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The Ideal Honda CB350 (Rebuilt for Towns and the Countryside alike!)
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The Ideal Honda CB350 (Rebuilt for Towns and the Countryside alike!)

One's environment is capable of greatly influencing their overall innovative yield. In the small village of Oliverbridge in New York’s forested terrain with paths and cool rivers around the famed Catskill Park, lives a man named Nick Cologero.

Cologero is one man who is passionate about building bikes, however, his main profession is that of firefighter. When he is not firefighting, he operates under Catskill Mountain Customs Inc., a company that specializes in the refurbishment of motorbikes. In fact, he is the brains behind the recent refurbishment of an old, rusty 1972 Foxy Honda CB350.

Nick says that although the machine hasn’t moved an inch for more than two decades, he saw the potential to rebuild it when the right customer came along.  The specifics were quite simple; he wanted to refurbish a bike that the customer would be able to ride within their premises or shopping center.  A bistro-type of bike is what the customer wanted to have.

The crafty bike builder began by dismantling the CB350’s chassis, as well as the sub-frame, and replacing them with customized equivalents. He then added spacers so that new length shock could perfectly fit without having any negative impact on the bike’s balance and stability on the road. Nick also revamped the front and hand-made fork ears.

In addition, Nick also had its wheels rebound with extensive rims of 19 inches holding Shinko rubber for off-road stability. Finally, he finished off with a manual bodywork. Nick says that he cherishes his work of art as it enables his customers to have the kind of distinctive look and feel that they desire, adding that he gets his inspiration for bike building from people like Christian Sosa and Brian Fuller.

With a steel-made tank, Nick’s handiwork achieves very high durability. The aluminum that he uses to build the front bumper and the battery box also enhance his bike’s credentials. The Bistro-racer type is seen in the coiled rear, while the major parts that are covered in rubber help to safeguard against debris in rough terrains.

Carbs are also fitted with stainless steel filters for an exhaust pipe system, with an automatic starter plug completing it. And with a less complex wiring tackle complete with a present-day controller and rectifier, the refurbished CB350 is a light, comfortable and quite easily-controllable ideal ride for both town and the countryside!

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