Nobody does modern classics quite like Triumph, and today, the famed British marque is taking full advantage of its position within the modern classic space by unveiling its new, 10-bike strong limited edition Chrome collection of motorcycles. How limited? Each bike will only be available for one year.
Not quite a mid-year refresh, the Chrome collection is simply a stunning change to the visual appearance of each motorcycle without any mechanical differences or changes. And with the collection of bikes getting the chrome treatment, go-fast updates really aren’t important anyway. After the popular response Triumph received for its Gold Line of limited edition motorcycles in 2022, the Hinckley marque carried that momentum forward with the Chrome line for the 2023 model year (with strong hints that more special collections will come in the years to follow). The Chrome collection includes eight models from the Bonneville family and two from the Rocket 3 family.
As the name implies, the Chrome family of motorcycles features a distinct design trait – chrome detailing performed in-house with a level of detailing that matches jewelry standards. In fact, Triumph estimates each of the Chrome edition motorcycles requires five additional hours of craftsmanship per bike, with up to three of those hours dedicated just to polishing the tank (a normal tank usually takes about 20 minutes).
While chrome is no doubt a stunning visual, as you’ll see in the photos below, the Chrome collection is more than just a chrome tank – there are painted elements to add flair to each bike’s appearance. This painting process involves hand-applied masking (which itself can take 7x longer than the normal painting process), a special primer, hand-sprayed painting, polishing, and then a final inspection.
For models with metal elements applied to the paint, the super thin metal filament is applied by one of only two certified specialists in the whole factory. As you can imagine, it takes an extremely skilled hand to handle this thin filament without cracking it. Once it’s applied, a protective clear lacquer is sprayed for a smooth and flawless finish. The end result is a motorcycle that has to be seen in person to really be appreciated.
Surprisingly, Triumph was able to enhance the visuals of each bike with only a modest price increase. The Rocket 3 family only sees a $900 bump for the Chrome models, the Bonneville 1200 family gets an $800 bump, and the Bonneville 900 is only $500 extra over the standard models.
So, what’s in the Chrome collection, you ask? Check them out below, with descriptions straight from Triumph.
Rocket 3 R
The new Rocket 3 R Chrome Edition is a head-turner. A real beauty in monochrome, the flawless full chrome fuel tank with its Jet Black accent is complemented by Jet Black mudguards, headlight bowls, front mudguard, fly screen, radiator cowls, side panels and rear bodywork. The Matte Aluminum upper radiator cowl and fork guards provide a stunning contrast against the black engine and bodywork.
Available for one year only, a dedicated Rocket 3 R Chrome Edition Accessory Kit compliments this stunning new edition, featuring a specially selected set of custom accessories including bar end mirrors.
Rocket 3 GT
New for 2023, and available for one year only, the Rocket 3 GT Chrome Edition sits alongside the Rocket 3 R, sharing the same full chrome tank with an eye-catching and distinctive Diablo Red.
Jet Black headlight bowls, fly screen, front mudguard, radiator cowls, side panels, and rear bodywork complement the red and chrome perfectly, while Matte Aluminum Silver fork guards and upper radiator cowls highlight the stunning lines and tie-in beautifully with the matching exhausts and intakes.
Bonneville T120 Chrome Edition
The definitive British motorcycle icon, the Bonneville T120 combines high-specification, modern capability, thrilling torque-rich performance and original, iconic Bonneville style. Now for 2023, the Bonneville T120 Chrome Edition brings a custom-inspired stunning new look.
The fuel tank is the centerpiece of this immaculate limited edition, flawlessly chromed, with an iconic and distinctive Meriden Blue painted surround, beautifully offset by the contrasting Jet Black mudguards, headlight bowl, and side panels. A matching Meriden Blue fly screen is also available as an accessory to complete the look and improve long ride comfort.
