Steve McQueen lives on with a tribute motorcycle from Triumph in the 2012 model year lineup. The Bonneville T100 Steve McQueen Edition will be sold worldwide, but only 1100 of the special Triumphs will be produced. In 2008, a limited run of Steve McQueen Triumph-inspired replicas were released. Only 300 Rickman-Métisse Desert Racers were built, but the new McQueen Trumpet is a different style of machine.
The standard Bonneville T100 will be equipped with certain modified parts in order to replicate the Triumph Trophy TR6 that McQueen rode in The Great Escape stunt scene. Wrapped in a matte khaki green colorway with SM’s signature on the airbox side covers, this classic motorcycle uses a black steel cradle frame, 41mm front fork, rear suspension springs and engine accents. Black wheel hubs and rims with wire spokes, black headlight assembly, mirrors, handlebars and front fender support complete the dark theme. A single-person seat with a luggage rack replaces the pillion position. The limited run of replicas will also be identifiable by a numbered plaque adorned to the handlebar clamp.
Triumph’s T100 features classic 1960’s styling with an 865cc Parallel Twin. The air-cooled, DOHC engine is claimed at 67 horsepower and 43 miles-per gallon. The retro bike uses modern updates like fuel injection (styled to look like a carburetor) and dual-piston Nissin disc brakes front and rear. Twin chrome exhaust headers run down to an under-slung exhaust with dual mufflers. A five-speed manual transmission turns the rear wheel via chain drive. The standard 2012 Bonneville T100 starts at $8500
The McQueen edition has a solo seat, skidplate and special graphics. A certificate of authenticity comes with each of the 1100 bikes.