You don’t have to be MI6 to appreciate a good looking motorcycle. Maybe that’s why Triumph’s Bond Edition Scrambler 1200 is such an eye catcher. With a dark aesthetic and still decidedly British, this motorcycle seems perfect for a Bond-like escape from the office parking garage on a Friday.
The dark and mysterious Scrambler is inspired by the machine used in the filming of the latest Bond flick, No Time To Die. The updates are mainly cosmetic, featuring pressed 007 logos on an exhaust heat shield and lower side panel, along with a leather seat and custom paint scheme. The lack of performance upgrades (besides the Arrow slip-on exhaust) isn’t as bothersome, since the Scrambler 1200 XE used as the base is a competent machine. It packs a parallel-twin 1200-cc engine that pumps out 89 horsepower, but more importantly is hung from suspension that isn’t scared of a pothole–or mud hole.
These special edition Scramblers probably won’t be seeing any off-road use though, as only 500 are being produced, with just 30 of those are headed stateside. Each is numbered and documented like any good special edition should be. Triumph says it received many requests for the special edition following early on-set photos and video of the specially-prepped Scrambler and Tiger models. That might explain why the $18,500 price tag has not prevented these special editions from finding buyers.
It’s a sweet bike, but since I have no chance of buying one I’ll just paint whatever motorcycle I can afford from Craigslist and ride down the stairs to exit the parking garage this week. The dented exhaust and other associated road rash from my inevitable fall will likely match up closer to how any of the Triumphs looked in the movie anyway—and I’ll feel like Bond. Someday I may be able to snag the real thing.