This 1926 Excelsior Super X factory-built flat tracker would be a special bike even if it wasn’t for its A-list former owner, in fact if you know your motorcycle racers this bike has two A-list former owners – Bud Ekins and Steve McQueen.
Steve McQueen, Bud Ekins, and the Excelsior Super X
Ekins bought this bike for his close friend and frequent work buddy Steve McQueen at some point in the 1970s. The name Bud Ekins may not be familiar to you, but it’s very likely you’ve seen him before. He was the professional off-road motorcycle racer who was McQueen’s stunt double for the famous border fence jump scene in The Great Escape, he also took on some stunt driving during the filming of the famous chase scene through the streets of San Francisco in the movie Bullitt.