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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Friday bike

Métisse Motorcycles Mk 5 Street Scrambler

Was driving back from a work training meeting in the Midlands on Friday and I heard an interesting article on the radio about the forthcoming The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film. The article was on the Métisse Motorcycles used in film and included an interview with a spokeman from the firm.
The bikes used in the film are their 'Steve McQueen Desert Racers', a replica of a bike built by the Rickman brothers for the actor, and NOT a replica of the bike used in the film 'The Great Escape', as many people believe. These use refurbished Triumph TR6 engines from the mid sixies.
When I got back I had a look at their website, and found this week's Friday bikes – their Mk5 Café Racer and Street Scrambler.

These use Métisse's own 997cc 'Adelaide' parallel twin engine, and like the other bikes in their range, are hand built to order. I found an article from 2010 that put the projected price at £16,000 = 22,500 = US$25,000 – I imagine that will have gone up a bit since then.
Found this video of a frame being built, some of the bikes being ridden, and the new engine.

Just look at the craftsmanship that goes into making the frame – aren't those joints beautiful?

Technical details:
Engine Configuration: Air cooled parallel V twin
Engine capacity: 997 cc (98 x 66 mm)
Power & Torque: 97 bhp @ 8,000rpm & 70 Ib/ft @ 7,000rpm
Transmission: 5 speed Metisse
Ignition: MBE ECU
Fuel system: Twin 42mm throttle bodies & injectors with high pressure fuel pump
Exhaust system: Twin stainless steel back-swept pipes

Métisse Motorcycle: Website

Further reading: Article 1, Article 2.

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