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Expanded my Triumph ownership last week to include a Bobber TFC to go with the Thruxton TFC. I've only run about 80 miles on the Bobber thus far but should have up to 500 miles for initial service shortly.... assuming the fires diminish or at the least the wind changes direction. I've found a lot of good information on this site and look forwarding to learning more.
 

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Welcome to the forums and congrats on the purchase of the Bobber TFC (I'm envying your collections at the moment :X)!

I suppose you're in NorCal with the fires. It makes me wonder how all that smoke is going to mess with the air filters on the cars and motorcycles - I guess you'll find out during the initial service. In anycase, stay safe!
 

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Nice pair. Why are the header pipes so discolored? Good luck with the fires, hoping for rain.

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Great looking pair of bikes! Welcome to the site and congratulations on your new addition. Any changes planned to it, or are you going to keep it stock?
 

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Chico - The pipes discolor due to heat - called blueing. Some say it's because it's running hotter due to a leaner fuel mixture these days but all headers did this back in the day so not sure I buy that explanation. I'm in the camp that likes it as long as both cylinders are about equal color (otherwise there may be a tune problem), but others don't and spend hours polishing them back to original or they can wrap them.... to each his own. The fires are coming under control and the wind has changed to onshore so the smoke is blowing inland now and clearing up nicely.

ysolo - Thank you! I'll likely keep them both pretty much stock with the exception of a side pannier for the Bobber. The Bobber is more of a thumper and it's pretty quick to spool up as is but haven't really opened it up yet so we'll see. I did put tank pads on the Thruxton as my leathers slide around without them so it's a safety / comfort thing for me. The Thruxton is pretty fast as it is and it handles significantly better than my stock Thruxton R (that I traded in for the TFC) but I haven't had a chance to take it out to the track yet due to Covid 19 shutdowns.... maybe next year.
 

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Welcome to the forum! I just moved to California from North Carolina a week ago. The bike arrived yesterday with our furniture. Once I get unpacked . . . and if the fires die down . . . I will go for a ride.
 

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I'm familiar with the discoloration of single wall chrome headers but the stainless pipes take much longer to discolor. Since your bike is pretty new it caught my attention. My Bobber is older but I had the exhaust ceramic coated so I can't tell if they would have darkened but my Tiger has 6M miles and hasn't discolored. Just curious, not an issue, enjoy your bike.

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I'm familiar with the discoloration of single wall chrome headers but the stainless pipes take much longer to discolor. Since your bike is pretty new it caught my attention. My Bobber is older but I had the exhaust ceramic coated so I can't tell if they would have darkened but my Tiger has 6M miles and hasn't discolored. Just curious, not an issue, enjoy your bike.

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I didn't realize a ceramic coating would prevent the blueing... interesting not to mention time saving!
 

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I didn't realize a ceramic coating would prevent the blueing... interesting not to mention time saving!
Too quick on the send button.... I did notice the Thruxton is about same as the Bobber in terms of color and the Thruxton is a year old with 2500 miles and the Bobber is less than a week old with 175 miles.... hmmm
 

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Welcome to the forum! I just moved to California from North Carolina a week ago. The bike arrived yesterday with our furniture. Once I get unpacked . . . and if the fires die down . . . I will go for a ride.
Welcome to California... home of the wildfire (used to to be earthquakes but those have thankfully been few and far between the last 30 years or so... are we due?). I'm guessing you are in Central or Northern California (Norcal) if fire smoke is an issue.
 

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Puma, I didn't mean to imply that the ceramic coating prevents discoloration. I just don't see any. Could be that the black is hiding it or preventing it, no way to tell.🙄

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gotta admit the first thing I noticed was the discolouration,,,,justs seems too intense for a new bike but then noticed it on the other bike as well, what fuel are you using?
 

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gotta admit the first thing I noticed was the discolouration,,,,justs seems too intense for a new bike but then noticed it on the other bike as well, what fuel are you using?
I think that's normal if you only wash them down and don't polish them, personally I prefer the polished look but each to their own.

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Welcome to California... home of the wildfire (used to to be earthquakes but those have thankfully been few and far between the last 30 years or so... are we due?). I'm guessing you are in Central or Northern California (Norcal) if fire smoke is an issue.
I'm in Menlo Park. The motorcycle arrived safely Monday with my household goods. Not a scratch!
 

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Expanded my Triumph ownership last week to include a Bobber TFC to go with the Thruxton TFC. I've only run about 80 miles on the Bobber thus far but should have up to 500 miles for initial service shortly.... assuming the fires diminish or at the least the wind changes direction. I've found a lot of good information on this site and look forwarding to learning more.
Hello and welcome buddy, I am also new here
 

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gotta admit the first thing I noticed was the discolouration,,,,justs seems too intense for a new bike but then noticed it on the other bike as well, what fuel are you using?
My Thruxton TFC seems to like to run higher revs and is higher spec than my Thruxton R so I take it where it's comfortable so it may run a bit hotter. The Bobber TFC is built a little higher spec as well with different tune, exhausts, crank and it may have a slightly different cam but it feels solid running a little higher RPM than some of the other Bobber owners have indicated they run their bikes. They're both Bonneville 1200 platforms and these engines seem pretty bullet proof. As far as fuel, in both bikes I run top tier premium which is usually 91- 94. A little more expensive but it doesn't take much to fill them up.
 

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gotta admit the first thing I noticed was the discolouration,,,,justs seems too intense for a new bike but then noticed it on the other bike as well, what fuel are you using?
My Thruxton TFC seems to like to run higher revs and is higher spec than my Thruxton R so I take it where it's comfortable so it may run a bit hotter. The Bobber TFC is built a little higher spec as well with different tune, exhausts, crank and it may have a slightly different cam but it feels solid running a little higher RPM than some of the other Bobber owners have indicated they run their bikes. They're both Bonneville 1200 platforms and these engines seem pretty bullet proof. As far as fuel, in both bikes I run top tier premium which is usually 91- 94. A little more expensive but it doesn't take much to fill them up.
I'm not 100% sure guys, but, I think the headers on the TFC's are a different alloy.
 
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