For Sale: “Mesquito” Honda NX650 Tracker by Marmisto!
Chris Daniels of Marmisto is a world-class stonemason, carver, and conservator who has worked on ancient buildings across the world. He’s also been shed-building custom bikes since the age of 12. Now he’s back with “Mesquito,” a 1993 Honda NX650 tracker with a “tattoo ” paint design, Grimeca wheels, chunk front tire, internal wiring, and much more. Below, we get the full story on this punchy thumper from one of the world’s most interesting builders.
Honda NX650 Brat Tracker: In the Builder’s Words
650 Street Tracker — the ‘Mesquito’ — so called as my daughter said it looked like a mosquito, and with the trippy tank design, the mesquite link sounded good!
’93 Honda NX650 Dominator frame stripped and minimalised with new rear frame loop and struts, slim tank from unknown bike reworked underneath to fit snuggly and stitched leather seat on a GRP base.
The tattoo tank design is unique and came about as I originally had a simple block design, but that went wrong so had to start from scratch and had been recently introduced to paint pens — so sat down and started doodling, then polished it in and covered with fuel proof lacquer. A knurled alloy catch turned an old custom Harley footpeg was attached.
Sat on powder-coated Grimeca wheels with wide sticky tyres, bespoke stainless discs were made up to match existing caliper positions, then braided lines from the masters, the alloy rear reservoir being turned from he remains of the Harley footpeg.
The alloy yokes are my own design and manufacture, wider than standard for the chunky front wheel and hold refurbished, shaved forks.
Internally wired extra fat tapered alloy bars with my favourite Karate grips and old school switchgear. 7” Lucas headlight, GPS speedo and ignition switch sit in bespoke alloy housing and the LED tail-light is made from old XS tappet covers and a bit of machine work.
Stainless pipes and silencers[!?] were made to join up with a stainless header set, while the foam air filter in drilled alloy housing turned from a fire extinguisher body.
Alloy pegs, all stainless fasteners, new bearings, seals and pads, alloy sprocket and heavy duty ‘O’ ring chain. New electrics, battery and CDI.
A punchy little fun bike that is up for sale and has a year’s MOT.
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