Kamen Rider Black Solar Motorbike

Kaichiroh Kurosu, the founding father of the Japanese workshop Cherry’s Firm, is among the world’s prime customized bike builders. He’s been constructing bikes beneath the Cherry’s banner for over 20 years and is a 3-time Mooneyes Yokohama Scorching Rod Customized Present champion. He’s been flown all around the world as a particular visitor at prestigious customized occasions and has been commissioned by manufacturing giants BMW Motorrad and Harley Davidson to switch their newest bikes. As if that wasn’t sufficient throughout the previous yr his work has gone past the customized realm and into mainstream media.

First, Warner Brothers tasked Kaichiroh with creating Cat Girl’s bike for the 2022 Batman film. Then the Japanese manufacturing studios Ishimori Manufacturing and Toei Firm engaged him because the builder of the bikes for his or her 2022 Amazon Prime sequence, Kamen Rider Black Solar.

Kamen Rider Black Sun 2022

Kamen Rider Black Solar is a reboot of the vastly widespread Kamen Rider Black sequence that aired in Japan again in 1987. The discharge of the brand new sequence additionally marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Tokusatsu type (live-action fantasy) of Japanese filmmaking.

The Kamen Rider Black Solar story follows stepbrothers Kohtaro Minami and Nobuhiko Akizuki who have been subjected to ‘cyborg surgical procedure’ after being kidnapped by the cult Gorgom. The surgical procedure enabled every brother to remodel into Century Kings destined to battle each other with the victor turning into the following Creation King. When they’re prepared for battle Nobuhiko Akizuki, the antagonist of the sequence transforms into Kamen Rider Shadow Moon. His stepbrother Kohtaro Minami, the hero, turns into Kamen Rider Black Solar.

In typical Tokusatsu type, the Kamen Rider Black Solar sequence makes heavy use of choreographed struggle scenes, particular results and fantastical costumes. Each of the Kamen Riders’ battle fits have an insectoid-like look and the bikes they experience are styled to match. Kaichiroh of Cherry’s Firm was tasked with setting up each of the Kamen Rider bikes. Kamen Rider Shadow Moon rides a closely customised BMW R 9 T. That bike is predicated on the Freeway Fighter R9T that Kaichiroh constructed for BMW Motorrad again in 2014. However for Black Suns ‘Battle Hopper’ bike, Kaichiroh teamed up with the manufacturing designers to create a one-of-a-kind Honda CB750F turbo.

With the Kamen Rider Black Solar sequence scheduled for launch in late 2022, we spoke with Kaichiroh about his involvement within the challenge and the creation of the Honda CB750F Battle Hopper. The next is each the English and Japanese variations of the interview…

Kamen Rider Black Sun 2022
Kamen Rider Shadow Moon (left) along with his Highway Sector and Kamen Rider Black Solar (proper) and the Battle Hopper Honda CB750F Turbo.

How did you turn into concerned within the Kamen Rider Black Solar challenge?

Usually, the manufacturing of automobiles showing in a film and a TV sequence is completed by a artistic group throughout the studio. Nevertheless, Kazuya Shiraishi, the appointed director of the “KAMEN RIDER BLACK SUN “, is legendary for his insistence on realism. Subsequently, he requested the manufacturing group to construct an actual customized bike for the primary character to experience. After a sequence of conferences with the manufacturing group, they determined to fee a customized bike manufacturing unit that had expertise in constructing customized bikes after which started to seek for a manufacturing unit. The producer was in search of a manufacturing unit close to the studio and Cherry’s Firm occurred to be a success within the search.

仮面ライダーBLACK SUN」のプロジェクトに参加することになった経緯を教えてください?

仮面ライダーBLACK SUN」は、2022年秋に、Prime Videoで世界配信されるプログラム。今回、「バトルホッパー」と呼ばれる、主人公が乗る車両製作は、そのプロデューサーからのオーダーでした。Cherry’s Companyの店の近くには、日本でもトップクラスの映画の撮影スタジオがあって、そのプロデューサーが、スタジオの近くで配信作品に登場するキャラクターが乗るバイクを制作してくれるところを探していた。そこでたまたま、Cherry’s Companyが検索にヒットしたらしい。

いつもなら、映画やテレビシリーズに登場する車両の制作はスタジオ内のクリエイティブチームが行う。しかし今回、「仮面ライダーBLACK SUN」の監督に就任した白石和彌はリアルにこだわる監督として有名。だから配信作品のためじゃなくて、主人公が乗る本物のバイクを造りたいと、製作チームに要望があった。そこで製作チームでミーティングを重ねた結果、カスタムバイクを製作したことがあるショップに依頼すると決定し、それからショップを探し始めたという。

Kamen Rider Turbo Honda CB750f

Have been you a fan of the unique Kamen Rider Black Solar sequence?

