2020 Triumph Bobber TFC First Look

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Triumph has announced three new classics. Why not? The Bobber Triumph Factory Custom leads the way. Only 750 of these will be produced, Triumph’s third high-end Factory Custom.

Triumph Press Release:


Pure Unparalleled Perfection

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Triumph’s beautiful and innovative Bobber, launched in 2017, created a new classic sub-category and inspired a new enthusiastic fan base thanks to its peerless authenticity, hand crafted custom style and stunning engineering.

Now, the stunning Bobber TFC becomes the third all-new Triumph Factory Custom model to be launched, delivering ultra-premium custom finish and detailing, a higher performance 1,200cc High Torque engine, lighter-weight and higher-specification chassis, and the highest level of unique TFC equipment and technology.

Rare: 750 worldwide production, each with a numbered edition plaque and unique badging, and Special Bobber TFC handover pack

Special: 10 HP more peak power and 3 LB-FT more peak torque than the Bobber and Bobber. Higher power and torque across the entire rev range, 39% lower engine inertia resulting in 500 rpm higher rev limit. Approximately 11 lb lighter than the Bobber Black

• Incredibly high specification of unique premium equipment, including:

▪ Öhlins fully adjustable front forks & adjustable RSU

▪ Arrow brushed silencers with carbon fiber end caps

▪ Dual Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers

▪ Brembo MCS radial master cylinder

▪ Road, Rain and Sport riding modes

▪ Multi-functional LED rear indicators

▪ LED headlight with distinctive light pattern

Beautiful: Dedicated clip-on handlebars unlock the purest Bobber silhouette, with premium custom finish and detailing, including:

▪ Unique premium carbon fiber bodywork

▪ Billet top and bottom yoke with numbered plaque

▪ Real leather statement seat

▪ Unique TFC badging and instrument faces

▪ One-of-a-kind premium TFC paint scheme

▪ Short ‘bobber’ front mudguard

▪ Beautiful textured black powder coated frame and swingarm,

▪ Black anodized wheel rims

With even more custom style, power and performance the incredible new Bobber TFC delivers the new pinnacle in the successful Bobber lineup.

Rare, beautiful and special, this incredible third TFC model celebrates the best of British engineering, detailing, and finish with this rare, never-to-be-repeated version that delivers more in every dimension.

Limited Edition

With only 750 ever being sold worldwide, the Bobber TFC will be one of Triumph’s most exclusive and desirable Modern Classics. Featuring premium TFC badging and instrument fascia with gold detailing and a beautiful individually-numbered plaque on the top yoke, each one will be completely unique and never to be repeated.

Every Bobber TFC owner will also receive a special, tailor-made TFC handover pack unique to their bike, featuring a numbered letter hand-signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor, a personalized custom build book, beautiful Bobber TFC bike cover, TFC document wallet and premium leather TFC branded rucksack.

More Power and Torque from a Significant Engine Upgrade

The new Bobber TFC achieves 10 more horsepower (13% up) than the standard Bobber and Bobber Black. This is delivered by significant engine upgrades including lighter weight engine components such as a low inertia crankshaft, clutch, balance shafts, dead-shafts, rare-earth alternator, magnesium cam cover, thin-walled engine covers and header pipes.

Along with the higher power, the Bobber TFC also delivers a higher torque punch low down and across the entire rev range, peaking at 81 LB-FT, which is 3 LB-FT higher than the standard Bobber and Bobber Black. The heavily revised HT engine also revs 500 rpm higher, with a rev limiter now at 7,500 rpm.

There is also a premium exhaust system just for the Bobber TFC, with Arrow titanium silencers and carbon fiber end caps delivering a totally unique rich and raw British twin soundtrack.

Lighter and Higher Specification

Significant weight savings across the entire motorcycle make the Bobber TFC approximately 11 lb lighter than the Bobber Black for an even more dynamic ride – delivered by engine component refinements, carbon fiber bodywork, and a tail light removal. The final weight, rake, trail and seat height specifications for the new Bobber TFC, and the difference vs. the standard Triumph Bobber and Bobber Black, will be released following homologation in January 2020.

In addition to the weight saving, the Bobber TFC also has a category-leading higher level of specification and equipment, with fully adjustable Öhlins upside-down front forks and adjustable Öhlins rear suspension unit.

Unique to the Bobber TFC are also the high specification Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc calipers and twin floating Brembo front discs, delivering excellent stopping power. The premium specification continues with a Brembo radial master cylinder and MCS span and ratio adjustable brake lever plus matching clutch lever.

Highest-Ever Level of Capability

Increasing the level of rider-focused technology is the additional Sport riding mode, adding up to a total of three riding modes unique to the Bobber TFC (Rain, Road and Sport), which now adjust throttle map, ABS and traction control settings to better suit the riding conditions or rider preference. This is enabled via the latest generation ride-by-wire, which delivers enhanced rideability, safety and control.

