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Honda has top class (1972)

From: The Broadcaster, November 28 1972, page 37

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Honda has top class

Honda's newest four-cylinder motor cycle, the 350cc CB350F is good news from the front wheel to the rear. Honda's smallest four is as high in sophistication as its big brothers (the CB500 and the CB750) and is a pleasure to ride and to look at.

The CB350 Four is not just a scaled down 500 or 750. There are many significant differences apart from the reduction in size. The frame is a semiduplex with a single front downbar as against the full duplex frames of its brothers. Engine castings and frame placement differ and the fuel tank was designed with an individuality all of its own.

And why a silent traveller? Because the four cylinders generate 32 bhp at 9500 rpm at no more than a purr. Rev high or rev low, nobody notices, including the rider.

It is in town that the CB350F best shows itself. With its five speed gearbox and wide torque range it cruises comfortably and smoothly on the road but does not get upset in the stop-start daily drag through the city.

All controls respond easily and in correct progression and the 10-inch hydraulic disc brake is positive immediately.

Top speed is not the major performance feature of the CB350F, with a maximum speed of 86 mph. Acceleration is outstanding for a 350cc motor cycle, with a standing start quarter mile of 16.4 seconds and from rest to 50 mph in 6.8 seconds.

And with braking to match no bike better fits town traffic. There is little missing in standard equipment and accessories.

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