I do know the TV sequence Kamen Rider in fact. I feel that boys of my era all the time watched the Kamen Rider sequence on TV. Kamen Rider is a TV sequence that has been working since 1971, during which the primary character transforms right into a warrior known as Kamen Rider to struggle enemies and save his associates and the earth. It could be just like the American Superman and Spiderman. Every sequence runs for one or two years. The characters and tales of the Kamen Rider and their enemies change tremendously relying on the sequence.

The Kamen Rider Black Solar bike first appeared within the Kamen Rider Black sequence 1987. I used to be already a highschool scholar when that sequence began airing however I used to be not sufficiently old to look at it. I had by no means heard of Kamen Rider Black however after I made a decision to get entangled on this challenge, I did a variety of analysis.

The Kamen Rider sequence that I watched as a baby had a transparent distinction between righteousness and evil, and the story was certainly one of easy-to-understand good and evil. In Kamen Rider Black, nevertheless, the enemies are additionally Kamen Rider, and they’re additionally associates. The story was a bit extra complicated, and it was a special story from the earlier Masked Rider sequence, with a powerful human storyline between the 2 sides. The newly produced Kamen Rider BLACK SUN is an authentic new story, completely different from Kamen Rider Black.

Earlier than constructing the bike, I used to be not knowledgeable of the detailed storyline. Nevertheless, I did lookup the outdated TV sequence and the Battle Hopper bike that the primary character rides, however it was a grasshopper. After I noticed it, I used to be frightened that they have been going to construct this, however I used to be relieved to see that the design drawing they gave me was fully completely different.

Kamen Rider Battle Hopper

仮面ライダーBLACK SUN」の原作は知っていましたか? あなたは、その原作のファンでしたか?


今回、バイクを製作した「仮面ライダーBLACK SUN」は、1987年から1年間放映された「仮面ライダーBLACK」の発展版。「仮面ライダーBLACK」の放映が始まったときには自分はもう高校生で、仮面ライダーを見る年代ではなかった。だから「仮面ライダーBLACK」のことは知らなかったが、この映画プロジェクトに関わることが決まってからいろいろと調べた。


今回新しく製作された「仮面ライダーBLACK SUN」は、その「仮面ライダーBLACK」とは違う、オリジナルの新しいストーリーになっている。


Kamen Rider Battle Hopper

What involvement did the manufacturing studio have within the  design of the bike?

The Battle Hopper was designed by a design group throughout the manufacturing division. The design group had created not solely a design drawing but additionally a 1/12 scale mannequin. They have been nicely accomplished, however there have been many factors that didn’t really feel proper when based mostly on the full-scale bike, so I added my very own design to them. Nevertheless, it isn’t a giant change from their preliminary design drawings.

This was the primary time I created a motorcycle based mostly on a design drawing by somebody aside from myself. Nevertheless, it was unattainable to provide you with the idea and particulars from scratch, and construct a motorcycle that matched the story, environment, and principal character of Kamen Rider Black Solar so I used to be glad to have the design drawings.

Kamen Rider Honda CB750f

バイクのデザインはどうやって決めましたか? すべてスタジオから提供されたのでしょうか?


誰かが描いたデザイン画をもとに、バイクを制作したのは初めてだった。ただ、ゼロからコンセプトやディテールを考えて、「仮面ライダーBLACK SUN」のストーリーや雰囲気、主人公のキャラクターに合わせたバイクを造るのは無理だったから、デザイン画があって良かった。

Kamen Rider Honda CB750f

Why did you resolve to make use of a Honda CB750f because the donor and are all the particulars of the bike totally practical?

I steered the bottom bike. I selected the Honda CB750F Turbo as a result of it matches the interval setting of the story. The Battle Hopper bike that seems within the story is a bike that has been ridden for the reason that Seventies. Subsequently, the most recent mannequin wouldn’t make sense. The bottom machine, CB750F Turbo, is produced in 1980, so the eras don’t precisely match, however reasonably than making an attempt to match the eras, the emphasis was positioned on the truth that the bike is an older mannequin that has been ridden again and again. The manufacturing group introduced me a photograph of a pattern bike that was additionally a 750F, so I went with that concept.

I used to be in control of discovering a base bike. A regular CB750F could be boring. On the time, the Battle Hopper had a prime pace of 500 km/h and the utmost energy was 415 horsepower. So I selected the CB750 Turbo, which had extra energy. After all, it might have had a turbine cowl to appear like a turbo bike, however I arrange that turbo to be as practical as potential. And all the opposite capabilities of the bike, I constructed to work nicely.

