Things we think of while riding down the road

Everybody has their own sense of style

I’m an open minded kind of guy, I think. I like all kinds of food (including stuff that if you really knew what it was you wouldn’t get it anywhere near your mouth), most all kinds of music (I learned to like punk because of my son but I will never accept rap as a form of music…), and even some friends choice of wives (or husbands as the case may be).

Picture 28The area that I think I am the most open minded is motorcycles. As far as I’m concerned if it has two wheels and a motor, it’s great! I like most all motorcyclists as well. Ok, I do have a bit of a problem when it comes to certain motorcycle brand owners that are too into the ‘lifestyle’ instead of actually riding their status symbol, but I’m working hard at getting over it and thousands of hours in therapy are helping. I like cafe racers, dual sports, adventure bikes, long distance tourers, stretched out choppers, bobbers, baggers, vintage English bikes, UJM’s from the 80’s, and scooters too. I love motorcycles, even the ones you wouldn’t be caught dead riding much less be in your garage.

Picture 20For some strange reason though, I have this weird affinity for the little old Honda 350. I have seen them laying in fields by the side of the road (that is where I found the first one I bought for my dad, yes I did like him), in the farthest back corner of an abandoned warehouse, in the basement of an old house in Hollywood (I did buy one there, really), a good number of them turn up at Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Swap Meets, and on ebay (generally way over valued).

Picture 23I have seen Honda’s omnipresent 350 turned into cafe racers,desert racers (I have had both), choppers and bobbers.Grocery getters and student commuters. Todd Henning is the Guru of making Honda 350 roadracers that put bigger, more modern bikes to shame on the track. I have even seen some left stock?! The Honda 350 is the one bike that you can buy without breaking the bank (or even having to ask the bank…your wife…) and turn into anything you want it to be. That’s why I love ’em.

While looking for parts for my latest SL350 Cafe’ Racer project the other day, I came upon the coolest, or at least the most unique, styling treatment I have ever seen for a Honda 350.
High heeled cb350

I can’t imagine any high fashion woman not wanting to ride around in this classic Honda. Soichiro is probably turning over in his grave right now.

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3 responses

  1. As a proud once-owner of a CB350 I can attest it was (and still is) a great motorcycle. If I ever come across one in reasonable shape at a reasonable price it may yet grace my stable with its presence.

    March 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    • Well, what if you could have the High Heel version for a mere pittance??? Ok, I wouldn’t either…
      There are quite a few 350’s out there that won’t cost an arm and a leg..get one! However, I’m finding that if I want to really go the full cafe’ route (vs the minor versions I have done in the past) I need to go the bank (aka…wife).

      Also, I loved your post on the Italian leanings!! Great stuff, I want to repost it here giving you all the credit of course!

      March 20, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      • I agree with your comment about “the bank”. They can be difficult at times when it comes to the toys.

        And please feel free to repost anything you find worthwhile on my blog. It’s nice to know someone out there is paying attention. 🙂

        March 21, 2013 at 4:21 am

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