Earlier this year, Triumph Motorcycles showcased the first product from the newly-developed Triumph Factory Customs wing, Thruxton R TFC. The Hinckley-based company also hinted at a TFC-bred Rocket 3 by displaying a production-ready concept. Now, Triumph has officially confirmed the limited-edition Rocket 3 TFC. With just 750 units to be produced, the Rocket 3 TFC carries a sticker price of GBP 25,000 or Rs 22.69 lakh (excluding Indian taxes and duties).
Launched in 2004, the original Rocket III boasted the world’s biggest engine in a production motorcycle with a 2.2-litre, three-cylinder engine. The new Rocket 3 TFC take the game forward, flaunting a 2.4-litre triple, snatching the crown from the predecessor. With 221Nm, the Rocket 3 TFC also gets to brag about having the torquiest mill in the market. Triumph claims of having “excess” of 167bhp making it the most powerful bike from the British brand’s stable.
The TFC badge means that the Rocket 3 gets all the exotic tech. From titanium valves, carbonfibre-tipped Arrow exhaust to an impressive electronic package, the brawny cruiser has it all.
For starters, the electronics include lean-sensitive traction control, cornering ABS coupled with four riding modes with an autoblipper and quickshifter. Other creature comforts include cruise control, hill hold control, keyless ignition and tyre pressure monitoring. The TFT display with its optional Bluetooth dongle, gives rider the ability to control the phone and even integrate GoPro.
All that top-notch electronics and the gargantuan engine demands for the best hardware and Rocket 3 gets it all. The cruiser gets 47mm fully-adjustable Showa cartridge forks, as well as a fully-adjustable piggyback shock. Dropping the anchor is Brembo brakes with an adjustable radial master cylinder powering a set of top-of-the-line Stylema calipers.
Though Triumph has not announced any plans for a standard Rocket III, the idea cannot be ruled out. But has Triumph reworked the entire model, including the frame and the swingarm for just 750 units? I think not. Another variant of the Rocket 3 has been spotted testing and from the looks of it, seems to be the standard variant.
This standard variant may see the light of the day by the end of the year. Expect the standard Rocket 3 to be void of the carbonfibre and some more premium titbits.
Unfortunately, the Triumph Factory Customs won’t be making it to the country. So, we will have to wait for the standard Rocket 3 to come to our shores.