Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 22 May 2015
It was some 50 years ago that motorcycling icon Steve McQueen sat astride a Triumph Bonneville wearing a Barbour jacket, now the two firms have now come together to launch an all-new clothing collection.
To celebrate ahead of the unveiling of the Autumn/Winter 2015 range, Triumph has this evening unveiled a one-off special edition, custom, street-tracker Bonneville based on Triumph’s Scrambler.
Straight off Triumph’s in-house custom team’s bench, the Barbour International Triumph 1 Street Tracker, or BIT1 is a flat-track styled Bonneville with an entirely new front end, based around a Street Triple R fork. The seat unit is bespoke, designed to give the BIT1 it’s flat-track looks. Other modifications include custom K-tech rear shocks, removal of the sub-frame, battery box and pillion pegs plus slash cut pipes and a conversion to carbs, swapping out the stock EFI system for Keihin 36mm smooth-bores.
The clothing collaboration between the two heritage giants includes a take on the classic Barbour jacket, which has been customised exclusively for the collaboration. It will be available alongside cut-off denim jackets, shirts, chunky knitwear and ‘strong’ tee designs The collection also includes a riding jacket that combines Triumph’s technical know-how with Barbour’s iconic style and textiles, featuring CE approved amour at the shoulders and elbows with an authentic four-pocket detailing and a signature international jacket belted waist.
The riding jacket, available in both men and ladies fit will be available in Triumph dealerships from August this year with the rest of the range available in Barbour International outlets from August.
Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the BIT1, which is a one-off and won’t be heading for dealers. However, you can cast your eyes on it at this weekend’s Bike Shed Show at Tobacco Dock in London.
“Triumph and Babour International both share a rich heritage and an exciting future,” said Paul Stroud, Sales and Marketing Director at Triumph. “This collaboration brings together two iconic brands with a genuine passion for motorcycling and reputation for quality.
“The custom BIT1 street-tracker is a true indication of both brands commitment to the contemporary blend of rich heritage and modern style, to complement new range of clothing that has been designed to reflect the values of both brands with the authenticity and timeless appeal that made Triumph and Barbour the first choice, both in the 1960s and today.”
The BIT1 is the second custom Bonneville unveiled by the Hinckley factory today, following the ‘Venom’ which was uncovered earlier to celebrate its role in the Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain game.