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Jun102010

Honda CB360 Café Racer

This beautiful 1975 Honda CB360 was purchased by Canadian Peter Cabral for next to nothing about a year ago. Of course, you usually get what you pay for, and Peter got a vintage bike in vintage condition. It wasn't running, the wiring was all damaged, it had a rusty tank and seized brakes. Although Peter has owned numerous bikes in the past, this is his first vintage custom project. Here's what Peter told us about the build:

"First I stripped all the unwanted items off the bike and started moulding a seat/tail from pink styrofoam. Happy with the look I covered it with foil and laid down the fibreglass, after the seat was hard I put it aside and started striping the bike down to the frame. I wire wheeled the frame to the metal and shaved off any unwanted tabs, wiped the frame down and sprayed with black epoxy paint. Next started on the engine, took apart the top end cleaning and checking parts, painting the engine body high heat black and lightly polishing others. Reassembled with new gaskets and also rebuilt the brake calliper, master cylinder, carbs, front shocks new cables and hoses. Wire wheeled the rims, painted them satin black to match other parts on the bike and installed the tubes and tires. Then I custom mounted the speedo low on the trees, added a sparkplug socket for a kicker, the exhaust 2-1 reverse cone was found on ebay, it was from a CB350 but a little heat and now it fits. I also mounted the stock rear fender to the swing arm, built a 2-1 intake and after most of the mechanical was complete I started on the bodywork, bondo, sand, bondo, sand etc. I had a local paint supply shop mix a metallic orange, then in my one car garage I sprayed the tank and seat."

Peter has loads more great shots of this stunning CB360 Lucky 7even café racer on his Flickr page, from the beginning of the build right through to the completed project. Peter would like to thank all the members on Do The Ton that helped and inspired him - I'm guessing he's in the running for bike of the month. 

Reader Comments (63)

Beautiful bike! What is the "X" tape on the headlight for? I've seen it before and I'm curious if there is/was a reason cafe racers did that.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDCseca

The finished bike looks amazing!! All of your work really shows. Serously mean bike.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrev.dub

nice turn out for an under appreciated bike. i like the "hugger" fender and other details.

the tape, by the way, is a precautionary move when racing road going machines with lights. if a light breaks in a crash it's intended to keep debris off the track.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEcosse

Thanks guys!
Super happy with the way she turned out.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

I'm in love.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMikeMachine

lol. She's spoken for.

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Superb - nice work. Just about the perfect balance of everything!

One thing tho - I rekon the front disk could do with drilling...

???

June 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPamberjack

nice bike good finish, but it's yet another cb turned caff hack. One more and i go catatonic.

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermingh

I love it. CB360T was my first bike and got a lot memory about the model. Tried to find one that runs, but all I found got seized engine in it. Must be common on the model....
The pipes are blued -running lean? Needs bigger jets?
I agree with Pumberjack on disk. I think that would tighten up the look even more.
Good work.

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterswitchum

Thanks guys!
The drilled rotor would be a nice touch,
and I do have a spare.
After a few plug chops the mix is good,
but there is alway room for ajustment.
I picked up the 2-1 pipe used, to bad the
blue was already there.
Thanks again!
Peter

June 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

What did you make the 2 to 1 intake from? Some kind of plastic pieces from a car, or?

June 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

I used fernco rubber plumbing elbows from my local Home depot.

http://www.fernco.com/plumbing/flexible-couplings/qwik-tees-ells

Thanks

June 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

DTT Represent! As I said on the forum the, finished product is peach, Nice job!

June 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlmost_VIntage_GS

I'm working on the exact same bike! Your 360 T is by far the best one I've seen. Like your air intake solutions. Where did you get the filter?

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndreas

Thanks glad you like it!
The filter is a K&N RC-0920

July 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Nice Job!!! what kind of tires are those? Im having trouble decideing if I should use a modern or a retro tire on my build? Is there a big performance loss using a retro tire for example the firestone's etc.

July 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMM

I love it, I'm looking into doing this to my 74 CB360. I do not intend on doing the work myself however. How much do you think I'd expect to pay to replicate this build from a good running bike already?

July 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

MM,
Their a brand named Duro very low
cost tires but there handling very well.
I sure there are better tires out there but for
the cost can't go wrong.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Thanks Ryan,
Hard to say as I built this bike in my garage.
No parts went out.
The labor is what's going to bring the cost way
up. It's was alot of taking apart cleaning or repainting
and putting it all back together.
Parts a inexpensive. If time permits I would
say try and do as much as you can yourself.
Here's a great site that helped me out.
Do the ton.com.
Good luck with the build.
Peter.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Great bike and i like what you've done. i have one that didn't take much to get running again. i got lucky as it had 7000+/- miles on it, i got it from the original owner. i want to do some modification and like the air filter, where did you get it? i don't like the one that came stock and want to change it.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEverett

The bike looks great, I love the seat / tail you made. I would be interested in buying one if your could make a replica of the one on your bike. I would just want the fiberglass mould unpainted. If it is something you are willing to do let me know. Thanks,

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

Thanks Everett,
The filters are K&N RC-0920 and I made
the tubes from plumbing parts.
Doug, I could come very closes to replicating
the seat, is it for a cb360?
pnpcab@yahoo.ca
Thanks

August 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

What size Carb is that? Do you have a build thread?

August 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDustin

Are you running points, or electronic ignition? I can't find the electronic kit for my CL360 project. Any ideas?

August 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGary

HI Dustin,
They are the stock CV type Keihin, Build thread http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=10532.0
Thanks

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Hi Gary, I'm running points, these guy make a kit for the cl350, they might be able to help you out.
http://www.bore-tech.com/Vintage%20Motorcycle%20Ignitions.html
Thanks
Peter

August 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

WOW! GREAT looking bike!

