Bobber is latest Triumph to get the Factory Custom treatment
The Triumph Bobber TFC is the latest in the British firm's range of Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) models, following hot on the heels of the special edition Thruxton and Rocket 3, launched earlier this year.
New clip-ons are the biggest visual difference over the standard Bobber, but it's crammed with new parts and classy touches throughout, starting with its 1200cc parallel twin-cylinder engine, which revs 500rpm harder.
A lighter crank, clutch, balance shafts, dead-shafts and alternator all reduce intertia and a new magnesium cam cover, thin-walled engine covers and lighter Arrow exhaust header pipes, cut weight by 5kg. Power is up 10bhp to 85.6bhp, torque is increased by 3ftlb to 81ftb.
Showa forks and KYB shock are swapped-out for USD Öhlins units and stopping power comes courtesy of four-piston Brembo M50 twin calipers.
Just 750 Bobber TFCs will be built and they'll all finished in a black and carbon-fibre with a gold pinstripe on the tank. A brown leather seat and foil Union flags on the kneepads complete the look.
Triumph have opted to fit the 19-inch front wheel from the original Bobber, rather than the 16-incher from the Bobber Black. Its 32-spoke rims are finished in black, as is the short, bobber-style front mudguard.
A new ‘Sport’ mode has been added, alongside the existing ‘Road’ and ‘Rain’ settings Each mode has different throttle maps, ABS and traction control intervention to suit riding conditions.
Like the Thruxton and Rocket 3 TFC specials, the Bobber TFC is intended as a way for customers to enjoy the exclusivity of owning a ‘custom’ without having to chop their bike around, voiding their warranty in the process.
Keep an eye out for the full Triumph Bobber TFC review coming soon...
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While the current model is no slouch and you can ride it much harder than its styling might suggest, this new machine should move the game on considerably.
Up front the standard fork has been replaced with a set of Öhlins. Not only should these offer much greater control at high speed, but the adjustability means you’ll be able to set them up exactly how you want them.
Clearly visible on the fork bottoms are a pair of Brembo M50 monobloc calipers, which will easily be able to out-brake the single disc and caliper power of the current model.
The forks themselves are attached with a brand-new set of yokes, while the standard bike’s flat bars have been replaced with a set of clip-ons mounted under the top yoke.
This new handlebar position, while not radical for rider geometry, should ensure a more direct feel at the bars as well as placing marginally more weight on the front wheel.
Because of the softail style of the Bobber, the rear shock is largely obscured but does also appear to have been replaced with a new unit. It seems likely the shock will also be a fully-adjustable Öhlins monoshock to match the fork. The rear brake set up appears to be the same.
Externally, the engine looks unchanged, while there is a set of Arrow mufflers fitted to the test mule. If this bike is intended as a 'Bobber R' then it’s possible the engine has received a mild tune with peak power possibly creeping over 80bhp.
Equally possible is that this model is the next in the TFC range, which could see a more aggressive engine tune pushing power towards 90bhp.
There’s been no official word from Triumph about a new Bobber but the test mule looks almost finished, suggesting a production version could be unveiled at the Milan show in November.