|Triumph Motorcycles reveal the 2020 Bobber, Thruxton RS & Bud Ekins Special edition Bonneville T100 & T120|
NEW 2020 BUD EKINS BONNEVILLE T120 AND T100
Celebrating a genuine motorcycle legend
In 2020, Triumph will launch two very special editions of the iconic Bonneville T120 and T100 that celebrate the iconic name and legend of Bud Ekins. A 1960s motorcycle icon, Bud was a professional Hollywood stuntman, top motocross and desert racer, and the rider who made arguably the most famous motorcycle film jump in history in the WWII film The Great Escape on behalf of his movie star friend and ISDT partner Steve McQueen. These two new beautiful special editions feature a one-off Californian inspired Bud Ekins paint scheme and a range of dedicated special details and touches.
- Two very special editions:
- Each model comes with a dedicated two-colour paint scheme with hand-painted coach lining and heritage Triumph logo, used for the first time on a modern full production Triumph.
- Unique California ‘flying globe’ Bud Ekins tank logo
- Dedicated front mudguard paint finish with California ‘ flying globe’ Bud Ekins logo
- Beautiful Bonneville ‘Bud Ekins’ side panel branding
- Higher specification details and finish:
- Monza filler cap
- Higher specification LED indicators (market dependent)
- Diamond knurled handlebar grips and bar end mirrors
- Dedicated black engine badges
- Collector’s certificate
- Each bike will come with a unique certificate of authenticity that includes an account of the incredible Bud Ekins story
- These are signed by Nick Bloor, Triumph CEO and both of Bud Ekins’ daughters, Susan Ekins and Donna Ekins
- Based on the timeless Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T100:
- Both motorcycles feature advanced rider-focused technology for rider control,
safety and confidence
- Both with High Torque twin Bonneville engines, with exciting torque delivery and modern capability, delivering 80 PS on the T120 and 55 PS on the T100
- Dedicated chassis and suspension set-up, for relaxed and refined riding every day, all day, alone or with a pillion
- Original styling inspired by the legendary ’59 Bonneville, with iconic styling cues, detailing and features
- Both motorcycles feature advanced rider-focused technology for rider control,
Based on the timeless Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T100, the new for 2020 Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T100 Bud Ekins Special Editions celebrate Bud Ekins, a genuine motorcycle legend. A professional stuntman and top class motocross and desert racer, Bud also ran Triumph’s biggest American dealership of the time in Sherman Oaks, California, where he became a close friend and the riding partner of a host of Hollywood stars from Steve McQueen, to Paul Newman and Clint Eastwood.
The 2020 Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T100 Bud Ekins Special Editions take all of the classic style and modern capability of the standard Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T100 and bring an even higher standard of finish, including:
– Exclusive California-inspired tank design with striking California ‘flying globe’ logo
– Unique Triumph heritage tank logo
– Unique Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T100 Bud Ekins logo on the side panels
– Dedicated front mudguard paint finish with beautiful California ‘flying globe’ logo
In addition to their unique paint scheme, the T120 and T100 Bud Ekins Special Editions also feature a host of premium details that further enhance their individual style and one-off positioning, including;
– Monza-style flip-up cap
– Higher specification LED indicators (market dependent)
– Diamond knurl textured handlebar grips
– Minimal bar-end mirrors
– Dedicated black engine badges
As these are official Triumph Special Edition motorcycles, each Bud Ekins Bonneville T120 and Bonneville T100 motorcycle is sold with a certificate of authenticity, which includes an exclusive account of Bud Ekins’ incredible story and is signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor and Bud Ekins’ daughters, Susan and Donna Ekins.
BUD EKINS – DESERT RACER. STUNT RIDER. GENUINE MOTORCYCLE LEGEND.
Born in Los Angeles in 1930, Bud Ekins learned to ride in the nearby Hollywood Hills, honing his off-road skills long before he could legally ride on the road. Luckily, California was host to a thriving off-road racing fraternity and even by his late teenage years he earned a mighty reputation as one of SoCal’s top motocross and desert racers.
