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In the world of classic automobiles, the term "proof car" refers to a time-capsule perfect original that's so utterly unchanged from the way it existed upon leaving the assembly line that it can be used as "proof" of what is "factory original" for concours judging purposes. Dennis sent these shots of his early-production 1969 KO that easily qualifies as a "proof bike". 

 

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 It's hard to tell from this shot whether you're looking at a nicely restored bike or a low-mileage survivor. Aside from the distinctive contour of the original seat, there's little that appears different from any number of restored examples we've seen. But first impressions, especially via photographs can be deceiving.

 Here's a classic example of those little "proof" details. Click on the photo and you'll easily see the tiny black rubber plugs in threaded holes located between the seat and RH sidebadge. The pair of threaded holes were used for a lifting handle on the ST70. 

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The correct K0 sidebadge, plastic gas cap, short style early tank bracket and original rubber battery cover are all there. Even the plated hardware is all factory-new in appearance. Note that only the engine sidecovers are painted, not the cases. The castings are so clean that they could easily be mistaken for being painted

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At less than 2 miles per year average, the engine should eb fully broken in sometime during the 24th century(!) This is what a new speedometer face looks like without the usual sun fading seen on 99% of them.

The earliest production bikes had the tail light wiring routed through a rubber- grommeted hole in the top of the frame. The hole was relocated to the more familiar spot in the wheel arch before the end of `69.

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Another rarity, black plastic brake levers. Very few made it into production before being superceded by the familiar aluminum versions, probably for good reason. Just one more detail only found on a museum-quality, early production model.

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Another oddity...the early seat pans had the toolkit holder bolted in place, insterad of being welded.

 The wire guide on every other CT70 we've seen has a black oxide finish.

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OEM tires & shocks. Note the satin finish aluminum lowers and no plastic tubes below the springs. The buddy pegs appear to be generic Azusas.

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 The earliest bikes came with Z50 stator covers. Note how rapidly the paint develops rub spots, just the nature of the beast.

 OEM seat cover & foam are almost never duplicated. The seam spacing is unique as is the foam contour. Seats of this vintage had latex rubber foam, which is almost impossible to find.

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