Bonneville Bobber Chrome Edition
From its muscular stance to its award-winning easy ride, the Bonneville Bobber was an instant hit. Stripped-back style, wire-spoked wheels, wide flat bars, and that unmistakable hardtail look – this modern icon captured a loyal following.
In perfect contrast to its blacked-out attitude and style, the new Bonneville Bobber Chrome Edition features an elegant chrome fuel tank, beautifully finished with a Jet Black overlay and delicately detailed Triumph triangle badges. Distinguished and distinctive, this monochrome makeover is complemented by Jet Black mudguards and side panels featuring the distinctive Bobber logo. A matching Jet Black short front mudguard is available as an accessory option.
Scrambler 1200 XE Chrome Edition
Available for one year only, the Scrambler 1200 XE Chrome Edition brings a striking new style for 2023. The flawless full chrome fuel tank features a Brooklands Green painted stripe which incorporates the Triumph triangle tank badges. Brushed aluminum mudguards and silencer heat shields complement the tank perfectly while the headlight bowl and side panels are finished in deep Jet Black. A hand-picked set of accessories form the Scrambler 1200 XE Chrome Edition Accessory Kit, all of which are available to view on the Triumph configurator.
Bonneville Speedmaster Chrome Edition
The new Bonneville Speedmaster Chrome Edition is beautifully bold. The exquisitely crafted limited edition chrome tank with its eye-catching Diablo Red surround makes sure this bike stands out in a crowd. Jet Black mudguards, side panels and headlight bowl frame this work of art perfectly, offering a rich contrast to the flawless chrome. A short front mudguard, in matching Jet Black, is also available as an accessory for added custom style, as well as a dedicated Bonneville Speedmaster Chrome Edition Accessory Kit featuring a hand-selected set of chrome accessories.
Thruxton RS Chrome Edition
The original cafe racer and without question the most focused Triumph modern classic, with all the performance to match. And now for 2023, the Thruxton RS Chrome Edition makes a bold new statement as the pinnacle in cafe racer style with its full chrome tank – in that timeless signature shape, flawlessly finished and highlighted with a Jet Black painted seam.
Adding to the Chrome Editions distinctive two-tone style, Jet Black mudguards, side panels, seat cowl and headlight bowl contrast beautifully against the bright chrome while Matte Silver Ice fork protectors add shape and form to the bike’s striking front end. A matching Jet Black accessory cockpit fairing is available, bringing even more custom style and wind protection to this stunning cafe racer, featured in the dedicated Thruxton RS Chrome Edition Accessory Kit.
Bonneville T100 Chrome Edition
The Bonneville T100 Chrome Edition features a contemporary Cobalt Blue fuel tank with unique Chrome Edition metal stripe detailing. Complementing this stunning centerpiece, the mudguards, side panels and headlamp bowl are all finished in rich Jet Black. To add even more practicality and custom style, a matching Cobalt Blue fly screen is available as an accessory option.
Speed Twin 900 Chrome Edition
New for 2023, the Speed Twin 900 Chrome Edition is set apart by its rich Red Hopper scheme across the tank with elegant Jet Black stripe and eye-catching Chrome Edition metal knee pad infills, matching its new Triumph triangle tank badges with metal detailing. Jet Black side panels with new red and silver graphics and Jet Black mudguards provide the perfect balance to this beautifully bold limited edition. A matching Red Hopper accessory fly screen is available to complete the custom classic look, which also features in the dedicated Speed Twin 900 Chrome Edition Accessory Kit.
Scrambler 900 Chrome Edition
New for 2023, the Scrambler 900 Chrome Edition brings a distinctive Brooklands Green fuel tank with a classic Jet Black tank stripe and bold Chrome Edition metal knee pad infills. Triumph triangle badges with metal detailing provide the tank’s finishing touch, while the mudguards, side panels and frame cowl are finished in Jet Black. A Jet Black high mudguard and a Brooklands Green fly screen are both available as matching accessories, as well as a dedicated Scrambler 900 Chrome Edition Accessory Kit.
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