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Old 12-02-2011, 07:44 PM
 
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I'm restoring a 1972 Honda CB350 into a cafe racer and I am trying to find some stock parts for it. Does anyone know of a place that sells Honda retro oem parts in SA?
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Old 12-02-2011, 07:56 PM
 
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Ohhh...I'd love to see that! I'm a big fan of cafe racers (do you ever watch Cafe Racer TV on Velocity?).

But as for parts, I think you're gonna be hard-pressed to find any in San Antonio. You could try one of the two Honda motorcycle dealers in town, Alamo CyclePlex up on IH-10 just north of USAA, or Joe Harrison Motorsports over on the NE side of town on IH-35.

There is also a local sportbike forum called San Antonio Riders that may be of help. Most of those guys and gals ride modern bikes, but they may know of some good parts sources.

I know that's not much help but I think your best bet will be via the Internet. Good luck with the build, and post some pics!

Cheers! M2
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Old 12-02-2011, 08:44 PM
 
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Thanks for the info MMM. I will register with the group in hopes that I can find some more enthusiasts that may be 'in the know'.

As for the show, I try to catch it when I am able to. I love cafe racers, bobbers and pretty much anything that causes terror on two wheels. I will post pics in this thread once I get her gussied up some more.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:44 AM
 
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Hey SA dave,
A friend of ours has a lot of NOS OEM parts (he bought a bike shop and retired it a couple of years later). We'll see him this evening and I'll try to remember to ask. I know he worked on a lot of bikes from the 70's and 80's.

Other than that Joe said eBay (that's where he gets most of his parts). Call us if you have questions.

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Old 12-03-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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that's awesome SShurgot! Please let me know if your friend has parts. And tell Joe thanks as well as hello for me.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:29 AM
 
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Ohhh...I'd love to see that!

I know that's not much help but I think your best bet will be via the Internet. Good luck with the build, and post some pics!
So, I'm about 60% done with the build.
For those that are interested, all that is left to fix are the asthetics. The bike runs strong and is very fast. I replaced the stock carburetors with some aftermarket Mikunis. The engine runs great and has an original 9k miles. Its shifts very quickly and brakes nicely for a 40 year old bike.

I plan on repainting the bike, minus the chrome seat. I also want to black out the engine and wrap the pipes with black wrap. Next up for me, is to relocate the battery under the bump in the seat. I've got to purchase a lithium sealed battery for that first. I want to clean up the bike and lower it about another inch or so.

If anyone sees this bike somewhere in Southtown, Downtown, St. Mary's or Austin, say hello!
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:58 AM
 
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Dave

That's sweet, and it's just about that time of year when the riding is really nice!

Cheers! M2
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:06 AM
 
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Thanks!

And yeah, it's great riding weather. I plan on having it complete by the end of the month, in time for the Lone Star Roundup. I will post another pic once it's done.

Ton up!
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:25 PM
 
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Default Nice Honda,

A very nicely fixed up Honda. Reminds me of a 1968 Triumph Daytona I used to own. Notice any similarities? The picture of this 500 is not of mine, but they all looked the same, right ?
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So, I'm about 60% done with the build.
For those that are interested, all that is left to fix are the asthetics. The bike runs strong and is very fast. I replaced the stock carburetors with some aftermarket Mikunis. The engine runs great and has an original 9k miles. Its shifts very quickly and brakes nicely for a 40 year old bike.

I plan on repainting the bike, minus the chrome seat. I also want to black out the engine and wrap the pipes with black wrap. Next up for me, is to relocate the battery under the bump in the seat. I've got to purchase a lithium sealed battery for that first. I want to clean up the bike and lower it about another inch or so.

If anyone sees this bike somewhere in Southtown, Downtown, St. Mary's or Austin, say hello!
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Old 03-13-2013, 11:10 PM
 
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A very nicely fixed up Honda. Reminds me of a 1968 Triumph Daytona I used to own. Notice any similarities? The picture of this 500 is not of mine, but they all looked the same, right ?
Yeah, Triumphs, Nortons, Moto Guzzis of the late 60s early 70s were all the rage in England amongst the Rockers. Those machines were, and still are, timeless. Honda noticed this and imitated it. Hondas would have been laughed out of any English cafe during the period; but their durability, quality, availability and ease to fix/upgrade have made them a favorite in the States.

I like them because they're significantly less expensive to purchase, own and fix than a British bike of the same era. And of course, it doesn't hurt that they look alike.
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