Honda CB350

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This article is about the Honda 350 cc twin. For four-cylinder, see Honda CB350F.
Honda CB350
Gold 1972 Honda CB350 twin right.jpg
Manufacturer Honda
Also called CB350 Super Sport
Engine 325.6 cc (19.87 cu in) OHC air-cooled 180° parallel twin,
Bore / stroke 64 mm × 50.6 mm (2.52 in × 1.99 in)
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Top speed 170 km/h (110 mph) (claimed)[1]
Power 36 bhp (27 kW) @ 10,500 rpm[2]
Torque 2.55 kg·m (25.0 N·m; 18.4 lbf·ft) @ 9,500 rpm[2]
Transmission 5-speed
Suspension Front: telescoping fork
Rear: swingarm
Brakes Front: drum (1968–1972) disc (1973)
Rear: drum
Tires 3.00 in × 18 in (76 mm × 457 mm)
Wheelbase 52 in (1,300 mm)
Dimensions L: 80.3 in (2,040 mm)
W: 30.5 in (770 mm)
Weight 328 lb (149 kg)[2] (dry)
374.8 lb (170.0 kg) (wet)
Fuel capacity 2.64 US gal (10.0 l; 2.20 imp gal)
Oil capacity 2 US qt (1,900 ml)

The Honda CB350 is a 325.6 cubic centimetres (19.87 cu in) OHC parallel twin cylinder, four-stroke motorcycle produced by Honda for model years 1968 through 1973.[2] With its reliable motor and dual Keihin carburetors, it became Honda's best-selling model. More than 250,000 were sold in five years, with 67,180 sold in 1972 alone.[3] In 1968 it was the best-selling motorcycle worldwide.[4] The CB350 evolved during its production run with cosmetic changes and improvements to the suspension and brakes.

Like its predecessor, the CB77 Superhawk, the CB350 was also offered in scrambler form, as the CL350, with high-mounted exhausts and a 19-inch front wheel, and as the SL350, with upswept exhausts and off-road styling.

A black café racer-styled CB350 with an up-swept CL350 exhaust was used in the 2011 movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.[5]

In 1974 the Honda CB360 twin replaced the CB350 but was only available for two years. Note: The four-cylinder CB350F, introduced in 1972, was a completely different model.

National variations[edit]

In the UK at this time learners were limited to motorcycles of 250 cc, and the sleeved-down CB250 K4 was popular in Britain, especially in yellow. The 350 was relatively unusual, identical in appearance except for the colour, always green.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Honda Dream CB350 Export", Honda Collection Hall, Honda, 2010, retrieved 2011-01-08 
  2. ^ a b c d Bacon, Roy (1996), Honda: The Early Classic Motorcycles : All the Singles, Twins and Fours, Including Production Racers and Gold Wing-1947 to 1977, Niton Publishing, pp. 182, 189, ISBN 1-85579-028-9 
  3. ^ Frank, Aaron (2003). Honda Motorcycles. Motorbooks International. p. 79. ISBN 0760310777. 
  4. ^ Walker, Mick (2006). Honda Production Motorcycles: 1946-1980. The Crowood Press Ltd. p. 81. ISBN 1-86126-820-3. 
  5. ^ Of motorcycles and movies BikeExif.com

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