Honda CL350: F%#k perfection, enjoy the ride…

Ruby enjoys riding the Honda CL350...

Ruby enjoys riding the Honda CL350…

Some of you may have been following along with our progress on Ruby’s Honda CL350.  If you have, you know that we have hit quite a few snags along the way.  Despite our best efforts, sometimes these vintage bikes just don’t cooperate, and things can get bogged down…

When this happens, obviously frustrations can mount, and seeing the ‘finish line’ can become difficult.  You check things off the list, move toward a better functioning, safer bike.  But ultimately, all you want to do it ride.

For this particular Honda CL350, the stakes felt higher, because we all wanted to get Ruby on the road, enjoying her new bike, and getting a chance to cruise the city for the first time.  Of course, safety was our priority, but there is also something to say for pulling up short on perfection, to get the bike (and rider) out on the road.

So for Ruby’s 1969 Honda CL350, we got it running well enough, got it safe, and then encouraged her to head off into the sunset, to enjoy the fruits of her labor.  There are more tweaks to be done, but once the bike was safe, and we felt confident that she could enjoy some time in the saddle, we nudged her out the door, so that she could experience some of the great summer riding season.

While we take pride in our work, sometimes you need to see the bigger picture.  This is what it’s all about.  Riding.  We love working and wrenching on bikes.  no doubt about that.  But we also love to see the look on a new rider’s face, smile from ear to ear, when they first pull away from the garage.

Will we continue to meddle with the Honda CL350?  Sure we will.  But that can wait for the colder months, so that Ruby can enjoy a bit of the sunshine, the feel of the bike beneath her, and the joy that got us all into this culture to begin with…riding motorcycles!

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