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Mac Motorcycle 

Mac Motorcycle

Choosing a name, either for a product or a whole company, is not an easy task.  Every serious prospect is typically registered to one company or another — often car manufacturers — and although many are not in actual use, the right to that name, and all the possible variations or abbreviation of it, are most often blocked. And as with styling, names follow fashion, and manufacturers are always anxious to show they are more up-to-date than their rivals.

It’s with this backdrop I want to bring your attention to Mac Motorcycles.  Whoa, two of my passions…both in the same company name! Obviously it captured my attention.  Not only that, but as a teenager I was captivated with drawing hot rods and motorcycles.  I drew lots of them, but frankly they were crap so when I see terrific illustrations I feel the need to stop and look! 

Ellis Pitt, is the founder and he teamed up with Mark Wells & Ian Wride of Xenophya Design when working and riding the Nottinghamshire roadworks of the M-1 (UK).  They employed some experienced and passionate designers and engineers and worked towards the goal of becoming a provider of a simple to maintain motorcycle with chopper/bobber roots. There would be nothing beyond the bare bone requirements and it would have lines of a rigid frame, yet disguise a full suspension.  It would use the Harley-Davidson/Buell ‘Blast’ motor to exploit its shape and lightweight chassis.  The bottom line was the goal to bring flat-track manners to the spirit of motorcycling.

Being powered by the Buell single cylinder, air-cooled, 2-valve, push rod, 492cc, 5-speed engine means the ‘Mac’ bikes have very light rolling-chassis.   The stock motors produce 34 HP at 6500 RPM, but a bolt-on big-bore kit (515 cc), Andrews Cams, a Mikuni HSR 42 carb’, Screamin’ Eagle ignition and a Supertrapp exhaust help it to produce around 50 HP at 7200 RPM. Plenty of “scoot” and remember that a Blast motor running an NRHS 515 kit set a record at Bonneville in the 650 class.

The sketch is eye candy, but the finished product looks sweeter.

Photo courtesy of Mac Motorcycles.

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