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Mac Motorcycles Introduces New British Bikes

Thursday, May 28, 2009
Mac Motorcycles Spud
                                Mac Motorcycles Spud
A collaboration between one of the UK’s leading motorcycle design studios, Xenophya Design and Ellis Pitt has led to the launch of a new British motorcycle company called ‘Mac Motorcycles.'

Ellis has collaborated with the team at Xenophya for the past 9 months to design a small range of lightweight, air-cooled singles using the 500cc Buell ‘Blast’ motor in a tubular backbone frame.

Ellis explains “Between us we’d designed, modified, built and ridden all sorts of motorcycles over the last 30 years and thought it was time to produce a motorcycle that reflected our philosophy. Our influences have been diverse and we’ve made unusual connections between genres of
Mac Motorcycles Ruby
                               Mac Motorcycles Ruby
motorcycles such as choppers, Italian singles from the 1950s, flat-trackers and competition specials. What underpins Mac Motorcycles’ philosophy though is the belief that the riding experience and the stories that go with motorcycle journeys seem to have been hijacked by technology and plastic.”

There are 4 different models ; ‘Spud’, for dossing about on, ‘Ruby’, the motorcycle equivalent of ‘the girl-next-door’, ‘Peashooter’, for squirting to your favourite pub and gassing with your mates and the ‘Roarer’, a modern-day dinosaur-chaser! The company initially plans to produce a few hundred bikes in small batches increasing production as appropriate.

Mac Motorcycles Peashooter
                           Mac Motorcycles Peashooter
During the last recession, Ellis, a product designer by background, grew his family’s business into a successful furniture manufacturing business before selling it in 1995. Since then he has combined work as a business adviser with design thinking, frequently developing successful products through a number of UK high street retailers.

Based in the small English town of Upton-Upon-Severn in Worcestershire, Mac Motorcycles plan to market this unique new range of motorcycles throughout the world. Bikes will be made in small batches for markets in the UK, North America and Japan, with customers in France and Australia in-mind too. Depending on your preferred specification and tuning options, you could expect to buy any one of these bikes for between £ 8k - £ 10k.
Mac Motorcycles Roarer
                               Mac Motorcycles Roarer

Ellis explains “We would welcome comments and enquiries from your readers and we’ll be happy to keep you posted as we start building a little more of Great Britain’s motorcycle history.”

Additional information is contained in the company's new web site at www.mac-motorcycles.com  
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DAVE WILSON -Good Idea Robbed from someone else  November 5, 2009 02:33 PM
Interesting machines, these of course are not Ellis Pitt`s ideas at all, he is just pure bullshit! His Father`s company did not manufacture furniture at all, his father Geofrey`s company was called Pine Finds restoring old pine tables from auctions by a friendly joiner,the business went into recievership three months after Ellis joined, plus he is not a product designer but a very good bulshitter, my father was the joiner.Wake up Ellis and stop making yourself look THE BIG MAN!!!

tony -Were's the motor  October 29, 2009 05:37 AM
If you really like this type of look, check out the range of Deus motorcycles this is not a ad l just know they work and you can buy them, rather then a nice picture http://www.deus.com.au/#/bikes/motorcycles/
torque -by by Blast  September 11, 2009 02:15 AM
So Mr. Buell demised his Blast engine. It seems they are thinking about the liquid cooled Yam XT 660 motor.
I think they could look upon a twin, I agree with Tim B, there's a lot of space for it.
Anyway, Roarer is fine.
troy gough -RE; spud  September 4, 2009 02:24 AM
I live in australia and was wonderingif you import here and to whom? if you don't, how much can i purchase one for in the U.K.
KarmaDog -just not enough  July 30, 2009 09:43 PM
I like the idea and the looks but the price is steep for what you get .Turn one over to a major suspension manufacturer with the instructions that it must " defy the laws of physics in a corner " and add a small belt driven super charger. Then you could say "look what you get" while charging another 5 grand on top of the current price.
Mike casselman -Good idea  July 22, 2009 01:14 PM
I agree that they should do it too.Your design concept is still on the older style bikes,which i like the best,but you also offer a new contmp. disign as well.Hopefully they pick up the contrack.Good luck!!

Charlie -Modern Retro British Single  June 28, 2009 05:36 AM
It's terrific. If you've ever wanted to ride a Manx Norton or Velo KTT...
Belfire -price  June 25, 2009 10:05 PM
Would love to see them come to OZ. looks rigid and I,m sure you could soften the suspension. Top bike BUT at that price you would have to be off your head to buy.
themountain -Gooorgeous  May 31, 2009 01:56 PM
...but 10k for a bike with pitbike suspension...well I don`t think so!! Love the Roarer though.
Brian -Huh??  May 30, 2009 10:22 PM
Gorgeous design. The price?...not so much. LOL! Geesh...at LEAST throw in a modern Bonnie motor (would look/fit/perform appropriate and still be british)and MAYBE no one will laugh quite as hard.
sas -design  May 30, 2009 12:30 AM
if they went with design so close to Confederate Wraith, then they could have gone all the way, positioned the shock under the engine and replaced that poor performing Buell single for a V-twin from H-D Sportster then the price would make sense.
Me -roarer  May 29, 2009 07:25 PM
Cool, they kind-of look like the classic bikes from before the 50s, except out of all modern parts and with modern designs. I kind of like the roarer best though, it looks the most retro to me.
wllrjstn -brit bike needs a brit engine  May 29, 2009 06:05 PM
It being a brit bike, it seems they should go for a Triumph engine. Then, if they could lower the price a bit, they'd have something. Looks cool.
Jim -love it  May 29, 2009 01:43 PM
If I was in the market, its be on the top of my list. Its a joy to see someone building something different around a simple air cooled single. I wish them all the success. This Spud's for me!
motojin -battery?  May 29, 2009 10:29 AM
Where is the battery? I'm guessing the three with the backbone frame must store the oil in the frame itself. Love the Roarer, Peashooter and Spud. Not so much on the Ruby. Wonder if the XB9 motor would fit in any of them? Why doesn't Buell build a Blast-based bike this beautiful?
Tim B -Very Cool  May 29, 2009 09:17 AM
These are very cool looking beginner bikes, but the problem is they cost as much as a top of the line liter size sport bike. There is a lot of space where the second cylinder should be, though and that looks kind of weird.
Hevace Eveeloj -Rather canny, lads.  May 29, 2009 06:16 AM
Wow. An expensive custom Buell Blast, but not nearly as comfortable. Obviously, the result of careful market research.
Carl -exactly what I've been looking for  May 29, 2009 05:54 AM
The style, the simplicity, making the most out of what you've got - this bike is exactly what I've been looking for! I would love to see them in the Cincinnati Ohio area. Keep us updated, the website is a good resource for those interested.
Thomas -Double the CC  May 29, 2009 04:56 AM
Double the motor and it might be ok. I ride a 1300cc bike now, it would be hard to scale down.
Tqueen -Not everyone will have one.  May 28, 2009 10:14 PM
More expensive than a Harley XR1200 and half the motor! But then again it looks like a custom bike, and for those that can afford, it more power to you. I like the Peashooter the best and the Roarer a close second.
miname -sweet  May 28, 2009 04:15 PM
Nice !! an "affordable" (I don`t wanna use cheap) version of Confederate Motorcycles. Bla bla bla
Mell -price  May 28, 2009 03:08 PM
Interesting concept and I definitely would buy one.But at around $12,800 and $15,900.00 in today's currency rates there's just no way.There's a crop of outstanding motorcycles out there in this price range and they have no foo-foo Buell 500cc engine on it. It's not going to work at this prices.