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I bought this bike with out title and not running for 360 bucks, I'm kinda of a sucker but liked the pic on craigslist. Need to know if this bike has internal or external spring front forks, and any other info that you can think of. Also need ideas of services to get a title for this scooter, thanks-Don
 

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If the black headlight shell is original, it looks to be a K4, sold in 1972 and 1973 - concurrent in 1973 with the first G-model.

The serial number should begin 4xxxxx

The forks would be the later "rod" type with internal springs.

The situation with titles will vary widely with whatever state you live in.
In some states, it's pretty straightforward - in others (like Indiana), it's nearly impossible.
 

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I agree with Bill, but it has a VIN plate...manufacture date should be on that....Serial will tell about fork type.... Non-running?...If compression is good it WILL run!...It's a Honda....LOL... Steve...
 

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Like Steve said, it's a Honda so it'll run again. Even with almost no compression it'll still run probably. Be hard to start maybe? I once had a 74 CB125 turned dirtbike, and it still went like hell, despite barely having enough compression to blow your thumb off of the sparkplug hole.. One kick and the engine would turn a few revolutions! :lol:

My friend dug a CB350 out of a junkyard, engine topped off with water and ice, and no plugs. Locked up tight, but tranny fluid got it loose. It was under a compact car at the time, and we just pulled the car off of it. :lol: We got it running and tore the *#!* out of it for over 5 years!!

Sorry for the rant but you gotta love these old bikes!

GB :mrgreen:
 

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Great info guys as always, thanks! The bike has great compression, as soon as I get a little further with the 360 this will be my next project. I'll try and post the vin today and see if you can figure any more about it. Also looking into using International Title Service, heard good things about them.
 

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DrJ said:
Looks like you got a 71 K3. It has the early narrow piston type forks with the external springs.
Thats what I'm worried about, I need to dig the bike out of my shed and figure this out. I really want internal spring forks that I can put some gators on, guess I'll start lookin on ebay for a front clip. Thanks-Don
 

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Not to hijack the thread. But I wanted to say hey to Dr. J. Glad you found your way over here. Gonna post a pic of your 350 for us?

- Woody

DrJ said:
Looks like you got a 71 K3. It has the early narrow piston type forks with the external springs.
 

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AGAIN, If you post the first digit after CB450-, we CAN tell you what forks it has.... Or, better yet, 3 or below means external springs, 4 and above internal (assuming they are the original forks)
 

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Regarding the title: Did you ask the last owner about it? My last bike, a Yamaha 750 special, I got off a guy who got it off his neighbor who got it off his uncle who did not title it because the guy he got it off of did not sign the title in the right place! He still had the title! I spent a couple of nights tracking all this down and was able to get a title cheaper than going through a title service. In Virginia, there is a process to get a title for an older vehicle without going through a title company.

Good luck
 

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"In Virginia, there is a process to get a title for an older vehicle without going through a title company."

SCREEEEECH,.......THAT GOT MY ATTENTION!

I live in Roanoke. Please explain to me or steer me the steps to do that!

Proud owner of two cars with no titles and just bought a frame for the bike I have with no title. This would be information I could really use!
 

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Henry, Phone me, I can explain the process..... 540-525-5199 Steve
 

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I found the bill of sale and the PO has CB350-3046486 listed for the vin, does this sound correct?
 

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If that number matches the stamped-into-the-frame numbers on the bike, you have a perfectly legal and worthless Bill of Sale.... The only thing that BOS proves, is YOU didn't steal the bike...... You'll still need a Valid title..... Here in Virginia, I'd just file for an abandoned title, and wouldn't even show the BOS as that just tends to complicate the proceedure.... Steve
 

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If that number matches the stamped-into-the-frame numbers on the bike, you have a perfectly legal and worthless Bill of Sale.... The only thing that BOS proves, is YOU didn't steal the bike...... You'll still need a Valid title..... Here in Virginia, I'd just file for an abandoned title, and wouldn't even show the BOS as that just tends to complicate the proceedure.... Steve
Yeah I figures that I would need a title still and will be gettin to it soon, but I was wondering if that vin could give you guys an idea on what forks are on this bike.
 

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The VIN says it's a 71, K3 which should have external springing.....However, it has a fairly high number, so it could have been the 1/2 year version (some changes were made while the assembly lines were "adjusted" for the "official" following models).....

The ONLY way to be sure is to take the forks out of the trees and look......But I'd guess external...... Steve
 

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66Sprint said:
The VIN says it's a 71, K3 which should have external springing.....However, it has a fairly high number, so it could have been the 1/2 year version (some changes were made while the assembly lines were "adjusted" for the "official" following models).....

The ONLY way to be sure is to take the forks out of the trees and look......But I'd guess external...... Steve
Thanks, the smarts on this forum is outstanding! I need to pull it out from a pile of junk stored in my shed and take a closer look at it. I really want internal forks, might have to start lookin for another front end for it, maybe a CB500? If possible?
 

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I'm not sure about the specifics on your bike, and fitting a different front end, BUT that's not a 1974 model front end. It's an earlier model.

GB :mrgreen:
 
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