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CB/CL450K (65-74) & CB500T

CB/CL450K (65-74) & CB500T


The Honda CB450 was the first "big" Honda motorcycle with a 444cc dual overhead cam engine producing 43-45 horsepower (more than 100 HP/ litre). Appearing first in the 1965 four-speed K0 model, and progressing through a series of KX models with various improvements and styling changes, notably a redesigned gas tank and 5 speed transmission in the 1968 K1 model. K0 models are often known as "Black Bomber" models in the U.S. and notable for their distinctive large, square gas tank. In Canada the K1 model was actively marketed as a HELLCAT. Although the CB450 never sold up to Honda's expectations, it had excellent engineering for the time, notably including reliable electrical components, an electric starter, and a horizontally split crankcase, all features distinct from the British twins of the era. The most radical feature was the 'torsion bar' type valve spring. Instead of the conventional coil springs it used torsion bars - rods of steel that twisted to provide the spring effect. As years have passed the potential in these little twins has come to the forefront with the final model being the 500T, an upgraded version of the 450. A very common cafe racer candidate, this truly is one of Honda's most revered and utilized motorcycles in all circles. And, it's actually our favorite Honda here at the home of The Wing'd Piston.

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