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Triumph Officially Unveils Rocket 3 TFC

Teased earlier, Triumph today unveiled more photos, together with details, specifications and pricing for the limited edition Rocket 3 TFC. Priced at $29,000 U.S. ($33,000 Canadian) and limited to 750 units worldwide (225 in North America), this beast of a motorcycle displaces 2,500cc and delivers “more than” 168 hp and 163 pounds/feet of torque. Top drawer components and electronic controls are featured.

Dealers are taking orders now, with delivery of the bikes expected in December of this year. Here are all the details provided by Triumph:

Triumph’s legendary Rocket 3, launched in 2004, was renowned as a pure original with more muscle, presence and torque than any of the competition. Now, the much-anticipated, all-new Triumph Factory Custom Rocket 3. Boasting a massive new 2,500cc Triumph Triple engine, it redefines the class with heart-stopping muscular presence, category-dominating technology, beautiful features and the highest level of premium specification equipment.

The second Triumph TFC to be launched and a British engineering masterpiece, the 2019 Rocket 3 TFC is designed to be nothing short of the ultimate motorcycle.

  • Totally exclusive
    • North American production is limited to 225 units, each with a numbered edition plaque and unique badging. (Worldwide 750 units)
    • Special premium Rocket 3 TFC handover pack
  • World-beating performance
    • All-new 2,500cc Triple engine – the largest production motorcycle engine in the world
    • The highest torque of any production motorcycle – peak torque of more than 163 LB-FT
    • The most powerful Triumph to date – peak power of more than 168 HP 
  • Beautiful, muscular presence and style
    • Incredibly imposing poise and stance
    • Signature design features, including:
      – Twin LED headlights
      – Innovative sculpted three-header exhaust run
      – Distinctive single-sided swinging arm
      – Leather interchangeable single- and twin-seat set-up
    • Premium details and finishes, including carbon fiber bodywork
  • Category-dominating technology
    • The highest level of technological advancement, including:
      – Higher functionality second generation TFT instruments
      – Optimized cornering ABS and Traction Control
      – Four riding modes
      – Triumph Shift Assist
  • Category-defining capability and specification
    • Over 88 pounds lighter than the previous generation
    • Premium specification equipment, including:
      – Top-spec Brembo Stylema®  monobloc brakes
      – High specification adjustable Showa suspension
      – Brembo MCS span and ratio-adjustable lever

Ultra-Limited Edition
With only 750 ever being sold worldwide, the Rocket TFC is Triumph’s most exclusive and desirable motorcycle. Featuring premium TFC badging with gold detailing and a beautiful individually-numbered plaque on the instrument mount, each one will be completely unique
and never repeated.

Every Rocket TFC owner will also receive a special tailor-made TFC handover pack dedicated to their bike, featuring a numbered letter signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor, a personalized custom build book, leather TFC-branded rucksack and a beautiful Rocket 3 TFC indoor bike cover.

World-Beating Performance
At 2,500cc, the all-new higher capacity 2019 Rocket TFC powerplant is the world’s largest production motorcycle engine and central to its class-leading performance. This massive Triumph triple delivers more than 163 LB-FT of torque, more than any other production motorcycle, a staggering 70% more than its closest competitors. In addition the all-new engine delivers in excess of 168 peak horsepower, more than 13% higher than the previous generation, making this the most powerful Triumph to date.

Adding to its unbeatable performance, the Rocket 3 TFC engine features state-of-the-art components such as lightweight titanium inlet valves which allow for even higher revving than the previous Rocket, and tailor-made features including the unique Arrow silencers with beautiful carbon fiber end-caps.

Heart-Stopping Muscular Presence
With an aggressive stance and beautifully distinctive details like the new signature twin LED headlights, the Triumph Rocket 3 TFC is striking from every angle. Unique lightweight carbon fiber bodywork, including front mud-guard, silencer end caps, exhaust heat shields, fly screen, drive shaft cover, heel guards and tank strap all add to an unmatched level of finish.

