Stick a late 60’s Triumph engine 650cc in a Norton wide line Manx frame and you have a cafe racer to die for. Triumph brakes, Norton tank, Dunstall pipes, alloy rims and straight bars. With pin striping on the silver tank all you need is the scarf and goggles..
For guys who really want to be like Steve, the Triumph Scrambler is the bike for you. You can even order a “278” number board, McQueen’s entry when he raced in the 1964 International Six-Day Trials in East Germany. I have to be honest and say that I personally believe Steve McQueen is probably one of the coolest men to have walked this planet. And yes I love this modern take on the classic.
The Scrambler is based largely on the Bonneville T100 streeter. Although the suspension has been raised 2 inches over the Bonneville, for improved ground clearance. So you can take it off road onto dirt tracks but I am told its not the most comfortable ride.
I love that Triumph are still making these nostalgic bikes. I am not sure I would choose this over the Thruxton though. I think the Thruxton would perform much better, but as for cool factor this has McQueen’s personal stamp of approval. What more could you ask for?
This is obviously based on the Thruxton racing bikes of the 60’s that lead to the huge Cafe Racer Revolution. They have done a great job keeping close to the original. Even hiding the fuel injection system in a pair of carburetors so it retains Thruxton’s legendary racing look.
Heres some random bikes I have found but never posted. Enjoy…