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Mach 5: Jay's Mercury 250

Jay lives in the Australian Capital Territory, the Sol Invictus custom shop is in Sydney NSW. Despite a distance of around 300 kilometres between us we managed to design and create a custom build perfect for Jay to cruise the cafes of Canberra. 

After seeing one of our builds featured at the biggest custom cafe racer bike show in Australia, Throttle Roll, Jay had his sights set on the Mercury 250. He had some specific custom options in mind and we helped him create his ultimate ride. As Jay puts it "I lived in Japan for a few years, and my main inspiration for the look of the bike was from the Japanese anime show Speed Racer which featured the Mach 5, or Mahha Go in Japanese".

The first and biggest modification was to fabricate the sub-frame to fit the new custom seat. This also involved removing the rear fender, existing running lights, indicator brackets and then fabricating and attaching a new number plate bracket.

All the road lights were replaced with LEDs – The tail light is an LED strip, indicators are Purpose Built Dome lights, even the number plate bolt is an LED. The exhaust headers were wrapped in black heat wrap and a new Cone engineering muffler fitted to give the bike more audible presence on the road.

Jay specifically wanted the paint work to be a white pearl with red stripes running down the middle and the "SOL" diamond on the side. The red and pearl finish looks amazing! 

Up front, the stock handlebars were removed and the racer like clip-ons fitted. A smaller instrument gauge gives the bike a sleeker profile and the CNC bar end mirrors complete the cafe racer look.

To give the bike a modern retro feel Jay went for the Purpose Built LED headlight and swapped out the OEM tyres for the vintage looking Vee Rubber 4.00-17s.

Needless to say the cafe drinking Canberrans will be drooling into their Chai lattes when Jay cruises past.


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