Just bought this sl350 last friday. I've been sick, so I haven't had much time to mess with it, but I've been obsessing over it. It's a '70, but I'm assuming it's actually a '69 that carried over to the '70 model year since all the '70s I've seen have had the tube frame, and this is still a stamped frame with a single down tube like a cb350. The bike runs great, but the splines on the shifter were all stripped out, so I haven't gotten a chance to ride it yet, only start it and hear it idle. Anyway, here's some pics and some of my plans. Still haven't decided if I'm going to build this bike or swap the motor into my titled cl350 frame, since that frame will be much much easier to clean up. The leftover frame/parts will become a hardtail bobber project
. The reason I bought this bike is because I got into contact with the previous owner of my other 2 bikes (owner before the guy I got them from) and he said that he didn't believe either of those motors were going to be salvageable. So I found a known runner, even though it looks a little rough
Bought this rd400 tank for $30, think it'll look nice on the bike. Tunnel needs to be pounded out a little bit, and i'll need to make some custom mounts, but I think it'll fit well.
Here it is resting on my parts bike's frame.
I've ordered some clipons and headlight ears and a few random odds and ends. I'd like to go a little lower on it. The rear shocks are 13.5" long (as opposed to my cl350's shocks @12.5"). Looking into some 11.5" shocks and maybe swapping some cl360 front forks into my stock sl350 triples to drop the front without having 3" of fork sticking out of the top clamp
. Planning on still kinda having a dirt bike/scrambler feel with a little bit of cafe influence. Bike will more or less be a semi off-road use commuter. Going to be making a really low seat as well. Haven't decided on exhaust yet, either keeping the stock units or swapping out to a set of cl350 scrambler pipes.
'70 sl350, '86 spree, '88 cressida