13/11/2014 - 28/11/2014
Triumph Factory Custom Build-Off
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The format of pitting two teams against each other in a “build-off” has been around for many years – and always results in some fantastic motorcycles. When those two teams are comprised volunteers from within the Triumph business, tasked with creating the ultimate Bonneville customs, then the sparks will truly fly. In May 2014 volunteers were invited to join two teams in a build off to celebrate the iconic Bonneville. Each team was given a brand new Bonneville as a base to bring their dreams alive with a deadline to unveil both bikes in Milan on the 4th November 2014. Each bike would be showcased on the Triumph website and the winner will be the team who earns the most shares across Facebook, to be announce at Motorcycle Live, Birmingham, on the 26th November 2014.
TFC1: The Bobber
The Bobber. Instantly the name invokes images of clean lines, minimal equipment and a stripped-back riding experience. For Team TFC1, a group who count three Bonneville customs and a chopped V8 pickup amongst their own personal vehicles, this was definitely the route they wanted to follow. However, a traditional Bobber wouldn’t cut it for these passionate enthusiasts. The team’s desire was to take the Bobber ethos and really push the boundaries.
With a low, sinuous stance, The Bobber is simply too much to take in at first glance. Completely redesigned girder forks, eliminating all of the traditional poor handling and lack of damping issues associated with this design, four pot caliper and wire wheel combine a complete hybrid of modern design and classic style. The startling single-sided hardtail rear is an engineering marvel in its own right, and the reverse cylinder engine presents the bespoke bell mouths to the rush of oncoming air and allows the elegantly simple exhaust to snake out and create the rear lines. Countless other details combine with these incredible engineered elements to create TFC1: The Bobber - a Bonneville that echoes Triumph heritage whilst providing a breath-taking showcase for our contemporary custom excellence.
TFC 2: The Scrambler
Desert Sleds, Flat Trackers and Scramblers all fed into the DNA of what defines a true Scrambler. And this was the code clearly adopted by Team TFC2. Their interpretation of the Scrambler would become the modern expression of the genre with two key goals – lose weight, boost power. This approach was to be coupled with geometry and suspension travel closely related to a modern competition moto-crosser to deliver an agile chassis that would provide a perfect match for the uprated power plant.
The existing steel frame was sacrificed in exchange for a bespoke aluminium and titanium chassis, finished with an inverted Speed Triple swingarm and bespoke Nitron Racing suspension front and rear. The Scrambler’s elegantly aggressive poise is further enhanced by the unique composite bodywork from Ace Fibreglass and Carbon including a full carbon tank that weighs in at under a third of the original steel part.
With The Scrambler now weighing in at significantly less than the donor bike, the team turned their attention to the second part of their intent – boost power. The head was skimmed and ported prior to the addition of large valves, a one-off set of high lift cams with a Daytona profile and Daytona throttle bodies, teamed to a modified set of spun aluminium inlet trumpets. Overall the engine mods are predicted to give a 25% increase in overall power – bringing the bike to life and giving the drive to match the new chassis.
TFC2: The Scrambler. More power. Less weight.
The ultimate Bonneville custom?
TFC1: The Bobber and TFC 2: The Scrambler have been created with hours of skill, craftsmanship, challenge and passion. Both represent the absolute cutting edge of Bonneville design - but which is the winner? Visit triumph.co.uk and share your favourite bike through social media. The bike and team with the most shares by 9am Wednesday 26th November wins.