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2 new limited edition Bonnevilles: a triumph in re-design

Our Bureau | Updated on January 24, 2018

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Triumph Motorcycles has joined hands with two other iconic lifestyle brands to produce one-off, limited editions of the Bonneville. The first one is with Barbour International the British clothing brand, and has created the unique custom Bonneville to celebrate the new collaboration. The Barbour International Triumph 1 Street Tracker is a stripped down flat-track Bonneville. With a classic stance and aggressive, masculine lines framing the classic Triumph parallel twin, the BIT1 is a fitting celebration of the newly-unveiled partnership. A bespoke build by the in-house Triumph team, the bike draws from performance heritage wrapped around new custom scene styles. Modifications include extensive reworking of the frame, removal of the rear passenger metal work, pillion pegs, subframe and the battery box. A bespoke Redmax Speedshop seat was modified to provide the authentic flat-track tail. Slash cut pipes and a conversion to carbs and swapping of the stock EFI system for Keihin 36mm smooth-bores are yet further examples of the team’s desire to produce a true one-off to mark the unique partnership.

A second collaboration, with gaming series Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, has resulted in another one-off Bonneville. Based on the legendary Triumph Bonneville T100 ridden by character Snake in the game, the Venom is an in-house custom build that brings to life Snake’s stripped back and uncompromising edge. With unique styling and detailing, including game-originated graphics and the renowned Diamond Dogs logo, Venom is a mission-ready bike that truly reflects Snake’s world. The Diamond Dogs pack leader has little need for civil niceties, so mirrors, speedo, rev counter have been stripped off with function defining form. Off-road duties are meant to be handled with ease thanks to custom rims fitted with dirt-focused rubber in the form of Continental TKC80s.

The stock saddle has been cut down and refinished in Sneaking Suit neoprene and carbon Kevlar leather inspired by Snake’s iconic combat wear. A heavy-duty ammo rack loops around the back of the saddle, offering both protection and a place to bolt down an extra case or two of .50 cal rounds. A yellowed-out JVB Rumbler headlight and external heavy-duty fork springs give an aggressive dimension to the front end, a profile exaggerated by the lack of a front mudguard. At the back, the cut-down rear guard and exclamation mark tail-light are meant to accentuate the individuality of the machine.

Colour matched callipers and cam cover are stand-out details, whilst the custom slash-cut exhausts deliver a soundtrack that lives up to the looks. Details such as Triumph Tiger off-road foot pegs, Renthal performance sprocket, machined throttle body caps and Triumph sport levers will together contribute to making this bike as unique as its rider.

Published on May 28, 2015

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