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post #11 of 22 Old 08-01-2019, 01:24 PM
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Similarly, I had one of these; my first street legal motorcycle.

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post #12 of 22 Old 08-01-2019, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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Wow Tom, major CB350 nastalgia for me. Not sure if I even have a picture but it would look much like yours.
I remember taking mine off-road in the desert east of San Diego. Worked great except in deep sand - the pipes caused too much drag and the tires were useless. Even so it worked (kinda, sorta, maybe). A CL350 would've helped....
The CB350 got me through the oil embargo too, when gas hit 50 or 75 cents a gallon (up from 25 cents).
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When the CB died I replaced it with a CL175. When I got in trouble with it I could just stand up and let it go. Got good mileage, though. I rode that for a while and then got a CX500 Deluxe with color-matched Windjammer and Samsonite bags.

The Windjammer had an AM/FM/cassette deck in it. Disco fever, man, disco fever.

@DPelletier's CM looks to be about the same vintage as the CX was.

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post #14 of 22 Old 08-01-2019, 02:05 PM
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You were tall enough to make that bike look 'small', Tom.

My Junior High basketball coach who is about 7'2" used to ride a CB450 in his High School / College years!

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The amazing thing was that we used to ride things like that all over the place for hundreds of miles a day with jeans, a levi jacket, 3/4 helmet, work gloves, cowboy boots and we never got sore butts, never got hot or cold, never got tired. We'd stick a hot dog behind the cylinder and have it for lunch. We'd drink from a stream and never got sick.

What the hell happened to us?

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TIME! Hey Tom - a question for you since you had essentially the same 350 as I did many years ago. My bike didn't come with an owners manual and google was just a number in those days.
I too lived in SoCal at the time so it rarely got cold. I've been trying to figure if it's my "sometimers ailment" or what. I know where the choke is located but I don't recall having to use the choke to start the engine on my CB350. The electric starter never worked but neither do I remember it being difficult to start. Give me the bad news; have I completely lost my mind or did I keep it so impeccably tuned that it didn't matter? Neither will surprise me.
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I lived mostly in San Luis Obispo at the time and remember needing to use the choke.

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TIME! Hey Tom - a question for you since you had essentially the same 350 as I did many years ago. My bike didn't come with an owners manual and google was just a number in those days.
I too lived in SoCal at the time so it rarely got cold. I've been trying to figure if it's my "sometimers ailment" or what. I know where the choke is located but I don't recall having to use the choke to start the engine on my CB350. The electric starter never worked but neither do I remember it being difficult to start. Give me the bad news; have I completely lost my mind or did I keep it so impeccably tuned that it didn't matter? Neither will surprise me.
If the float bowl fuel LEVEL were on the high side and the carbs were prone to dribble on the ground when parked with the kickstand on the 'wrong side' of a slope, it would not surprize me for it to start in that climate with 'No Choke'.

A high fuel level can be quicker to react to throttle position changes. But one may need to ensure that the fuel valve turns OFF (or is manually turned off) when parked.

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post #19 of 22 Old 08-02-2019, 06:45 AM
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... did I keep it so impeccably tuned that it didn't matter?
As pdwestman alluded to, if an internal combustion engine starts without enriching the intake charge, there's something wrong.

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The amazing thing was that we used to ride things like that all over the place for hundreds of miles a day with jeans, a levi jacket, 3/4 helmet, work gloves, cowboy boots and we never got sore butts, never got hot or cold, never got tired. We'd stick a hot dog behind the cylinder and have it for lunch. We'd drink from a stream and never got sick.
Even . . . drink from muddy hoof prints or tire ruts!


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