By the time US Triumph superdealer Bill Johnson provided Ekins with a TR5 Trophy, on which he won the Catalina Grand Prix, Ekins knows well that in Triumph he has found a manufacturer that builds the kind of strong, fast and light motorcycles with all the agility, responsiveness and power that he yearns for.
Ekins’ success in the mid-fifties coincided with Triumph’s emergence as a major player in world motorcycling, with both parties playing their roles in re-defining what a motorcycle was capable of. Triumph’s famous managing director and design chief, Edward Turner, continued to develop incredible Triumph twin engine motorcycles which were becoming increasingly powerful, efficient and reliable. Johnny Allen held the 1955 and 1956 motorcycle land speed world records using Triumph factory engines, and Ekins was forging a lasting alliance with Triumph motorcycles that would ultimately see him regarded as America’s top off-road racer and also a celebrated Triumph dealership owner.
In 1956, when Ekins finished 2nd in the 153-mile off-road Californian Big Bear Motorcycle Run, the first-, second- and third-placed riders were all on Triumph TR6 Trophy motorcycles. Triumph’s racing domination was such that when Ekins won the same race the next year, 20 of the top 25 finishers were all on Triumphs.
TOP US DEALERSHIP
Shrewdly understanding the massive potential and performance superiority of Triumph motorcycles in the context of an emerging popularity for the more reliable, lightweight and powerful British bikes, Ekins’ racing successes led him to open a Triumph dealership in North Hollywood.
It quickly became a magnet for many young up-and-coming movie actors including Paul Newman, Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen. Ekins lived and breathed Triumph motorcycles and selling them seemed to come naturally, leading to considerable business success to go with his considerable racing achievements.
One local motorcycle enthusiast at that time was Hollywood’s legend Steve McQueen. His favourite early bike was his TR5 Trophy, serviced by none other than Ekins’ dealership where the pair struck up an instant rapport. Ekins introduced McQueen to the burgeoning Californian desert racing scene and McQueen was instantly hooked on this exciting underground movement, spending as much time as he could either hooning across the dunes or just enjoying the anonymous normality of passing time with Ekins and his riding buddies back at the dealership.
In spite of the demands of running a successful Triumph dealership, Ekins was still racing, successfully competing in several off-road races including the Hare and Hound, Mint 400 and Baja 1000 (which he helped establish). McQueen often joined him to race, often using another name to withhold his identity to organisers and other competitors. He was a fast learner and a fast rider, and as Ekins was such a highly regarded rider who had previously represented the US in the incredibly high profile International Six Days Trial, regarded as the Olympics of motorcycling, he facilitated McQueen’s famous entry to ride for the US team in the 1964 East German ISDT – both on Triumphs. Ekins would go on to win an impressive four ISDT Gold Medals in just seven years.
THE GREAT ESCAPE
In autumn 1962, McQueen was preparing to fly to Europe for filming what would become one of the following year’s highest grossing movies, The Great Escape. McQueen pushed for motorcycle stunt riding in the film and recommended his good friend Bud Ekins to the producers. Ekins was employed on a four-month contract, though it took far less than that for McQueen (with Ekins’ help) to conceive of and rewrite the dramatic highlight to his character’s storyline.
McQueen’s character, Captain Virgil Hilts has escaped a prisoner of war camp, commandeered a bike, and is being chased through stunning meadows in an attempt to locate the Swiss border. As enemy soldiers close in, Hilts must desperately make a spectacular motorcycle jump over a high barbed wire fence, and thereafter reach the relative safety of neutral Switzerland.
Between them, using small trial and error practice jumps, McQueen and Ekins worked out the capabilities of their favourite off-road choice, a 650cc Triumph TR6 Trophy, to squeeze maximum dramatic effect from the scene. They calculated that an 80mph run-up was required to clear a raised twelve-foot barbed-wire fence onto an inclined landing area around 60ft away. All on grass. McQueen was sensibly prevented, by the movie’s insurers from performing the stunt himself, much to his frustration, so Ekins stepped in.
