Jaw Dropper: A gnarly Honda CB from the 80s

Jaw Dropper: A gnarly Honda CB from the 80s

The Chappell brothers are no strangers to these pages. Over the years, they’ve produced an impressive string of bikes—despite living hundreds of miles apart. That distance has proved hard to manage, so these equally talented builders each handle their own projects nowadays. Chris operates as Chappell Customs out of Los Angeles, while Rob spins wrenches…

Chris Chappell's meticulously restored Royal Enfield Bullet 350.

Enfield 350: the bike that time forgot

For most pro builders, personal projects usually draw the short straw—relegated to the back of the shop by a steady stream of client work. Just like the “rusted out junk pile” that Californian Chris Chappell picked up a few years ago. It’s a Royal Enfield Bullet 350, and it did a stint in Chappell Customs‘…

Yamaha SR500 cafe racer

Yamaha SR500 cafe racer by Chappell Customs

Chris Chappell’s last SR500 was a show-stopper. It was well received when we initially featured it, and went on to earn a spot among our Top Five Yamaha SR500s. As it turns out, he already had another one in the pipeline—with a very different spin. “I definitely wanted to do the complete opposite,” says Chappell,…

Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs

Yamaha SR500 by Chappell Customs

It’s hard to believe that this lean, purposeful café racer started out as a beaten up 1978 Yamaha SR500—an ex-AHMRA race bike that was standing in Chris Chappell‘s Los Angeles shop. Despite the fact that it had a pink FZR front wheel, Ninja rear wheel, no side stand and no exhaust, client Andrew Ehlers saw…