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68 CB450 K1

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 3:20 pm
by pemdoc65
I really did not need another motorcycle in the garage. However, I found this on Craigslist a few weeks ago, and I really like the K1. I have a few K0s in the works, and have a few K1 parts that have come along in the last few years. My K0 actually has a K1 exhaust on it, and I was about to replace it with a good K0 setup. What to do with the K1 exhaust? Find a K1 to put it on. The bike has been ridden hard, with 66,000 miles on the clock. However, the tank, seat, fenders and side covers are in pretty good shape. The frame is uncut with no cracks, and the electrical system works. Someone welded extensions onto the front fork ears to fit a later and larger headlight bucket, so those will be replaced. I plan to do a light restoration, leaving the faded red paint for now. The motor cranks over with compression (not sure how much yet).
So I contacted the guy, arranged to check it out while my 13 year old son and I were on our annual road trip to Maine from Kentucky, and bought it. It did almost 4000 miles on the carrier on my truck, but is finally back home. I hope to get started on it soon, but a garage cleanout and reorganization is underway. Of course, all of the pictures are sideways. I 'll have to figure out how to re-orient them. Sorry about that.
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Re: 68 CB450 K1

Posted: Sat Oct 20, 2018 9:21 pm
by Hondo
That looks good!
A strange thing to do with the headlight?
One day I'll have a running K1.....with luck :roll:

Re: 68 CB450 K1

Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2018 2:23 pm
by 12ozPBR
Great find! I love the K1 450’s as well. If you want to part with that 2into1 exhaust let me know. Good luck getting started on the project.

Re: 68 CB450 K1

Posted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 12:30 am
by pemdoc65
That exhaust is a bodged together mess. I think that it started its life as half of a 4 into 2 system. It prevents use of the rear brake, and the rear mount doesn't line up with anything. There is also a hole rusted through the underside. At least it still had the original exhaust flanges and spacers.

Re: 68 CB450 K1

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:15 am
by pemdoc65
I found a proper headlight shell, repaired some cracks in it, and got it and the NOS fork ears painted today. The old fork ears were pretty jacked up by some unorthodox modifications. I still can't figure out why all of my pictures load sideways.


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Re: 68 CB450 K1

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2018 7:18 am
by pemdoc65
Now I just need to get the garage reorganized so I can get it inside and get the motor out. With 66,000 miles on it, I expect a rebuild. There was a lot of black oil residue inside the left header pipe when I removed it.