For the third year running Triumph has announced a ‘Bond Edition’ motorcycle but instead of tying in with a particular movie the new Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition pays homage to 60 years of 007 films.
Last year’s Tiger 900 Bond Edition and 2020’s Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition both tied-in directly with No Time To Die, the much-delayed swansong of Daniel Craig’s iteration of Britain’s most famous secret agent and the first official partnership between 007 and Triumph. While those bikes were directly related to machines that appeared in No Time To Die, the new Speed Triple RR Bond Edition hasn’t been seen on the silver screen.
Carrying the same dark look as the last two Bond Triumphs, the Speed Triple RR Bond Edition adds ‘007’ and ‘60’ graphics in a subtle grey-on-black effect, with hand painted gold pinstriping that’s more visible at a distance. Look closely and the decals include the names of all 25 Eon Productions Bond Movies, from 1962’s Dr No to 2021’s No Time To Die, on the back of the fuel tank. The only omissions are the two non-Eon productions – the 1967 spoof version of Casino Royale and 1983’s Never Say Never Again – which are always omitted from ‘official’ box sets and considered non-canonical.
Seen head-on, the bike’s aptly bullet-shaped fairing features the class down-a-gun-barrel rifling that’s seen in every Bond intro, with the circular headlight providing the bright white centre.
The gold pinstripes match the semi-active, electronically controlled Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 forks and shock reservoir, with the Triumph badges and logos getting a matching finish, as does the ‘007 60’ logo on the carbon-fibre top yoke insert that also carries each bike’s individual number. Fittingly, only 60 of the machines will be made, and you can expect them to sell out fast.
Each bike also gets a ‘007’ indoor cover and a certificate, signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor, to confirm its authenticity.
Spec-wise, the bikes match the stock Speed Triple 1200 RR, with 177.6hp at 10,750rpm and 92 lb-ft of torque at 9,000rpm from the 1160cc, three-cylinder engine. As Triumph’s highest-performance bike, the Speed Triple 1200 RR also gets a host of carbon body parts, an up/down quickshifter, five riding modes, cornering traction control and ABS, keyless start and a Bluetooth-equipped TFT dash. Brembo Stylema radial calipers and 320mm discs and Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP V3 tyres complete the high spec.
How much for such a bike? Each example of the Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition will set its owner back £21,995. That’s £4,045 more than a stock Speed Triple 1200 RR, but buys a level of exclusivity that the standard machine can’t match. Orderbooks open today (4th October 2022) at 3.30pm, direct from Triumph’s website at www.triumphmotorcycles.co.uk.
Given how quickly other limited-edition bikes have sold out in recent months, including much more expensive machines like Ducati’s new Streetfighter V4 Lamborghini which will be made in much larger numbers than the Speed Triple 1200 RR Bond Edition, we’d expect all 60 examples to be spoken for in a matter of minutes.