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Hello All,

I'm just wondering the purpose of this sprocket cover. Bike is a 1973 CL350 K5. Was this just a shield/protector for the CL models since the bike was considered a on and off road bike? I would like to remove this cover and just run it without for a cleaner look.
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In my bicycling days this was known as a pie plate.
 

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I've heard these are to help keep a loose chain from slipping off the sprocket, but my thinking is more inline with yours that it protects the sprocket from pinching foreign materials.
It can be removed, it won't affect much of anything.
The newest bike I've seen one of these on was a 2003 CB750 Nighthawk.
 

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I would guess some obscure federal safety regulation. Maybe to keep a loose chain from coming off the sprocket and locking up the rear wheel.
 

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Honda added them to the CB450 in 1973. Don't ask me why...
 
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