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Old 09-27-2012, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steve McQueen special edition

Being a big McQueen fan, when I first saw the Steve McQueen edition bonneville I loved it. Then as time passed and I thought about how well it did or did not honor him and his triumph legacy I started to think that it was kind of a marketing gimmick disservice. Steve was known for his 'effortless cool' and a special edition bike that you have to baby and keep as a garage queen just seems a lot of effort to be cool and a bit counter. Its a remarkably cool bike on its own regardless of the celebrity affiliation and props to anyone who has one, but I feel that a true Steve McQueen edition would be an old and beat up bonneville. Nothing special, but lots of 'authentic' battle scars as that seems a lot more like most of the bikes i've seen him riding and captures his essence better. If so, I think a good number of us have unofficial McQueen ordinary editions. I am very much a 'to each there own' personality, so I'm just curious what other people's opinions are?

Why did the Germans have British bikes in the great escape anyway? Wanted to be sure that when the British POWs escaped they had something familiar to get away on?



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Old 09-27-2012, 02:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think the use of the Triumph in the movie came out of the following conversation.

"So let me get this straight. You want me to jump a 10-foot barbed wire fence on a BMW with a side-car?!?!?!?"
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Old 09-27-2012, 02:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Marketing gimmick.

Celebrate the past of course, and I love the Bonneville line, but I think if they're going to go to special edition Bonnies they should focus on punching out the engine a little bit, maybe better brakes, better handling etc.
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Why did the Germans have British bikes in the great escape anyway? Wanted to be sure that when the British POWs escaped they had something unreliable that they wouldn't be able to get away on?
Fixed.

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Definately a marketing gimmick but it sounds like it worked well for Triumph. I seen a lot of publicity for the McQueen line.
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I just like all things Triumph.
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Old 10-02-2012, 01:00 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I'm wondering if anyone here on this forum has a Steve McQueen special edition? Also does anyone here have a T100 110 year anniversary model? Build numbers would be interesting from different locations, as well. Tom
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I'm wondering if anyone here on this forum has a Steve McQueen special edition? Also does anyone here have a T100 110 year anniversary model? Build numbers would be interesting from different locations, as well. Tom
Saw a 110 anniversary model at the dealership, Thought about trading my thruxton in on it? It's a really good looking bike.
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I just hope that the guys who buy these "special" editions are buying them to ride but I doubt it. All the majority of owners are going to do is park em in their garage, put em in shrink wrap, and bust em out five years from now and ask double the initial price for them. The sad thing is there will be guys out there who will pay the outrageous price, put them in their garage for yet another five years and ask yet another outrageous price for them and so it will go.

Then again Harley has so damned many special editions out there that they have no meaning anymore and the guys selling their special editions thinking they will get premium buckage are SOL.
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Old 10-02-2012, 04:05 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well judging from the McQueen thread, the majority have bought them to ride them and mod them, although they'd have a much easier time of it if they actually frequented other threads instead of just sitting in their own room trying to re-invent the wheel
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