The Honda CB350 Four was a mature motorcycle with Honda's proverbial reliability. Most owners probably would have preferred a 500, or let's really dream away: had a 750. The funny thing is that probably for budget reasons quite a few of these small Hondas have been spared the Abominable Renovation Virus.
Usually the exhaust system has lost the battle against the rust
For former workers and outdoor sleepers, the mudguards often want to be useless. Moreover, there are also quite a few Honda CB350 Four motorcycles left and right that have been given a cheerful black coat or a spray can job. That can be taken into account when purchasing. If the approach is to just enjoy a nostalgic ride, then the cut does not have to open that far. But count on an amount above three grand for a set of mudguards, a nest of young exhausts and a set of colored parts. If everything can still be delivered. And the time when there were plenty of parts for next to nothing on every motorcycle scrapyard or motorcycle fair, those days have been long gone for these so beautifully singing little four-cylinder engines. The time when complete Honda CB350 Fours were offered for next to nothing.
In fact: neat original or beautifully restored copies are usually only for sale for a very short time
Only the generational change in motorcycling country plays to our advantage. There are still 'forgotten' CBs coming out of barns. Our fashion model is one of those who, after some wandering, has returned to the same family and is now waiting for further attention. The red Honda CB350 Four is one of a kind you saw driving in the first half of the eighties. At that time, such a cylinder was at its absolute lowest point in terms of price, in terms of desirability, maintenance history and value.
And yet we dare to bet that this red rascal, with less than 60D on the clock, can still be fine in motor. For the rest his life is to see him. The paint suffers from sunburn, there is some loosely concealed damage on the tank. The fenders are characteristically rusted through and the original exhaust system has long since been replaced by a high-end replacement system at the time, where the bends are made to approach the ideal of the 'tuned lengths' of the exhaust bends as much as possible. The ultimate proof of its eighties-nineties working life is the massive chain lock that is wrapped around the taillight bracket without much subtlety.
A motorcycle in this condition can now best be described as a 'barn find'
After a sleep of almost ten years since the last ride, the owner is getting it roadworthy again. Making roadworthy, not restoring. Think new fuel hoses, fresh oil, maybe a new air filter and fresh wind in the tires. A few fresher fenders wouldn't go amiss either. Just like the investment of some sandpaper and a few spray cans of black paint from the Action. Plus a few new tires. And a necklace set. damn it! So the costs are going up again! But then you have something!