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1982 XS650 Cafe Racer Build


Ok here is my newest build. Pretty sick little cafe…

Here is the non running project i picked up..

not much of a bike at this point

nice and crusty..

torn down to frame


All parts get media blasted and powdercoated

Then onto powdercoating

Caliper and all small parts also got rebuilt and powdercoated

swingarm powder

Rebuilding engine time

nice and clean

Back together again

Frame gets stripped clean then some welding and a new rear hoop fabricated…





after welding up all the parts its time to spray the frame and forks




Starting to Re-assemble the frame

Also powdercoated both wheels, spokes and all…

rear swingarm re-installed with new brass bushings and new gas shocks.


here is the idea..


Engine back in, new chain installed..

shot of the new clubman bars



got the exhaust on and finished powder-coating the rearsets. Also made a cool kickstarter out of an old spark plug socket.

The side stand also has an old socket welded to the end.




onto the painting…

Base coats are – gold metallic – dark grey metallic – black metallic




Metallic grey stripes were laid down to separate the colors…



Then the clear coat was sprayed..




Back together she goes…





and finally the “chappellcustoms” 33 goes on the tail…


NEW Seat made by http://www.jpcustomseats.com/ Has both a matte and a shiny vinyl, piped on the sides with a grey stitch that matches my pin-stripe.

Painting video for this bike is here

Running video of the bike is here







  • Griffin

    Did you fabricate the tank and seat yourself? If not, what are the names and where can I buy them?

    Fantastic bike.


  • admin

    Tank is XS750 and tail is from Carpy (cb750cafe.com). Glad you like it.

  • speer

    bike looks sick are you selling ?

    • admin

      Sorry, already sold.

    • Sorry, already sold.

      • paleochocolate

        how much modification did the frame need?

  • Sam

    Hey, nice work! I like the digital spedo/tach, that is a Trail Tech unit right? any chance you could post some install tips for that thing? I really want to get one for my xs but I dont know which kit to get.

  • Jay Chapman

    tell me about the exhaust and engine i want that nice tuned throaty sexy sound on my xs650 cafe thanks

  • XIIAces

    How much did the whole rebuild cost?