Scott halbleib’s 79 copper cafe

xs650 chop noid DSC00519 587x358 Scott halbleibs 79 copper cafe

I did a cb450 bobber last year. already knew i was going to do an xs this year. found the tank on ebay over a year ago. finally started shopping for a bike last xmas. picked in up in OH in so-so shape in Jan., brought it home and stripped it all down. I then hit it for hours and hours with the grinder and sander.

xs650 chop noid DSC00521 Scott halbleibs 79 copper cafe

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Welded some brackets for the tank and auto ignition. rattle canned the motor flat and everything else gloss black. shaped the tail out of foam and gave it to a local metal sculptor. replaced the front end w/ a honda drum and forks. didn’t want the disk and wanted to lower it w/o having to slide the forks up thru the triples.

xs650 chop noid DSC00538 Scott halbleibs 79 copper cafe

The wheels were built by Woody’s in CO. sourced clip ons, grips, levers, grips, lights, etc. found a battery that just fits in the tail piece. wiring, fueling, etc. and it’s up and running now.

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21 Responses to Scott halbleib’s 79 copper cafe

  1. Sean from boston June 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Super cool looking man I really like it a lot gotta be one of the better xs cafe’s to me link to some shots of that cb?

  2. Guy June 8, 2011 at 6:18 am #

    NOT NORMALY MY BAG BUT I’M REALLY DIGG’IN THIS. KEEPING THAT ORIGINAL REAR GRAB HANDLE PIECE ON THE FRAME ACTULLY WORKS ( normaly the first thing to get cut off! and yeah i know its not really a grab handle) GREAT SEAT, GREAT COLOURS, GREAT BIKE!

  3. Piute June 8, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    looks like it need wings,bet the baby can fly.

  4. Shawn Dennis June 8, 2011 at 11:49 am #

    Awesome cafe racer i always liked the cafe style, this ones a bute.

  5. fanoboss June 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Cool Cafe.

  6. scott halbleib June 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    thanks guys. appreciate the comments. sean, the cb was posted on pipeburn and bikeexif:
    http://www.bikeexif.com/honda-cb450-4
    http://www.pipeburn.com/home/2010/7/30/1971-honda-cb450-bobber.html

    the xs is also on pipeburn – fyi

  7. tadd442 June 8, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    Extremely well executed build. I agree with the hoop comment. What’s that tank from?

  8. Sean from boston June 8, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    Wow I’ve seen that cb everywhere the bike is truly a piece of art I asked because I’m working on a cb450 right now, how do you like it? Looks great ( mine will be hardtailed sporty tank the usual but hopefully it will lOok as clean as yours) how do you like the cb vs the xs?

    • scott h January 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm #

      the cb had a little snap but ran out of motor quick. the xs doesn’t have the snap but pulls harder and longer.

  9. El Gaucho June 9, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    LOVE IT!!!!!

  10. kentooster June 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm #

    one of the best xs-builds i´ve seen love it!!

  11. josh June 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm #

    I rarely see xs’s done up cafe style that look right to me but this one is SPOT ON! Only thing I would do is hack off that rear frame loop by the seat. It distracts from that wicked tail section! GREAT JOB!!!

  12. Piute June 10, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    thats were he puts on his wings l.o.l. as a guard and solid to grab ?

  13. scott halbleib June 13, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    the tank is off of an old aermacchi scooter.

    the cb and xs seem way different mostly because of the riding position (seat and bars). u sit on the xs and in the cb. the cb feels quite a bit lighter and has a little more pep but the xs pulls strong and runs really smooth.

  14. Piute June 13, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    vs.k.z,twin ?

  15. sean from boston June 25, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    thanks for the comparison

  16. scott halbleib November 11, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    this bike is up for sale guys. winter is coming, garage is full and bank account is empty. and I’m ready to start another build!! Got $4500 in parts and 3 months labor which I’d like to get a couple grand for. if anyone’s interested, holler.

  17. 3Deuce27 November 16, 2011 at 12:45 am #

    Rocks! Says Race all over it.

  18. hooversama February 6, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    this bike is sick! great color.

  19. murray April 17, 2012 at 1:22 am #

    You want cool…. check out deus bikes at http://www.deus.com.au/gallery/
    Sydney Australia… nothing but the best!

  20. scott April 23, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Murray = Troll

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