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Custom Royal Enfield Cerra GT 865 debuts in Melbourne overnight

Royal Enfield have unveiled the stunning custom motorcycle dubbed the Cerra GT865. Built by Carl Cerra from Skunk Machine in Melbourne, the Royal Enfield GT 650 Twin forms the basis of the build which had a vision to differentiate it from a generic custom bike and make it look and feel like a special edition production motorcycle.

The custom motorcycle has been made on Royal Enfield GT 650 Twin – the quintessential Sporty cafe racer that inspires confidence in new riders as well as satisfies the expectations of more experienced motorcyclists and custom builders.

Built by Carl Cerra – an avid motorcyclist, the custom is an audacious reflection of his personality and self-expression. The inspiration behind Cerra GT865’ was to create a retro 80’s-inspired TT-style race bike with a proper, full fairing.

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Cerra GT865
Cerra GT865 Custom

Further, taking inspiration from the 80’s motorcycle culture, the motorcycle has been endowed with interesting elements and shapes. This creates the impression that each motorcycle part was designed separately then amalgamated together to look like a perfect modern custom motorcycle with a distinct personality.

The approach for creating it was much closer to that of an automotive design studio than that of a traditional bike shop. Further to this, Carl would kick things off with a series of concept sketches, followed by a clay model to develop the proportions and the “surface language” in full scale.

Commenting on the Custom Motorcycle, Anuj Dua, Business Head for Asia Pacific region at Royal Enfield said, “We have been working with some of the best custom builders across the world who use Royal Enfield as the perfect canvas for customisation.

Cerra GT865 Custom
Cerra GT865 Custom

We have been credited with unanimous feed back be it – Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Korea or Australia that Royal Enfield makes the most custom friendly motorcycles in the world. We believe in being an ally for motorcyclists around the world to achieve their dreams in metal – imagination and craft from around the world.

I am also delighted to share that in Australia & New Zealand, we have over 25 exciting Custom builds done by our passionate Dealer network, enthusiastic Customers and fans of the brand. Having built hundreds of custom builds across the globe, we sincerely believe that we will be able to take inspiration from builders and continue to provide motorcycles which offer Pure motorcycling joy.”

The Cerra GT865 motorcycle’s front-end contains a custom designed CNC machined triple tree combo to accommodate 2015 GSX-R fork tubes with Brembo calipers. Then there’s the custom-made stainless headers with SC Project slip-ons, the go-to Motogadget electronics and a very differentiated rear view camera instead of mirrors.

Cerra GT865 Custom
Cerra GT865 Custom

The engine was sent to Melbourne’s Hallam Cycle Works to transform it into an 865cc Big Bore and this was complemented with a Revelry Cycles throttle body set-up. It’s a tight, compact package with more cubes as well as more horsepower with a 30 kilos lesser weight.

Commenting on the build, Carl Cerra says, The thing I really loved about this project was the support I got from my network of creators; they believed in the project and they didn’t hesitate to help out. They are real supporters of Australian design and manufacturing and were glad to be given the opportunity to let the world see what we have to offer down under.”

And with results as sleek and innovative as this, what a great ad for “Made in Australia” this retro racer has turned out to be. I thank Royal Enfield for giving me this opportunity to unleash my creative potential on one of the most gorgeous motorcycles in the recent past.”

Skunk Machine design studio was created by Carl Cerra whose roots originate in Automotive Design and concept prototyping for world leading automotive brands spanning over a period of 20 years. Skunk Machine prides itself on applying effective and efficient processes to achieve the best results. Using up to date technology and methods, we strive for the ultimate solutions.

Cerra GT865
Cerra GT865 Custom
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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