The ups and downs of owning a classic motorcycle
Rider: Larry Cameron, Alburgh, Vt.
Occupation: Custom woodworker
Rides: 1972 Honda SL350, 1975 Honda CB360, 1974 Honda CB200, 1978 Yamaha XS650 Special, 1979 Honda CB750F, 1984 Honda XL200R, 2000 H-D Sportster 1200S
Larry’s story: Larry scored this 1972 Honda SL350 from a friend he’d been bugging for years, trying to buy it. The friend finally caved and gave the bike to Larry, who tells us: “As far as the rebuild, it was pretty much a basket case. The wheels were in dirt about eight inches, so I took them apart to powder coat the rims and relace the spokes. I took everything off that would come off and painted, cleaned or polished everything that needed it. I was able to salvage most parts. Powder coating is wonderful stuff when working on old bikes. I had to replace the tires and a few other parts. A buddy with a welder helped me fab the 2-into-1 exhaust using the original header pipes. I do all my own painting and powder coating. The engine ran great, I just tuned it up and cleaned the carbs, which also needed floats.”