chinonthetank cb360t

Angle grinder time! Since the Thursday ride was rained out I made some good progress in the basement. Cleaned off all the side cover tabs, fender holders, seat mounts, the weird mount thing under the head tube and shortened the back end of the frame. Pretty sure the neighbors weren’t psyched on the grinder hell noise at 11pm but gotta get the job done.

Lots of unnecessary bits.

While I was in the groove of grinding, I cleaned up the headlight mount. This build is all about using what I have and simplifying the oem parts. I trimmed off the signal mounts and with some more grinding and a clean weld it should look nice.

One of the rough sketches.

Parts are starting to arrive! Coming home from work to a box of parts is awesome. Here I have the ignition, clutch perch, headlight visor, chain, gran turismo grips, and euro bars. I dig how they look flipped and it should work with the small front end of the 360. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll go with the clubmans.

Originally wanted to run the Firestone Dexluxe tires but at $120 each they’ll push me over budget. Right now I’m digging these in 4.00/18 which are $67 each. Dunlop site says it’s a rear only tire but I don’t see why I couldn’t run it in the front as well. It measures 4.17″ and the clearance between the forks is 4.25″.¬†Thoughts/advise?

Next up: carb rebuild, front end mounting, stripping oem clear off all aluminum and brake rebuild!

14 responses to “chinonthetank cb360t”

  1. ed says:

    I like everything you’re doing except those gay ass grips.
    get some ODI mushrooms!

  2. scott says:


    Gran Turismo grips are the tits!

  3. ludwig says:


  4. admin says:

    Sorry, I’m still sayin those grips suck balls… ODI mushrooms are way better.

  5. jut says:

    Pretty rad idea. Makes me want to rip apart my bike and rebuild.

  6. bob. says:

    is that 4.25″ between the forks with or without the fork brace? Can always make/buy a custom one but I’d be weary of riding without one.

  7. admin says:

    hey bob

    it’s ~4.25 between the forks without a brace. I plan to run the front without a fork brace or fender. I don’t see what benefit a brace provides seeing how the oem fender would have provided that function and that thing is flimsy at best. I’ve read that it’s needed but never an explaination into why. Any insight?

  8. Richard says:

    I would at least brace it. I believe the front brace ties the bottom fork tubes together so they telescope in unison. Without the front braced, you could go around a hard turn hit a bump and have the inside tube bend and stick while the other is trying to extend. It sounds problematic for front end alignment.

  9. Martin says:

    All I can add is that regarding tire size mattered on my stock cb200. I am familiar with this tire and it is certainly adequate (also made by Cheng Shin). The previous owner had put one size bigger on the rear and it was bottoming out all over the place. I thought I was just too heavy for the little bike but once I replaced the rear with the proper one for the bike it never bottomed out again, even with a passenger. I know you are going to be modifying a lot, so this may not be a problem for you, but FYI the stock size for your bike is 3.00-18 front and 3.50-18 rear.

  10. Aaron says:

    tires shouldnt be a problem and they look super good too.. why hasnt anybody told me about the front fork brace before?? hahah

  11. andrew says:

    cause your a wild man!

  12. Jay says:

    Would these work? Seem to have look fairly similar to the Firestones. I wouldn’t necessarily run these things on a high-performance bike, but I’m sure they’re decent enough for a vintage ride.

    I can also give you my AMA number for another 10% off.

  13. Aaron says:

    I second that tire,(from bikebandit) it looks really good not as boxy as the firestone you wanted but same kind of feel to it..

  14. admin says:

    Martin – thanks for the info. Im not running a stock rear or front fender so the clearance I can account for.

    Jay – thanks. I dig that tire but actually like another one of the Duro tires. I hadn’t heard of them before so thanks for mentioning them.

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