Never ones to miss out on a celebrity endorsement, Brit bike brand Triumph has announced a limited edition run of 250 ‘Bond Editions’ of its top-spec Scrambler 1200XE.
Triumph is an ‘official partner’ for the upcoming 007 movie, No Time To Die, which is due in cinemas in November, having been pushed back from April due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The deal means that Triumph’s new Tiger 900 and Scrambler 1200 feature in the movie, the 25th in the Bond franchise, and the £18,500 limited edition model is styled to look like the machine ridden by the main man in the film.
Although dubbed by Triumph as an ‘all-new’ model, the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition is essentially a blinged up version of the £12,300 Scrambler 1200XE. As well as giving buyers the chance to pretend to be the world’s move suave super spy, that 50% price hike gives owners a whole bunch of Bond themed accessories for their Scrambler 1200 as well as the kudos of owning one of just 250 models built.
The bike is ‘inspired’ by the bike ridden by Daniel Craig’s lead character in the movie. Sapphire Black paint is a new palette option first introduced on some of Triumph’s premium models this year and this is complemented with a giant, oversized Triumph tank logo. It’s not subtle, but the in-your-face design was no doubt designed to gain maximum exposure on the silver screen.
All the usual limited edition boxes are ticked and there are loads of nice detail touches to the Bond bike. The real leather saddle has the words ‘Bond Edition’ subtly embroidered on the rear, while the 007 logo is embossed on the exhaust heat shield. And in case you forget that you’re riding the iconic spy’s wheels, there’s a numbered plaque on the handlebars, and the TFT dash lights up with the 007 logo during the start up procedure.
What else? Italian pipe bending wizards Arrow have supplied an artful exhaust system, complete with carbon fibre end caps, and loads of blacked out parts, including the forks, mudguards, swingarm, grab rail and sump guard. Fog lights, machined brake reservoir and headlight grille are other accessories that meet 007’s approval, and the tank sure looks swanky with its brushed silver foil kneepads and hand painted gold coachlining.
Aside from the exhaust, mechanically the Bond Edition is as per the Scrambler 1200XE it is based upon. That means a soulful 1200cc ‘high torque’ parallel twin engine with a 270° firing order, pumping out 89bhp. The sophisticated electronics package has six riding modes, including a special off-road setting, although it’s hard to see too many racking up big miles. Limited edition Triumphs are regularly snapped up by collectors, so if you want one you’ll need to get down to your local triumph dealership pretty promptly and bang down a deposit.
If you’re still not sold on the Bond Edition yet, Triumph are throwing in a few extra goodies to help part you with your cash. As well as the bike, you’ll receive what Triumph describe as a premium backpack, while the special handover pack includes a number letter of authenticity hand signed by company boss Nick Bloor.