When did the new model year start?

52brezelfenster

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Hello everyone, newbie here to the forums. Looks like there's a ton of great information to be had.

I'm looking forward to spending more time getting to know these bikes as well as meeting some other enthusiasts with an interest in these old hondas.

Anyhoo, back on track. I'm getting a CT 70 ready for Concours Judging.

Per Honda's definition, would a bike produced in December 1970 be a 1971? Or did they just run off calendar year?

I know some manufactures would consider a September 1970 a 1971.

Reason I'm asking is I need to get the correct license plate sticker for it.

Thank you!
Dustin
 
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racerx

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This has been a contentious issue since 1970, when the early K0s that were manufactured in 1969 first hit the showrooms. There have been a lot of liberties taken with model years, as declared on titles. All too often, dealerships used the date of sale. This has resulted in confusing crap, such as bikes with earlier manufacturing dates being titled as later, or the same, model years as later actual models, with later D.O.M..

Fact is, Honda played things fast & loose with respect to model years, using "K" model designations, instead...until the feds slammed the lid on that practice, beginning with 1975. That's the only year CT70 that has a "K" model designation (K4) and a model year (1975). The "K" designation was dropped in 1976.

If you're registering & plating a bike that was never titled, it's simpler all the way around to just use the D.O.M., shown on the VIN tag. The lone exception would be an early silver (VIN) tag CT70, but those were all manufactured in 1969.
 

52brezelfenster

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Fantastic info racerx. Much appreciated. I'll use this method:

"If you're registering & plating a bike that was never titled, it's simpler all the way around to just use the D.O.M., shown on the VIN tag. The lone exception would be an early silver (VIN) tag CT70, but those were all manufactured in 1969."

Simple to explain if it comes up under scrutiny.
 

racerx

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Simple to explain if it comes up under scrutiny.

Yep...also go in aware of the fact that these years predate the 17-digit VIN requirement. They are grandfathered-in (don't need turn signals, or dual mirrors, either, until `74), and that's highlighted by the VIN tag which reads: "Meets all federal standards in effect..."

IOW, don't let `em bullshit you. Might have to find a supervisor, a different DMV office, or just try another day and hope you get a different clerk. It really can boil down to that. Very little in this country works, in reality, the way we've been (mis)led to believe.
 

cjpayne

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I cant remember for sure, but I think the K0 models have a side badge that says "for off road use only". If they inspect the bike, I would make sure they dont see that by putting an STP sticker or something over that.
 
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