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really nice machine
i like the high compression head looks over the standard. this is probably a long stoke engine, right???
too old to ride with tt bars but it would be a honor to grace its seat even with a short ride!
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Back in the late '70's i road raced a Yamaha TR2B and always seemed to park next to a guy with a beautiful 350 Aermacchi (in a stunning British racing green colour). Anyway, to be more competitive i rode in the 351-750 class as the 350 class was full of the later TZ 350's and mine just could not quite stay with them. (more likely me that was just rubbish!)
Mine had off-set crank pins that took it to 351cc. So what could he have had in his?
Just bored out?
It was a quick little bit of kit though and never broke.
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really nice machine
i like the high compression head looks over the standard. this is probably a long stoke engine, right???
too old to ride with tt bars but it would be a honor to grace its seat even with a short ride!
Thankyou for the complements! The 1967 is the shortest of all the 4 stroke variations I'm aware of according to the FSM and also the highest factory recommended RPMs at 7250 for 21hp. I know that some 2 strokes had shorter strokes. I'll get a pic of the detailed FSM spec sheet on my day off.
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Back in the late '70's i road raced a Yamaha TR2B and always seemed to park next to a guy with a beautiful 350 Aermacchi (in a stunning British racing green colour). Anyway, to be more competitive i rode in the 351-750 class as the 350 class was full of the later TZ 350's and mine just could not quite stay with them. (more likely me that was just rubbish!)
Mine had off-set crank pins that took it to 351cc. So what could he have had in his?
Just bored out?
It was a quick little bit of kit though and never broke.
From what I've read about the factory race bikes which were mostly stock 'looking' bikes with a stiffer frame and beefed up transmission; with a hot cam and 35mm Spanish AMAL carb the 4-stroke 350s have been known to make somewhere between 40-50hp properly set up but some are bored and make that power with less RPMs for longevity.

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There were a few around 400cc built but as said longevity was reduced. There was also the Linto 500, 2 side by side flat singles which was very fast but fragile.
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My brother had a SS350 back in the early 70's. I spent some time in the saddle and formed these impressions, down on power compared to many Metric bikes of that era, but the suspension did an incredible job on our "war zone" roads. Light and nimble, a joy when cruising with no where to go.
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This is a portion of the specifications for the engines. I also had to correct my statement above as I had confused the numbers somehow reference to the RPMs it makes power at. Might have been a typo but I corrected the post.

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the 65 ss250 would keep up with bigger machines, run 90 mph all day long if needed but it did have the high compression head setup. if only we had cell phones back in the 60's. only problem i ever had was the shift return spring broke, easy fix. i do not remember the ss350 with std head year model but can't say much about it, i think the 250 was a better machine.
on the track i run at, there was a guy with a 350 called superman. that name was for his running over anyone that got in his way. he was easy to beat though because if you got him mad, he lost all control and throw tantrums out on the course if you made him spill.
i hated the track when they went oval, used to be we ran in heats separated by time and individual judges. i quit because to many idiots like him and too many injuries. i'll say this, that machine was like a timex, took a beating and kept on running.
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The racing versions did well on tarmac and dirt tracks in the 60s til the 2 strokes took over. Both Aermacchi & Harley Davidson versions were sold in the UK but were a rare sight as they were expensive compared to the Japanese oposition
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Thanks everyone for your posts.

A picture from when I took it out a few days ago. Its size compared to my mother's XL883L is about the difference from an ultra to an XL. I was stopped no less than 4 times to explain the bike both in traffic and at every stop. One guy pulled off from his group to stop and tell me "I've only ever saw these in books!" It felt good to get it noticed. It means I got it right.
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