Steve McQueen was known for his love of motorcycles. He purchased this bike in 1979 while filming the movie “The Hunter” which was McQueen’s last movie before died in November of 1980.
Thor pretty much went out of production by 1918. Interesting that the headlamps were powered by Acetylene Gas. Thor also produced engines for Indian Motorcycles from 1901 to 1907. Their products featured the tachnology of the day including belt drive, battery ignition, updraft carburetors, automatic intake valves and in 1916, a 3 speed transmission.
Thor also had some success in racing around 1913 on dirt and board tracks.
A final note tells of a Thor appearing in the 1913 Charlie Chaplin movie Mabel at the Wheel.
In 2012, Steve McQueen’s wife Barbara visited the museum and autographed the motorcycle.
When visiting the site below, be sure to check out the gallery pictures of the Thor.
I viewed this machine at the museum in August 2016 with my friend Jim Taylor.