Saturday particular: A sublime three-wheeler with a Mazda engine


Though Bike EXIF is devoted to artwork on two wheels, our automotive pursuits are wide-ranging. Our writer has an enviable automotive assortment, our workshop editor, Dean, is a classic snowmobile fiend, and I’ve been in love with the Morgan Tremendous 3 ever since I test-drove it on the Malle Mile. So at this time we’re bending the foundations, and bringing you a surprising three-wheeler that’s solely actually thirty p.c motorbike.

Dubbed the ‘MAC 2,’ it’s the second handmade three-wheeler from Indonesian engineer and classic bike fanatic, Cosmas Lili Sudrajat. Cosmas has a significant crush on Morgan’s V-twin-powered three-wheelers—however they’re costly and exhausting to come back by in Indonesia. Fortunately, he is aware of his manner round a workshop.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
The V-twin powerplant bolted to the entrance of the MAC 2 isn’t a motorbike engine although. It’s out of a Mazda B600—a pint-sized, Japanese-made station wagon that was a success in Indonesia within the Sixties. “The Mazda’s air-cooled 600 cc V-twin engine is the proper dimension for a three-wheeler,” says Cosmas.

As soon as the Mazda B600 had been torn down to simply its chassis and motor, Cosmas chopped off the rear half of the body and put in a repurposed Honda swingarm. Repurposed 18” laced motorbike wheels do responsibility up entrance, modified with forged aluminum MAC-branded hubcaps.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Cosmas laced up two 18” D.I.D. rims for the again, becoming a member of their hubs collectively to type a single rear wheel. The concept was to have a wider contact patch with a basic motorbike look. A sprocket sits on one aspect of the mix hub, with a brake disc on the other aspect.

Energy is transferred from the Mazda’s driveshaft, via a customized transmission, and onto the rear wheel by way of a series drive.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
The internal workings are hidden beneath the three-wheeler’s hand-shaped metal bodywork. Cosmas fabricated a gasoline reservoir that sits in entrance of the passenger, and two gullwing doorways for the again that reveal the automotive’s twin trunks. The rear finish was designed to point out off simply sufficient of the rear wheel.

Contained in the bucket-like cockpit, you’ll discover a pair of exquisitely upholstered seats, and a wood dashboard that’s outfitted with a smorgasbord of aftermarket automotive and bike dials. The set even features a cigarette lighter, a USB charging port, and an exterior tube-style gasoline gauge. Cosmas retained the Mazda steering wheel however handled it to a forged aluminum lock nut to make it straightforward to take away.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
The Mazda’s V-twin engine is a utilitarian little donk, unlikely to win any magnificence contests. So Cosmas has disguised it with a home made oil tank that mimics a pair of motorbike cylinders. The forged aluminum ‘heads’ and fake pushrods are a throwback to basic JAP engines.

The MAC 2 is trimmed with an array of chic particulars. The stacked headlights and switch alerts are a neat contact, as are the chromed aspect mirrors. On prime of the hood, you’ll discover a basic bonnet deal with and a tidy customized gasoline cap.

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts
Cosmas opted for timeless finishes on this construct; silver paint with brown upholstery, and simply the correct quantity of chrome. Hand-crafted exhausts add a last contact, operating down all sides of the MAC 2 earlier than terminating in flared finish caps.

The MAC 2 won’t technically be a motorbike, however it’s no much less intriguing. Now if somebody may simply ship Cosmas a stonking S&S Cycle V-twin mill, maybe we will persuade him to construct MAC 3.

Cosmas Lili Sudrajat | Pictures by Batara Surya

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts

Custom three-wheeler with Mazda engine and motorcycle parts


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