Originally Posted by wyomingpat
Steve McQeen would be spinning in his grave if he heard these are made in Thailand!
Pat, the only thing Steve would be spinning is the wheels on whatever he happened to be riding.
Steve certainly liked what he liked, but he was pretty open to any well-designed and built car or motorbike. In the mid 60's, for example, he rode around Taiwan on an early racing Suzuki while filming the Sand Pebbles, notwithstanding that Japanese bikes had yet to eclipse their British counterparts and weren't as well regarded until after 1970.
Similarly, he had Husqvarna send out a crate of dirt bikes while filming Le Mans, even as he kept his handbuilt Rickman Metisse for riding at home. At that time, Husky hadn't established itself quite as seriously as it did after On Any Sunday. He also was one of the first to embrace the Honda Elsinore, before it gained the credibility in the desert.
Crack open Matt Stone's McQueen's Machines, which does a good job tracing some of the 140+ bikes and 65+ cars that he owned at his death. His favorites were certainly iconic, but he was not a snob.Truth is, if it had an engine, and it was cool (better if also fast), Steve enjoyed it.
Here's an article Steve contributed back in the day
, after riding the current crop of bikes (BSA, Greeves, Montessa, Honda etc). He had his favorites, but it's clear from the article that he just loved bikes, period.