Is there such a thing as too many limited-edition bikes? Based on the last few months, Triumph seemingly doesn’t think so. After releasing the James Bond Edition Scrambler in 2020, 2021 has seen Triumph put out a steady stream of special-edition motorcycles. And after giving some of its bikes a golden touch, the British bike brand is spreading the limited-edition love to a few more motorcycles.
Triumph gives the 2022 Street Twin some extra style with the EC1 Special Edition
|Spec||2022 Triumph Street Twin EC1 Special Edition|
|Engine||900cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin|
|Transmission||Five-speed manual with slipper-assist clutch|
|Front suspension and travel||41mm cartridge KYB forks; 4.7”|
|Rear suspension and travel||Twin preload-adjustable RSU shocks; 4.7”|
|Curb weight||476 lbs|
Just like there’s the Bonneville T100 and T120, Triumph has the Street Twin and the Speed Twin. They’re essentially lighter entry-level Bonnevilles with the same powertrains, which, for the Street Twin, is the T100’s 900cc parallel-twin. Also, apart from a simplified instrument layout, the 2022 Street Twin is equipped just like the 2022 Bonneville T100.
In terms of equipment, the 2022 Triumph Street Twin EC1 Special Edition is identical to the standard motorcycle. So, it has ABS, traction control, two riding modes, LED lighting, and an under-seat USB charging port. But what’s different about this bike is its looks.
‘EC1’ is the postcode for part of London’s East End, a neighborhood known for its motorcycle culture, particularly customs, MCN explains. And for this special-edition Triumph Street Twin, that means a matte two-tone silver-and-gray paint job with hand-painted pinstriping. It also has ‘EC1’ graphics on its gas tank and side cover. Additionally, for an extra $750, you can get a matching accessory flyscreen.
The 2022 Triumph Rocket 3 R and GT 221 Special Edition celebrate the power cruiser’s performance
|Spec||2022 Triumph Rocket 3 R and GT 221 Special Edition|
|Engine||2458cc liquid-cooled inline-three|
|Transmission||Six-speed manual with slipper-assist clutch|
|Front suspension and travel||47mm fully-adjustable Showa inverted forks; 4.7”|
|Rear suspension and travel||Fully-adjustable Showa mono-shock with piggyback reservoir; 4.2”|
|Seat height||R: 30.4”|
|Dry weight||R: 642 lbs|
GT: 648 lbs
If you’re looking for the motorcycle with the biggest production engine, the Triumph Rocket 3 is it. And whether you prefer the more bobber-like R or the more traditional-cruiser-like GT, both offer plenty of performance. It’s that performance that the 2022 Triumph Rocket 3 221 Special Edition models tap into—or rather, reference.
As with the Street Twin EC1 Special Edition, the Rocket 3 221 Special Editions don’t have any additional features compared to the base versions. But they do have special graphics.
On top of the red-painted gas tank is a full list of the Rocket 3’s 2.5-liter inline-three engine’s specs. Specifically, the capacity, power, torque, bore, and stroke. The black ‘221’ graphic on the sides is also a spec: it’s the engine’s torque output in Newton-meters (221).
The 2022 Thruxton RS Ton Up Edition honors café racers’ origin
|Spec||2022 Triumph Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition|
|Engine||1200cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin|
|Transmission||Six-speed manual with slipper-assist clutch|
|Front suspension and travel||43mm fully-adjustable Showa BP inverted forks; 4.7”|
|Rear suspension and travel||Fully-adjustable Ohlins shocks with piggyback reservoirs; 4.7”|
|Dry weight||434 lbs|
Back in the 1950s and 1960s, young riders gathered at places like London’s Ace Café to tear up and down the roads in search of the ‘ton,’ aka going 100 mph. They modified their bikes accordingly, removing unnecessary parts, changing the handlebars, and focused on speed over long-distance comfort. Since these motorcycles raced between roadside cafes, they eventually became known as café racers.
Today, this style of bike is available straight from the factory. And the modern Triumph Thruxton, especially in high-spec RS trim, is arguably the definitive distillation of this motorcycle spirit. A few years ago, the company paid homage to this history with a special Ace Special Edition, Cycle World explains. But now, rather than referencing the café, the 2022 Triumph Thruxton RS Ton Up Special Edition honors the racers themselves. And not just the road-going ones, but genuine racers like Malcolm Uphill, the first rider to lap the Isle of Man TT at 100 mph.
Similarly to the other special-edition Triumph motorcycles, the Thruxton RS Ton Up Edition doesn’t differ mechanically from the base bike. Instead, it’s all about the style.
The Ton Up Special Edition gives the 2022 Triumph Thruxton RS a blue-painted fuel tank with black knee-pad graphics edged by hand-painted silver striping. Also, its white-and-red seat cowl has a hand-painted black lining and a ‘100 Special Edition’ graphic. And while the front mudguard matches the cowl’s white-and-red look, the side panels, headlight bowl, and rear mudguard are black. Furthermore, customers can order a blue full cockpit fairing as an optional accessory.
You’ve only got one year to get one of these special-edition Triumph motorcycles
While the lack of extra features might seem a poor decision, it’s worth noting that these special-edition Triumph motorcycles aren’t significantly more expensive than their base versions. The Street Twin EC1, for example, is only $450 more than the standard Street Twin. Meanwhile, the limited-edition Rocket 3 and Thruxton RS are only $900 and $800 more, respectively. Considering how much a good motorcycle paint job costs, that’s a reasonable upcharge.
These bikes should hit US Triumph dealers in January 2022. But you’ll have to act fast to get one. Although Triumph isn’t limiting total production, these motorcycle models are one-year wonders. After 2022, they’re gone. So, if the style is suitably special for you, you might want to get in line.
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