Reader Ride. Stunning 1973 CL350 cafe racer.

I’ve been getting a lot of good Honda CL and SL projects lately.  Here’s another fantastic cafe which was built on a VERY reasonable budget.

Pete Boyd Writes in with the breakdown on this beauty of a bike:

All parts were bought off E-bay if I didn’t have them laying around. Paid $1200 for the bike and added $800 to get it done including what I paid for the stuff I had laying around. Hated the rat rod paint job I did so I paid another $200 to have the silver paint job done professionally. Did the mods after work and on weekends for a month. Still have some grinding left to do but it is already on the road! I am selling the stock stuff on E-bay so my total investment will continue to drop.

Rear brake heel activated
Gel battery etc mounted on the rear fender support
Cut off a Bonneville front fender brace for the heat guard on the pipes
Wiring pulled through down tube on frame
CB 200 gas tank with funky chrome strips and fake alligator pad!!
Finned engine cover
Ribbed front tire
Dropped headlight and instruments down several inches.
LED tail light

Thanks very much Pete!

Work in progress

The before pic. It’s always easier (and in the long run cheaper) to start with a well sorted bike. And to you purists out there ringing your hands, be honest. They’re not exactly rare and whatever parts he didn’t use went towards the restoration of bike that were a lot worse off.  Win win!



  1. Beautiful bike! Where did you get the seat pan from? Having never worked on or owned a bike before I’m building an Australian spec 1968 CB 250 into a cafe racer, your bike is pure inspiration!

  2. Seat pan came from HOTWINGGLASS.COM
    I now have REAL rearsets from Omars Rearsets, Google it.

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