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In 1978 Honda brought out the K3 model. The biggest differences from the previous versions are the colors and  restyled decals. It came in 4 versions: candy ruby red with white/blue/black "flame" striped decals, candy Riviera blue with yellow/white/black "flame" striped decals, mighty green with yellow/black/white" flame striped decals or shiny orange with yellow/black/white "flame" striped decals. In this year Honda stopped selling the ST70 in Germany. In the United Kingdom they continued selling the ST70 and Honda also produced a candy smoke brown version with yellow/black/white "flame" striped decals. The last ST50/70s for Europe were produced circa 1979/1980, followed up by the CY50 "Naughty Dax" or "R&P", another short-production-run bike with a vertical cylinder engine, plastic fenders, and wider tires.


US market CT70 models had their own evolution. The KI and HK1 models were produced in 1972 and came in candy ruby red and candy yellow special. This was a unique and, to many, the most desirable model combining the best of the old classic aesthetics, available 4-speed manual and no turn signals. It was the first year for hydraulic front forks and the only year they were “gatorless”, using metal covers in place of the accordion-like rubber fork “gators”. In contrast, the ST70 Dax models would not get the hydraulic forks until the “AB” model Dax was introduced many years later. The round speedometer/separate headlight, seat trim strip and redesigned muffler heat shield were also introduced on this model.. Unfortunately, it was also the last year for the 4-speed manual “H” model.  The K1/HK1 CT70 also had the largest taillight Honda ever used on these bikes. Today, the HK1 is the rarest of the CT70 models produced in the 1970s.


In 1973 the K2 model was introduced. Fork gators replaced the painted metal lower fork covers of the K1s and the upper fork covers/headlight mounts were chrome. The K2 could be had in either candy Riviera blue or candy topaz orange. The 1974 K3 model was the same as the K2, except that turn signals were added for the first time. In 1975, the K4 was produced. The decals were unique to this model and beginning with this model, candy colors were no longer offered. The only color available was “mighty green”. The spark plug guard was now painted black, instead of chrome plated. Rapid inflation during the 1970s was forcing Honda to cut costs and the paint and plug guard were the first casualties of a long-term cost-cutting program.


In 1976, the “K” model designation was dropped. Due to U.S. federal regulations, manufacturers were required to declare model year designations. The 1977 models saw a return to body color upper fork covers/headlight mounts. Shiny orange was the only color offered. The 1978 model was the only model CT70 ever painted black and this was the last year for the engine/spark plug guards, chrome plated muffler heat shield and folding handlebars. 1979 saw the introduction of BMX-style handlebars and was the last year for the second type hydraulic forks, upper fork covers and seat trim strip. Muffler heat shields were painted black and the rear shock covers were gone from 1979 on, as the last of the chrome disappeared due to cost.  The only color available was bright yellow





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