Featured 50yr Old Jap

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  1. elevensies

    elevensies Well-Known Member

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    howdee all

    seems like forever, iv had a few months of bad times, handed the ex wife over to her new future husband with 21 grand as a parting gift.....now i decided i needed a jap bike, had to old, usable, and above all, COOL

    so straight outa compton, "near Pennsylvanian i think"

    is this my new toy

    1970 Honda SL350

    in original condition, only missing 2 side badges, 2 exhaust shields, and, the tank decal........
    only arrived at 0700 friday morning, and iv not had chance to do anything other than drain the dead fuel out,
    love it, so much i need its brither the CL (they look so similar to the 900 scrambler)

    last pic of what it should look like

    11's

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  2. mpllineman

    mpllineman Senior Member
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    Congrats on the neat find! When I was growing up, these were everywhere. Definitely not high performance, but dead on reliable, as are most Hondas. Enjoy the ride.
     
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  3. JerryBB

    JerryBB Senior Member
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    I bet that is a lot of fun to ride round on, definitely something I would have if money and swmbo allowed;)
     
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  4. joe mc donald

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    Good man. Happy you are getting back together and for sharing the new steed with us all here in the asylum. Keep us all up on your progress and just talk to us. It's free and we are good listeners.
    Regards & Ride Safe.
    Joe.
     
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  5. Sandi T.

    Sandi T. It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Congratulations on your "new" Honda, @elevensies! Good find. :grinning: Hope you enjoy nursing it back to health and that the journey is therapeutic for you both. ;):):kissing_heart:
     
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  6. steve lovatt

    steve lovatt Something else
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    Nice one! :cool:
     
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  7. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising
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    Very cool looking bike mate. Enjoy the restoration project and keep the pictures coming as things progress...
     
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  8. elevensies

    elevensies Well-Known Member

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    no restoration going on here, its staying as a original condition bike. Iv stripped and cleaned carbs, iv removed the kerosene that was in the fuel system and fuel tank. Actually thats been something thats preserved quite a lot if not most of the issues with bikes that are stood for many years...but still.

    all to do...
    New battery
    new carb kit and jets
    new tyres
    new air filters (see pic for reason)
    free starter motor
    look into slipping kickstart

    and thats it
    oh and get it registered

    did some cleaning yesterday

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  9. Callumity

    Callumity Elite Member

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    Looks like it has just come out of the jungle and unwilling to believe the war is over.......

    The trail bikes of that era were inexpensive fun and pretty durable.
     
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  10. elevensies

    elevensies Well-Known Member

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    oh the fuel tank is in workshop having a polish...thats why its not on pic
     
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  11. Andy-K2

    Andy-K2 Knowledge is power for which I have neither!

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    All the very best for your future fella, enjoy your new life and the old Honda.
     
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  12. chiari1

    chiari1 Elite Member
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    Very nice , enjoy
     
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  13. bob1

    bob1 Well-Known Member
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    21 grand you got of light
     
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  14. feckless

    feckless Senior Member

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    Nice bike the old Honda motors were great as long as the oil changes were kept up. if not they had a noisy top end knock as cam housing was buggered.
    Hope you have fun re-commissioning it :):)
     
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  15. JULIAN WW

    JULIAN WW Well-Known Member

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    Great buy and heaps of fun to ride. Much more "characterful" than the standard Jap road bikes of the era ( unless they're hoodlum two strokes). We didn't get these streets scrambler models in the uk but they have arrived in recent years usually as resto projects from US salvage yards. Mine is a 1971 CL175 that I've restored completely mechanically whilst retaining as much of the original painted parts as they are.
     
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  16. JULIAN WW

    JULIAN WW Well-Known Member

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  17. JULIAN WW

    JULIAN WW Well-Known Member

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    The little Honda & my Triumph are good friends and live happily side by side in shed.

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  18. joe mc donald

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    Fantastic job and a real eye catcher.
    Regards
    Joe.
     
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  19. JULIAN WW

    JULIAN WW Well-Known Member

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    Cheers Joe. Yes it is pleasant on the eye and goes pretty well if you are prepared to rev it hard. The exhaust system is the original, albeit silencer/pipe welded back together by me, and with the baffles having turned to ferrous dust years ago, it sounds like it's taken steroids!
     
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  20. elevensies

    elevensies Well-Known Member

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    dude seriously, she was that desperate to fek off to her new guy she made all the right mistakes, including....leaving my cars and bikes nd house, and my army and fire service pensions.
    In her agreement it did state we wouldnt chase future wealth, so all the pension stuff was left.....mind you i did later find out he was a millionaire she ran off with. haha so glad to see the back of her now
     
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