Personally I love little Honda cafe racers. They are not built to hit the big numbers but they do get big smiles on your face. One of the bestselling models would have to be the Honda Cl360. Between 1968 and 1973 they sold over 250,000 of these Honda’s. Also since Honda did a great job on the motor you can still see many of these bikes out on the roads.
With the overall weight of the bike being a little over 300 pounds the 36 horse power motor does okay with getting you up to speed quickly. This bike is a great choice if you are looking to build a cafe racer that will be reliable and fun to drive up in the curve roads.
Now this bike won’t go as fast as its bigger brothers. On paper the bike goes 110mph but in the real world that would be hard to achieve even on a perfect day. But when buying this bike that should never really be the goal of this bike. This bike certainly does a better job accelerating fast and cornering.
My friend owns a CB350 and after driving my Cb550 I would say I like his bike just as much. It is different in the experience. But when we ride together I would not say he has that hard of a time keeping up with my Honda Cb550. Now this particular CL360 that you see was actually saved from a junkyard by Shawn Smith. When he picked up the bike it was a little more than a rolling parts bike but for Shawn that was not an issue at all.
Now most people probably would not bother with a bike in such rough condition. But Shawn thought it would be a fun little cafe racer project. Shawn trained in automotive collision repair and has spent many years customizing motorcycles and snowmobiles. He has worked on a large verity of bike form smaller bikes like the CB175 to bigger bikes. So this Cl360 would not be a problem
The work started with stripping the bike down and rebuilding the motor. Next the frame received a detab and new paint. When Shawn was rebuilding the motor he also bored it .25 over with a pair of Bore- tech pistons and rings. The battery was also upgraded on the bike with a new four cell battery and a Dime city cycle’s rear frame hoop was welded up. To complement the hoop a Dime city cycle’s brat style seat was installed. The stock handlebars were switched out for some Clubmans with new controls at the ends. The front end also received some attention with the suspension being rebuilt. Over all I would say this is a beautiful example of a CL360. I think Shawn hit the bike right on the money. Great Job.