Sam Stewart's 1975 Honda CB360T
With a 6-year-old daughter to look after, Sam Stewart knew it was probably best to put away the Ducati Monster and the 848 and get something that was both a little slower and a good project bike. For $900 he found a 1975 Honda CB360T that had been sitting for years and needed love; his daughter even participated in the process.
A fixed operations director in Atlanta, Sam has a demanding job with long hours and spends weekends with his daughter but he was able to find time at nights to work on the Honda. Even though this was his first two-wheeled bike build, he has plenty of auto experience, including turning an 87 Toyota Corolla AE86 GT-S into a street/drifter, a big block full size Ford Bronco and a Toyota Rock Crawler based on a 1980 Pickup chassis.
“The plan was to just get the bike running then do some mods here and there until I liked where it was,” he said. But I tend to get a little crazy with mods and take on a lot of projects at once so, of course, that's what I did on this bike. I tore into the carbs, but then decided I wanted to swap handle bars. While doing that I started stripping the bike down to solidify the style. There was so much chrome on this bike.” Everything rubber was replaced. He shortened the rear frame hoop, added an axle/swing arm mount tag bracket and an LED tail/brake light just to make it street legal. He didn’t crack into the engine because it didn’t take much to get it running again. The funky exhaust cans were swapped for a chopped/straight pipe and heat wrap. “It's really loud but looks great.”
“I was originally going to strip the bike down to the frame and paint everything but I actually decided against it. I fell in love with the patina on the tank. It gives the bike so much character. I also opted to leave the side covers on since the faded paint matches so well with the tank. This bike is definitely a head turner and I get compliments everywhere I go.”
Stewart is still making tweaks and modifications (he recently added a speedometer from Dime City Cycles) but he has less than $2000 into the project, including the purchase price. So, that proves it’s still possible to get on a vintage Honda without breaking the bank.
“I really dig the stripped down true cafe racer style as you can see,” he said. “The idea of this whole bike is ‘less is more’. Keep the design simple, clean, and let the bike speak for itself.”
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