The latest Triumph Special Edition is courtesy of Breitling
Do you want a Triumph brand watch and a Triumph Breitling brand? This way
This, in case you’re not the two-wheeled type, is a Triumph Speed Twin. And just in case that means three-fifths of a bupkis for you too, a Speed Twin is a fast two-cylinder motorcycle. Got to award Triumph points for accuracy there.
The Speed Twin has had a place in the Triumph range a few times since its debut in 1938, but since 1930s motorcycles appeal to us as much as the political movements of the 1930s, we’ll focus solely on the new one. It’s been a huge hit for Triumph since its relaunch a few years ago, tapping into the huge ‘I like things that look old but also things that work’ market. You could almost say that the Speed Twin is a… Triumph? Yeah. We’re going to get our coats.
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Since last year, the Speed Twin has been updated and fitted with a new crankshaft, new pistons, reprofiled camshafts and reshaped ports. The result was a bike that looks basically the same (if not broken, etc.), but now delivers over 80 lb-ft and just under 100 hp compared to its parallel twin from 1200 cc.
Bike riders who look like angry hornets will scoff at those numbers from a 1.2-litre engine, of course, but outings like these are still in the “Most Definitely Enough” category, especially on a bike with twin shock rear suspension and no fairing. The Speed Twin, as one reviewer claimed, shifts gears “with the precision of the mechanical movement of a Swiss watch”. Which, as it goes, isn’t the worst we’ve found.
Yes, as if to celebrate its Swiss watch-like gearbox, Triumph released a Speed Twin that had the input and endorsement of a genuine Swiss watch company. Breitling, to be precise.
And as befits a no-frills, no-frills machine like the Speed Twin, the Special Edition has a name as apt as the bike itself. Yes, it’s the Triumph Speed Twin Breitling Limited Edition. So, like the regular Speed Twin, it scores plenty of points for precision, but perhaps less for lyricism. Or brevity.
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That said, it’s hard to notice the hand-painted details, machined aluminum and perforated leather, and even harder to despise a pair of fully adjustable Öhlins shocks. But even easier when you see that production is limited to 270 bikes – one for each degree of crankshaft angle. Not really.
If you’re still interested in point counts (or even overly stretched metaphors), Triumph boasts a few with a decent pace of special edition models, ensuring we’re not where Lotus was towards the end of the cycles. produced by Elise and Exige. Honestly, as nice as the cars are, a new “special edition” of the same machine every month is starting to water down the concept a bit.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Breitling who, as you might have guessed, released another special edition of their Top Time chronograph to go along with the bike. At the time of writing (do not we sound professional), the six Top Time models available are a Ford Mustang Top Time, a Shelby Cobra Top Time, a Chevrolet Corvette Top Time, a Deus Top Time (as in the motorcycle/apparel brand of Mambo founder Dare Jennings ), the new Triumph Top Time , and finally a Top Time Limited Edition. Which, so to speak, is absolutely a limited edition, only being the only Top Time you can get unrelated to a company.
Even so, if you’ve compiled things and found that a matching Speed Twin and Breitling limited edition has scored enough points for you to buy, your decision-making process is vastly different from ours. But it is okay. You’ll need around £16,000 for the bike and £4,500 for the watch, and it would be best to call both Triumph and Breitling fairly sharp. And if £20,000 seems a bit too much for the privilege of a watch and a motorbike, we’re decent enough to offer alternatives for that kind of money…
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