The jump is one of the most iconic moments in Hollywood movie history which still lives on in this way today. In 1962 a TR6 Trophy would redline at 6,000rpm with peak power at around 42bhp, but the powerful Triumph engine’s responsiveness and the torque from the parallel twin made it McQueen and Ekins’s first choice, and the restored bike on which Ekins successfully completed the jump as seen in the movie is currently on show at Triumph Motorcycles’ Factory Visitor Experience at Hinckley, which is open free of charge to the public.
HOLLYWOOD STUNT RIDER
Bud Ekins’ racing success and friendships opened up a new career path. As ‘that jump’ gained distinction as the most famous motorcycle stunt ever seen in a movie, the demand for Ekins as a stunt rider increased. Considered one of the best in Hollywood, he’d continued performing movie stunts for the next 30 years or so, happily returning to continue his dealership business in between filming responsibilities.
1200cc High Torque engine
The authentic character of the Bonneville T120 comes to life through the 1200cc high torque
8 valve, parallel Bonneville twin engine.
Built specifically for the modern classic riding style, with immediate and exciting torque delivery, it produces a peak torque figure of 105Nm at a low 3,100 rpm – an amazing 54% more than the previous air cooled Bonneville T100 generation.
With the pinpoint accuracy and instant throttle response of Triumph’s next generation ride-by-wire fuel-injection and engine management system, the six-speed 1200cc Bonneville engine is engineered with a charismatic tone and 270° firing interval for characterful, linear power delivery.
The engine profile has been beautifully crafted to incorporate key heritage styling cues from the legendary 60’s Bonneville bikes, sensitively incorporating contemporary components to maintain that iconic engine silhouette.
Behind the 1200 engine’s stylish exterior sits a cutting-edge liquid cooling system, carefully integrated to minimise its visual impact whilst achieving cleaner emissions and enhancing fuel efficiency – 13% better than the previous air-cooled generation. This, combined with an extended service interval of 10,000 miles (16,000km) dramatically reduces the overall cost of ownership.
Finally, elegant peashooter style exhausts follow a clean ‘straight line run’ achieved through an ingenious twin skin design that covers the pipe run through the cat box and out again. It delivers the true sound of a British twin, with a deep and rich exhaust note that truly matches the T120 character, tuned to a level you would want and expect.
The Bonneville T120 Bud Ekins Edition shares all of the T120’s advanced standard of capability, with a wealth of rider-focused technology to deliver exceptional control, safety and enhanced rider confidence – integrated sensitively and without compromise to maintain the authentic Bonneville style and character.
ABS Triumph’s variable anti-lock braking system brings
a new level of safety and control to the Bonneville.
Ride-by-wire For enhanced throttle responsiveness, safety, feel
and fuel economy.
Traction control Taking advantage of the ride-by-wire system the switchable traction control system offers increased and optimised control.
Two riding modes Linked to the ride-by-wire system the two selectable
riding mode options ‘Road’ and ‘Rain’ provide the rider
with greater control and safety.
Torque assist clutch Bringing a light touch and feel to the clutch to make it easy to ride, and ride longer.
DRL Headlight Incorporating the latest in daytime running lights (DRL) that delivers a distinctive light pattern and enhanced power efficiency for long term durability (where legislation allows).
LED rear light Built into the classically inspired tail set-up, bringing a distinctive
rear light pattern and power efficiency, with an integrated
number plate light.
USB charge socket Underseat USB socket provided so riders can charge up
their essential devices.
Engine immobiliser Transponder integrated into the T120 key.
Stylish twin clocks Feature packed clocks (speedo and rev counter) with
beautiful 3D dial faces, cleverly incorporating a digital menu system.
Key features include:
– Riding mode setting – Road or Rain
– Gear position indicator
– Two trip settings
– Service indicator
– Range to empty
– Fuel level, average and current MPG
– Access to turn off traction control
Additionally riders can add accessories which would also then be accessed via the clock display, including cruise control.
Switchgear Elegant switchgear presents simple fingertip controls
for easy access to the key features on the twin clocks.
Relaxed and refined handling
The Bonneville T120 features a chassis and suspension set-up developed for relaxed and refined riding every day, all day, alone or with a pillion.
