1972 Honda CL350
1972 Honda CL350
The 1972 Honda 350 series of motorcycles are the direct successors to the iconic Superhawk 305, all of them featuring a fully redesigned 326cc dual-cylinder engine with a single overhead camshaft, twin carburetors, both electric and kickstarters, and a 5-speed gear box. Mechanically speaking, the CL350 is identical to its brothers the CB350 & SL350. What sets the CL350 is its factory designed “Street Scrambler” styling including a cross-braced handlebar and high-swept exhaust pipes with heat shields.
The riding comfort, nimble handling, and absurd ruggedness in reliability made this second-generation four-stroke twin one of Honda’s best selling motorcycles - of all time - in a golden generation of motorcycling that dwarfs today’s market. To put their sales into perspective: from 1968-1973 there were more 350-series Hondas made and sold than the entire bike industry sold this year!
While the CL350 and its brothers weren’t given the fame and notoriety of the Superhawk - which paved the way for Honda’s excellent reputation - they certainly maintained and improved upon the brand’s steadfast image of quality.
Our model runs, rides, and stops wonderfully. It is well-tuned with a strong idle, responsive throttle, and tight braking. The tires are relatively new with plenty of life left in them. The battery is brand new and it has a Rick’s Regulator / Rectifier.
The biggest issue is pitting on the underside of the tank and some oxidization on the hardware and chrome. Only 9,010 miles on the odometer!
See the video linked for starting, idling, and walk-around: