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The 5-speed CB450K1 was sold in the US in 1968 and into 1969, when the CB450K2 was introduced. Most CB450K1 machines in the USA were fitted with a seat with white piping and rough alligator-like textured black vinyl. The restyled tank was introduced in response to initial negative public reception of the "bomber" tank. The K1's new styling was also intended help publicize the fact that this was truly a new machine, with many engineering improvements as well as cosmetic

original 1968 brochure for the CB450K1

CB450K1 USA 1968 MODEL as shown in original Honda brochure.