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Honda CB450 bobber

Honda CB450 custom
Every now and then a bike comes out of left field, and this one was spotted by designer Luca Bar. When I saw the images, I immediately tagged it as the product of one of the big Japanese workshops, but no—it’s a backyard build from a US enthusiast. This machine is a 1971 CB450 that gained a new lease of life when current owner Scott Halbleib got his hands on it. He stripped it down to the frame and motor, and turned it into a bobber-style custom. Scott was inspired by the Japanese Gravel Crew style, and used a tank and exhaust system from Benjie’s Café Racer to get the aesthetics right. According to Scott, “The project took ten months and quite a bit of $$$. It was done the night before the Mods vs. Rockers show—it won Best Rocker and Best in Show—and took home the Best Jap Bike from the Beatersville show the following day.”

Honda CB450 custom
Honda CB450 custom
Honda CB450 custom
Honda CB450 bobber