British Customs Legends Series: King of Cool Steve McQueen

January 19, 2016
Courtesy of British Customs 

The latest industry icon added to British Customs Legends Series is the man who arguably made the motorcycle lifestyle: Steve McQueen.

Steve McQueen was known as the King of Cool for his tough but charming attitude. An avid motorcyclist, McQueen didn’t just ride motorcycles in his movies, but was an expert international racer. He was also friends with legendary rider Bud Ekins, who is also included in British Customs’ Legends Series. McQueen helped change society’s perception of motorcycling being only for outlaws, and made it “cool.”

King of Cool Steve McQueen and Bud Ekins

The motorcycles McQueen rode, like those ridden by all racers, stuntmen, enthusiasts, and the common motorcyclist alike, were all street bikes that had been stripped down and modified for whatever purpose they were wanted. In step with this mentality, British Customs has published a series of style guides on how to take any Triumph Modern Classic including the iconic Bonneville, Thruxton, Scrambler and others and easily convert it into a tracker, dirt bike, cafe racer, desert sled, bobber, resto-mod, and more.

British Customs, a lifestyle brand and designer of aftermarket motorcycle parts, is revitalizing the lost heritage of motorcycling by connecting with the remaining legends that built the motorcycle culture as we now know it and sharing their stories with the riders of today. British Customs is establishing on their blog an authoritative database composed of numerous interviews, profiles, histories, and more on the racers, races, machines, designers, tuners, events, personalities, and more that collectively built the heritage of motorcycling.

Every week, British Customs will add at least two pieces to continue growing their archive as they are completed or documents are uploaded on the racers, events, designers, machines, personalities, and more that created motorcycling as we now know and love it. Check out one of the latest editions to their blog, The Father of the Motorcycle Lifestyle: Steve McQueen.

Anyone interested in using or viewing the archival images and documents British Customs is digitizing is encouraged to get in contact with them.

About British Customs:
British Customs is a Southern California-based lifestyle brand and designer of aftermarket motorcycle parts. They are known for making the highest quality factory-spec bolt-on parts that only require common tools and minimal technical knowledge to install. With any of their parts upgrades, the average rider can completely customize his or her motorcycle in a weekend.