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The $900 fender on a 1971 Honda CL350 Scrambler

1971 honda cl350  
Steve Matthews' 1971 Honda CL350 Scrambler. 

Rider: Steve Matthews, Mineral, Va.
Age: 48
Occupation: Mechanic
Other rides: 1981 Honda CB750C, 1991 Honda CBR600F2

Actually, the NOS fender was just under $200. My 1971 Honda CL350 Scrambler is a beauty. I did the entire restoration myself. This bike came with a 19-inch front rim, but now sports 18-inch Sun Aluminum rims, restored, polished and respoked.

The fender of course didn’t look good on the smaller wheel, so I decided to slot the mounting holes to give it a tighter fit around the tire. This was a job for my Dremel tool, a must for any restoration. I got it done and was starting to install the fender. I felt something in my eye and couldn’t get it out. Twenty-four hours later, it was really starting to bother me. Yadda, yadda, yadda, and my brother-in-law is taking me to the emergency room. $700 to get that piece of metal out of my eye. Yes, I normally have safety glasses on, but sometimes we all forget. And that’s the story of my $900 fender.