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The paint scheme was a simplified one-color scheme without pin striping.For this model year, the available colors were Candy Sapphire Blue and Flake Sunrise Orange. The instrument faces were dark green with white numbers.The CB550 K3 came in Candy Garnet Brown and Excel Black.

Flake Sunrise Orange, Boss Maroon Metallic, and Freedom Green Metallic with a two-tone tank paint scheme featuring the base color with a black panel and a gold accent stripe. Aside from the body color, the only significant change was to light green instrument faces. The tank paint scheme was carried over from the 1975 model year.The 1977 model came in Candy Sword Blue or Candy Presto Red.A wide gold tank stripe was added and the side covers were painted black.The seat was changed to a dual contour seat with a stepped section for the passenger.

The CB550F was styled after the CB750F and featured a 4 into 1 exhaust.

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