With an aggressive stance and beautifully distinctive details like the new signature twin LED headlights, the Triumph Rocket 3 TFC is striking from every angle. Unique lightweight carbon fiber bodywork, including front mud-guard, silencer end caps, exhaust heat shields, fly screen, drive shaft cover, heel guards and tank strap all add to an unmatched level of finish.

The Rocket 3 TFC’s clean uncluttered style and muscular feel is further enhanced by new intricate twenty spoke cast aluminum wheels with imposing 240mm rear tire width and commanding internally wired flat handlebars.

Additional exquisite detailing includes the one-of-a-kind, premium twin carbon black and matte carbon black paint scheme with brushed foil decals, gold accents, electroformed 3D Triumph badge and elegantly hidden pillion footrests contributing to a clean, minimal rear end.

Category-Dominating Technology
The new Rocket 3 TFC offers unparalleled, rider-focused technology, setting an incredibly high standard of safety and usability while delivering the ultimate riding experience.

The latest full-color second generation TFT instruments add even more sophistication and a major step up in functionality over the previous Rocket. The minimal stylish design of the TFT system offers two information layout themes and a feature that allows the rider to personalize their start-up screen.

Increasing rider safety, the Optimized Cornering ABS and Traction Control set-up maintains the optimum braking performance and level of traction, whatever the lean angle. Additionally, four riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-Configurable) adjust the throttle map and traction control settings to suit riding conditions
or rider preference.

Raising usability and convenience even further, the Rocket 3 TFC comes with Triumph Shift Assist and Hill Hold Control as standard. The Triumph Shift Assist allows for clutch-less up and down shifts, shortening the times compared to manual gear changes, while the Hill Hold Control feature enables maximum rider control by preventing the bike from rolling backwards when stopped on an incline.

For enhanced visibility, low-energy consumption and great durability, the Rocket TFC features all-LED lighting, including an all-new full-LED twin headlight with signature shaped Daytime Running Light (DRL, market-specific availability), compact LED indicators, taillight and number plate light.

Electronic cruise control is also fitted as standard, reducing rider fatigue on long journeys. For additional convenience and security, the Rocket 3 TFC features keyless ignition, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and a USB charging socket.

In addition to its standard specification, an accessory Bluetooth connectivity module enables the Rocket 3 Triumph Factory Custom’s advanced TFT instruments with full connectivity to the world’s first motorcycle-integrated ‘GoPro’ control system, Triumph’s ‘turn-by-turn’ navigation system powered by Google, as well as music and phone operation.

Category-Defining Equipment Specification
Significant weight savings across the entire motorcycle make the 2019 Rocket 3 TFC over 15% lighter than its predecessor (an 88-pound weight savings), for even more astounding handling and thrilling riding experience. This savings is delivered by an all-new aluminum frame which uses the engine as a stressed member for mass optimization, an all-new aluminum single-sided swinging arm, engine component refinements, carbon fiber bodywork and lightweight braking components.

In addition to the weight savings, the Rocket 3 TFC also has a category leading level of equipment, with top specification Brembo Stylema® calipers, high quality adjustable 47mm upside down Showa cartridge forks and a fully adjustable Showa monoshock with piggy back reservoir.

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

Beautiful Engineering Features
The new 2019 Rocket 3 TFC is equipped with an incredible array of custom designed details including genuine leather interchangeable twin or single seat set-up as standard, plus an infill pad supplied to work with the single seat set-up. A distinctive single-sided swingarm and innovative sculpted three-header exhaust run add to the machine’s unique look.

The new TFC line reflects Triumph’s unparalleled impact on the custom motorcycle scene, born from the passion and unique expertise that resides within the Triumph factory walls. It’s a passion demonstrated time and again through a host of customized machines created by a small group of highly skilled design professionals. From beautifully stylized ambassador bikes, to the specially prepared Triumph motorcycles appearing in many of Hollywood’s most iconic films, to a variety of high performance, cutting-edge race bikes – each and every machine showcases the world-class talent of the Triumph Factory Custom team.

