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I've just started a "CB450 Diary". In it, I'm going to just jot down anything and everything that happens and hopefully some people may benefit from it further down the line (not least of all because there'll be links to the fantastic source of information on this HondaTwins website).

CB450 DIARY (Blog)

Regards, Tom.
 

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Hi Tom,
Enjoyed reading your blog, noticed from the photo you have a k1 on a "j" plate whilst my k2 is registered on an "H" plate,
"H" being for 1970 and "J" 1971 so obviously they were selling the k1 and k2 side by side.
If my memory serves me right, the taxation year ran from january 1st to December 31st, but was changed to August 1st to july 31st in 1972, in fact I remember someone who bought a new K2 in 1972 ( after August 1st) at the same time as I purchased a 500 four, in fact it could have been later as it had the (then )new reflective number plates fitted, as opposed to the classic black and polished alloy traditional ones we had all taken for granted since motoring began, which my 500 four was fitted with as I see yours is and dont they look good!
If the above details are not quite right I am sure there will be someone along in a minute to put me right!
Hope the above has not been too tedious>
Phillip
 

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mitzimoonbeam said:
...Hope the above has not been too tedious...
Hahaha of course not Phillip.
The registration dates were as follows...

JAN-DEC
A 1963 B 1964 C 1965 D 1966

JAN-JULY
E 1967 (the shortest run of any plate in this category)

AUG-JULY
F 1967 G 1968 H 1969 J 1970 K 1971 L 1972 M 1973 N 1974 P 1975
R 1976 S 1977 T 1978 V 1979 W 1980 X 1981 Y 1982

So a "H" reg bike could have been 1969 or 1970 and a J could have been 1970 or 1971. There's little doubt that the K1 and K2 were sold side by side and I suspect that there were a few K1's lingering in the showrooms for much longer than the dealerships would have liked. As far as I'm aware, the UK stopped selling the CB450 after the K2 stock was sold off.

And yes, those old black/polished alloy plates sure do look good. I've also got a curved front-plate but I'm waiting for my new front mudguard to appear before I fit it. It'll look great (I hope).

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Tom.
 

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Hi Tom,
It just goes to show how time can dull the memory, but I was right in saying there would be someone along in a minute with the right answer, in fact I had a lambretta SX 200 in 1967 on an "E" plate.
I can also recall a bike shop who could not shift K2"s who converted 50 into cafe racers to shift them on( it makes one want to weep at the thought of what happened to all those tanks etc).
Right thats it I am off to work!
Phillip
 
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