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Special edition Triumph Thruxton R incoming

Published: 14 December 2018

Updated: 14 December 2018

Triumph are testing a flash new Thruxton R covered that's covered in carbon fibre and top spec kit!

Spyshots have emerged of a new Triumph Thruxton being tested, which is dripping in carbon fibre and top of the line components.

Going off the inspection cover, the new bike appears to be called the ‘TFC’, which presumably stands for ‘Triumph Factory Custom’ in a similar vain to Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations.

The most striking addition to the Thruxton TFC is the fabulous looking carbon fibre monza fairing, with it’s sweeping lines and subtly integrated indicators. The carbon fibre continues elsewhere too, with a carbon front mudguard and side panels. Not only does the carbon look flash, it also helps save weight. We think the Thruxton TFC will comfortably weigh sub-200kg (dry).

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The premium feel continues throughout the bike, with the TFC clearly sporting fully adjustable Ohlins suspension (front and rear), Brembo monobloc calipers and Metzeler Racetec RR tyres. All that little lot together should add up to a hefty weight saving and also suggests that Triumph are looking to improve the ride for committed riders, rather than just making an accessories posing piece. It’s possible the engine will get a bit more oomph too.

Triumph recently unveiled the Speed Twin, which has a modified version of the Thruxton R engine that weighs 2.5kg less and spins up quicker. We imagine that Triumph will have fitted this new engine to the TFC to help up the performance.

The TFC is also sporting a pair of new Vance & Hines exhausts that could mean a few extra horses on tap – the TFC might even creep over the magic 100bhp.

Given the finished look of the bike, we imagine it isn’t too far away however Triumph have had a very busy 12 months, so we’d say the first half of 2019 is a safe bet. Given the flash kit on display, we imagine this bike will command a considerable premium over the standard Thruxton R, so you’d best get saving those pennies.

Triumph haven’t commented but going off the price of a current Thruxton the TFC’s price tag could will begin with a 2…

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