Triumph Announces 2020 Bobber TFC

Lighter weight, more power, and premium finish details for the factory custom cruiser.

The 2020 Triumph Bobber TFC gets aesthetic upgrades and performance improvements.Triumph Motorcycles

Triumph's Bobber debuted in 2017 as a niche cruiser with aggressive styling and a large-displacement, torque-rich engine in a compact package. Now added to the line of Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) machines, the Bobber gets an improved engine, chassis, and lots of special TFC details. Make no mistake, this is not an update of "bold new graphics" but a revised Bobber model produced in limited numbers. MSRP is $17,500, while the standard Bonneville Bobber is $11,950.

The Bobber TFC's HT (high torque) engine produces a claimed 13 percent more horsepower than last year's standard Bobber. These gains are attributed to lighter-weight engine components like a low-inertia crankshaft, clutch, balance shafts, dead shafts, and rare-earth alternator, which allows the engine to rev to 7,500 rpm, an increase of 500 rpm. Further weight reduction comes from a magnesium cam cover as well as thinner-walled engine covers and header pipes. Peak torque output is increased by 3 pound-feet.

Production of the Bobber TFC models will be limited to 750 units worldwide.Triumph Motorcycles

In addition to the weight trimmed from the engine, the new Bobber has an improved, lighter-weight chassis. The Bobber TFC loses 11 pounds when compared to the Bobber Black, thanks to the lighter-weight engine components, carbon fiber bodywork, and removal of the central taillight, the rear turnsignals picking up brake-light function. Fully adjustable Öhlins suspension now comes standard front and rear, as do Brembo brake discs, calipers, and master cylinders. Sport mode was added to the previous Rain and Road modes, allowing for more aggressive throttle map, ABS, and traction control settings.

The Bobber TFC's “ultra-premium” finish is enhanced by new aesthetic details unique to this model: Billet machined pieces, carbon-fiber bodywork, pinstriping, and blacked-out finishes. The TFC line has proven to be a winning formula to take select Triumph models upmarket.

The HT (high torque) engine has been updated to produce 13-percent more claimed horsepower.Triumph Motorcycles
MSRP $17,500
ENGINE 1,200cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled, 270° crank angle parallel twin; 8-valve
BORE x STROKE 97.6 x 80.0mm
FUEL SYSTEM Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate
FRAME Tubular steel cradle
FRONT SUSPENSION 43mm Öhlins NIX 30, fully adjustable,
REAR SUSPENSION Öhlins RSU, adjustable for rebound and spring preload
FRONT BRAKE Brembo M50 4-piston radial Monoblock calipers, dual 310mm discs, ABS
REAR BRAKE Nissin 1-piston floating caliper, 255mm disc, ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR 32-spoke; 19 x 2.5 in. / 16 x 3.5 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 100/90R-19 / 150/80R-16