Mac Motorcycles (con'd)



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As these illustations show, the curiously named Spud, Pea Shooter and Ruby feature a monoshock chassis with what appears to be a monocoque alloy swingarm and a steel frame with a curved single-tube backbone. The Roarer's rigid frame differs mightily from its Mac stablemates, but major components on all four bikes--forks, engine, hand controls, brakes, drivetrain and rolling stock--seem culled from the same tooling and vendors. As manufacturing synergies go, Mac's four-bikes-from-two-chassis concept rivals the modern bicycle industry for parts-bin engineering.


A Blast from the Past

How different would Harley's customer demographic be today if Motor Company designers had followed a similar vision for their much-maligned single-cylinder street bike, the quixotic Buell Blast? In the real world, light, nimble and quick single-cylinder motorcycles make perfect sense: see Yamaha's SR500, Honda's XL650, BMW's G-series or any number of Buell-powered race bikes on modern dirt tracks for proof. Ruby and Roarer--my personal Mac favorites--embody every essential element of a great motorcycle, and do so without heavy-handed styling or expensive over-contenting. Truth be told, Mac's greatest achievement might be the way they've captured the spirit of so many different motorcycle genres with so few different components. This slavish dedication to the economy of scale should subtract hansomely on each unit's bottom line. If Mac motorcycles ever see the light of day on dealer showrooms, let's hope their spartan spec sheets are accompanied by a similarly lean price tag.


Green Means Go

Mac principals mince no words when asking for money, and in today's economy, who can blame them? Big dreams require big commitment, and making a small fortune in the motorcycle business almost always requires starting with a large one. These gas-sipping, NHTSA-approved street haulers would look great parked outside any rockabilly barbershop in America. If Mac can put a stripped-down Spud on the market for six grand, I'd PayPal them tomorrow. When I compare the specifications, powerplant and metalurgical composition of Mr. Pitt's wild ride to a modern four-stroke MX machine, six large seems reasonable. Any takers?

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Commented on 8-30-2009 At 12:06 pm

I'm really starting to see a moviement tword smaller displacement motorcycle design, and think its a great thing. From these guys, to Bratstyle, to the Erwin SR, this seems to be the perfect balance tword cool custom bikes and fuel/pocketbook economy.

Commented on 8-31-2009 At 09:54 am

Looks better then any sports bike on the road.

Commented on 8-30-2009 At 01:54 pm

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

Commented on 8-30-2009 At 02:04 pm

I understand this is a concept... but they look great. With alot of style cues from some epic moto genres....

Commented on 8-30-2009 At 03:57 pm

Too bad Erwin of Erwin SR notoriety is apparently an idiot. BCM rocked that bike though.

Commented on 8-30-2009 At 07:07 pm

Love the look and the overall simplicity. clean and unique

Commented on 8-30-2009 At 08:46 pm

I absolutely love this, any idea on what the price tag could be??

Commented on 8-30-2009 At 09:49 pm

I think they look ugly as sin, but that's just my opinion.

Commented on 8-31-2009 At 12:00 pm

Great looking bikes, something different!

Commented on 8-31-2009 At 12:30 pm

Glad to see something new. I like the simple design of it.

Commented on 8-31-2009 At 01:06 pm

If the price was in the $6-7k range,Id be in for one, but usually these small company bike end up way overpriced.

Commented on 8-31-2009 At 03:36 pm

Hopefully if they ever do see the light of day, the company doesn't try to over price them. I like the sleek clean design these bikes have. If the price was right I would definitely consider buying one. In the article you mentioned that the frame was steel, and that would be the only thing I would change. A nice light aluminum frame to go with the smaller displacement engine is a must in my opinion. A good set up shocks is also a must.

Commented on 9-3-2009 At 07:51 am

To me it seems the lack of wight is a big win. Kinda like a super stripped bike, no signals, small fenders, bars and seat, and oh yea ... one cylinder and smaller case. Ive never tried one but I think the lack of weight makes up for the lack of cc's.

Commented on 9-12-2009 At 01:34 am

CRAZY looking bikes. Look SUPER fun

Commented on 9-12-2009 At 01:36 am

Oh shit, Not in reply to nothing, Just, CRAZY looking bikes. Look SUPER fun

Commented on 4-1-2010 At 05:05 am

Wicket ,I want one ,but differ bars ,not much for leaning over.

Commented on 12-22-2010 At 03:40 pm

I talked to Scott over at Cleveland Cycle Werks the other day. They are doing some really cool stuff with smaller displacement engines. Check'em out.

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