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I am looking for a luggage rack for my 68-69 CL350.
I ran across an ebay listing and on the side of the part it says Triple A Honda CB 350 F. Seller says its from a 72 CB 350. The two cylinder and four cylinder 350s did overlap. Would this item fit my bike?
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I'm guessing the tabs sticking upward are intended to mount on the grab rail on the 350F and your bike doesn't have bolt holes in that location
 

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Almost certainly not, unfortunately. The 350F has a grab rail that goes around the back of the seat, and that's what a 350F rack would mount to. 350 twin doesn't have one. You might be able to make it work, but it won't bolt on.
There really was not a lot of overlap in terms of parts for the 350F and the 350 twins -- very different bikes.
 

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Well darn. Thanks for the information.
 

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Almost certainly not, unfortunately. The 350F has a grab rail that goes around the back of the seat, and that's what a 350F rack would mount to. 350 twin doesn't have one. You might be able to make it work, but it won't bolt on.
There really was not a lot of overlap in terms of parts for the 350F and the 350 twins -- very different bikes.
Since you are familiar with the 350F, I have to ask. My brother had one about the time I was in junior high. He worked a midnight shift and so during the day, I would "borrow" his bike while he slept. But my recollections of the 350F were that it was pretty anemic performance wise. I remember one day when he had caught on to what I was doing telling him that his bike was not very fast as I could not get it over 90. Was the 350F pretty limited from a performance perspective?
 

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It wasn't the fastest 350 on the block, no... they upgraded it to the 400F later, in part for that reason - heavy 4 cylinder engine, turned a lot of revs but small bore and needed more grunt. The twins of the era smoked the smaller fours off the line because they had low end. my cousin had a first year CB500 four cylinder and the CB450 would blow it away in the lower gears
 

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Ahhhhh Yes, the 350 F....Also known as the velvet shriek.....
Said to run so smooth that you could balance a nickel edgewise on the engine, e-start it, (or "kick" it over with your hand), let it idle, and the nickel wouldn't fall over.......
As far as speed, it was ultimately almost as fast as the 350 twins, (both topping out somewhere in the low to mid 90's), but so smooth (and quiet) you never were acutely aware of the acceleration ......
The 350 twins, on the other hand had that wonderful "hit in the ass by a freight train" surge of low end torque and a lovely growl out the pipes (particularly the CL's)......
Sidetracked again....Waxing nostalgic when I should be waxing my bike.......
 

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In the interest of full disclosure -- the 350F is my favorite bike. The one I have now I have had since 1997, and I've had probably close to 10 pass through my hands since.
They are rated a little slower than the twins, but as 66Sprint says just by a little. They do rev amazingly smooth when they are dialed in. And the trick is to keep the revs up, 5500/6000 and up is the sweet spot, and they will do well ripping around 8k. I could cruise pretty well at 80 and under 9k revs, but it would go a little faster if I wanted/needed. The bottom end was pretty slow -- I wind it up out of first and keep the revs up. They were a little heavier than the twin, but IMHO still light enough to throw around corners. My 350F has 400F exhaust and pegs/linkage with clubmans, which puts the feet back a little and keeps me low (it's a run-around-town bike, not a go-long-distances bike), and it's really fun. The 400F as Ancient notes was a response to complaints about performance -- an extra gear and 50ccs -- and they are great too (maybe my second favorite, I just think the 350F styling and paint is better). And... you can drop a 400F engine into a 350F frame with little modification. I've owned twins and fours, and the smooth ride of the fours gets better the older I get.

The 350F was reportedly Soichiro Honda's favorite bike as well.
 

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Agreed - I loved the 400F I had between big bikes in the late '70s, and the 350F I put together for my ex-wife to learn to ride on was a great bike too, absolutely smooth and totally reliable. Both of them love to rev and as CC mentioned above, pull nicely in their upper rev powerband. I never tried the nickel trick though...
 

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you might appreciate the attached image of a 350F I ran across in a museum in Burnett, Texas.
I see 350Fs popup from time-to-time on Craigslist.
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Guessing Windjammer. Did not like fairings on the CBs.
The attached image represents a biker very similar to my replacement for the Honda 305 I had. Not sure what happened to the Honda. Probably traded it for the Yamaha. I was still in junior high.
You are right about the nice collection. Odd they only had one Norton in their British Section. Did have a very nice Vincent Rapide. A friend of mine has one of those or did (he trades a lot).

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that Yamaha looks a little like a Twin 100. I knew of a kid in our little town who was rear-ended by a DUI driver on one and died when I was around 12 or 13, remembered thinking at the time that I'd probably never own a bike because of the influence on my Mom then
 

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The K5 350 twins did have a chrome grab rail, but the mounting points may not coincide with those on that rack that's for sale. Other than the K5, I don't believe any other Honda 350 twin had any additional rearward mounting points that rack could use.

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Very nice bike in the museum... but funny that it's got a crash bar/highway pegs, seat back and luggage rack, aftermarket exhaust, and fairing. These things looks so good stock.
 
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