Triumph have launched a stunning ‘Factory Custom’ version of their flagship modern classic Thruxton R model, boasting carbon fibre bodywork, high-end suspension, and an engine overhaul that sees peak power jump to over 105bhp.
Thruxton TFC highlights
- 750 numbered and TFC badged editions
- Lighter and more powerful than the Thruxton R
- Carbon bodywork and Öhlins suspension
The Thruxton TFC (Triumph Factory Custom) is the debut bike to emerge from the new division, which has been created to tap into bikers’ appetite for customized bikes, but without all the hassle of bespoke builds, nullified warranties, dodgy wiring and other ownership headaches – like insuring the bike easily, and damaging the donor bike’s value.
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Triumph have also revealed that the second model in the TFC range will be a new Rocket. With no Rocket in the current range, this also confirms MCN’s recent speculation and spy shots that we would see an all-new Rocket in 2019.
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Limited to just 750 individually numbered bikes worldwide, with each build "never to be repeated," say Triumph, the Thruxton TFC will be individually numbered and come with a TFC handover pack and certificate signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor, a personalised custom build book, and a TFC bike cover. But the exciting stuff is all centered around the hike in spec and finishes.
The Thruxton TFC is clad in carbon fibre bodywork, including a one-piece carbon fairing, front mudguard, seat cowl, heel guards and silencer end caps. The billet machined aluminium top yoke carries TFC branding, there are brushed nickel mirror centres, a tinted screen, leather seat with stitched detailing, and billet machined aluminium oil filler cap.
Much of the normal Thruxton brightwork has also been blacked out, including the anodized spoked rims, Öhlins RSU shocks, engine covers and a tail tidy. In true Henry Ford myth parody, there’s only one body colour available – black, with gold coachlines. All very JPS.
The engine gets a reasonable tickle, too – with a stir of the T120 unit resulting in another 9.8bhp more peak power than the Thruxton R, meaning around 105bhp on tap, while peak torque has also snuck up from 82.6lbft to 84.8lbft.
The boost is achieved with a host of lighter engine components, high compression pistons, revised ports and cam profile, and bespoke Vance & Hines carbon capped titanium silencers.
Thruxton TFC sheds the pounds
As well as gaining almost 10bhp over the Thruxton R, it’s also a useful 5kg lighter (198kg, dry), further improving the power to weight ratio – largely delivered via lighter engine component refinements, carbon fibre bodywork, aluminium engine cradle rails, rear mudguard removal, and a lighter weight battery.
It also gets a handling boost – not that it really needed it – from the fully adjustable Öhlins NIX30 front forks and piggy back rear shocks with billet machined aluminium adjusters, plus Brembo 4-piston M4.34 radial monobloc calipers and Metzeler Racetec RR tyres. The lighting is all LED, there are three updated rider modes, ABS and traction control.
The first of what Triumph promise will be a whole series of limited edition TFC models – the most exclusive and highly spec’d bikes in each respective range – the Thruxton is available to order now at £17,500 – for June 2019 delivery.