Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mac Motorcycles: New British brand announces plans for a range of bikes


Pining for simple, sporty, lightweight, air-cooled British singles - the kind Triumph and Norton once used to make? Mac Motorcycles might soon bring some joy to your life...

The UK-based Xenophya Design, in collaboration with one Ellis Pitt, are setting up a new motorcycle company, which has been named Mac Motorcycles. To begin with, this company may build a range of light, sporty and not-too-complicated motorcycles, which would be powered by an air-cooled, single-cylinder 500cc Buell engine.

‘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 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,’ says Ellis.

For the past few months, Mac Motorcycles have been working on four motorcycle designs, with the bikes named Spud, Ruby, Peashooter and Roarer. The company, based in the small English town of Upton-Upon-Severn in Worcestershire, plans build a few hundred of these bikes, in small batches, increasing production as and when required. Apart from selling these bikes in the UK, they plan to market Mac motorcycles in various other counties, including North America, Japan and Australia. Prices are likely to be in the region of £8,000-10,000.

We had earlier interviewed Mark Wells and Ian Wride of Xenophya, which you can see here, and visit Mac Motorcycles on their new website here
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