Combining Triumph’s signature ride dynamic of neutrality, agility and stability with comfortable seat and suspension travel for an engaging, yet easy-going ride. With its relaxed riding position, centre stand and passenger grab rail, the Bud Ekins Bonneville T120 Special Edition is fully equipped for maximum comfort and real world practicality.
Inspired by the legendary ’59 Bonneville, the new Bonneville T120 has been crafted to incorporate more of the original’s DNA and iconic styling cues, detailing and features.
From the overall Bonneville silhouette, to the sculpted flowing lines of the fuel tank, the intricately detailed badges, lights and stunning twin clocks, the T120 is a timeless icon, beautifully evolved.
900cc High Torque engine
Offering all the quality, performance, capability and comfort expected of the modern Bonneville family, the T100 is powered by the critically acclaimed Bonneville 900cc, ‘high torque’ 8 valve, parallel twin engine that offers more torque, better fuel economy and a richer, deeper exhaust note than the previous air cooled generation.
Specifically tuned to achieve high torque low down, it produces a peak torque figure of 80Nm at 3200 rpm – an increase of 18% on the previous air cooled generation Bonneville T100 for a more thrilling and engaging ride.
With enhanced throttle response from Triumph’s ride-by-wire fuel injection and a slick five-speed gearbox the T100 is engineered to deliver a 270° firing interval for a smooth, linear power delivery. A cutting-edge liquid cooling system, carefully integrated into the distinctive character of the Bonneville, reduces fuel emissions and significantly improves fuel efficiency by up to 29%. This, combined with an extended service interval of 10,000 miles (16,000km) dramatically reduces the overall cost of ownership.
The T100 distinctive twin pea-shooter silencers are crafted in a classic style and come with the Bonneville’s ingenious twin skin design for a superb finish and clean line, delivering a unique rich exhaust note for the unmistakeable sound of a British Twin.
The Bonneville T100 Bud Ekins Edition shares all of the standard T100s high quality detailing, finish, matched by its modern capabilities, which includes a host of rider-focused technology for maximum control and safety.
|Ride-by-Wire||Delivering enhanced rideability, feel, safety and control, from a single throttle body.|
|ABS||The latest generation anti-lock braking system – introducing a new level of safety and control yet remaining unobtrusive and with minimal visual impact.|
|Switchable traction control via the instrument menu helps to maximise rider safety and comfort.|
|Torque Assist Clutch||Designed to reduce clutch lever effort for the rider, bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch and making it easier to ride, and for longer.|
|LED Rear Light||Incorporated into the classic design, it creates a distinctive light pattern with enhanced power efficiency and excellent visibility.|
|Engine Immobiliser||Thatcham-approved immobiliser incorporated into key with high value Triumph badge.|
|USB Charging Socket||Mounted underneath the seat for convenient charging of essential devices.|
|Stylish Twin Clocks||Feature packed clocks (speedo and rev counter) cleverly incorporating a digital menu system for fingertip control while riding. With: Gear position indicator Odometer Two trip settings Service indicator Range to empty Fuel level Average and current fuel consumption Clock Traction control settings|
From the extensive optional accessory range, cruise control and heated grips are available.
One of the key highlights of the T100 is the chassis and suspension set-up designed with a low seat height for advanced comfort levels for the rider, giving a great overall riding experience whether for long distance journeys, every day use or with a pillion.
The T100 features a unique longer rear suspension unit and cartridge front forks which work together to offer the rider an engaging yet easy-going riding experience.
The T100 is lighter than the T120 and also has a shorter wheelbase, rake and trail than the previous generation T100. This combined with the low seat height and relaxed riding position, make it more accessible and easier to ride than ever before for every rider.
To further enhance the superior handling of the T100, the bikes is fitted as standard with custom developed Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tyres, designed especially by Pirelli for the Bonneville family with stiffness and profile changes to the front tyre, and deeper tread on the rear for secure handling and improved durability.
