Triumph Rocket III TFC is just getting started

The comeback of the rocket of Triumph

Triumph Rocket III TFC
Photograph: Triumph/Werk
Triumph's Rocket III monster will be available in a classy TFC version in 2019. "TFC" stands for "Triumph Factory Custom", i.e. custom variants of special bikes ex works. In this series the beautiful Triumph Thruxton TFC has already been presented. The now introduced Rocket III TFC is a power cruiser in the purest form and in many ways reminiscent of the also new Ducati Diavel 1260. As with the previously known Rocket models, the new Rocket TFC has a monster displacement that has grown to 2.5 liters. The new bike is said to deliver 180 hp and deliver an incredible 230 Nm of torque to the rear wheel, which is expected to be under 3,000 rpm. The impressive three-cylinder engine is a supporting element of a newly developed aluminium frame.

Technically, the Rocket TFC is also upgraded and comes with cruise control, traction control, ABS, launch control and a TFT color display with smartphone connectivity. The rear wheel is completely free for full inspection thanks to a single-arm swingarm. The license plate carrier is mounted on the swingarm and of course this monster bike is designed for solo operation. There is a passenger hump, but this is probably only intended for shorter journeys to the ice cream parlour.

At the front, the Rocket III still has A TFC with a double headlight. At the front there is an upside-down fork. The braking system comes according to Brembo, it is a radially screwed four-piston fixed caliper. As with the Thruxton, the Rocket TFC is to be produced only 750 times. Triumph hasn't come up at prices yet, but it's unlikely to be a bargain. No matter - nice that Triumph dares to approach such experiments.