Friday, April 3, 2009

THE DESERT RACER




Actors Steve McQueen (R) and Bud Ekins (L) in 500-mile cross-country race across the Mojave Desert.

If you have never seen this movie, go find it and watch it. And if you have and you are a collector than I am sure you know all about this remake by Metisse Motorcycles. Steve McQueen’s most famous motorcycle has been recreated by the Rickman Brothers, legendary themselves within the moto fraternity. Just 300 examples of the Desert Racer will be built, by hand, and retailing for £13,000 (US$18,000) a pop. The gearbox and engine are period Triumph TR6, with a single Amal carb, set in a Mk III M├ętisse frame. Forks are 35mm Cerianis with over seven inches of travel: BSA yokes position the handlebar behind the steering stem for better control. Wheel rims and exhausts are chromed, and the rear shocks are authentic Girling reproductions. What a Sweet repop!



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