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The Triumph TR6 from the Great Escape film will be at BikeWise 2018

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Long time BikeWise supporter Dick Shepherd boasts an enviable collection of around 320 Triumph bikes that chart so much of the brand's incredible history. Dick makes the long trek North each year to Durham to let us see these ‘dream’ bikes.

This year Dick is bringing with him the motorcycle used for the famous jump in the Steve McQueen classic The Great Escape which was finally restored late 2017

The Triumph TR6 Trophy took about two months to restore and 95% of the original parts have been retained.

Dick Shepherd, who restored it, said it is in "full working order".
McQueen rode the TR6 in the World War Two film but the famous 12ft barbed-wire fence jump was performed by stunt double, Bud Ekins.

After the film, the bike was sold to a farmer, who used it to herd cows, but it was then stored in a barn for decades.

Mr Shepherd bought it from a former farm worker, who inherited it after the farmer's death.
"The original front mud guard was completely rotten, which was a challenge to repair," Mr Shepherd said.

"We even managed to keep the original exhausts and rear tyre - two of the rarest parts - and we wanted to keep the dents on the bike from the filming for added authenticity."

He said the TR6 has been restored to the "exact specification" of 1962.

Get a good look at the bike on Sunday at Bikes 2018….no doubt Dick will also have some other special bikes for us to drool over.