times)....
BUT, I beat all the guys that broke.......LMAO!

Great fun!!!


Come to think of it, the "deadman" was on the drag bikes......:oops:
 

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Thanks everybody! I passed tech inspection on Friday morning, took the AHRMA licensing course all day Friday. The bike wasn't running right and I kept limping around the track and wrenching in between practice sessions chasing down an issue that was causing the bike to stop accelerating around 40mph (no speedometer, this is a guess). We chased it through the carburetors, fuel filters, pods, blah, blah, blah. Re-jetted the carbs on Saturday morning and it felt good...until the warm up lap for my first race. It pulled the same nonsense and I left the track really discouraged. We finally found the issue in a faulty petcock not flowing enough fuel. That was replaced with hardware store valves and brass fittings. Sunday I was in fine form for my race! The bike was running flawlessly, felt fast and I was having a blast. I was in 3rd place (out of 4 ha!) when I low sided it in a sharp turn! I'm ok, the bike is ok. My Vanson leathers look way more "authentic" now. I can't wait to try again!!
 

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^^^agree completely - I've never been as comfortable with hard cornering enough to want to get out on a race track - I'm better at chasing my riding buddies when we go out on some of the rural twisties in my area, it gives me a better feel for whether or not I can go as fast in a given corner as they do - so I admire anyone with enough fortitude to put on the gear and get out on a track in competition. I'd love to take a few hot laps at a track like Barber, for example, but it would be at my own pace and certainly would result in me getting lapped by most everyone, I'm sure... straight line go-fast is more my style, I'll take the drag strip any day. You should get someone to take some pictures or video of you out on the track next time and post it here, we'd all love to see
 

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great thread! Of course Steve knows his stuff, reason why we call him sensei!

Can you offer more anecdotes on your track experience? Keep up the good work.
 

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I'll offer all the anecdotes you want to hear lol. I really don't have enough track time under my belt to be of any use to anyone...I've done a handful of laps at speed and fallen off the bike! It's definitely addictive though. If you're curious about it, look for a track day at a track near you. We have them here every couple months. It costs $150 for the day, you'll need leathers, boots, gloves, and a quality helmet. You can probably prepare a stock CB350 for a track day in a weekend. Safety wiring is really annoying, but that's the most time consuming part.

If you decide you like it, check into the AHRMA Fast and Safe School. They offer it at most of their races, you take the class Friday and race the weekend. It was a really great jump start to get me comfortable with the concept of being on the track. You get like a 30 minute pep talk in the morning and then you're on the track. You come back, the instructor tells you that you suck at being on the track, why you suck at being on the track, and how you can suck less, then you go back out again. Repeat until you only suck a little bit, pass a one on one exam about flags, and go race!
 

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Before wife and kids I volunteered at Summit Point (WV) as an SCCA Flag and Communication worker. Worked both car and bike races. Great fun, I got to see a lot of great racing for free and met a lot of cool folks. Oh, and the beer party in the pits Saturday night...
I got a few offers to take a Showroom Stocker or E Production Sprite out on the track, but flagging was as close as I ever got.
Sounds like you and the Sea Beast are having a lot of fun!
 
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