Inspired by the legendary ’59 Bonneville and styled to incorporate more of the iconic design, silhouette and character of the original, the T100 has its own distinctive character, enhanced by the premium finishes and signature touches of a genuine motorcycle icon.
||Bonneville T100 Bud Ekins SE||Bonneville T120 Bud Ekins SE|
|Engine Type||Liquid cooled, 8 valve SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin||Liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin|
|Bore/Stroke||84.6mm x 80mm||97.6 x 80 mm|
|Maximum Power||55 PS / 54 HP (40.5kW) @ 5900 rpm||80 PS / 79 BHP (59 kW) @ 6,550 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||80Nm @ 3230 rpm||105 Nm @ 3,100 rpm|
|Fuel system||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection|
|Exhaust||Chromed 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers||Chromed 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers|
|Final drive||X-ring chain||X-ring chain|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate assist clutch, cable operated||Wet, multi-plate assist clutch, cable operated|
|Frame||Tubular steel cradle||Tubular steel cradle|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, tubular steel||Twin-sided, tubular steel|
|Front Wheel||32-spoke 18 x 2.75in||32-spoke 18 x 2.75in|
|Rear Wheel||32-spoke 17 x 4.25in||32-spoke 17 x 4.25in|
|Rear Tyre||150/70 R17||150/70 R17|
|Front Suspension||KYB 41mm cartridge forks, 120mm travel||KYB 41mm cartridge forks, 120mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel||KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120mm rear wheel travel|
|Front Brake||Single 310mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS||Twin 310mm discs, Nissin 2-piston floating calipers, ABS|
|Rear Brake||Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS||Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS|
|Width (Handlebars)||715 mm||785 mm|
|Height Without Mirrors||1,100 mm||1,125 mm|
|Seat Height||790 mm||785 mm|
|Wheelbase||1,450 mm||1,445 mm|
|Rake||25.5 º||25.5 º|
|Trail||104 mm||105.2 mm|
|Dry Weight||213 kg||224 Kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14.5 L||14.5 L|
|Instruments||LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, 2x trip, average & current fuel consumption display, traction control status display, throttle mode status display, heated grip status (accessory) and cruise control ready – controlled by a handlebar mounted scroll button (accessory).||LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analogue speedometer, analogue tachometer, odometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, range to empty indication, service indicator, clock, 2x trip, average & current fuel consumption display, traction control status display, throttle mode status display, heated grip status (accessory) and cruise control ready – controlled by a handlebar mounted scroll button (accessory).|
|Fuel Consumption||3.8 l/100km (74 MPG)||4.5 l/100km (63 MPG)|
|CO2 Emissions||89 g/km||103.0 g/km|
ALL-NEW 2020 THRUXTON RS – The Legend Evolves
The name ‘Thruxton’ is an internationally-acclaimed motorcycle racing icon, born from incredible success at the Thruxton 500 race and the Isle of Man TT, inspiring a whole generation of fanatical cafe racers.
Designed and developed to evolve the legend even further, the new Thruxton RS model combines all the original cafe racer design DNA and pure original style with modern Thruxton capability whilst setting a new level of performance with a higher power engine, even more supreme cafe racer handling, and even more contemporary styling, finish and detailing.
- All the hallmarks, features and quality of the celebrated Thruxton R
- Beautiful design with iconic cafe racer DNA and timeless silhouette
- Incredible specification with class-leading chassis and top-specification suspension, brakes, tyres and technology set-up
- Premium finish and detailing.
- Much higher performance
- Updated 1200cc high power Thruxton RS engine
- Major power increase, up by 8PS to 105PS, with more power across the entire rev range
- 112Nm of peak torque delivered 700rpm lower in the rev range
- More responsive and characterful engine characteristics with 20% reduction of inertia
- Higher revving engine, with a red line now 500rpm higher than the previous generation
- Enhanced rider modes.
