Honda CB350 Twin 1971
This 1971 Honda CB350 twin is finished in Red and White, making it a 1970 spec bike first registered in 1971. It is showing a little under 17,000 miles and is a great bike for anyone’s collection.
The bike runs very well and is a very clean example with a clean tank and has obviously been looked after. The paint does show some sun fade adding to the patina but we wouldn’t repaint it, we’d keep it original.
We found this one in Clinton, Michigan where we bought it from the previous owner and it will be available for inspection in Somerset or by video link if it hasn’t been pre-sold before it gets here.
The CB350 twin was one of the most successful bikes Honda ever made with over a quarter of a million sold. The overhead cam four stroke parallel twin was reliable and needed little maintenance yet delivered more than adequate performance for a small to medium weight bike.
Power was rated at about 36 bhp and this was enough to propel the 350 to a top speed of around 110 mph. Perhaps not a massive step up for those who had just passed their test and wanted to move on from the CB250 but enough to satisfy an army of buyers who just loved it.
The CB350 had its roots in the CB77 Superhawk and the motor was a development from that. With a dry weight of only around 325 lbs (less than 150 kg) this was an easy bike to handle and ride and provided a four stoke alternative to bikes like the Suzuki GT380 or the Yamaha RD350.
The bike started out with drum brakes front and rear but later versions gained a disc brake for the front. Production continued from 1968 through to 1973 when the bike was replaced by the CB360. Although a great bike in its own right, the CB360 has never gained the following which the CB350 still has to this day.
Honda also produced a four cylinder CB350 but this is a totally different bike.