The Triumph Rocket III has been motorcycling’s high-watermark of wretched excess for over a decade. With a 2300 cc engine that would probably be more at home in a car, the Rocket III – like the Yamaha VMax or arguably, the Honda Gold Wing – exists in a class of its own. All things must change however, and 2019 was expected to mark the birth of a new Rocket…and here it is.
The new 2019 Triumph Rocket wasn’t revealed at a big bike show or anything though. Instead, it was shown as one of two “exclusive, ultra-premium, limited-edition models” in a press release the company sent out yesterday to promote Triumph’s new “Factory Custom Program.”
If you ask me (you didn’t, I know), I think the PR department let this cat out of the bag a little ahead of schedule. That’s just me, though.
What do you guys think? Is this a carefully timed “leak” to drum up interest in the 2019 Bike’s official reveal in May, or a genuine slip up by the marketing guys? What do you think about the custom program itself, since that’s the point of the PR piece to begin with? Check out the (long!) official release below, and let us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
ALL-NEW TRIUMPH FACTORY CUSTOMS: INTRODUCING THE NEW THRUXTON TFC AND CONCEPT ROCKET TFC
Exclusive, ultra-premium limited-edition models
With the 2019 launch of the all-new exclusive Triumph Factory Custom line, Triumph delivers a landmark moment for British custom design. Every TFC model will be built to embody the pinnacle of custom Triumph design with enhanced levels performance, technology, engineering, specification and finish.
The new TFC lineup of limited edition, ultra-premium motorcycles debuts with the beautiful, more powerful, lighter and even higher specification Thruxton TFC and hints at what’s to come with the stunning concept Rocket TFC.
- Custom designed, beautifully crafted models
- Individually numbered, limited to only 750 worldwide and never to be repeated
- The pinnacle of Triumph’s design, engineering and craftsmanship
- Unmatched levels of performance, specification and finish
- New benchmark for quality with an exceptional level of custom detailing
- Carefully crafted to be the most beautiful and desirable Triumphs ever made
Thruxton TFC – The new definitive sports classic
- 750 numbered and TFC-badged editions
- Weight reduction and Increase of 10 horsepower over the Thruxton R
- 85 Ft-lbs torque @ 4,850rpm
Benchmark-setting level of specification, including:
- Fully adjustable Öhlins suspension
- Brembo radial master cylinder and adjustable brake lever
- Race-specification Metzeler Racetec RR tires
- Titanium Vance & Hines silencers with carbon fiber end caps
- Premium custom finish and detailing including stunning carbon fiber bodywork and billet-machined top yoke with numbered TFC plaque
- Personalized TFC handover pack including a personalized book and signed letter of authentication
Concept Rocket TFC
- The concept for the next TFC model is an all-new Rocket TFC, the ultimate motorcycle
The world’s largest production motorcycle engine transformed
- Full details and launch to follow on May 1, 2019
NEW TRIUMPH FACTORY CUSTOM PROGRAM
This 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.
The genesis of the Triumph Factory Custom concept stems from the celebrated 2014 Triumph TFC Bobber and TFC Scrambler, a pair of outrageous, one-off customs hatched from a friendly challenge among members of the Triumph design team. These first TFC designs planted the seed for a limited run of ultra-premium motorcycles available to the public, giving enthusiasts from around the world the rare opportunity to own one of the most beautiful, exclusive and desirable Triumphs ever made.
With the new TFC models, riders can now experience what was previously only available to a select few. Each of the individually numbered limited editions will feature a higher specification of technology and equipment, better performance and a crafted custom design with class-leading detailing and finish.
THRUXTON TFC – THE NEW DEFINITIVE SPORTS CLASSIC
Rare. Beautiful. Special.
Boasting more style, power and performance than the already high-spec Thruxton R, the new Thruxton TFC raises the bar to become the definitive sports classic and pinnacle of the legendary Thruxton lineup.
Rare, beautiful and truly special – this first production TFC model celebrates the best of British engineering, detailing and finish in an ultra-rare, never-to-be-repeated version that delivers more in every dimension.
With only 750 to be sold worldwide, the Thruxton TFC will be Triumph’s most exclusive and desirable Modern Classic. