First ride on new Metisse McQueen Desert Racer

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  • Road test in next week’s MCN 
  • Genuine Triumph TR6 engine
  • Off-road only £13,999

Metisse Motorcycles is producing a limited run of 300 replica Steve McQueen Desert Racers and MCN takes one for a spin in next week’s paper, out August 26.
Desert racing was McQueen’s forte. His chosen tool a UK-made Rickman-Metisse MkIII frame and a Triumph TR6 parallel twin engine. This combination, along with McQueen’s and Ekin’s choice of component parts, was such a success it led to McQueen saying in 1966: ‘This is the best handling rig I’ve ever owned’.
In next week’s paper we find out if McQueen’s statement still holds true.

Steve McQueen Metisse Desert Racer £13,999

Triumph TR6, air-cooled 649cc (71 x 82mm) 4v push-rod four-stroke parallel twin, unit construction. Four-gears. Amal single carb. Power: 47bhp
Rickman-Metisse MkIII frame. Ceriani 35mm telescopic forks, Girling replica twin rear shocks. Brakes: 7in Triumph front drum, 7in BSA rear drum. Tyres: Dunlop 2.75 x 21in front, 100/1000 x 18in rear

Trevor Franklin

By Trevor Franklin