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First Look: Triumph Rocket III TFC


Two and a half litres of displacement. Just let that sink in a little while...


That is the displacement (rounded up a tiny bit) of Triumph Motorcycle's latest object of desire.


Already holders of the “world’s largest capacity production motorcycle engine” crown with the original Hinkley Rocket III, have gone even bigger with the next generation bike with a full 2458cc of inline-triple grunt.


Now also taking the title of the most powerful Triumph engine ever with “over 170hp and over 221Nm of torque”. Why Triumph isn’t releasing more concrete figures is a mystery, but with the new bike tipping the scales a full 40 kilos lighter than the outgoing bike the Rocket III TFC is definitely going to live up to the Rocket name.

In addition to the weight saving, the Rocket 3 TFC also scores top-level equipment, with top teir Brembo Stylema® calipers, high specification adjustable 47mm upside down Showa cartridge forks and fully adjustable Showa monoshock with piggy back reservoir.


The premium specification continues with a Brembo radial master cylinder and MCS span and ratio adjustable brake lever plus matching clutch lever.


As Triumph’s most exclusive motorcycle (for now), the Rocket III TFC sports premium TFC badging with gold detailing and a beautiful individually-numbered plaque on the instrument mount to denote the unique nature of each individual bike.

The one-off special parts don’t end there, with each Rocket TFC owner to receive a special tailor-made TFC handover pack dedicated to their bike, featuring a numbered letter signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor, a personalised custom build book, leather TFC branded rucksack and a Rocket 3 TFC indoor bike cover.


As yet, Triumph Motorcycles New Zealand have no word on how many of the 750 bikes will find there way here, but with Kiwis having an uncanny ability to punch above our weight in terms of acquiring rare motorcycles, we wouldn’t count against at least a couple of examples finding their way here.