Triumph has just announced a new program of ultra-limited-edition bikes—the Triumph Factory Customs. The first model available will be a lighter, more powerful, and more exclusive version of the Thruxton R, dubbed the Triumph Thruxton TFC. With only 750 units available worldwide, you'll need to be quick to snap up one of these special models. We headed to Triumph's home in the UK for the unveiling of the new bike, one that it says is "the definitive sports classic" and "the pinnacle of the legendary Thruxton range."

Triumph Thruxton TFC
Only 750 examples of the Triumph Thruxton TFC will be available worldwide.Triumph Motorcycles

The Triumph Factory Custom program was born from a company full of people who genuinely do live and breathe motorcycles. We’re talking about staff who spend their work days wrapped up in the intricacies of the motorcycle industry and then unwind at the weekend by riding, racing, tuning, building, or repairing bikes. They’ve got the bug bad. Such is the desire to build, customize, and tune, that in 2014 the Triumph Factory Custom program broke cover in the form of two wild specials built out of friendly rivalry among members of the design department. Those two specials, the Bobber and the Scrambler, showcased a wild side of Triumph, a side that was prepared to push the envelope and build something outrageous—a trait the company put to great use on the original Rocket III back in 2004.

Bolstered by the reaction those bikes received, the TFC program got to work on the 1,200cc Thruxton R, with the aim of building production-ready factory specials to be sold in limited numbers. The limited run and exclusive nature of these bikes has given the design team freedom to add in intricate detailing and exquisite features that just wouldn’t be viable on a regular model.

Thruxton TFC
Triumph bills the Thruxton TFC as the pinnacle of the legendary Thuxton range.Triumph Motorcycles

With a bike so intricately detailed as this, it seems almost crass to jump straight to the performance figures, but, hey, it’s what we all want to know right? Compared to the current 1,200cc Thruxton R (itself already an uprated model), the limited edition TFC is 11 pounds lighter and 10 hp stronger. In a world where “special edition” so often means fancy paintwork and some carbon-fiber bits, it makes our petrolhead hearts sing to hear that Triumph has stuck a hot motor in the Thruxton TFC. The internals of the 1,200cc parallel twin have been through a weight loss clinic and matched to high-compression pistons, revised ports, and hot cams. Power is now a cheeky 107.5 hp; peak torque sits at 85 pound-feet—and those are pulling a lighter 437-pound bike around. To keep the higher performance usable, the electronics have had an overhaul too, with revised riding modes controlling the ABS and traction control.

1,200cc parallel twin
A more-powerful 1,200cc parallel twin powers the Thruxton TFC.Triumph Motorcycles

The lightening work inside the engine has helped out with the weight loss, but the chassis hasn’t gone untouched either. Carbon-fiber bodywork throughout not only looks gorgeous, it’s lighter too, and the simplified rear end has shed some of the fender. A lighter battery and über-trick aluminum engine cradles complete the package, confirming this is so much more than a stickers-and-stripes marketing exercise.

On top of the engineering modifications that make this special stand out, as you’d expect, Triumph has thrown the entire catalog of snazzy components at the Thruxton TFC. Sit and make a list of high-brand components that you would stick on your dream special; chances are that list features names like Öhlins and Brembo, right? No prizes for guessing who Triumph called when it was shopping for suspension and brakes then—NIX 30 inverted forks and fully adjustable piggyback shocks came from the Swedish suspension-meisters. Brembo Monoblock calipers are fitted as well, biting on a pair of Brembo 310mm floating rotors via an adjustable lever on a radial master cylinder. A race compound set of Metzeler Racetec RR tires stick you to the ground, and titanium Vance & Hines mufflers let everyone know just how much fun you’re having.

Öhlins suspension
Öhlins suspension, race-compound Metzeler Racetec RR tires, and Van & Hines mufflers raise the bar on the Thruxton TFC.Triumph Motorcycles
Brembo Monoblock
Brembo Monoblock are fitted to the Thruxton TFC for increased braking performance.Triumph Motorcycles

In the metal, the $21,500 Thruxton TFC really does live up to the hype; it looks like a genuine hand-built custom bike. The longer you stare, the more intricate details you spot: the billet, machined top clamp showing the bike’s individual number, the brushed nickel mirror details, the hand-painted gold detailing on the bodywork. This is a special bike, to look at and to hear, and with only 200 of them heading to the US (and another 20 to Canada), it will be a rare beast indeed.

Custom numbers
Each $21,500 Truxton TFC is numbered. Only 200 will be sold in the US.Triumph Motorcycles

If this is the first of the Triumph Factory Customs out of the gate, then I for one can’t wait to see what else Hinckley has lined up for us.

SPECIFICATIONS 2019 Triumph Thruxton TFC

Price $21,500
Engine 1,200cc, liquid-cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270° crank-angle parallel twin
Transmission/Final Drive 6-speed/O-ring chain
Bore x Stroke 97.6mm x 80.0mm
Claimed Horsepower 107.5 hp
Claimed Torque 85 lb.-ft.
Frame Tubular steel, aluminum cradles
Fuel System Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection
Exhaust Brushed 2-into-2 exhaust system, twin brushed titanium silencers w/ carbon-fiber end caps
Clutch Wet, multi-plate assist clutch
Instruments LCD multi-functional instrument pack w/ analog speedometer and tachometer, TFC-specific dial faces
Swingarm Twin-sided, aluminum, clear anodized
Front Wheel 32-spoke 17 x 3.5 in., black anodized rim
Rear Wheel 32-spoke 17 x 5 in., black anodized rim
Front Tire Metzeler RaceTec RR, 120/70ZR-17
Rear Tire Metzeler RaceTec RR 160/60ZR-17
Front Suspension Öhlins 43mm NIX 30 inverted fork adjustable for rebound and compression damping, 4.7 in. (120mm) travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Öhlins twin shocks w/ piggyback reservoir, billet aluminum adjusters, 4.7 in. (120mm) travel
Front Brake Brembo, twin 310mm floating discs w/ four-piston radial Monoblock calipers, ABS
Rear Brake Single 220mm disc w/ Nissin two-piston floating caliper, ABS
Rake/Trail 22.8°/3.6 in. (92mm)
Seat Height 31.9 in (810mm)
Fuel Capacity 3.8 gal.
Claimed Dry Weight N/A
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