May I ask what fuel tank you used? Thankyou sir and congrats on the looker!

September 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdrew

Thanks Drew!
The fuel tank is the stock cb360 tank.

September 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Awesome bike~! Where is the battery on it? How did you modify the electrical? I have found that the electrical on the 360's are the biggest headache. Did you scrap the old harness? or just modify it?
Also, I have polished my engine piece by piece. Noticed some parts have a film over them. others are striaght steel. Any tips on getting a good clean polished look? It looks like the trans. casing came out great! what was your secret?

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

Thanks Jason!
The battery is under the hump of the seat, along with
all other electrical components, rectifier, fuses, and a relay.
It's the stock wiring harness, I just went over the wires and any
brittle wire I replaced or increased the length to reach the hump.
As for the polished parts, I sprayed heavy duty paint stripper
to remove the clear coat, then used a buffing wheel on a drill and
a polishing compound. I wasn't really looking for chrome like polish,
more of a clean metal look.
Do you have a build thread? If not www.dotheton.com is a great site
with a ton of info. Really helped me out.
Good luck!
Peter

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

The tape is an old school way of tempering the glass, it basically holds it all together in case of impact, thus preventing glass shattering all over the track.

Beautiful bike.

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKC

Thanks KC!

November 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

What are the specs/size of your rear tire? Looks a little beefy...I like it. I'm glad you stayed with the original paint scheme on the tank...I do the same thing on my restorations too. Guess it makes me feel a little better about hacking away on an old bike! LOL! But, at least they are not sitting around rusting away anymore! Thumbs up!

-'75 CB200t
-'74 CB360t

November 13, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarry

Good point Barry! to many old bike just sitting around.
The tire size is stock 3.50 wide.
Thanks
Peter

November 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Absolutely great work. I am doing a similar project, but maintaining a passenger seat. I Love the exhaust on your bike Peter, do you happen to know what brand it is? There are few out there but the ones I have found are not quite so good looking. Any direction is greatly appreciated.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChad

Thanks very much!
Sorry Chad, I've looked over the pipe a few times
with no luck. Their is no branding on the pipe at all.
I've contacted the eBay seller, he has no idea as came
on a parts bike. The pipe was originaly on a cb350, I had to add
heat and bend out the header a bit to make it fit.
Thanks
Peter

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Did you chrome things like your fork legs and engine cases? I noticed they are pretty shiney. I know the CB's I have had experience with, come with a lame silver paint on the engine. Also did you relocate your electrical system (battery, rectifier...) under the seat cowling? I am searching hard for an exhaust system like yours. I saw it and fell in love. I hope you take it as a compliment and don't take offense to my lack of creativity but I am hoping to use a few of your ideas for my own when I get home this winter.

December 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChad

I just saw the post where you actually already answered those questions. Please disregard.

December 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChad

great build mate, its a looker , i had a question about the handle bars ? are they stock ? did you just flip them ? it looks super

January 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSachin

Thanks very much! No not the stock bars, their call
clubman bars, I picked them up on eBay, drilled them to run the wiring and
painted them black.
Peter

January 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Great looking bike. Couple of quick questions:

You mention that the back tire is 3.5 - I am looking at Duro rear tire that is 18 - 4.0. Do you think I will have any clearance/width issues? And, did you mount both new tires on the stock Honda wheels and use stock size tubes?
Where did you get the exhaust - are there others avail?
what brand paint did you use on the wheels and where did you get it.

Thanks for your help - and again - great looking bike.
Dan

January 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Beautiful bike, I just bought a 1973 and picking it up tomorrow. I was wondering if you had any clearance issues with those handlebars/tank.

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpottheDogg

Thanks very much! No problems at all.
Peter

February 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Inspirational! Just did the handlebars on my 360T but ran the wiring outside as I was afraid that the weld joint on the handlebar would block the wire run and I'd be left with some unusable holes. Any issues getting the wires past the welds? Also, would be very interested in commissioning another seat from you as well, kylestephan@hotmail.com if your interested/able to reproduce it.

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyle

Thanks Kyle!
It wasn't to bad, just tie a string then tape up the end of the wire to a point. Feed the string first, then use a push and pull to get it through.
As for the seat, I don't have a mold of the original, but have built a second
nearly identical for customer, I could built
one more if your interested, but not till spring.
I'll send you an email.
Peter

February 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Sorry Dan missed your post, when I picked up the bike I had a 4.0 rear tire
it was close, but I didn't see any rubbing. Yep stock rims, and I uses tubes to match tire size. The exhaust came from a cb350, I picked it up off eBay. Sorry but their is no branding on the pipe, I have no idea who built it.
As for the paint it's vht epoxy satin black, most automotive part stores carry the vht brand, take a look at their web site, they explain all their types of paints.
If you have any other question free free to email me.
pnpcab@yahoo.ca
Thanks Peter

February 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

Wow that's great.
I have a 360 I am a newcomer to refurbs just looking for parts I desperately need a front brake calliper solution any suggestions.

Thanks

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNick -UK

Watch ebay for a caliper, they are hard to find. Usually need to be rebuilt but that is easy enough.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpottheDogg

Great suggestion spot! I found alot of the parts I needed on
eBay. If not theirs always rebuilding.
Peter

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

I am assuming he doesn't have a caliper, sorry I shouldn't do that. If it's seized go buy a 10x1.25 grease zerk, it's not the right thread pitch so only snug it up lightly with your wrench. Then pump grease into it with a grease gun and that will push that piston right out. Clean everything really good, check for pitting or scratches and replace the seal. Reassemble with a little DOT 3 on the mating surfaces and bleed. You may want to rebuild the master cylinder too.

April 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSpottheDogg

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