Triumph Rocket II TFC sets a new benchmark for giant motorcycle performance

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFCWITH only 750 being produced and just 25 coming to Australia, Triumph’s Rocket III TFC will be seen about as often as unicorn poo. 

This new Triumph Factory Custom will, however, be highly collectable, wistfully thought of and possibly considered the peak of giant petrol powered motorcycles.

What it won’t be is the fastest, best handling or most practical of motorcycles. What it will be is a giant of the motorcycles world, with the biggest engine – now out to 2500cc – the most grunt and the incredible presence of a machine which is long, tall, wide and heavy.

Triumph is trying to describe it as the Ultimate Motorcycle.

Featuring premium TFC badging with gold detailing and a beautiful individually-numbered plaque on the instrument mount, each one will be completely unique and never to be repeated.

The increased capacity helps boost power to 125kW, while torque is at a tyre-destroying 221Nm.

It’s also lighter and better equipped than any Rocket before it, 40kg lighter primarily due to an all-new unique aluminium frame which uses the engine as a stressed member for mass optimisation, all new aluminium single sided swinging arm, engine component refinements, carbon fibre bodywork and lightweight braking components.

The suite of electronics is impressive too, from various rider modes, cornering ABS and traction control to convenience features like cruise control, Bluetooth/ GoPro integration, keyless ignition, tyre pressure monitoring and USB charging.

Every Rocket TFC owner will also receive a special tailor-made TFC handover pack dedicated to their bike, featuring a numbered letter signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor, a personalised custom build book, leather TFC branded rucksack and a beautiful Rocket 3 TFC indoor bike cover.

Projected delivery of these bikes into Australia is scheduled for November 2019.

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC

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Engine Type Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC
Capacity 2458cc
Bore/Stroke 110.2 mm x 85.9 mm
Maximum Power Over 170PS
Maximum Torque Over 221Nm
Fuel system Ride-by-Wire, fuel injected
Exhaust Stainless 3 into 1 headers with 3 exit Arrow branded silencer / CAT box
Final drive Shaft, bevel box
Clutch Hydraulic, slip-assist
Gearbox 6 speed
Frame Full aluminium frame
Instruments TFT multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, digital tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, ambient temperature, clock and rider modes (Rain/Road/Sport/Rider-configurable) – Triumph TFT Connectivity System can be added
with accessory fitted Bluetooth module
Swingarm Single-sided, cast aluminium
Front Wheel 17 x 3.6in cast aluminium
Rear Wheel 16 x 7.5in cast aluminium
Front Tyre 150/80 R17 V
Rear Tyre 240/50 R16 V
Front Suspension Showa ø47mm upside-down 1+1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adj., 120mm travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster, 107mm travel
Front Brake Dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, Cornering ABS
Rear Brake Single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS
Seat Height 773 mm
Rake 27.9º
Trail 134.9 mm
Dry Weight TBC
Fuel Tank Capacity 19 L