- Even more agile and intuitive cafe racer handling
- 6kg lighter than its predecessor
- Higher specification Brembo M50 radial Monobloc calipers
- New sticky Metzeler Racetec RR tyres
- All the premium specification standard equipment of the Thruxton R, including:
- Twin 320mm floating Brembo discs & master cylinder
- Race bred, adjustable Showa big piston forks
- Fully adjustable Öhlins twin rear shocks
- ABS & switchable Traction Control
- LED DRL headlight & LED indicators (market dependent)
- Underseat USB
- More modern and contemporary style
- New fully blacked-out style, detailing and finish, including
- Black anodised wheels and engine covers
- Black spring set-up the premium Öhlins RSU
- New premium twin colour paint option.
- New fully blacked-out style, detailing and finish, including
- Built to personalise
- 80 custom accessories including new brushed stainless steel Arrow silencers with carbon end caps and cafe racer fairing
- ‘’Track Racer’’ inspiration kit.
Higher power – updated Thruxton RS engine
The new Thruxton RS achieves 8PS more power than the previous Thruxton R. This is delivered by significant engine upgrades including high compression pistons, revised ports and cam profile, a secondary air system and a whole host of lighter weight engine components, including:
- Low inertia crankshaft
- Balance shafts
- Rare-Earth alternator
- Magnesium cam cover
- Thin walled engine covers
Along with the higher power, the Thruxton RS also delivers higher torque punch low down and across the entire rev range, peaking at 112Nm @ 4.850 rpm, 700 rpm lower than its predecessor.
Together, all these engine updates deliver a 20% reduction of inertia and a new more responsive and characterful Thruxton RS engine that revs harder for longer, revving 500rpm higher than the Thruxton R.
The Thruxton RS’ distinctive twin upswept silencers add an all-new Euro 5 spec catalytic converter which delivers lower emissions and that unmistakable sound of a British Racing Twin, with a rich and raw note that matches the bike’s legendary name.
Behind the stylish exterior sits a liquid cooling system, carefully integrated to minimise its visual impact and thanks to its Euro 5 homologation, the Thruxton RS achieves lower emissions and enhanced fuel efficiency. Combined with a high first major service interval of 10,000 miles (16,000km), this contributes to a reduced overall cost of ownership.
Higher modern capability
The new Thruxton RS features a full suite of rider-focused technology to deliver advanced rider control and safety, plus enhanced rider confidence – sensitively integrated to maintain its iconic original cafe racer style and character.
Thruxton RS technology features include:
Upgraded 3 riding modes
Linked to the ride-by-wire system, the upgraded three selectable riding modes, Sport, Road and Rain, 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.
The contemporary safety standard, with minimal visual impact, the ABS is responsive yet unobtrusive.
Switchable traction control
Managing the Thruxton RS’ high torque delivery when traction is compromised, the switchable system offers increased rider control.
LED DRL headlight
Incorporated into the headlight, the LED daytime running light brings excellent visibility and a distinctive light profile (where legislation allows).
LED rear light & indicators
Built into the cafe racer inspired minimal tail set-up, the LED rear light and indicators brings a distinctive rear light pattern and excellent power efficiency.
Enhancing throttle responsiveness, safety and feel.
Torque assist clutch
Optimised for a lighter touch and feel to the clutch to make it easier to ride, and ride longer.
Elegant switchgear presents simple fingertip controls for easy access to the key features on the twin clocks.
USB charging socket
For maximum rider convenience, the USB charging socket charges riders’ essential devices.
Transponder integrated into the key adds greater security.
Stylish twin clocks
Stylish twin clocks, beautifully detailed and premium, incorporate a digital menu system accessed by the handlebar mounted scroll button.
Key features include:
– Riding mode setting
– Gear position indicator
– Trip settings
– Service indicator
– Range to empty
– Fuel level
– Average and current fuel consumption
– Access to turn off traction control features
Even more agile and intuitive cafe racer handling
Significant weight savings across the entire motorcycle make the Thruxton RS six kilograms lighter than the Thruxton R for an even more dynamic and agile ride – delivered by engine component refinements, and a lighter weight battery.
In addition to the weight saving, the Thruxton RS also now features new category leading Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc calipers and twin floating Brembo front discs, delivering excellent stopping power, and new unique race-specification Metzeler Racetec RR super sticky tyres.
