Inspiration: Interview

Triumph Factory Customs: the reveal

First look and reaction

The new TFC range represents the passion and skills for customising demonstrated by the Triumph factory across a host of hand-built bikes, from racers to showcase customs. Triumph excel at ultra-exclusive one-off creations and it’s the new TFC offer that brings this passion and capability to a whole new level. FTR was at the reveal to gauge the reaction and get a closer look.

Hosted at Triumph’s Visitor Experience, the best of the motorcycle press, big names in the motorcycle scene, ex-racers and top photographers lined up to see what the new range will look and sound like. Celebrating its custom motorcycle capability, Triumph showcased some thrilling builds from the last five years, including David Beckham’s Outlaws Thruxton and Carl Fogarty’s Dirt Quake Scrambler 1200.

Unveiled in all its black and gold glory, the numbered limited-edition new 2019 Thruxton R TFC was a real showstopper.

What makes them so special?

Lighter by 5kg, its carbon fibre bodywork sets it apart immediately from the standard range followed by billet machined top yoke with numbered TFC plaque. It also features a real leather seat with stitched detailing and hand painted gold lining on the tank.

Performance has been increased from the standard Thruxton R with 10ps more power, plus even more torque, fully adjustable Ohlins NIX30 suspension NIX30, Brembo radial master cylinder and adjustable rear brake lever and titanium Vance & Hines silencers with carbon fibre end caps.

Find out more about the Thruxton R TFC.

This rare and special higher spec bike was ridden among the crowd and the sound of its majorly updated Thruxton engine filled the room. This was shortly followed by the equally loud and stunning new Rocket TFC concept. This tease of what might be to come for the TFC line up, an incredible new performance muscle roadster with an all-new ‘world biggest’ production motorcycle engine, designed to deliver the highest torque on the planet!

‘A truly special bike’

We caught up with Mark Hawwa, founder of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR), to see what he thought of the two new motorcycles.

“The Thruxton is incredible. It’s my style and something I’d love to rock at the DGR. Triumph did a bike for me for the DGR in New York that had the carbon-fibre vibe and similar pinstriping and I was thinking, ‘this is just so much more’. To hear that engine and see it here with the hand-finished pinstriping makes you realise that this is a truly special bike. It was a privilege to be able to witness the pinstriping first hand  – I got to a take a personalised hand painted side cover with exclusive TFC badge.”

“The Rocket TFC concept is a steam train! I had a Rocket III for a weekend in LA – it was like the parting of the seas as I rode it down the freeway. Everyone got out of the way. I thought the Rocket was coming to an end, especially when you look at all the emissions rules. To see it coming back, and in this totally unique way, is awesome. It’s a really cool bike. From what I hear, it actually rides more like a sports bike, but we’ll have to wait and see. Whoever has the opportunity to own one of these is going to be a very happy person!”

‘Astonishing’

Daniele Carrozza, a Swiss journalist and editor of Töff Magazin tells us his verdict: “I’m very impressed. I know how much work they’ve put into these bikes to give them more power. To do this for the exclusive 750 unit production run earns a lot of respect. And then the detail – it’s astonishing. The Thruxton R was already a beautiful bike, now this one takes it another step higher.”

Daigoro Suzuki, a freelance motorcycle journalist and ex-racer, flew over to England for the first time specially to report on the TFC.

“It’s big news for the industry,” he says. “The Thruxton R TFC has a very classy look but at the same time exceptionally modern. I want to ride it right now!”

When it comes to the Rocket, Daigolo is equally impressed: “I’ve tested the Rocket III and was amazed. This TFC concept is mindblowing – it looks very different, especially the chassis, and I can see why it’s being dubbed ‘the ultimate motorcycle’. I also was treated to an exclusive factory tour to see where these one-off bikes were made.”

‘When can we have a go?’

Amy Shore, automotive photographer, took a closer look at both bikes and shared her thoughts: “To see the Rocket TFC concept up close is really something. It is incredibly beautiful.”

“I love the styling on the Thruxton R TFC. The carbon fibre and gold highlights – which also match the gold chain – make it look very pretty. I also love the LED headlight set into the bikini faring, it’s just the right amount of faring. When can we have a go?”

The TFC range truly takes Triumph to a new level. With the Thruxton TFC price and delivery dates now published contact your dealer if you want to lay your hands on one of these beautiful beasts.

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