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Hi Bill. I just required my first bike, a Honda 450 but the paperwork is gone so I need to identify it to order parts. The tag below the handlebars says it was manufactured in 01/70 so is this a 1969 or 70? After that it lists the vin as CB450-4003065. Don't know what any of it means but I would appreciate any help I can get. Thanks, George

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George....

http://www.motorera.com/honda/h0450/sport.htm

Shows the bike to be a CB450K3. Don't rely on the year so much as the serial numbers on your bike for parts references. You can use the K3 as a reference as well, depending upon how the parts are listed.

A 1/70 build date bike is a 1970 model.

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Need help with vintage Hondas from the 1960s? I am an expert with 250-305cc bikes in particular and most all of the other pre-91 models, in general. I do NOT claim to have a great deal of experience on Gold Wings, Cruisers, ATC/ATVs and dirt bikes.

Experience

I have owned/ridden/maintained Honda motorcycles for 35 years. I have written five books on Honda repairs and collecting. I was a service manager for two Honda shops back in the 1980s.

Organizations
VJMC (Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club) of North America

Publications
VJMC newsletter, as editor for two years and as contributing editor currently.

Education/Credentials
3 years auto shop in high school, teacher's aide in Automotive Technology in Jr. College, Diesel mechanic course in college, self-taught mechanic and automotive writer.

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