Triumph debut new TFC range

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Words: Nile Bijoux
23 Jan 2019

Triumph has launched a new TFC (Triumph Factory Custom) range of bikes, headlined by a swanky Thruxton R and a custom Rocket 3.

Starting with the Thruxton, Triumph has given it extra carbon fibre bodywork, Öhlins suspension and an engine overhaul, taking power to 78kW.

The new lightweight bits include a one-piece carbon fairing, front mudguard, seat cowl, heel guards and silencer end caps. A billet-machined aluminium top yoke carries TFC branding, while brushed nickel mirror centres, a tinted screen, leather seat with stitched detailing, and billet-machined aluminium oil filler cap round off the visual changes.

That power boost comes thanks to a host of lighter engine components, high compression pistons, revised ports and cam profile, and bespoke Vance & Hines titanium silencers.

All those changes plus a lighter battery has resulted in a 5kg weight loss, while fully adjustable Öhlins NIX30 front forks help with added front end control. Stopping is taken care of by four-piston Brembo M4.34 radial monobloc calipers, and Metzeler Racetec RR tyres transfer everything to the road. Lighting is all done by LEDs, while the electronics package includes three updated rider modes, ABS and traction control. Just 750 will be built, each “never to be repeated.”

As for the Rocket 3, it’s actually a concept bike for now but it clearly points to a new production bike. Triumph has squeezed a 2500cc triple into the all-new chassis, offering more than 134kW and 230Nm. It also has a single-sided swingarm, which is never a bad thing.

A swathe of premium finishings, 3-1-2 exhaust, new TFT dash and high-end brakes finish off the cruiser.

Local pricing and availability are unknown as yet but the Thruxton R TFC is available to order now in the UK with deliveries commencing in June.

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