A Triumph Trifecta: How to Plan a Great Escape

October 25 2011

Triumph has jumped the fence with a Bonneville T100 that commemorates actor Steve McQueen’s relationship with the British manufacturer and will be limited to a global production run of only 1,100 units.


The 2012 Triumph Steve McQueen Edition is based on the existing Bonneville T100, but has been fitted with numerous unique parts to evoke the look of the Triumph Trophy TR6 that McQueen used during the filming of The Great Escape in 1963. Most prominent about the new model is its Matt Khaki Green paint and stencilled Triumph decal, which instantly give the bike a military appearance. Adding a little panache, the side covers have been emblazoned with McQueen’s signature to unmistakably identify the bike as a limited edition of the T100.


Triumph Bonneville Steve McQueenLooking over the bike’s hard parts, there are other items that distinguish it from a regular production model. A solo seat with a blacked-out luggage rack for stowing provisions for your Great Escape has been fitted to give the Special Edition that purpose-built look.  A skid plate for the engine and a black headlamp nacelle add ruggedness to its design, as does the list of other blackened items, which include spoked wheels, handlebar, rear springs, mirrors and front mudguard supports.


And just to drive other members of the Officer’s Club into a fit of jealously during afternoon tea, each Special Edition comes with an individually numbered plaque on the handlebar clamp and a certificate of authenticity.


Triumph will reveal the full details of their 2012 line-up at EICMA on November 8, 2011.

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