According to a report on MCN, a ‘new’ Triumph Thruxton R was spied being tested. Well, not really new, it seems more like a special edition of Triumph’s modern classic motorcycle, Thruxton. Going off the inspection cover, the new bike appears to be called the ‘TFC’, which presumably stands for ‘Triumph Factory Custom’ in a similar vain to Harley-Davidson’s Custom Vehicle Operations. Whether it is new or not, it sure does look stunning. And the most obvious visual cue is that the new motorcycle is draped in a lot of carbon fibre and top spec components.



Among all that eye-candy, the one that really pops is the fantastic looking carbon fibre Monza fairing. It is seen it all its glory with those sweeping lines and the subtle integration of indicators. There’s more carbon-fibre goodness in the form of side panels and mudguard. With that much carbon-fibre, we expect the motorcycle to weigh less than 200 kg.

Carbon fibre is not the only premium touch to the motorcycle. The TFC sports fully adjustable Ohlins suspesnsion on both the ends, Metzeler Racetec RR Tyres and Brembo Monobloc calipers. Apart from being functionally great, these elements are again supposed to help the TFC keep its weight in check. Other than that, we expect the engine to deliver a bit more of a punch. Triumph recently unveiled the Speed Twin, which has a modified version of the Thruxton R engine that weighs 2.5kg less and spins up quicker. We imagine that Triumph will have fitted this new engine to the TFC to help up the performance. Also seen is a pair of new Vance & Hines exhaust which might translate into a few more horses and with that, the TFC might cross the 100 Bhp mark which might make it quite an exciting prospect.

Given the finished look of the bike, we imagine it isn’t too far away however Triumph have had a very busy 12 months, so we’d say the first half of 2019 is a safe bet. Given the flash kit on display, we imagine this bike will command a considerable premium over the standard Thruxton R.