The Sabre

Designed and Built in Great Britain

THE ENGINE

Our engine is built by SWM in Italy and is used in their ‘Superdual’ adventure motorbike. It’s a direct descendent of the engine which Project Engineer Dr. Ampelio Macchi originally penned for Husqvarna.

Here’s some of the details ;

 

  • Single cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled
  • 4-valve head, chain-driven, double overhead camshaft
  • Compression ratio is 12.4 : 1
  • Bore is 3.94 inches or 100mm
  • Stroke is 3.01 inches or 76.4mm
  • Displacement is 36.6 cu. in. or 600cc
  • Electric start
  • Fuel is fed-in using Mikuni 45mm electronic fuel-injection
  • It’s got a 1.8 litre wet sump with cartridge-style oil filter
  • The clutch is hydraulic, with an oil bath and multiple discs
  • Transmission is via a constant mesh, 6-speed gearbox.
  • It produces 52 bhp in standard trim (at the crank)

The Frame and Swing-arm

The steel tubular backbone and cradle frame, with a triangulated swing-arm are unique to Mac, designed and engineered by our grey-haired engineers. Factory-finishing is done with a 3-part, automotive-standard coating in grey (it’s one of the current ‘Landrover’ colours)

THE TANK

We’ve grown-up admiring the coachbuilder’s art, using an English Wheel to fashion proportion, cohesion and fit from inert sheets of aluminium alloy. We doff our flat-caps to their alchemy. Our tank is made of 5083 aluminium, it holds 12 litres / 2.5 gallons and the ‘idiot light’ comes on when you’re getting low.

THE BODYWORK

Mudguards, seat-base and hump are all made from ABS plastic but, if you want to personalise your Mac motorcycle, you can also have pressed, alloy versions. Alloy versions can be wet-painted in almost any colour you want or polished and lacquered for a more classic look. Both are made in Blighty.

P.S. we nicked the idea of the fading crease along the mudguards from the body-panels on an Alfa 156.

THE SUSPENSION

Taiwan dominates the world’s production of precision stanchion tubes so we’re benefitting from a pair of Fastace’s sensibly-priced and well-made 47mm upside down front forks, with both compression and rebound adjustment as standard-issue. Travel measures 130mm.

Closer to home, our rear shock-absorber comes from the chaps at Nitron, just down the road from us in Witney, Oxfordshire. We fit a Nitron R1 as standard which has umpteen clicks of rebound and compression adjustment, a 40mm piston, a 14mm piston rod and adjustable preload.

THE WHEELS

Front
Built on a 17” x 3.50” SM Pro Platinum rim (black or silver options) with a British-made front hub, 9 gauge stainless steel spokes and nickel-plated brass nipples.

Tyre choices include;

120/70R17 58H Michelin Street Radial or 120/70ZR17 58W Avon 3D Ultra Sport

Rear
Built on a 17” x 4.25” SM Pro Platinum rim (black or silver options) with a British-made cush-drive hub, 8 gauge stainless steel spokes and nickel-plated brass nipples.

Tyre choices include;

150/60R17 66H Michelin Street Radial or 150/60ZR17 66W Avon 3D Ultra Sport

THE BRAKES

The front ‘anchor’ uses a Brembo radial caliper, gripping a 320mm floating disc, fed by a Brembo master cylinder.

The rear ‘anchor’ also uses a Brembo caliper, gripping a 240mm disc, again fed by a Brembo master cylinder.

THE EXHAUST

The exhaust is British-made, to our exact design. The entire system is fabricated from stainless steel and designed to meet current noise requirements whilst retaining the distinctive ‘soundtrack’ of a big single. Baffles are interchangeable for track use.

THE STATS

The seat height is: 760mm
The wheelbase is: 1,430mm
Top speed is around 100mph, depending on the size and shape of the jockey, the forces of Mother Nature, the incline of the hill and the tow from the vehicle in front.

The order-book will open in the Autumn

 

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