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Cherry’s Company’s “Drag Queen” Is A 1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead

Kaichiroh Kurosu’s bare-nekkid FL is rigid, raw, and one of a kind

As we head out to Yokohama, Japan, for the 2018 Mooneyes bike-stravaganza, we thought we’d take a look at one of Kaichiroh Kurosu’s (a.k.a. Kross) badass metal creations (Kross is one of the most recognized custom builders in Japan and has won the Best of Show at Mooneyes multiple times, including back-to-back victories in 2013 and 2014). He says, “I love old fast vehicles, and so I get many ideas for designing custom motorcycles from the old racing culture. For this particular bike, I wanted to build an old-style drag racer for the street.”

“Drag Queen,” as he named it, is not a Rocky Horror Picture Show-theme chopper, and that's probably for the best. Not that we have anything against the movie, we’re just sick of theme bikes at the moment. For the frame, Kross wanted it to look as if it was made from a sand casting, as many old bikes were done in this manner. “Because I feel the CNC process doesn’t impart a human personality into the finished pieces,” he says, “I choose to make as much as possible entirely by hand, which has taken me many years to learn how to do. This is what you see when you view a raw bike—the skill and talent that have taken so long to acquire is right in front of you.”

harley-davidson engraved rocker cover

Just look at all the detail on the engraved rocker cover! She may be naked, but she’s also tatted up.

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raw metal custom gas tank

The one-off tank is a little rough around the edges, in keeping with the notion of raw metal.

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Morris Magneto

I’m guessing this bike ignites via Morris magneto…

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Cherrys Co gas cap

Although the gas tank itself is smooth and bare, its cap is pure jewelry.

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god of speed engraving

Even more detailed engraving, this time on the primary cover. The God of Speed would be pleased.

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Custom harley-davidson panhead engraving

Nor was the bottom end ignored in the elaborate department.

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custom harley-davidson panhead chopper

What does the 2018 Mooneyes Show in Yokohama, Japan, hold for those lucky enough to get there? We’ll know soon enough. Hopefully, more bikes as cool as this one.

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