Mac Motorcyles

#1
Came accross these the other day and I have to say I am in love.



I was infact nearing climax when I spotted this maggot in the ointment.

We were just about to fill our sheds with Buell Blast motors when Mr Buell announced the demise of the Buell Blast.

As you know, we have designed our four Mac motorbikes around the Blast motor and the Blast’s withdrawal from Buell’s range means we need to find an alternative

In keeping with Mac’s philosophy, we would like your input again.

The image shows what our Mac ‘Spud’ motorcycle would look like powered by a liquid-cooled Yamaha XT 660 motor and we’d really like to know what you think.

:x

They're only a dinky little upstart in Worcestershire so I'm going to write encouragement to them about their original design principles and to forbid them from sticking that horrid and WRONG just WRONG Yamaha engine on their bikes, and I invite anyone who appreciates this sort of bike to do the same.

In the mean time lets have some more photos:

Spud


Peashooter



Ruby


Roarer

 
#2
Yes very nice but a good thing the blast disnt live long enough to donate its horrible shitty little motor to the project.
 
#3
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Alsacien

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#4
Look like it needs a V-twin - but not Harly shiite, something from Ducati/KTM/Aprilia that won't vibrate you till your blood stops circulating....
 
#5
I think it needs a Moto Guzzi transverse V twin but might also look good with a bonneville engine.
 

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#6
Blokeonabike said:
I think it needs a Moto Guzzi transverse V twin but might also look good with a bonneville engine.
The Guzzi engine looks great but turns right on acceleration :D
The bonny engine has not got the grunt and looks to retro.
 
#7
No more so than a BMW! And not enough to be a problem.
Too retro for a range of retro styled bikes?
 

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#8
Blokeonabike said:
No more so than a BMW! And not enough to be a problem.
Too retro for a range of retro styled bikes?
The roarer looks bit retro, at least the tank - but the rest look like American Chopper on a budget.
Beemer engine is not pretty - I was thinking along the lines of the Bimota stuff using the air cooled Duc twin.
 
#9
I have sent the boys some encouraging remarks. I would like to know their proposed price point as I could be tempted if they get the right engine in there at the right price.
 
#10
They say they expect the final product to go for around £8000 - £10000 depending on spec. Yikes.

Rotax do a V-twin too, its not awfully pretty and might just be a bit too big but being Austrian I bet it really works.

There is something to be said for keeping it clean and simple though, I can see why they were going to go for a single to begin with.
 
#15
Alsacien said:
dogmeat said:
I'd rather have a Wakan...

Looks too heavy, will be underpowered with that motor, lacks radial brakes, and I would not rate the handling much based on the size of the swingarm....
Not sure I agree about the weight. I dont see anything excessively heavy on there. Not having looked at the specs, that motor could be anywhere up to about 100HP(Possibly more but unlikely) which should be plenty for a naked bike. Axial brakes as shown are the current favorite with sportsbike manufacturers. radial brakes are very uncommon so lacking them is hardly a crime. The swingarm does look like it may be a tad flexi but then we dont know what it is made of or how it has been designed. Maybe it is very clever engineering. But given that you acuse the bike of probably being underpowered and under-braked, maybe handling at high speed wont be an issue!

Personally I like the way it looks but wouldnt buy it and I assume it is very expensive.
 
#16
Just read the Wakan specsheet. 120BHP and with Vtwin Torque too, hardly underpowered!
 
#17
Alsacien said:
Blokeonabike said:
I think it needs a Moto Guzzi transverse V twin but might also look good with a bonneville engine.
The Guzzi engine looks great but turns right on acceleration :D
The bonny engine has not got the grunt and looks to retro.
I can't say I agree with you on that point, Alsacien. I reckon the bonny mill would look (and perform) fückin' aces in that frame. But that's just me, of course.

MsG
 

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#18
Blokeonabike said:
Alsacien said:
dogmeat said:
I'd rather have a Wakan...

Looks too heavy, will be underpowered with that motor, lacks radial brakes, and I would not rate the handling much based on the size of the swingarm....
Not sure I agree about the weight. I dont see anything excessively heavy on there. Not having looked at the specs, that motor could be anywhere up to about 100HP(Possibly more but unlikely) which should be plenty for a naked bike. Axial brakes as shown are the current favorite with sportsbike manufacturers. radial brakes are very uncommon so lacking them is hardly a crime. The swingarm does look like it may be a tad flexi but then we dont know what it is made of or how it has been designed. Maybe it is very clever engineering. But given that you acuse the bike of probably being underpowered and under-braked, maybe handling at high speed wont be an issue!

Personally I like the way it looks but wouldnt buy it and I assume it is very expensive.
Where have you been? :D
Every half serious sportsbike has had radial brakes for the last couple of years, and I can only think of one current engine that weighs more than a big cc Harley twin and gear box.....
100bhp is probably on the money, but if its lugging 200kgs about it is not going set the world on fire....or stop :wink:
 
#19
Alsacien said:
jagman said:
In this league of bikes I kinda like the new Norton Commando

http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/bikes/norton-commando-961.php
Thought you preferred Jags?

I like the NRV 588 idea - 130kg with a rotary engine :D

Retro bikes are not easy - don't like the Norton or the Ducati offerings, but the Trumpet Bonny works for me.....
I do, currently half heartedly browsing at XJ8's possibly an XJR
Sat out in the garage is an unrestricted 186bhp Kawasaki ZX12R :D however the DVLA thoughtfully "lost" my bike category some time ago and I can't be arsed to go through the test process again hence thinking of changing it to an XJR8
Saw the NRV588 at the TT this year, it wasn't running well enough to qualify but it did a demo lap and mighty nice it was too!

The new Bonnevilles don't float my boat at all but I like the look of the new Norton, a bit underpowered but mighty pretty.
Agreed that most retro bikes look a bit naff, most just don't seem to deliver the goods.
Hanker after an early original Z1000 fairly frequently to, saw a Rickman framed one while back and that was very very nice.
 
#20
Alsacien said:
Looks too heavy, will be underpowered with that motor, lacks radial brakes, and I would not rate the handling much based on the size of the swingarm....
Her indoors has a 750 GSXR with radial brakes, not a huge amount more effective than the 6 pot non radials on my ZX12R, better feel on the radials though
 

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