And this is only the beginning. With more exclusive TFC models in the works, each of these numbered, ultra-premium custom limited editions will feature a higher specification of technology and equipment, unique performance, and a crafted custom design
with class-leading detailing and finish.

Availability: December 2019 – Orders being taken now.

Pricing: $29,000 US / $33,000 CAN




Engine Type

Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC




110.2 mm x 85.9 mm

Maximum Power

More than  168 HP

Maximum Torque

More than 163 LB-FT

Fuel system

Ride-by-Wire, fuel injected


Stainless 3-into-1 headers with 3-exit Arrow-branded silencer / CAT box

Final drive

Shaft, bevel box


Hydraulic, slip-assist




Full aluminum frame


TFT multifunctional 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


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




5.31 in

Dry Weight


Fuel Tank Capacity

5.02 gal

Fuel Consumption


CO2 Emissions






Engine Type

Liquid cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin




97.6 mm x 80.0 mm

Maximum Power

108 HP @ 8,000rpm

Maximum Torque

85 LB-FT @ 4,850rpm

Fuel system

Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection


Brushed 2-into-2 exhaust system, twin Vance & Hines titanium silencers with carbon fiber end caps

Final drive

O-ring chain


Wet, multi-plate assist clutch




Tubular steel, aluminum cradle rails


LCD multi-functional instrument pack with analog speedometer and analog tachometer, TFC-specific dial faces


Twin-sided, aluminum, clear anodized

Front Wheel

32-spoke 17 x 3.5 in, black anodized rim

Rear Wheel

32-spoke 17 x 5 in, black anodized rim

Front Tire

Metzeler RaceTec RR, 120/70 ZR17

Rear Tire

Metzeler RaceTec RR,  160/60 ZR17

Front Suspension

Öhlins 43mm NIX30 upside down forks with adjustable rebound and compression damping, 4.7 inches of travel

Rear Suspension

Fully adjustable Öhlins twin shocks with piggy back reservoir, billet aluminum adjusters, 4.7 inches of rear wheel travel

Front Brake

Brembo twin 310mm floating discs, Brembo 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS


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  1. RCV seavey says:

    V-MAX or Diavel.. Less $ and better overall!

  2. Anonymous says:

    they should of put sueisided bars on it

  3. G. Hill says:

    Took a ride on the first Rocket when they came out. The gas tank was way to wide. If this tank was put on the standard I might be interested. I like this bike, but it outpriced itself. The way the pipes leave motor is much nicer looking also. Put that on standard.

  4. Bubba Blue says:

    It’s a little too heart-stopping for me. Harley has some decent power cruisers.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Is it wrong that I’d like a scaled down 1200cc version of this? One head light and 300 lbs. lighter please.

  6. Mr.Mike says:

    Very nice. This is what I would have imagined the Valkyrie 1500 would have eventually evolved into if the plastic-obsessed designers hadn’t gotten their way.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good lookin’ scoot. I think it’s better looking than any of the Diavel variants but as the old saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder so no harm to those that think it’s not their slice of cheesecake.

    The price is a bit steep but then there used to be people lined up to buy FCP (Full Chicken Package, i.e., Screamin’ Beagle model) Harleys over list. So if you’ve got the wherewithal to get what you desire and what you desire is this beauty, by all means…Buy one!

    Still think Triumph’s most desirable and in my case, realistically affordable, models for this year are the 1200 Scramblers.

  8. kjazz says:

    Beautiful. And that’s coming from someone who’d be the last to buy a “power cruiser” but nevertheless, this is gorgeous to me. I wouldn’t get $30K worth of enjoyment, but still, I’m glad somebody is building this sort of thing. Nicely done Triumph.