For enhanced visibility, lower energy consumption and greater durability, the Bobber TFC features all-LED lighting, including an LED headlight with signature profile, multi-functional rear indicators, front indicators and number plate light.

The Bobber Triumph Factory Custom is also equipped with a stylish new feature-packed instrument gauge with beautiful unique TFC-branded dial face and an instrument bezel featuring a new Triumph badge. This also incorporates a digital menu system, displaying important information to the rider and accessed via the switch gear.

ABS and traction control are also fitted for maximum safety and control, both implemented with minimal visual impact – compact, responsive and unobtrusive. Optimized to reduce lever effort for the rider, the torque-assist clutch makes the bike even more comfortable over long journeys and in stop-start riding, while the engine immobilizer with a transponder incorporated into the new high- value gold badged key is also fitted as standard.

Premium Custom Finish and Detailing

Setting a new bar for beautiful bobber style, the Bobber TFC showcases the purest bobber silhouette. Form is amplified by the distinctive clip-on handlebars and unique, beautifully engineered lightweight carbon fiber bodywork, including carbon fiber side panels with high-value electroformed badge with TFC branding, and a minimal front mudguard with carbon fiber mudguard supports. Additional exquisite detailing includes knurled handlebar grips, state-of-the-art billet machined aluminum top and bottom yokes with TFC branding, premium real leather statement seat offering the Bobber’s innovative adjustable seat position, minimal bobber rear-end, and billet machined aluminum oil filler cap.

All of this comes on top of a whole host of beautiful blacked-out features, including premium black anodized multi-spoked wheels, black Öhlins RSU spring and Öhlins forks, black engine covers and a black frame and swingarm. To perfectly complement the black theme and real carbon fiber, the Bobber TFC is available in one signature premium twin paint scheme – a distinctive Carbon Black and Matte Carbon Black, with silver foil union jack flag on the knee pads, brushed foil bobber decals and a Triumph triangle logo decal on the tank. The fuel tank also features a gold pin stripe. The premium gold detailing is applied across the whole motorcycle, from the badging and instrument faces to the unique key, even a stylish custom gold chain.

The Bobber TFC retains all of the distinctive core Bobber design features, such as the heritage inspired battery cover with stainless steel strap, the classic rear ‘drum brake’ inspired hub, a rear mudguard loop, an ignition barrel located in front of the right side panel, bar end mirrors and a branded locking fuel cap.

Triumph Factory Custom Offer

The new Triumph Factory Custom Offer reflects Triumph’s unparalleled impact on the custom scene, and the unique passion and expertise that lives within our design and engineering teams. This is a passion that has been demonstrated many times over with a host of unique motorcycles created within a dedicated factory design workshop. From individual custom ambassador bikes, to movie bikes, to multiple racing bikes including off-road, track- and drag-racing bikes, all showcasing the world class talent in design and hand crafted custom art of the Triumph factory custom team.

With the incredible Thruxton TFC and Rocket 3 TFC generating global press headlines and a rush for customer deposits, the launch of the third TFC model signals Triumph’s commitment to continue to create the most beautiful, exclusive and desirable motorcycles ever made, with even more TFC models to come.

2020 Triumph Bobber TFC Specifications

Engine TypeLiquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin
Capacity1200 cc
Bore/Stroke97.6 mm x 80 mm
Maximum Power87 PS @ 6,250rpm
Maximum Torque110 Nm @ 4,500rpm
Fuel systemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
ExhaustBrushed stainless steel 2 into 2 single-skin exhaust system with Arrow brushed stainless silencers and carbon end caps
Final driveChain
ClutchWet, multi-plate assist clutch
Gearbox6 speed
FrameTubular steel cradle
InstrumentsLCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, 2x trip, average & current fuel consumption display, traction control status display.
SwingarmTwin-sided, tubular steel
Front Wheel32-spoke, 19 x 2.5 in
Rear Wheel32-spoke,16 x 3.5 in
Front Tyre100/90-19
Rear Tyre150/80 R16
Front SuspensionOhlins, ∅43mm, USD, fully adjustable, NIX 30
Rear SuspensionOhlins RSU, rebound and preload adjustable
Front BrakeDual 320mm discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS
Rear BrakeSingle 255mm disc, Nissin single piston floating caliper, ABS
Seat Heightto be confirmed – subject to final homologation in January 2020
Raketo be confirmed – subject to final homologation in January 2020
Trailto be confirmed – subject to final homologation in January 2020
Dry Weightto be confirmed – subject to final homologation in January 2020
Fuel Tank Capacity9 L
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