Is this James Bond edition Triumph Scrambler the coolest way to spend £18k?
I wanted to write 'licensed to thrill' but it made me feel sick
Triumph has just unveiled a limited edition Scrambler 1200 as part of its partnership with Eon Productions – creators of those James Bond films that you might have heard of.
Based on a top-spec Scrambler XE (used by Guy Martin to recreate the jump from The Great Escape), the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition has been kitted out to look as crisp and moody as Bond's dinner jacket before it gets covered in broken glass, blood and prehistoric views on women.
The bike is as stealthy as they come, with blacked-out front forks, a black powder-coated swingarm and sprocket cover, and a black anodised sump guard, grab rails and infills. The seat gets the premium treatment too – it's covered in real leather with an embroidered 'Bond Edition' logo at the back to remind the world that you do like your Martinis made in a very particular way.
Arrow exhaust cans with gorgeous carbon tips ensure that the Bond Edition Scrambler does emit as much of a Thunderball as current European noise regulations will permit, and the whole thing is topped off with some 007 branding on the numberboard and the TFT dash's startup screen.
Otherwise you get the Scrambler 1200 XE's standard specification – a seriously torquey and characterful 89hp parallel twin, which wallops out 81.1 lb ft of torque from 3,950rpm. And, like the regular bike, the Scrambler XE's long-travel suspension, electronics suite and ground clearance mean you can take it off-road and enjoy it, rather than panicking about decking it out on the first molehill. Road riders will appreciate the standard-fit heated grips, cruise control USB charging and Walther PPK. We're not sure about that last one.
If you want one of these you'll have to be fast and pretty well off – only 250 are being sold worldwide (each uniquely numbered), and it'll cost £18,500. Which is quite a lot, but about the going rate for a high-end Triumph.