  9. Ricardo says:

    A copy of the Diavel, but more expensive and less sporty….

  10. Scotty says:

    Not my sort of thing but looks like another winner for Triumph. Love to have a whole days ride on one. Where I used to live in London on my commute I would often run accross a R3 with pretty fruity/open pipes on it, the sound was glorious. It revved hard, but with a serious intent, sort of the feeling you get when a Spitfire IX passes overhead and you get the Merlin sound……

  11. Matt says:

    The very image of wretched excess. Overly large, overpowered, and yet so desirable. I LIKE IT!!!

  12. Bob K says:

    I imagine my balls would feel 10X their size after a ride on this. It’s a tough looking machine. Love it.

  13. Grover says:

    One thing is for sure, it will give all those stretched Busa’s in Daytona a run for the money.

    • todd says:

      No way in hell. This thing has much less power than a Busa, especially a modified one. Then there’s all the extra weight…

  14. Jim says:

    $30k for Showa suspension? Pass.

  15. DickJohnson says:

    Only gender confused Flat Earthers and Anti-Vaxers are going to buy that thing. It has “Chick Bike” written all over it.

    • Rhinestone Kawboy says:

      Chick bike, you mean like mostly Chicks will be riding this? You’re sh*tting me aren’t you. I’m sure some could ride it, but wouldn’t consider it a chic bike. I know, you’re just pulling our chain, or breaking our driveshaft- whatever. 🙂

  16. says:

    Only gender confused Flat Earthers and Anti-Vaxers will buy that thing. Has “chick bike” written all over it.

  17. Hot Dog says:

    Beautiful, polished, exclusive and limited, it’s a great marketing move to sell limited units of these beasts.

  18. steveinsandiego says:

    wellpers, imo it will follow the harley and indian heavyweights to the grave. oh, sure, a few will sell to the jay lenos among us, but they won’t last.

  19. Dirty Bob says:

    Love the bike! It has quality extras at a good price point. Only one small problem: Where, besides a track and special license, can one ride this bike in the U.S.???

    • bmbktmracer says:

      Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

  20. mickey says:

    actually in the pictures I think it’s a sharp looking bike (but needs a rear fender)

    kind of reminds me of Honda’s Evo 6 they had in prototype a few years ago.

    • Wayne says:

      I’m glad you mentioned the Evo, because that was exactly my thought. Having previously owned 5 1500 Valkyries, and presently riding a 2014 1800 Valkyrie, I always wished for the styling to be more sporting. Although I like the styling of the 2014, I would have preferred the Evo or Triumph style (except for the fat front tire) .Other than the chain drive, if this Triumph is anywhere close to my 2014 Valkyrie in user friendliness, it should be sweet. Personally, the one thing these bikes don’t need is more power, but if that’s what’s required to make a profit on the limited production, so be it. I sure wish I could still buy a new Valkyrie, especially if it looked like this.

  21. Tank says:

    Please add a passenger seat. I’m going to need help picking it up.

  22. Tommy D says:

    Perfect bike for Florida. All those peeps that can’t afford a Boss Hoss will be lining up for this thing. Can you picture it being converted to a trike? Stuff I’ve seen at Daytona Bike Week lets me know this bike has a buyer out there.

  23. Tom R says:

    This is the motorcycling equivalent of using a sledgehammer to kill a fly.

  24. Punkin Pie says:

    Why does Triumph get a pass when they sell a $30,000 bike, but when anyone else does it everyone here freaks out about Jay Leno being the only person who can afford something so outrageously expensive?

    • Dave says:

      Maybe it’s because it comes with 2 bikes worth of engine displacement. The motorcycle community seems to place an over emphasis on displacement in relation to a motorcycle’s value.

      On a more serious note, it’s because of the way it looks. It looks very different and finished. It sends a message that it is something more, and they’re making so few of them that people aren’t offended at the notion that they’re supposed to be able to afford it.

