Nearly forty years after his death, Steve McQueen’s image is still being used to sell everything from motorcycles to T-shirts. But here’s the irony: the classic bikes that we associate with his name today were cutting-edge contemporary at the time.
In the 60s he favored a Metisse Desert Racer, and called it the “best handling bike I’ve ever owned.” By the 70s, he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and ripping around in On Any Sunday—aboard the ‘new’ Husqvarna 400 Cross.
The man had impeccable taste, but he valued performance above all. So what would the King of Cool be riding if he were alive today? We reckon the Husqvarna FE 501 would make the shortlist.
The 510cc, single-cylinder enduro weighs in at a paltry 250lbs, with oodles of ground clearance and fully adjustable WP suspension at both ends.…