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FALKE: Mercury 250

The Falke 250 was the brainchild of our General Manager at Sol Invictus. The inspiration came from a 1978 CB750 that he had seen built by Montreal based custom builders, Clockwork Motorcycles. This build was stripped back, as black as night, and was playing on the minimalist approach. “This was more than a bike for me, it was a work of art. I wanted to created a bike that evoked the same emotion, something that was beautiful to look at while also being fun to ride. It was a tricky thing for me, because I am a very visual person, but I’m not great at drawing or articulating myself. It took me quite a while to actually get my ideas out of my head and into a physical sketch that I was happy with. Once I had this, it was easy (albeit time consuming) to translate this onto the actual bike.”

“Building the bike was kind of a process of what I could afford as I went. A few parts were immediate (mirrors, indicators and bars) but others were little steps over the course of a few months. The mirrors, indicators, clip-ons and grips were a quick change as they did not cost to much and they were not too complex to do.”

The next step in the bike’s transformation would be the exhaust. After owning the bike for a few weeks, Adrian naturally started looking for a an exhaust with more performance and a throatier sound. “As I couldn’t decide on a pipe for a while I just got out the angle grinder and cut off the stock muffler and rode without a muffler at all. This quickly annoyed my neighbours and started to cause frustration wherever I went so I decided I needed to do something about it. I purchased a matt black ‘hotdog’ muffler that slipped onto the end of the pipe. This did practically nothing, as it wasn’t baffled in the slightest. After this I was stumped about what to do about it. I then decided on the Purposebuilt Mini Reverse stainless cone. I fitted this by welding it on and properly baffling it. While this didn’t really make the bike quieter, it did give it a much more pleasant sound and slightly better performance.”

The tank was next. It would be given a fresh new paint job, a mini bates headlight bracket welded and installed, new speedo, top triple risers machined down and repainted, a battery elimination and some pod filters. “I wanted the bike to have a decal that was similar to the style of Kott Motorcycles but with my own twist. I loved my girlfriend’s handwriting, and the name ‘Falke’ (Falcon in German) so I got her to write it out for me about a thousand times before I chose one that would be set to the tank.”

“I love so many things about this bike, but if I had to choose two it would be the general confusion it causes everyone who sees it, and the line from the tank through the seat.

I can’t recall how many times people have come up to me to compliment me on my great SR or my beautiful old CB. Falke seems to have this great illusion whereby people can never figure out exactly what my base bike is which always opens up a great conversation."

Photography Pete Cagnacci 

• Bates headlight with custom fabricated bracket
Purpose Built reverse cone muffler
Header heat wrap
• 60mm Black speedo
Sol Invictus CNC bar-end mirrors
Sol Invictus diamond grips
LED indicators
LED taillight strip
Cilp-on handlebars
• Vee Rubber retro tyres (exclusive to Sol Invictus)
• Custom clutch and brake levers
• Custom seat pan and upholstery
• Custom front fender
Rear fender eliminator with numberplate bolt lights
• Airbox elimination - frame de-tabbing, respray
• Pod filter
• Lithium battery conversion and relocation

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