Building a Desert Sled like Steve McQueen's!

McQueen's T120C 650 desert sled, featured in "Cycle World", June 1964 McQueen's T120C 650 desert sled, featured in "Cycle World", June 1964, timing side In the late '50s and early '60s, actor Steve McQueen commissioned several desert sleds to be built for him at his friend Bud Ekins' shop on Ventura Boulevard for racing and "cow trailing" in the Californian desert. Triumph 500s and 650s during this period were the weapon of choice for many desert riders and aftermarket parts were available from a number of retailers, and a tried and tested formula had evolved for their specification. Most desert riders would have started off with a second-hand road bike, stripped it of unnecessary accessorie

Steve McQueen's 1963 TT Special

Joshua Trees, Mojave Desert, California [Photo: Charles Rising] The Mojave Desert stretches predominantly across southeastern California and parts of Nevada, Arizona and Utah, encompassing approximately 25,000 miles of arid, often spectacular landscape, peppered with strange rock formations, animal life and vegetation, including the Joshua Tree, a variety of yucca plant unique to the region. Named after the Mohave Indian tribe, it is often referred to as “high desert” because it is largely 3,000 – 6,000 feet above sea level, though it includes areas which are both much higher (Charleston Peak at over 11,000 feet) and lower (Badwater in Death Valley, at 282 feet below sea level). The desert

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