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Mac’s foundations

Between us, we’ve owned and ridden just about everything bar a top-fuel drag bike (Gaffer One’s probably daft enough to throw his leg over one but his track-record of coming back in one piece isn’t great) so it seemed timely to design what we wanted next but couldn’t easily find. Here’s the brief we set ourselves ;

 

  • Exploit a torquey single in a lightweight chassis
  • Harley presence, flat-tracker manners, Ducati handling
  • Nothing surplus-to-requirements
  • Value the grey hairs of time-served craftsmen and proper engineers
  • Simple-to-maintain

The Ruby

Inspired by our participation in the MotoGiro d’Italia in 2008, seeing lots of small capacity motorcycles working at their optimum, we started to think about a lightweight single, using Buell’s 500cc ‘Blast’ engine.

In spite of the interest our first motorbike garnered, the Buell-engined ‘Blast’, was abandoned by the big cheeses at Harley so we had to go back to the drawing-board and rethink the design, with a new engine.

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