Triumph’s new Rocket 3 TFC is ultra exclusive
The Triumph Rocket 3 TFC is a new limited-edition production model featuring modern styling and even more power.
When it was launched in 2004 the Triumph Rocket 3 it re-wrote what large bikes were, and other than a V8-powered Boss Hoss it was the biggest thing you could buy on two wheels. Now it’s coming back, first as a limited-edition production run of just 750 models. The Triumph Rocket 3 TFC is the latest model the be created under the company’s ultra-premium Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) programme.
Triumph Rocket 3 TFC design
The styling of the Rocket 3 TFC doesn’t stray far from that of the original version, but this limited edition version does get some stylish features. Twin LED headlights mix a classic look with a touch of modernity. Each bike is to be individually numbered showing which one of the 750 produced it was and this plaque will be affixed to the instrument mount. A small fly screen, made in carbon fibre looks cool but is unlikely to provide a great deal of wind protection at higher speeds.
Adding to the unique look is a special finish of twin carbon black and matt carbon black paint with brushed foil decals and gold accents, which according to Triumph means that no two bikes will be the same. It also carries a 3D electroformed Triumph badge.
Buyers will have the choice to run the Rocket 3 TFC as a single seat or in twin seat configuration. Both seats will have real leather upholstery, and for when it is set up as a single seater there is an infill pad to cover up the pillion area. The bike runs intricate cast aluminium 20-spoke wheels, 17-inch on the front and 16-inch on the rear, with 150/80 R17 V and 240/50 R16 V tyres respectively.
Powering the TFC Rocket 3 is an all-new engine 2,500cc triple that holds the claim of the largest capacity production motorcycle engine currently being made. It retains a similar look to its predecessor with the three header pipes running down the right side of the bike.
To help increase power output to 170hp the engine utilises lightweight components such as titanium inlet valves, which help it to rev higher. We presume it should sound pretty decent too as Arrow has created bespoke silencers for it complete with carbon fibre end caps. But as much fun as it will be to rev that out, surfing the wave of torque that engine generates is what most owners will enjoy. At 221Nm Triumph states that it has 70% more torque than its nearest rival.
Weight saving features
Adding more power is one thing, but Triumph has also been able to shave 40kg from the Rocket 3 in comparison to its predecessor. A big part of that comes through the use of a new aluminium frame. It uses the engine as a stressed member for mass optimisation and has a single-sided swingarm. Extensive use of carbon fibre for the bodywork includes the front mudguard, exhaust heat shields fly screen, drive shaft cover, tank strap and heel guards.
For the suspension, Triumph uses 47mm Showa upside-down cartridge forks. These offer 120mm of suspension travel and riders can adjust these for compression and rebound. On the back end a fully adjustable Showa monoshock with a piggyback reservoir and remote hydraulic preload adjuster delivering 107mm of travel.
Stopping such a big bike calls for some powerful brakes, so Triumph turned to Brembo which supplies the radial master cylinder and Stylema four-piston monobloc callipers. These bite on twin 320mm discs on the front. The rear runs a large 300mm disc gripped by a Brembo four-piston monobloc calliper. On the bars, there are MCS brake and clutch levers that are fully adjustable for span and ratio.
The Rocket 3 TFC carries Triumph’s latest colour TFT instrument display with two information layouts. These include a digital speedo and tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge and ambient temperature as well as displays for the four different ride modes.
An optional Bluetooth connectivity module adds more functionality to the TFT display including a turn-by-turn navigation system powered by Google. It is compatible with smartphones and can display music and phone operation functions. There’s even a GoPro control system to help capture some of the best moments of your ride. Riders will also have the ability to personalise the start-up screen.
In Ireland, the Triumph Rocket 3 TFC will have a starting price of €33,250
Triumph Rocket 3 TFC Technical Specifications
Engine: 3-cylinder inline, water cooled, DOHC
Engine Capacity: 2,458cc
Bore/Stroke: 110.2mm x 85.9mm
Gearbox: 6 speed
Fuel tank: 19 litres
Seat Height: 773mm