Built to celebrate the launch of the game METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN and the series’ partnership with Triumph motorcycles, the custom made “Venom” Bonneville has been unveiled. Triumph motorcycles have featured before in METAL GEAR SOLID 4 and METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER.
Based on the Triumph Bonneville T100 ridden by Snake in METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN, the Venom is an in-house custom build created by the Triumph team.
For starters, civil niceties like mirrors, speedometer, rev counter have been stripped off with function defining form.
Off-road duties are handled with ease thanks to custom rims fitted with dirt-focused rubber in the form of 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 rear 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 unique.