- New Rocket III TFC has been built by Triumph Factory Custom.
- The bike was unveiled alongside a Thruxton R TFC.
- Gets an all-new frame with a single-sided swingarm.
- Gets brand new and larger 2500cc motor, expected to make around 180PS and 230Nm.
- Limited to 750 units, will be launched on May 1st.
Triumph has a new division. Called Triumph Factory Customs, this new unit is assigned with making cool bikes. Bikes like the Thruxton R TFC and Rocket III TFC. While the Thruxton R TFC will get you hot under the collar, the more outrageous Rocket III TFC has got us more interested as its donor bike is actually the upcoming all-new Rocket III set to launch later this year. The custom bike gives us a glimpse of what to expect from the soon-to-be-released muscle bike.
For starters, the bike gets a more modern and tightly packaged skin, a la Diavel. You have a new fuel tank, front fender and rear tailpiece, all of which looks far more compact than the outgoing bike. It retains the twin headlamp setup that looks like two scaled-down Speedmaster headlamps, and a new visor. It gets the Scrambler 1200’s new TFT instrument console as well.
What differentiates the upcoming Rocket III from the Rocket III TFC? Well, you get blacked out body parts including the visor, a blacked out motor and a stripe across the fuel tank. There is liberal use of carbon fibre on the Arrow exhaust system and heel plate.
The upcoming Rocket III’s brand new inline three-cylinder motor, which is said to have grown from 2300cc to 2500cc, might see a bump up in performance in the TFC. Power output for the standard motor is expected to be in the region of 180PS and 230Nm. That’ll be a massive jump from the existing Rocket III’s 148PS and 221Nm power output.
To harness the extra power, the bike gets an all-new frame that is expected to be lighter and stiffer. It gets a single-sided swingarm, again a la Diavel. The rider will sit taller on the bike courtesy a higher-mounted seat while the riding position will be more aggressive thanks to a flatter handlebar. The brakes too have been updated with Brembo radial calipers. Whether any of this has slight changes for the TFC remains to be seen.
Triumph will launch the bike worldwide on May 1st and reveal full specifications of the bike around the same time. It will be a limited edition run of 750 units.
While chances of this bike coming to India are slim, we expect the standard 2019 Rocket III to come to India this year with an expected price tag of Rs 20 lakh. Watch this space for more details.
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