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This custom Royal Enfield Super Meteor 650 is just gorgeous

A collaboration with Cherry’s Company from Tokyo, Japan

A blank check and a talented builder do wonders for RE's Super Meteor. PHOTO FROM ROYAL ENFIELD

With Bikerbox having taken over the distributorship of Royal Enfield late this year, we’re eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Himalayan 450 adventure bike and the Super Meteor 650 for 2024.

But Cherry’s Company from Tokyo, Japan, has already gotten a head start on customizing the latter with its amazing cruiser/sidecar project. Royal Enfield dropped the first teaser photos on its Philippine Facebook page on Christmas day, and details are scant but from the pictures, it looks gorgeous.

...to rock 'n' roll! PHOTO FROM CHERRY'S COMPANY

Cherry’s Company is a highly accomplished custom builder, with its founder Kaichiroh Kurosu having been in the business for the past 20 years mostly working on Harley-Davidsons and BMWs. It appears the Super Meteor may be his first collaboration with Royal Enfield.

The stubby proportions of the stock Super Meteor have been stretched out, and this involves a new tank design that flows downward to a new saddle before gently kicking up to the bobbed tail. The headlamp is now encased in a polished aluminum nacelle, and the handlebar is now a bespoke polished aluminum unit with matching bar ends.

This is probably the most exquisitely detailed custom RE that we've ever seen. PHOTOS FROM ROYAL ENFIELD

The gas cap is a similarly hand-built unit with knurled aluminum, while the headstock has a matching “RE” cap. The side panels and the exhaust have similarly been customized, while the stock alloy wheels have been replaced with vintage-looking wire spoke wheels.

Not content with all of that, Cherry’s Custom also fabricated an Earles fork to replace the modern USD fork of the stock bike. An Earles fork with its elaborate linkage provides better lateral stability when cornering for sidecar-equipped bikes, but is also said to create a weird pitch-up effect when braking—the opposite of brake dive. It probably isn’t as effective as the stock fork, but it does capture the vintage look that Cherry’s Company and Royal Enfield were aiming for.

The Earles fork is a beauty. PHOTO FROM CHERRY'S COMPANY
Custom seat, custom side panels, and a suicide shifter, too. Hot damn. PHOTO FROM CHERRY'S COMPANY

Meanwhile, the sidecar is a sleek, black pod with bespoke leather that will have your passenger whipping out his goggles and wearing his Sunday best. The icing on the cake must be the suicide shifter. The stock transmission for Royal Enfield’s 650 platform is already very good, so going with a suicide shifter is actually not that practical.

Not a bad place to sit in, to be honest. PHOTO FROM ROYAL ENFIELD

Of course, “practical” and “custom” don’t play well together, and if Royal Enfield and Cherry’s Company wanted to blow away riders with how far they could take a Super Meteor, then they certainly succeeded.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our motorcycle editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.