Now this is not the first time that the Chappell brothers have built a jaw dropping bike. Working on bikes so far away from each other has proven to be not an easy task. So now days the guys mostly build their own bikes. Chris operates at Chappell Customs from Los Angeles and Rob is at Ontario, Canada working as Origin8or.
This particular bike was built by Rob. It’s a 1981 CB900f cafe racer. This build started off about 3 years ago when Rob sold his other cafe racer. After taking some time off from personal projects and building a couple bikes for customers. Rob was ready to jump back in the game with this build.
Like his other Honda cafe racer rob wanted to make this into a 985 cc bike. After figuring out what he wanted to do with this bike. Rob started customizing a Kawasaki KZ1000 tailpiece to fit on the back. With the structure set Rob felt like he needed to reshape the gas tank and ad some knee indents. While Rob was working on that. His brother Chris started working on the cafe racer seat. Working under the ‘Tuffside’ lable Chris was able to create a one of a kind seat upholstered with suede, carbon and leather.
Up front is a 2008 Suzuki GSX-R750 front end with a Cognito Moto triple clamp. Keeping everything simple looking Rob decided to create a custom subframe with a triangular single mount. This is where a 2008 Yamaha R6 swingarm shock would attach.
With the new suspension comes the need for new wheels. This is where the new Carrozzeria V-Track forged wheels come in. To add to that they are nicely wrapped in Dunlop GP-A rubber. Now to get this bike to a stop, some wave rotors were added to both ends of the bike.
Now since Rob turned this bike into a 985cc he needed to do something about the tune. So he installed a set of Keihin CR31 carbs and a set of K&N pod filters. On the other side of the motor a set of four- into-two Cycle-X exhausts where installed. Also a new oil cooler was installed to cool the over bored motor.
Now for the color scheme Rob wanted something that would still look classy but show of the new parts. He thought about many different color combinations until he found something that he liked. He settled with a matte black for the motor and a gloss black for the small motor parts.
Now this is an old bike so to eliminate the unnecessary problems. Rob ripped out the wiring and rewired the whole electrical system. He updated the ignition with a car style switch. An Antigravity battery was also installed along with Dynatek ignition. All the wring was nicely tucked away to give the bike the desired cafe racer look.
Making sure that the bike stays true to its original design the parts chosen for this built where carefully thought out and selected. Like the previous cafe racer the guys built. This Honda also received the Harley-Davidson V-Rod headlight. The headlight sits nicely in between the GSX-R1000 clip-on handlebars and controls.
When it came time to choose the final color for the bike. Rob took some time to look over his options. He wanted to make sure he nails it. Well I think it’s safe to say that a cocktail of black pearl, metallic silver, lemon sting, liquid copper and metallic red did the job well. Great job Rob looking forward to seeing more bikes from you.