Honda CL350

Honda CL350 custom motorcycle
I don’t know the provenance of this lovely café racer racer conversion, spotted on Rocket Garage. It’s a CL350, which was introduced in ’68 and is a sister bike to the CB350. Despite selling big numbers into the first half of the 70s, the CL350 has become a footnote in the annals of Honda history: it was unfortunately sandwiched between the iconic CB77 (Superhawk) and the ubiquitous CB750. The CL350 had scrambler-influenced styling with high-set pipes and braced ‘bars—not unlike the contemporary Triumph Scrambler—but the engine was actually a 325 parallel twin.

At first glance this machine is a neat but fairly standard cafe job, but if you check the detail shots, you’ll see some lovely touches on the paintwork.