NOS Flying Dragon Bodywork – 1973 Honda CB350

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Post Listing Update: This Flying Dragon did not meet reserve with 17 bids up to $7,400, however it was relisted with a BIN of $7,500 and then pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown.

Bike-urious reader Bob Kelly has established himself as quite an expert on the Honda’s Flying Dragon bodywork – and he’s offering up a CB350 with a NOS set! In ’72 and ’73, you could order an incredible set of alternate bodywork for CL350 or CL450 models – an idea that came from Honda’s paint department because they figured these crazy Americans were obsessed with tie dye, and some would want a similar scheme on their motorcycles. The Flying Dragon was born.

It seems that 4 variants of the “Flying Dragon” scheme were offered, but all were unpopular. Funny how that works now – 40 years later these rare paint jobs command a steep premium. I would have thought this was an idea from American Honda, but thanks to part numbers fans have been able to confirm that this was indeed thought up at Honda Japan. For more on the Flying Dragon and its odd “tie-dye” scheme, check out this article from Motorcycle Classics. Pay special attention to the author – it’s Bob!

This example (VIN: CB350-5010166) has 8,782 miles and it was originally equipped with orange bodywork. It was “recently serviced to include tune up, oil change, carburetor clean and new battery.” Obviously, the big thing here is the bodywork, which is “New Old Stock and has not seen a drop of gas.” However, the bodywork is for a 250 model. The seller is willing to ship the original tank and sidecovers to the winner.

Find this Flying Dragon CB for sale in Erie, Colorado with bidding up to $1,973 and the reserve not yet met here on eBay.

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Interestingly enough, there’s also a CL350 Flying Dragon for sale on the same site right now. It’s got a BIN of $10,999 in Madison, Wisconsin here on eBay:

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