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Up for auction on NeverDropped is a beautiful, ready-to-ride example of the bike that ushered in Honda’s dominance at the dawn of the 1970s. These “half-year” CB350s represented the future of Honda, and were the final signal to the British OEMs that their dominance had ended.
This 1968 Honda CB350 was reportedly purchased new in Idaho and used as a commuter by a member of the military, before being out into storage in the early 1970s. The bike was then purchased in 2018 and refurbished by Rawhide Cycles in Idaho before being sold to the current owner in California. The 8000mi indicated on the odometer, coupled with the overall condition of the bike’s mechanical components support this story.
This example is finished in Candy Blue with White, and retains all of the correct 1968 features, including the sought-after ‘half-year’ flat-side tank, and correct ‘8’ markings on all hardware. The bike does show a number of age-related chips and scuffs that reflect honest patina of a well-stored, 50 year old bike.
In 2018 Rawhide refreshed this bike including a new battery, chain, control cables, new wiring harness, and tires as well as an oil change and adjustment of the valves, timing, cam chain, and brakes.
The current owner invested in a new electronic ignition and regulator/rectifier from Charlie’s Place, new Dynatek coil/wires/spark plug caps, new carb slide diaphragms, Honda OEM floats, and a completely new wiring harness, all completed less than 12 months ago. Seller states that all electrics work as they should.
The bike has been on display in the seller’s home since purchase, and has done only a few dozen miles in that time. Seller states that the bike is ridden too temp about once a week to keep fluids fresh and fittings healthy. The bike reportedly starts on the first try with the electric start.
Recently polished chrome wire wheels are also original to the bike, and wear IRC tires with only a few dozen miles on them.
Prior to listing, the bike was freshly serviced by Wrench Wench Cycles in San Jose California, a premier bay-area shop specializing in vintage Japanese bikes. This service included a carb adjustment, new carb jets, and a replacement shift lever to improve shifting response during riding.
The result is one of the most rideable CB350s we’ve seen. Seller states the bike starts, runs, and stops like new, and is the best of both worlds—an original, vintage Honda motorbike that’s been upgraded and modernized in every way it could without compromising the integrity of it’s status as an authentic survivor.
No 50-year-old bike is perfect, however, and the seller states that while the tachometer was recently replaced with a correct replacement and both shows and functions well, the speedometer does bounce and would benefit from replacement. Seller adds these units are readily available on eBay (we see several for under $100) but that he just didn’t get around to this particular item.
The 325cc parallel twin features dual Keihin carburetors and produced 36hp when new—however modern riders will experience acceleration and noise more consistant with a larger engine, as this bike was manufactured without power-robbing (and air-cleaning) emissions systems. Power is transferred through a 5-speed transmission and chain drive.
This CB350 is now offered at no reserve, an owner’s manual, a period sales brochure, factory tool kit, and a clean California title in the seller’s name.