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 ‘The Hannya’ started out as an idea to create the ultimate rolling canvas from a Sol Invictus Mercury, pairing the exceptional design of tattoo don Ryan Ussher, with the precision of signwriting maestro Dave Kaziro. Ryan had been a fan of the Sol Mercury since he first saw them rolling through Sydney's inner west, and was keen to create a custom bike that was unique to him.
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 A key aspect of the build, and the most striking visual element was Ryan's intricate 'hannya' mask tank design. To reflect the handcrafted nature of Ryan's work we knew that vinyl wrap was out of the question, so we called in sign writing / design / illustration maestro Dave Kaziro from Decreate to hand paint Ryan's hannya mask onto the Mercury's tank.

Ryan designed the mask illustration specifically with the fuel cap placement in mind, utilising the shape and scale of the tank as a three dimensional canvas.

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The tank was always going to be the hero of this bike, and so the rest of the build was a matter of less is more. The chunky stock air box and battery were removed and replaced with a more discreet pod filter and lithium battery, which is housed in a fabricated tray under the seat.

Scorpion clubman bars create a more aggressive riding stance, while Tarmac bar end mirrors continue the stripped down aesthetic. The standard seat has been swapped out with a custom perforated Sol seat, upholstered in Sydney.

The view from the rear includes a Mercury tail tidy, with a new flat hoop, custom tail light and matte black bullet indicators. The matte black reverse cone exhaust and black wrap complete the monochromatic vibe.

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