1975 Honda CB360 Backroads Scrambler

Scrambler styling and modern touches for this Honda classic.

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When a motorcycle enthusiast from California saw some of our previous work online, he knew we could help bring his vision for a fun vintage scrambler restomod to life. Starting with a 1975 Honda CB360 that we already had here in the shop, we planned a build incorporating Slipstream’s design sensibilities with his own functional and aesthetic preferences.

A sleek custom subframe helps tidy up this CB360 frame and serves as a streamlined foundation for the rest of the build. Custom tank mounts allow the fitment of a slightly more compact CL350 scrambler tank. Oversized 18-inch aluminum rims were built with stainless steel spokes from Buchanan’s Spoke & Rim, and wrapped in some dual sport rubber from Shinko. The gold accents on the wheels and modified Honda wing logo add a touch of class, perfectly complementing the Baylor University green and gold theme.

The low-miles, but nearly 50-year-old engine received some love, including a top-end rebuild and ported head. Twin Mikuni VM30 carburetors supply fuel. The high-pipe exhaust headers come from a CL360 scrambler but are re-bent and modified to flow with the lines of the bike. The pipes were topped off with shorty mufflers, and the entire exhaust system was Cerakoted in a satin black finish.

A few modern touches help this vintage Honda make the most of the latest technology. The electrical system has been updated with a modern regulator/rectifier unit and a lithium battery tucked into a custom tray under the seat. Electronic ignition from Charlie’s Place replaced the old points ignition system for better performance and reliability. The lighting has all been upgraded to use LEDs, including an integrated headlight / turn signal unit and an LED taillight / turn signal strip that is recessed for a flush fit in the custom seat hoop. With a TrailTech Vapor digital gauge unit, this custom scrambler blends vintage charm with high-tech functionality.

While all of those modifications look great on paper, the owner of this bike wanted to be sure this vintage Honda would be a fun and functional bike he could actually ride. One of his early requests was that the build includes a clean and simple pillion rack that was easy to attach and remove, and that didn’t distract from the bike’s clean lines. We were able to custom fabricate a simple rack that mounts easily, and flows so well with the overall look of the bike we almost prefer the way this CB360 looks with it on.

As with all of our builds, there’s not really a single feature that steals the show. We’re always looking for ways to thoughtfully incorporate details so we end up with a nice cohesive finished product. We think we hit the mark with this custom Honda CB360 backroads scrambler.

  • Custom subframe with integrated LED taillight and turn signals
  • Custom fabricated battery tray mounted under seat
  • Custom seat pan and seat upholstery
  • Custom headlight mount with LED lighting and integrated turn signals
  • Custom front and rear fenders
  • CL360 scrambler exhaust headers Cerakoted black and fitted with shorty mufflers
  • Oversized aluminum rims and dual sport tires
  • Custom designed and painted tank graphics
  • Top-end engine rebuild with ported and polished head
  • Mikuni VM30 carburetors
  • Charlie’s Place electronic ignition system
  • Trailtech Vapor digital gauges
  • All the little, big details

Creativity & Craftsmanship

We pride ourselves on creativity & craftsmanship — finding unique ways to re-purpose parts and hardware, striking just the right balance between a variety of materials. By letting function drive form, we’re able to achieve an industrial style that looks like it works hard, and hard work is a beautiful thing.