You don’t need to be a genius to know that we’ve got a bit of a Steve McQueen thing going on here at Motolegends.
Well, about a year ago, we were chatting with Kevin of Kevil’s Speedshop about The Great Escape and we thought it would be a neat idea to create a BMW version of the bike that Steve rode in the film. After all, a Triumph never did seem quite right!
Well, our bike’s just a bit of fun; a pastiche of what appeared in the film, but it’s turned out lovely and we’re going to use it as our summer runaround.
It’s based on an R75/7, but it has R80 nikasil lined cylinders, and two separate Triumph exhausts, so it goes pretty well and sounds much nicer than an old Beemer has a right to sound.
Kevin sourced some great bits for the bike. There’s a front mudguard from an old British bike, and a terrific luggage rack that sits behind the single seat. It’s a mix between a modern custom-build and a classic restoration; what the car boys call a restomod.
Well, whatever it is, we love it. On its knobbly off-road tyres, it’s one cool motorcycle that will go great with an A2 leather jacket, denim jeans and a pair of rough-out boots. All we need now is a decent wire fence!