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You can now preorder a special-edition Triumph for next year

Not a bad way to be seen cruising down the highway

You'll definitely be noticed with these special-edition Triumph motorcycles. PHOTO FROM TRIUMPH

We have to give credit to Triumph. After launching some impressive bikes like the Trident, the Trident Sport, and the Speed Triple RR this year, it’s natural that the older models in the stable lose some of their luster. So, what better way to grab some of the limelight back by releasing some special-edition units for the Rocket 3, the Street Twin, and the Thruxton RS.

Exclusively for 2022, these three bikes can be had with exclusive paint jobs and details that highlight the motorcycle culture from whence they came.

The Rocket 3 R 221 looks positively badass. PHOTOS FROM TRIUMPH

The Rocket 3 R 221 Special Edition features an eye-catching “Red Hopper” tank and front mudguard, Sapphire Black mudguard brackets, headlight bowls, flyscreen, side panels, rear bodywork, and radiator cowls. It also gets unique “221” knee-pad graphics and some tank-top graphics to showcase the bike’s 221Nm of torque and 165hp from that big, honking 2,458cc engine. Aside from the exclusive visuals, the Rocket 3 R 221 is mechanically identical to the standard model: fully adjustable Showa suspension, Brembo Stylema brakes, full-color TFT display, and lean-angle-sensitive traction control and ABS.

Modern classic never goes out of style. PHOTOS FROM TRIUMPH

The Street Twin EC1 Special Edition, on the other hand, takes inspiration from the custom-classic culture of London’s East End. “EC1” is actually the postal code for that area. The bike gets a Matt Aluminum Silver and Matt Silver Ice fuel-tank design with hand-painted silver coach lining, dedicated “EC1” graphics, and the distinctive Triumph badge. The side panels are finished in Matt Silver Ice, and wear Street Twin Limited Edition graphics. A Matt Silver Ice flyscreen is fitted, while black lightweight 10-spoke wheels, a black headlamp bowl, black-finished mirrors, and black signature-shaped engine covers give a nice contrast. The bike uses the latest-generation, Euro 5-compliant 900cc parallel-twin with 64hp and 80Nm.

These are images you can hear. PHOTOS FROM TRIUMPH

Lastly, the Thruxton RS Ton Up café racer pays homage to the legendary Ton Up boys of the `50s and `60s, and the first-ever production 100mph (160km/h) lap of the Isle of Man TT by Malcolm Uphill in 1969. The Ton Up incorporates an Aegean Blue fuel tank with Jet Black knee-pad graphics and hand-painted silver coach lining. It also has a Fusion White seat cowl and front mudguard, as well as Carnival Red “100” graphics. The side panels feature the Thruxton RS Ton Up logo in Jet Black, along with the headlight bowl and rear mudguard. Other custom-inspired details include Matt Aluminum Silver fork protectors and blacked-out wheels, engine covers and RSU springs. The Thruxton RS Ton Up uses the Bonneville’s 1,200cc twin-cylinder engine, which, with 105hp to play with, can take it to well over the “ton” (100mph).

All three special-edition models are scheduled to arrive by January of next year. While Triumph Motorcycles Philippines has yet to finalize prizes, they are now taking reservations for a fee of P100,000.

Andy Leuterio

Andy is both an avid cyclist and a car enthusiast who has finally made the shift to motorcycles. You've probably seen him on his bicycle or motorbike overtaking your crawling car. He is our Motorcycle Editor and the author of the ‘Quickshift’ column.