There are also race-bred adjustable Showa USD big piston forks and premium fully adjustable Öhlins piggy back reservoir rear shock, delivering an engaged and thrilling ride.
More modern and contemporary style
A legendary name that has created motorcycling history and represented a generation of cafe racers, the Thruxton is a distinctive, beautiful and authentic motorcycle and the all-new RS version of it is the next evolution of this celebrated name. With all of Triumph’s iconic original cafe racer DNA, married to a new blacked-out custom look, muscular poise and a host of beautifully designed premium features, the Thruxton RS is the most contemporary styled Thruxton ever.
Key features include:
- New black powder-coated engine covers, cam cover and sprocket cover finishes
- New black Öhlins RSU springs
- New black Thruxton side panel and sprocket cover with integrated heel guard
- New premium black anodised wheels
- Unique ‘Monza’ cap
- New Triumph triangle tank decal (only on twin paint scheme option)
- Unique sculpted Thruxton tank
- Stainless steel tank strap
- Clear anodised aluminium swing arm
- Daytona footpegs
- 22mm clip-on handlebars
- Black mirrors and indicators
- Twin ride-by-wire throttle bodies and unique Thruxton intake finisher
- Gold engine detailing
- Distinctive red signature key
The new Thruxton RS comes with a single bullet seat set-up as standard. This enhances the focused cafe racer style of the motorcycle and is body coloured. An optional pillion seat accessory kit will be available with a bespoke dual seat and footpegs.
The new Thruxton RS comes in two colour choices:
- Jet Black
- Matt Storm Grey and Matt Silver Ice
Building your own Thruxton RS custom
Designed with personalisation in mind, the Thruxton RS comes with 80 accessories
to help you add even more comfort, style, protection and security.
It’s never been easier to create your own special with a host of custom-inspired parts to choose from, including: brushed stainless steel Arrow silencers with carbon end caps, cafe racer fairing, fender eliminator kit, pillion seat and footrest set-up, comfort seat, tank and knee pads and Triumph-engineered security additions such as the new Track+ and Protect+, ground anchor and disc lock.
**Availability of accessories is governed by local market legislation – please check with a Triumph market representative for availability.
The original cafe racer
Born from the racing success of the original Bonneville, the original Thruxton played a major part in the birth of motorcycle motorsport on both sides of the Atlantic.
Starting with the legendary Thruxton 500 race series of the late 50s – where the racing ‘Bonnie’ first got its name – the ‘Thruxton’ was a dominating force, with the first top step coming courtesy of British legend Mike Hailwood. In 1969, Malcolm Uphill won the production race at the Isle of Man TT, cracking the 100 mph average lap for the first time onboard a production Thruxton model. In the 1960s, on the road it had also become the bike of choice, inspiring a generation of teenage cafe racers.
Across three significant generations, the Thruxton has maintained its position as the original cafe racer, encapsulating all the style, attitude and key hallmarks. In 2016, Triumph launched to international acclaim a completely new generation of this iconic racing name the Thruxton R – the Ultimate Cafe Racer. A truly modern roadster designed to literally live up to legend, with real poise, real power and real performance complemented with unique finishes, detailing and the highest level of engine and suspension specification.
