Three years after we brought you news of motorcycle manufacturer Triumph’s launch of a new Bonneville in a range of five customisable versions (see How To Spend It, January 2016), the British marque has announced a special high-end model that will be available in a strictly limited edition of 750 individually numbered machines worldwide.
Based on the Thruxton cafe racer version of the Bonneville, the 1200cc Thruxton TFC (for “Triumph Factory Custom”) spearheads a new generation of low-volume, premium-priced special editions that could gradually be offered across other models in the range. Typical of editions to come, the new Thruxton TFC is lighter and more powerful than the already high-performance Thruxton “R” on which it is based, and comes equipped with higher-grade components such as titanium Vance & Hines silencers, race specification Metzeler tyres and fully adjustable front and rear suspension from Swedish specialist Ohlins.
The bodywork, meanwhile, comprises a lightweight, one-piece cockpit fairing, mudguard and seat cowl made from carbon fibre, while black wheels, suspension components and engine covers complement special carbon black paintwork highlighted by handpainted pin lines and other detailing in gold.
The Leicestershire-based firm says the TFC range represents “the absolute pinnacle” of its design, engineering and craftsmanship capabilities and describes the bikes as being “carefully crafted to be the most beautiful and desirable Triumphs ever made”.
If the idea of creating such special limited edition motorcycles proves as popular as it has done in the supercar world, the TFC models could quickly become collectable and have the potential to increase in value – despite the fact that, from £17,500, they are priced at a 40 per cent premium above the regular Thruxton R.
The Thruxton TFC can be reserved now through Triumph dealerships, with first deliveries expected in June. In May, a TFC version of the 2.3-litre Rocket cruiser is due to be unveiled.