The limited-edition 2019 Triumph Rocket boasts a 2,500cc inline triple—the world’s largest production motorcycle engine.
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Ask and ye shall receive, as they say, for here is the 2019 Rocket 3 TFC, a big-boned, bad-assed, and crazy-powerful reimagining of the first Rocket III from 2004 (yeah, they didn’t use the numeral 3 back then, for whatever reason). But this is so much more than just a “refresh” of an existing model. Nope, this one’s pretty much all-new, and it’s bigger, lighter, more powerful, and, yes, more expensive, but unfortunately, rarer too—only 750 models will be produced worldwide. Still, a massive 2,500cc Triumph triple engine is nothing to sneeze at, and that’s what the new 2019 Rocket 3 brings, along with an impressive slew of high-end componentry, finishes, and equipment.
There’s no mistaking the still-aggressive stance or the familiar twin headlights (now LED), but the 2019 Rocket 3 is definitely a new take on the old guard. It’s far more streamlined, less chunky, and ditches a lot of the extraneous bodywork for a leaner, meaner more roadster-y vibe. A brief lightweight carbon-fiber fender, heat shields, and fly screen add to the sleeker look and also help the R3 shed a few pounds while they’re at it. The uncluttered feel is further amplified by the internally wired handlebars, 20-spoke cast aluminum wheels (though that beefy 240mm rear tire remains), and a super-tidy rear end. The whole package is capped by a cool carbon black and matte carbon black paint scheme with gold accents and a raised Triumph badge.
But let’s talk about the engine, can we? The all-new higher-capacity 2019 Rocket powerplant is—at 2,500cc—“the world’s largest production motorcycle engine” according to Triumph. The massive triple is said to serve up more than 163 pound-feet of torque (“more than any other production motorcycle,” says the press release) and “in excess of 168 peak hp” which would supposedly make this the most powerful Triumph to date. Whew.
You can probably thank state-of-the-art components like lightweight titanium inlet valves which allow for higher revving, an all-new aluminum frame that uses the engine as a stressed member, a new aluminum single-sided swingarm, and lighter engine and body components, all of which help the Rocket 3 TFC drop a hefty 88 pounds from the previous model (the remaining Rocket III in the Triumph lineup, the 2018 Roadster, weighs in at a chubby 736 pounds dry).
With 168 horses to be reined in forcefully every now and then, this is where the Brembo Stylema calipers and Monoblock brakes will come in handy. There’s also cornering ABS and traction control just in case things get a little hot. Soaking up bumps are a 47mm adjustable Showa upside-down fork (which looks set at a steeper rake than the Roadster’s 32 degrees), as well as an adjustable Showa monoshock with a piggyback reservoir.
Hold those horses: Brembo Monoblocks slow the whoa, while an adjustable upside-down Showa fork soaks up the hits. | Courtesy of Triumph Motorcycles
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Would you take this bike from Paris to Dakar? The XT500 is a pretty important bike in Yamaha's history. It first entered production in 1975, and using the ruggedly durable single cylinder thumper engine that also powered the SR500, the bike managed to win the first two Paris-Dakar rallies ever held. The bikes are great looking easy to maintain, and fun to ride, so it's no wonder that they're popular with custom builders, so much so, that Yamaha re-released the XT's sister bike, the SR400, in 2014.
The cockpit looks nothing like the Rocket of old; a full-color TFT instrument display lets you choose between four riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport, and Rider-Configurable) to suit the environment or yourself, and Shift Assist and Hill Hold Control as well as cruise control and TPMS come standard too. (Shift Assist allows for clutchless shifts, and Hill Hold prevents the bike from rolling backward on an incline.) The Rocket TFC also gets all-LED lighting, including an all-new LED twin headlight with Daytime Running Light (market-specific) and compact LED indicators.
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Want to stay connected? An accessory Bluetooth module enables the Rocket 3 TFC’s TFT instruments with full connectivity to the “world’s first” motorcycle-integrated “GoPro” control system, Triumph’s “turn-by-turn” navigation system, as well as music and phone operation.
This is not your father’s Rocket, mate. An all-new, much cleaner cockpit tucks in a modern color TFT display. Choose from four riding modes, depending on your situation. | Courtesy of Triumph Motorcycles
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Thoughtful details are what separate the TFC models from production machines, and a slick numbered plaque on the instrument mount seals the deal. Just in case you forget, each Rocket TFC owner gets a tailor-made TFC pack with a letter signed by Triumph CEO Nick Bloor, a personalized custom build book, leather rucksack, and a TFC indoor bike cover.
The rear end is chopped and tidy, with a genuine leather saddle that’s interchangeable between a single- and twin-seat setup. | Courtesy of Triumph Motorcycles
Only 750 2019 Rocket 3 TFCs will be available with 225 units for North America, priced at $29,000. That’s a hefty bit of coin, but if the TFC series is anything like Harley’s CVO division, we can realistically expect some of its premium components and engineering to trickle down to the standard production (and lower-priced) models. After all, recent spy shots suggest a production version of this Rocket is in the works, which would be awesome; Ducati’s Diavel could use some competition.
As with all Triumph Factory Customs, the 2019 Rocket 3 TFC carries a unique, individually numbered plaque to show its provenance. Only 225 are coming to North America. | Courtesy of Triumph Motorcycles
Glad to see the awesomely eccentric Rocket 3 back in the mix. Hopefully its upper-shelf components and advanced technology will trickle down to the mainstream Triumph cruisers. | Courtesy of Triumph Motorcycles
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC Specifications
|Engine||Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC|
|Bore x Stroke||110.2 mm x 85.9 mm|
|Claimed Horsepower||More than 168 hp|
|Claimed Torque||More than 163 lb.-ft.|
|Fuel system||Ride by wire, fuel injected|
|Exhaust||Stainless 3-into-1 headers w/ 3-exit Arrow silencer; CAT box|
|Frame||Full aluminum frame|
|Instruments||TFT multi-functional instrument pack w/ 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 w/ accessory 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 Tire||150/80R-17 V|
|Rear Tire||240/50R-16 V|
|Front Suspension/Travel||Showa 47mm upside-down cartridge fork, compression and rebound adjustable/4.7 in.|
|Rear Suspension/Travel||Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster/4.2 in.|
|Front Brake||Dual 320mm discs, Brembo Stylema 4-piston radial Monoblock calipers, cornering ABS|
|Rear Brake||300mm disc, Brembo 4-piston Monoblock caliper, cornering ABS|
|Seat Height||30.4 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||5.0 gal.|
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