Three months after showing off a concept creation, Triumph has confirmed that it will make 750 examples of the Rocket 3 TFC – which will cost £25,000 when it goes on sale later this year.
With a 2294cc engine making it the largest capacity production motorcycle in the world, the previous Rocket III has been an icon since it was launched in 2004, although the model quietly slipped out of the Triumph range when Euro4 regulations came into force a few years back. The new version, which is part of Triumph’s exclusive TFC (Triumph Factory Custom) programme, uses an even larger 2500cc three-cylinder motor. With more than 170bhp (not to mention 221Nm of torque) the Rocket 3 TFC is the most powerful production Triumph of all time.
While the 2019 Rocket 3 retains the classic Rocket III look, right down to the twin bug eyed headlamps and triple exhaust manifold, the latest bike is pretty much all-new from the ground up. The chassis is now 40kg lighter than the previous generation model, despite gaining a stunning single-sided swingarm which showcases the mad, fat 240 section rear tyre.
The motor appears to be an evolution of the previous generation version unit but has been heavily reworked with race technology such as titanium inlet valves and a bespoke exhaust system from Italian wizards Arrow.
Detailing on the TFC is stunning with those bug-eyes concealing full LED headlamps, a leather saddle that can be converted from a single to twin seat set up and carbon fibre bodywork with gold accents and stylish new badges. Brembo are supplying top spec Stylema Monobloc brakes, while the fully-adjustable suspension comes from Showa. A full suite of electronics includes cornering ABS, traction control, four riding modes, quickshifter and hill start assist, all controlled through a trick looking, second generation, TFT instrument pack. Other spec includes cruise control, full LED lighting, a keyless ignition system, tyre pressure monitoring system and connectivity with a GoPro video camera and Google navigation systems.
British and Irish customers will also be able to collect their Rocket 3 TFC directly from the Triumph factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire, while the handover pack will include a numbered letter of authenticity from Triumph boss Nick Bloor, a custom build book, TFC branded backpack and a bespoke bike cover designed especially for the new Rocket 3.
Only 750 examples of the Triumph Rocket 3 TFC will be made for sale around the world, with a price tag of £25,000 in the UK. There’s no word on whether or not other versions of the new Rocket 3 will follow, although there’s a good chance that a mass production example could be posted as a 2020 model.