Triumph Unveils New TFC Custom Models
Triumph Factory Custom Takes What Were Already Iconic Bikes Into Legendby Allyn Hinton, on
Triumph inducted two models into the Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) line and takes what were already iconic bikes into legend. The TFC offerings for 2019 are the Thruxton and the Rocket III with 750 numbered editions of each model in new custom designs.
Triumph Rocket III TFC Concept
Not only can you score a Triumph that looks like no other stock machine to come out of England to date, but it rocks the largest production engine with a massive 2,500 cc displacement.
The Rocket III family has been around since ’98 in one form or another, but 2019 is destined to see a new Rocket that carries its three-cylinder attitude in a slightly different direction. Traditionally, the Rocket models have more or less fallen into the power-cruiser subgenre with a decidedly American-cruiser flavor. Much of this look is due to the beefy front end with exposed headlights, the fullness of the fenders and the bits of chrome bling, and of course, the “power” component lies within the longitudinal triple-bore lump. We do love us a big engine, no doubt. The new Rocket TFC Concept takes a decidedly abrupt turn into sport-cruiser territory, and if you think that sounds like a fine distinction, I assure you, it may as well be like comparing chalk to cheese.
Up front, the beefy forks and tripletree remain, as do the symmetrical twin headlights, but a flyscreen up top and bobbed fender down below clearly make a connection to the sport sector, as does the radiator shroud that now extends all the way down to a new chin fairing to give it a scoop-cowl similar to the straight-up sportbikes.
The American-style subframe area goes away entirely in favor of a sporty, clipped tail that would look right at home parked next to one of Ducati’s sexy, sport-cruiser-tastic Diavel models. Throw in the single-side swingarm, fat rear rubber and hugger/plateholder and it’s plain to see from whence the “sport” component springs. Carbon fiber, chrome and hand-painted gold accents complete the bling to set it even further apart from the run-of-the-mill Rockets.
To top it off, the factory adds to the exclusivity by limiting the production to a mere 750 units worldwide. Not only can you score a Triumph that looks like no other stock machine to come out of England to date, but it rocks the largest production engine as well with a massive 2,500 cc displacement that could swallow the plants in a small car or truck. Who knows, maybe we’ll see that lump in some of Triumph’s more humble models soon. Now there’s a pleasant thought.
Triumph Thruxton TFC Concept
Far from all-show-and-no-go, the Thruxton TFC is lighter weight and has more power than its race-tastic sibling the Thruxton R.
The Triumph Factory Custom treatment adorns the Thruxton as well with a special café racer setup featuring both the classic bullet fairing up front and tail fairing out back with ample hand-finished touches and carbon-fiber bits here and there. Far from all-show-and-no-go, the Bonneville mill churns out 106 horsepower, and that’s 10 ponies more than its race-tastic sibling the Thruxton R, and 22 pounds lighter. Like the Rocket TFC, the Thruxton will be limited to a total of 750 units for an element of exclusivity that is difficult to put an actual value on.
Triumph TFC Concept Price
Price will reflect the ultra-premium natures of these bikes, but still within reach of the serious biker.
I’m sure the stickers on both machines will reflect the ultra-premium natures of these bikes, but while the factory plans on leaving us in suspense over the Rocket until May 1st, 2019, we already know the top-shelf Thruxton TFC will start at $21,500, more than half again more than the Thruxton 1200.
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