After teasing us with some photos in January, Triumph has released full details about the new 2019 Rocket 3 TFC. Besides the switch from roman numerals and the addition of premium Triumph Factory Custom components, the limited edition 2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC supersizes what was already the world’s largest production motorcycle engine to a massive 2458cc displacement, claiming more than 168 hp and 163 lb-ft.
Triumph says the engine is all new, with a 110.2mm bore and 85.9 mm stroke, compared to the previous Rocket III’s 101.6 mm x 94.3 mm. That translates to an extra 164cc over its already giant predecessor’s 2294cc powerplant. The engine makes use of lightweight titanium intake valves, allowing it to rev higher than the previous Rocket (Triumph didn’t explicitly say what the new rev limit is, but a shot of the digital tachometer shows a redline just shy of 6000rpm).
The claimed 168 hp output is about 13% higher than the previous Rocket III engine (and the most powerful engine produced by Triumph) while Triumph’s claimed 163 lb-ft. would give the Rocket 3 TFC more peak torque than any other production motorcycle, and by quite some margin.
As a Triumph Factory Custom, the Rocket 3 comes with a lot of premium carbon fiber parts. The bodywork, front fender, fly screen, drive shaft cover, heel guards, tank strap, silencer end caps and exhaust heat shields are all made from lightweight carbon. The Rocket 3 TFC also makes use of a new aluminum frame that uses the engine as a stressed member and a new aluminum single-sided swingarm for further weight savings. Triumph hasn’t released any total weight figures yet, but it does claim an 88-pound weight savings from the previous Rocket III. If that’s accurate, that would put the bike at around 648 pounds (dry).
Showa provides the 47mm inverted fork and rear monoshock with piggyback reservoir while Brembo supplies its M4.30 Stylema 4-piston radial monoblock calipers. The radial master cylinder, brake lever and clutch lever are also from Brembo.
Up front, the Rocket 3 TFC sports twin LED headlights with (in some markets) daytime running lights. Other features include keyless ignition, a tire pressure monitoring system and a USB charging socket. An optional Bluetooth connectivity module gives the Rocket 3 TFC phone and music operation, Google-powered navigation and an integrated GoPro control system (first introduced on the Scrambler 1200.
Triumph will only produce 750 units of the Rocket 3 TFC, with 225 dedicated to North America. Each bike comes with a numbered plaque on the instrument mount and a tailor made TFC handover pack with a custom build book, rucksack, bike cover and a letter signed by Triumph Chief Executive Officer Nick Bloor.
Of course, exclusivity comes with a price, in this case US$29,000. The 2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC will be available in December, but orders are being accepted now. What remains to be seen, however, is whether Triumph will release a more affordable non-TFC version.
|2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC Specifications|
|Engine Type||Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC|
|Bore/Stroke||110.2 mm x 85.9 mm|
|Maximum Power||More than 168 hp (claimed)|
|Maximum Torque||More than 163 lb-ft. (claimed)|
|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|
|Frame||Full aluminum 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 aluminum|
|Front Wheel||17 x 3.6 in. cast aluminum|
|Rear Wheel||16 x 7.5 in. cast aluminum|
|Front Tyre||150/80 R17 V|
|Rear Tyre||240/50 R16 V|
|Front Suspension||Showa 47mm upside-down 1+1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjustable, 4.7 inches of travel|
|Rear Suspension||Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster, 4.2 inches of travel|
|Front Brake||Dual 320 mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, Cornering ABS|
|Rear Brake||Single 300 mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS|
|Seat Height||30.4 in|
|Fuel Capacity||5.02 gal|