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Turbo Charged Harley Street – by Cherry’s Company

This Turbo Harley Street 750 Takes Harley-Davidson Motorcycles To The Next Level!

It’s called the “XG750Turbo Street Fighter” and if you think the Turbo element was interesting, wait until you find out about the rest of the build! One of Japan’s master builders, Kaichiroh Kurosu of Cherry’s Company, received a commission from HD’s top brass and this was his result: a seriously powerful and beautifully built, bespoke machine.The Turbo Harley By Cherry's Company 1

If Tokyo-based Cherry’s Company doesn’t feature in your “bike porn” bookmarks bar, it’s about time to add them. Looking at these images alone, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Kurosu knows what he’s doing. With over twenty years of experience re-working and re-engineering Harley Davidsons, his work is definitely worth a deeper look at. Take this turbo Harley Street 750 for example, who in their right mind could ever imagine it to look so…furious?

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The Turbo Harley By Cherry’s Company

For this machine, Kurosu was one of five builders commissioned by Harley Davidson to tackle the Street. And tackle it he did. Not only does the Street 750 now boast a turbocharger, it’s very nearly 100% handmade, from the one-off girder fork, to the hand worked carbon trusses, and not to mention the bucket loads of CNC billet goodies. The frame itself has been completely re-engineered and now sports racy trellis features, a brand new and custom made swing arm, and the rear suspension from a Ducati Monster. The wheels are one-off 17-inch units now shod with Dunlop racing slicks, too. Why go through so much trouble? With a turbo’d engine, Kurosu thought it wise to re-evaluate the riding geometry, and quite rightly so.

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The turbo charger is an unspecified automotive unit and is sustained by a one-off, custom made oil cooling system, intercooler and air surge tank. The gorgeous stainless steel exhaust system is also completely hand-made too.

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If for some reason you’re still unimpressed by everything on this turbo Harley so far, perhaps the bodywork will raise your eyebrows instead? Almost all that you can see is hand shaped aluminum, including the tank cover, the tail section and belly pan. The headlight shroud is also a bespoke piece, and comes complete with a halogen head light and a super cool bubble style shield. All of the bodywork is easy to remove and fastens on and off quarter-turn fastenings. Underneath the body, there’s a smaller, inner tank made from aluminum, and an absolutely impeccable wiring system.

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Although it seems a shame to simply “tack” these last details on the bottom, they’re still completely worthy of mention. Firstly, cast your eyes around and look at all of the CNC machined billet work, before scanning around for any aftermarket parts. Since almost everything was handmade, you’ll need eagle eyes to find them. There’s a Tommaselli clutch lever to find, a Tarozzi front master cylinder and of course, the exquisite leather upholstered seat from Skunk. Last but not least, there’s the paint work from Nomad Concepts, that really tie the build together.

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Once again, it’s called the “XG750Turbo Street Fighter” but I think “a street walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm” a la Iggy and the Stooges, is a far superior moniker.

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Joe Appleton
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