Held at London’s ExCel, the MCM London Comic Con is a massive convention where you can dress up as your favourite fantasy figure, preview new games, watch 3D movies and get excited about guest appearances by people only you and seven other people have heard of. It’s not the obvious place to launch a bike.
But that’s what Triumph did at the recent MCM London Comic Con, unveiling the ‘Venom’ custom Bonneville, built to celebrate the launch of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. Customised in the Triumph factory, the bike was built in collaboration with Konami, developers of the Metal Gear Solid franchise and is designed for the game’s character, Snake.
Triumph bikes have featured in two previous editions of the Metal Gear Solid series, but the VTB: 1/Venom is based on the Bonneville T100 ridden by Snake in The Phantom Pain, featuring unique styling and detailing, game graphics and the Diamond Dogs logo.
This is how Triumph describes the bike: “Off-road duties are handled by custom rims fitted with Continental TKC80s. The stock saddle has been cut down and refinished in Sneaking Suit neoprene and carbon Kevlar leather inspired by Snake’s iconic combat wear. A heavy duty ammo rack loops around the back of the saddle, offering both protection and somewhere secure to bolt down an extra case or two of .50 cal. A yellowed-out JVB Rumbler headlight and external heavy duty fork springs give an aggressive dimension to the front end, a profile exaggerated by the lack of front mudguard. At the rear, the cut-down guard and exclamation mark tail-light add to the individuality of the machine. Colour matched callipers and cam cover are stand-out details, whilst the custom slash-cut exhausts deliver a soundtrack that lives up to the looks. Details such as Triumph Tiger off-road foot pegs, Renthal performance sprocket, machined throttle body caps and Triumph sport levers all contribute to making this bike as unique as its rider.”
The VTB:1/Venom Triumph Bonneville can be seen at a number of events throughout the year.