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Anyone know what the original tank emblem was on a 1968 CB450K1? Mine came with metal ones which I thought were replacements but I've seen so many images that show these emblems that I'm beginning to think that they are OEM. Some factory literature shows plastic emblems with CB450 on them. Here's a pic of my tank.

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The metal badges are real Honda parts (see pics below - yours are a little different, though). They were meant to be replacements for the old plastic ones which had ceased to be produced. That said, I believe your bike originally came with plastic emblems, but not exactly the same style as used on the K0.


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That's what I always thought, but I've seen so many pics of original K1s with those metal emblems. Never seen a pic of a K1 with cracked plastic emblems that one would commonly see on say a K0 or a 305. Just got me to thinking is all.
 

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Have a look at this...
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This is how I understood it. I believe the original badges were actually a cast resin. The OEM replacements are used on multiple models. I doubt if Soichiro thought we would be talking about this in 2018.
 

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I believe the early K1 had the "450" on the badge as well...similar to the Bomber
True. The lettering style was a little different, but other than that, they were basically the same.
 

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Hi do seomeone know some link where i can buy some aftermarket tank badges for a K1? i bought some cb175 badges but they where too small..
the best would be the ones with the 450 logo on it but the k1 version seems unfindable :-(
 

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That particular seller of repro badges has a terrible product. I went through 4 pairs that all cracked at the screw hole, one after sitting overnight and not even driving! I even tried rubber isolators behind them since the seller claimed I was to blame for over torquing the screws. Never did get a refund. Meanwhile my faded, scruffy originals hold up beautifully no matter how snug, nor how much road vibration (50 years now).
 
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