This rig is the best handling bike I've ever owned

- Steve McQueen

The Man, The Machine

The McQueen™ Desert Racer is one of the coolest motorbikes around – based on the machine owned by the coolest man ever to ride a motorbike.

Now you have the chance to be one of the select few to own a piece of iconic history.  A limited run of 300 exact replicas of the Metisse Mk3 have been produced, with modifications and specification chosen by Steve McQueen. To guarantee the exclusivity of the McQueen™ Desert racer you will receive a ‘Collection Certificate’ with your number added to the register endorsed by the McQueen estate.

Based upon the Metisse Mk3 that since the 1960s has been the class-winning off road motorcycle the McQueen™ Desert Racer was further modified to suit the personal requirements of Steve McQueen but also the physical demands of desert racing. The Mk3 frame inspired his famous quote in November 1966:

‘This rig is the best handling bike I’ve ever owned!'

Such a unique and iconic motorcycle can also be experienced by others, with the option to be road registered, and have a pillion seat, meaning that the McQueen™ Desert Racer can be more than just an iconic motorcycling sculpture.


Engine: Fully reconditioned original 650 cc T6 Triumph
Transmission: Reconditioned 4 speed Triumph
Carburettor: Amal single concentric type R930/23
Exhaust: Twin up-swept chrome pipes
Frame: Brazed 4130 chrome moly tubing nickel plated
Swing Arm: Brazed 4130 chrome moly tubing nickel plated
Front wheel rim & tyre: Chrome wire spoked 21" rim & 2.75 x 21" Mitas tyre
Front suspension: 35mm Ceriani forks & BSA yokes
Front brakes: 7" Triumph drum brake
Rear wheel rim & tyre: Chrome wire spokes 18" rim & 4.5 x 18" Mitas tyre
Rear suspension: Twin Girling reproduction dampers & springs
Body Panels: 5 piece GRP body panels in battleship grey gel coat.
Fuel tank: 8 litre GRP fuel tank in battleship grey gel coat with epoxy resin internal coating
Livery: Metisse logo with Steve McQueen authorised autograph on the fuel tank
Hand controls: Chromed handlebars fitted with alloy levers
Foot controls: Rigid footpegs
Weight: 135 kg (Dry)
Wheelbase: 1450 mm
Length: 2000 mm
Width: 900 mm
Height: 1150 mm
Suspension travel: Front = 190 mm Rear = 100 mm
Seating: Dual seat option with matching pillion footpegs
Road Pack: Consists of headlight, horn, indicators, rear lights & brake light.
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Limited run of 300 bikes

We are now taking orders for the McQueen desert racer which will be limited to a total of 300 bikes.

If you wish to order one of these exclusive machines, please get in touch to register your interest.


If you would like to visit the workshops, arrange a test ride or have any general comment we would be pleased to hear from you.