Timo’s 1973 HONDA CB350

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Usually the further away from the equator you go. The amount of motorcycles you see will be significantly less. Judging by that I would not think there would be much motorcycles up in the Arctic Circle. Due to the harsh riding conditions.  Apparently that did not matter much for Timo Karien that lives in the Northern part of Finland. The average temperature is a bit over freezing and there is snow on the ground half of the year.

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Timo attends a university there. He is studying to become an industrial Designer. Luckily the shop has a workshop with all the tools needed to fabricate any part he wants. Unfortunate students are not allowed to work on personal projects in the workshop. So, Timo had to sneak into the metal workshop and work on his parts. Surprisingly this was the hardest part of the build. He later found out that another teacher was also sneaking in to make motorcycle parts.

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The rest of the build was done at his friend’s warehouse. Now some of you might wonder why he chose the 1973 Honda CB 350 instead of some other bikes that might ride better in the cold. Well he just really likes the look of these bikes. He likes how engine looks and the symmetry of the exhaust running on both sides.

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When Timo first got the bike back in 2012. It was in its stock form. So he spent that summer riding the bike as it was. After that summer passed Timo started with the motor rebuild. He installed bored out pistons and rings. He also removed the started and modified the original exhaust header tubes. He then welded on a db-Killers muffler to get the sound he wanted. All of the other little parts Timo made using hand tools. He is not a big fan of bolt on parts so he wanted to make sure his bike has the least amount it can.

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Timo had also shortened the frame and extending the swing arm an extra 80mm. This gave the bike the desired stance and look that Timo wanted. He also made sure that this bike was minimalistic and all about the driving experience. This is why there are no buttons on the handlebars.

This bike looks amazing and defiantly gets older Honda riders to stop and find out more about the bike. Even though this bike is in the Arctic Circle Timo rides this bike in all kinds of weather and even enjoys riding it in the rain.

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