||NEW 2020 THRUXTON RS|
|Engine Type||Liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin|
|Bore/Stroke||97.6 x 80 mm|
|Maximum Power||105 PS/103 bhp (77 kW) @ 7,500 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||112 Nm @ 4,250 rpm|
|Fuel system||Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection|
|Exhaust||Brushed 2 into 2 exhaust system with twin silencers|
|Final drive||O-ring chain|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate assist clutch|
|Frame||Tubular steel cradle|
|Swingarm||Twin-sided, aluminium – Clear anodized|
|Front Wheel||32-spoke 17 x 3.5 in, aluminium rims|
|Rear Wheel||32-spoke 17 x 5 in, aluminium rims|
|Front Tyre||120/70 ZR17|
|Rear Tyre||160/60 ZR17|
|Front Suspension||Showa 43 mm USD big piston forks, fully adjustable 120 mm travel|
|Rear Suspension||Fully adjustable Öhlins twin shocks with Piggyback reservoir, 120 mm rear wheel travel|
|Front Brake||Twin 310 mm Brembo floating discs, Brembo M50 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS|
|Rear Brake||Single 220 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS|
|Width (Handlebars)||745 mm|
|Height Without Mirrors||1,030 mm|
|Seat Height||810 mm|
|Dry Weight||197 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14.5 L|
|Fuel Consumption||4.9 l/100 km (58 MPG)|
|CO2 Emissions||114 g/km|
ALL-NEW 2020 TRIUMPH BOBBER TFC – Pure Unparalleled Perfection
Triumph’s beautiful and innovative Bobber, launched in 2017, created a whole 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 third all-new Triumph Factory Custom model to be launched, the Bobber TFC delivers its own step up in ultra-premium custom finish and detailing, a higher performance 1,200cc High Torque engine, lighter weight higher specification chassis, with the highest premium level of unique TFC equipment and technology.
- 750 worldwide production
- Each with a numbered edition plaque and unique badging
- Special Bobber TFC handover pack
- 10 PS more peak power and 4 Nm more peak torque than the Bobber and Bobber Black.
- Higher power and torque across the entire rev range
- 39% lower engine inertia resulting in 500 rpm higher revving
- Approx. 5kg lighter than the Bobber Black
(weight subject to final homologation in January 2020)
- Incredibly high specification of unique premium equipment,
– Öhlins fully adjustable front forks & adjustable RSU
– Arrow brushed silencers with carbon fibre end caps
– Dual Brembo M50 monobloc brake calipers
– Brembo MCS radial master cylinder
– Three riding modes (road, rain, sport)
– Multifunctional LED rear indicators (market dependent)
– LED headlight with DRL (market dependent)
- The purest Bobber silhouette with dedicated clip-on handlebars
- Premium custom finish and detailing, including:
– Unique premium carbon fibre 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 and black
anodised wheel rims
With even more custom style, power and performance the incredible new Bobber TFC delivers the new pinnacle in the very successful Bobber line-up.
Rare, beautiful and truly 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.
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 personalised custom build book, a beautiful Bobber TFC bike cover, a TFC document wallet and a premium leather TFC branded rucksack.
More Power and Torque from a Significant Engine Upgrade
The new Bobber TFC achieves 10 PS (13% up) more power 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 110Nm, which is 4 Nm 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 one-of-a-kind exhaust system just for the Bobber TFC, with Arrow titanium silencers and carbon fibre 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 five kilograms lighter than the Bobber Black for an even more dynamic ride – delivered by engine component refinements, carbon fibre bodywork, aluminium engine cradle rails and a tail light removal. and a lighter weight battery. 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 daytime running light (market specific availability), multi-functional rear indicators (market specific availability) compact front indicators and a number plate light.
The Bobber Triumph Factory Custom is also equipped with a new stylish feature-packed instrument 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. Optimised 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 immobiliser 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 new Bobber TFC showcases the purest bobber silhouette amplified by its distinctive clip-on handlebars and unique beautifully engineered lightweight carbon fibre bodywork, including beautiful carbon fibre side panels with high-value electroformed badge with TFC branding, and a minimal front mudguard with carbon fibre mudguard supports. Additional exquisite detailing includes knurled handlebar grips, delivering a unique sporty and engaged riding position and ergonomics, state-of-the-art billet machined aluminium 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 aluminium oil filler cap.
All of this comes on top of a whole host of beautiful blacked-out features, including premium black anodised 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 fibre, the Bobber TFC is available in one signature premium twin paint scheme – a distinctive Carbon Black and Matt 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 and that premium gold detailing is applied across the whole motorcycle, from the gold detailing in the badging and instrument faces to the unique key with gold detailing and 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 and multiple racing bikes, from off-road to track- and drag-racing bikes, all built to ride, and many to race, each showcases the world class talent in design and hand crafted custom art of the Triumph factory custom team.
With the genesis of the TFC offer coming from the 2014 Triumph TFC Bobber and Scrambler, and 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.