The Triumph ‘Venom’ – A Metal Gear Masterpiece
Is The Triumph Venom The Greatest Video Game Inspired Motorcycle Ever?
Fans of the Metal Gear video game franchise will already be aware of the close ties between Hideo Kojima’s stealth action series and Triumph Motorcycles but many of them may not have seen this yet: it’s a Bonneville based military machine, kitted out in full Metal Gear regalia to celebrate the launch of the latest offering in the Metal Gear series: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
Motorcycles have been a big feature of the most recent string of Metal Gear games, starting with double agent EVA’s IMZ Ural action in Metal Gear 3: Snake Eater, graduating to a Triumph Bonneville T100 at the games end, before the franchise leapt back to the present with a line of all new Triumphs, including the T100, the Speed Triple 1050 and now it seems Snake will be taking down the next generation of nuclear capable bi-pedal tanks with this: the T100 ‘Venom’ Bonneville.
The Triumph T100 Bonneville “Venom”
It was revealed at the recent MCM London Comic Con and while it’s usually the hordes of cosplayers that draw the spectators eyes, this time it was a dolled up motorcycle that stole the show. Based on the Bonneville T100, this custom creation was built in house by Triumph and exquisitely brings together the gruff, rough and ready of Solid Snake and his virtual world, with the timeless beauty of a real world Triumph.
Like most of the protagonist’s – Solid Snake – gaming scenarios, the Triumph Venom is only equipped with the bare essentials. If you’re looking for mirrors, dials or anything fancy you’ll have to procure them on site. Luckily, the Triumph Venom is fitted with a hefty set of Continental TKC80 tires to help you fight your way through to the final boss. The seat has been cut down and re-upholstered to match Snake’s iconic Sneaking Suit with neoprene and Kevlar leather, although we’re not sure how much stealth you’re going to get out of this eye catching little number. Other classic accessories include the all-important ammo rack and heavy duty canvas bags, reminiscent of another pop-culture themed motorcycle: Daryl Dixon’s zombie fighting machine from The Walking Dead.
The rest of the bike gives the machine a wild and aggressive look, courtesy of the heavy duty front forks and the lack of a front mud guard. Couple that with the ultra-modern looking and yellowed out JVB Rumbler headlight and you’ve got a very hostile looking front end. At the back, the rear fender has taken a bit of a chop and has been fitted with a small tail light – some sources are claiming that it’s shaped in the iconic Metal Gear style exclamation point but without more pictures, we can’t verify this…yet. The Venom is also equipped with color coded calipers and cam cover and a matt black and stenciled paint job. Triumph Tiger off-road pegs and sport levers complete the look, with machined throttle body caps.
If you’re into your pop-culture themed bikes, take a look at the Tron Light Cycle too – it’s a bit too wild for my tastes but still worth a look. For me, as a die-hard Metal Gear fan, this is my cup of tea but I know that every single fan boy under the sun who has a penchant for Stealth Action games and motorcycles will be prepping their own bikes and recreating this mean machine in the near future.
But if I had the original, I’d drive it everywhere: from Groznyj Grad to Outer Heaven…If you get the reference, you’re far too cool for your own good and never let anyone ever tell you different.