The 2019 Triumph Thruxton TFC will be the first machine in a new line of factory custom motorcycles from the British manufacturer, with a Rocket III variant coming soon.
These machines will be called the Triumph Factory Custom line, or TFC. Although some naysayers may call the idea of a factory custom motorcycle an oxymoron, several high-end manufacturers make these sorts of bikes, most notably Harley-Davidson with its CVO line. MV Agusta also frequently has special editions of its motorcycles, and Ducati sometimes does something similar.
The idea is simple: take an existing model, which has its R&D already paid for, and give it an expensive paint job, and maybe tune up the motor, brakes or suspension while you’re at it. Build an extremely limited number of the bikes, and you’ll find customers who want them, even if pricing is at a premium.
That’s exactly what Triumph has done here, with the Thruxton TFC’s MSRP jumping to $21,500 US. In return, you get a hot-rod engine, supposedly up 10 hp, to 107 hp, breathing through titanium mufflers from Vance & Hines. Triumph included lots of carbon-fibre bodywork and swapped out the stock suspension for fully-adjustable Ohlins components. The front braking systems has a new Brembo radial master cylinder and adjustable lever, and the top fork yoke is machined from billet, with a plaque that states the bike’s authenticity.
Only 750 of these machines will be made, with only 200 for the US market.
The next bike Triumph plans to give the TFC treatment to? The 2300 cc Rocket III is supposed to come out in TFC form on May 1. We can’t wait!