Bored of the same old conventionally styled motorcycles? We might have some good news for you. Triumph Motorcycles has announced a unique collaboration with street art legend Dean Stockton, a.k.a. D*Face to create three art-inspired custom Modern Classics, under the banner of ‘The Spirit of ’59’.
Tempted to buy one? Unfortunately, you just can’t go to your nearest Triumph showroom and write a cheque. The limited edition models can only be obtained through an international draw. To stand a chance of winning it you will have to take a Triumph Modern Classic for a test ride between 7 February and 30 April. However, be sure to read the full terms and conditions on Triumph’s website before visiting the dealership.
The three motorcycles that are part of this collaboration are the Bonneville Thruxton R, a black Bonneville Bobber and a Bonneville T120. All the bikes have received a distinctive hand-painted design, making them an instant collector’s item.
According to Stockton, the Thruxton R is a modern-day cafe racer and a real track weapon that looks the best when in motion. What better way to accentuate that than designing a chequered flag across its bullet-shaped front end.
With the Bobber, the artist wanted to pay homage to the aircrew of World War 2, who used to paint nose cone art on their fighter planes. Hence a stealth black look with a yellow fighting Cat and a ‘Bobcat’ design on the fuel tank made perfect sense.
With the Bonneville T120, one of the most iconic British bikes for a generation, the artist chose to go for an Union Jack-inspired design. But instead of going for just any Union Jack design, D*Face went ahead with a refreshed version of it, which both encapsulates the spirit of the 60s yet feels contemporary.
Other than these aesthetic changes, all the bikes remain the same mechanically.
Speaking about the collaboration, the artist D*Face said, “Riding a custom bike is about standing for what you believe in. It’s about expressing that part of yourself that separates you from the rest of the crowd. Triumph has undoubtedly been a fundamental part of that culture for 59 years and I am delighted to be able to play a part in their story and British motorcycle history.”
Managing Director, Triumph Motorcycles India, Vimal Sumbly commented, “We are extremely happy to celebrate the Spirit of 59 themes at Triumph Motorcycles. This is an amazing way to showcase what the modern classic range of motorcycles is all about. The iconic ’59 Triumph Bonneville encapsulated this spirit and passion for life, inspiring legions of riders from movie stars to café racers and a whole motorcycle movement.”
All three motorcycles belong to the manufacturer’s Modern Classic lineup. The standard Triumph Bonneville Thruxton 1200 R is currently priced at Rs11.30 lakh, the Bonneville Bobber will cost you around Rs 9.56 lakh and the Bonneville T120 retails for Rs9.27 lakh (all prices ex-showroom India).