  25. Dino says:

    Not my usual cup of tea… BUT I like it.. Limited in production , and limited by price of admission..

    I will add this to my Lottery List!! Would love to try this one on…

  26. Bart says:

    Round headlights, no beak!

    What’s not to like!

  27. Randybobandy says:

    2500 cc’s and room for 0 passengers. I guess whoever would spend that kind of $$ on this bike is probably not getting laid.

  28. harley davidson says:

    yeah, but………….

  29. SeTh says:

    Wheelbase for this locomotive?

  30. PatrickD says:

    I would really like a go on that.
    Not sure I’d buy one, but I reckon it would be a scream.

  31. Dave says:

    I’m not a lover of the Daivel style but this is a very cool bike. Glad to see Triumph making a good looking, super powerful bike for a change. The Triumph styling in general bores me but this shows they have the capability to make a fabulous bike. Who knows if they make better looking and performing bikes I may have to buy one.

  32. Tom R says:

    With all that torque, this bike could do with just 2nd, 4th, and 6th gears in the the trans, and drop the other three. Why bother with all that pesky shifting on a 2,500 cc motorcycle?

    • Bob K says:

      I skip gears on my H2 SX SE frequently and don’t miss them, so why not? Shed another 5 lbs.

    • todd says:

      Probably because it has a limited rev range and would be much less efficient without them.

  33. Dave says:

    Not my kind of ride, but I think it looks really great. This, the Diavel, and the V-max are all pretty cool for this kind of ride.

  34. gpokluda says:

    Love it. They could easily sell twice as many. The ultimate muscle bike.

  35. Skybullet says:

    Since parking lot presence is a priority, they hit it out of the park. I’ll bet the big triple sounds really good too. Not my cup of tea but it looks right for the mission.

  36. Wendy says:

    Fugly water pump it is, can I have my Diavel?

  37. bmbktmracer says:

    I love it!!! This thing is so cool. I can’t wait to see what other TFC models they come up with.

  38. Rhinestone Kawboy says:

    As soon as I laid eyes on this I thought, a Triumph Daivel by any other name. Not quite the uniqueness that some might think.

    • KenHoward says:

      Yes, it’s just like all the other longitudinal inline-triples.

    • KenHoward says:

      Yes, it’s very similar to all the other 2.5 liter, longitudinal inline-triples.

    • You can credit the V-Rod or V-Max with starting the power-cruiser genre, and Ducati did put there own style to it. But I like this triple best. Waiting to see what the regular version will cost though.

      • RyYYZ says:

        V-Max. Pre-dates the V-Rod by a good 15 years or more. Was the quickest thing around when it came out.

        • My2cents says:

          The Honda V 65 Magna pre dates the V Max by two years in the modern era big cube drag bike era. But this category is open to endless interpretations.

    • Rhinestone Kawboy says:

      Didn’t say it wasn’t unique at all, but there is a lot of Daivel in some of the design elements.

  39. Curly says:

    Add a rear fender and that would be a good looking bike. I hope they sell them all.

  40. TT says:

    What does the other side look like?

  41. Anonymous says:

    TBC my ass, they know exactly how much this whale weighs.

  42. Mark T says:

    I really like it!
    Triumph deserves the success they are having. The rest of the industry gives us the SOS and is losing sales. God Save the Queen and God Save Triumph!

    • Reginald Van Blunt says:

      One has to admire such an uncompromised design, and yes regarding the last royal lady forever. I love Triumphs uniqueness.

  43. Jabe says:

    Not my usual kind of bike, but I kind of like it.

  44. mickey says:

    Finally a bike with more torque than todds bicycle.

    And it costs less than a Livewire too.

    • todd says:

      I used to own a Peugeot 103 moped. I would tell people it had more torque at the crank than their Harley when in ”hybrid” mode.
      I was telling the truth.

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