Kamen Rider Battle Hopper


ただベース車両は、自分から提案した。HONDA CB750Fターボを選んだのは、ストーリーの時代設定に合わせたから。そこに登場するバイクであるバトルホッパーは、その1970年代から乗り継いできたモノという設定。だから最新モデルだとつじつまが合わない。ベースマシンのCB750Fターボは、1980年式なので、正確には時代が合わないが、そこで年代を合わすより、古いモノを乗り継いでいる、ということに重きを置いて車両を設定した。製作チームがサンプルとして持ってきた車両の写真も750Fだったので、そのアイディアをそのまま採用した。


Kaichiroh Kurosu, Cherry’s Firm frontman and builder of the 2022 Kamen Rider Black Solar Battle Hopper

What was probably the most difficult a part of the challenge?

The troublesome half was the pursuit of realism. The Battle Hopper was constructed to point out the rust and peeling paint on the physique of the bike as proof that it has been ridden for a very long time. The entrance face and different exterior elements have been all manufactured from metal in order that the actual rust could possibly be expressed. This bike has extra complicated shapes than most customized bikes, and it was tougher to type the metal, which is tougher than aluminium.

As well as, the designers and administrators had their very own intentions for the varied gimmicks, not solely by way of form but additionally by way of the best way they moved and the best way the built-in lights shone. I had no expertise in constructing a motorcycle whereas concurrently checking such issues, and it was additionally troublesome to understand.

The opposite factor to contemplate is the turbo setting. Within the Nineteen Eighties, when the CB750Turbo was launched a number of different producers launched bikes with turbochargers. The turbo in that period didn’t work until the engine was revved to excessive rpm, and the sudden enhance in energy made it troublesome to experience. Nevertheless, when taking pictures, the engine isn’t revved to excessive rpm. Subsequently, it was essential to reconfigure the settings of the turbo for protected taking pictures. I used to be not capable of take a look at the automobile on public roads with its exterior and different fancy modifications so I modified the capability of the surge tank and made different settings whereas monitoring the info. Even now, it’s nonetheless not excellent…

Kamen Rider Turbo Honda CB750f




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Kamen Rider Battle Hopper 2022

Do you could have any favorite elements/particulars on the bike?

My favorite element is the entrance face. The ageing course of efficiently expressed the interval really feel of the bike, which has been ridden for the reason that Seventies.

The sense of interval is one thing I all the time contemplate after I construct customized bikes. The theming is essential to me in constructing a customized bike. In easy phrases, it means enthusiastic about the hypothetical story of the bike. The age of the bike, the individuals who experience the bike, the place the place the bike will probably be ridden… The main points which are essential to me differ relying on the bike I’m constructing, but when I don’t resolve on these particulars, the look of the bike is not going to be constant and the completed bike will probably be unbalanced. The Battle Hopper had an absolute story. I feel I used to be capable of categorical that nicely.

How have Kamen Rider followers reacted to the 2022 model of the Battle Hopper?

At this second, there are some individuals who have destructive opinions concerning the Battle Hopper I created. Kamen Rider Black, on which the Kamen Rider Black Solar sequence is predicated had a special story and character settings from the earlier Kamen Rider and plenty of followers have robust emotions for it. Some followers have but to just accept the truth that this bike is completely different from the Battle Hopper of that point. The one factor left for them to do now’s to look at the precise program that will probably be delivered and make their resolution.

Kamen Rider is a hero that’s etched within the DNA of boys rising up in Japan. To be sincere, after I was requested to construct the bike featured within the film Batman I felt that the dimensions of the film was too massive, and Batman which is an American film was distant for me. However Kamen Rider is completely completely different. After I was a baby, I watched the Kamen Rider sequence on TV on a regular basis; admiring the characters and the bikes they rode. I by no means imagined that I might develop up and be capable of construct a motorcycle that the primary character would experience. So, after I was supplied the job, I used to be joyful.

I displayed the Battle Hopper on the Yokohama Scorching Rod Customized Present in 2021 and Nagoya/Joints in 2022. I feel it was capable of give the bike trade a brand new subject and a brand new dream.




今の段階では、僕が作ったバトルホッパーに対してアンチも存在する。「仮面ライダーBLACK SUN」のベースになった「仮面ライダーBLACK」は、それまでの仮面ライダーとは違うストーリーやキャラクター設定がされていて、思い入れの強いファンが多い。当時のバトルホッパーとは違うカタチであることを、まだ受け入れてくれていないファンもいる。あとは実際に配信される映像を見てもらって、どう判断してもらえるか。



Kamen Rider Battle Hopper

The Battle Hopper will make its on display debut in late 2022 when Kamen Rider Black Solar airs on Amazon Prime. Very long time fan or not now we have little question viewers will quickly be as enamoured as we’re with this certainly one of a form Honda CB750F particularly if it sounds as wild because it appears!


Particular due to Tadashi “Tad” Kono


Kamen Rider Black Sun series motorcycle

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