Chop or cafe?

xs650 noid 0031 587x333 Chop or cafe?

I bought this xs off ebay as non runner, had it re-bored, rebuilt engine,fitted boysen ignition etc . I don’t do stock bikes,so should i chop it or go down the cafe racer route?

xs650 noid 018 587x298 Chop or cafe?

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30 Responses to Chop or cafe?

  1. tadd442 April 23, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    It’s almost cafe’ now…

  2. Bob April 23, 2012 at 2:18 am #

    Well, a seat and some clip-ons will do ya for a cafe racer. Because this bike is in such good shape, I think I’d keep it unmolested and forego the chop. Just my two cents!

  3. Tebo April 23, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    I agree with Bob. Keep your mods to a minimum now, it’s riding season! Start your chop in November. Just remember, a ‘cafe racer’ is going to attract the attention of the crotch rockets, and they’ll eat you alive. But get out there and ride it now!

  4. nobody April 23, 2012 at 5:22 am #

    Its worth more as it sits but chopping it is way cooler….

  5. GUY April 23, 2012 at 5:25 am #


  6. ewan April 23, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    Café, no doubt about it. Well, scrambler would be fun aswell :)

  7. PRATSTYLE April 23, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    I like Chops but agree with others the Cafe is almost there pull the air boxes change the shocks lower the front and the clip ons and your there. And btw that is one clean non runner… keep us updated

  8. Johnny April 23, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    Too good to chop.

  9. J-C April 23, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Cafe for sure!!! You are almost there. Clip ons, rearsets from Fast from the past and a nice bump seat would make damn close to a 60′s cafe racer!! Post pics when you are done.

  10. Joe April 23, 2012 at 7:42 am #

    leave it as is! this bike looks spotless! but if you must… cafe

  11. J-Bagz April 23, 2012 at 8:19 am #

    I say cafe! hardtails are becoming a dime a dozen, i am just finishing my chop after a few long years of building and starting to wish i had done a cafe, just for the comfort factor on longer rides. thats the 2 pennies from my pocket

  12. Barney April 23, 2012 at 8:41 am #


  13. pickles April 23, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    Cafe for sure. She’s already super-clean and looks elegant.

  14. mookie April 23, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    cafe or brat

  15. Vigo The Carpathian April 23, 2012 at 9:39 am #

    Cafe. Chopping up a bike is this good condition would be a crime.

  16. Sindre April 23, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Cafe or scrambler,to nice to chop

  17. Bikepilot April 23, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    I’ve done motorcycles my entire life, and I don’t do “stock” either. If this were my bike, I would either leave it alone or do a mild cafe job on it. That way you can put it back to stock if you ever want to. There are too many of these available that are already too far gone to restore, that make great candidates for a chop (which I also love). You could always sell this one and buy two more, one for a chopper and one for a cafe..!

  18. rozz April 23, 2012 at 10:57 am #

    Lucas tail light, ditch the blinkers and throw some drag or clubman bars on it. Too clean to chop.

  19. trent reker April 23, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    it would be obvious if you chopped it, ted. as tadd wrote, it’s almost a cafe already. plus, cafe racers are the trendy thing. that means more free beer and babes.

    good luck whatever you do. it will be cool to see either way.

  20. PlugHead April 23, 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Don’t worry about trendy build the one you would rather ride.

  21. Pat April 23, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    I say cafe! bikes to clean to start hacking on it.

  22. Jeroen April 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    CHOP IT IN HALF. It,s been this way for to long now,
    time to look cool!!

  23. El Gaucho April 23, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    Cafe. Easy to return it to stock then. This is a nice standard. Chop a special instead.

  24. jimmy650 April 24, 2012 at 3:58 am #


  25. Ixion April 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm #


  26. davethewrench April 25, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    CHOP EM ALL !!!!

  27. Ted April 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    I think most people reading this site would have the same opinion – CHOP EM ALL -

    But, Bob and Tebo both make sense. If you rip it apart and start chopping it now you will end up missing most of the riding season. Ride the shit out of it now and think about what you want to do with it over the summer. Who knows maybe you’ll find another XS and you can build 2.

  28. Yeti April 28, 2012 at 3:51 pm #


  29. Ben May 4, 2012 at 5:18 pm #

    it would look better cafe…. maybe you should chop it so you can sell me that exhaust cheap. lol

    honestly I would leave it alone- it looks great as it is

  30. Jack Gilbert April 28, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Might I humbly suggest something like my custom?

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