Although McQueen and Bud Ekins spent years tracking this bike down before McQueen acquired it, the truly magical thing about this bike is that it still got ridden. Seeing amazing pieces of motorcycle history preserved and restored so that we can all appreciate them an entire century later is one thing—but this is something even more special.
This particular bike was sold after McQueen’s death to a private party, spent some time in the Otis Chandler Museum, and eventually was restored and ridden by its buyer from there. Its condition as a restored but ridable piece of motorcycle history was maintained by none other than Steve Huntzinger. Apart from being an interesting time capsule full of stories, it was originally way ahead of its time upon its introduction.