Mac Motorcycles: The Story So Far


Big-twin customs with big-inch motors are common as coffee and cigarettes at a methadone clinic, but not nearly as popular. If your jones for two-wheeled transit runs deeper than your old lady's tramp stamp, Great Britain's Mac Motorcycle Co. might have your fix. From the vacuum of real machinery on their website it's a safe bet no Buell-powered Mac has ever seen asphalt, but the company founders' vision and inspiration are noteworthy. What these Brits are attempting to unleash is nothing less than The Four Horses of the Carpocalypse: fast, nimble, DOT-approved, Bratstyle-inspired canyon cruisers, street trackers and cafe racers for the twenty-first century.


Guts and Brains

Mac founder Ellis Pitt is a chatty motorcycle-obsessed businessman who used to transport human organs down London streets in the saddlebags on an old Sportster. Mark Wells and Ian Wride are designers with an impressive quiver of industrial-design studies in their agency's portfolio. Over tea and biscuits these persnickity Brits gave birth to their brainchild: a company that seeks to build the perfect street bike by synthesizing the best elements of British and Japanese machines of yore into a new, leaner, cleaner whole. The Mac line comprises four models:


The Pea Shooter

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The Roarer



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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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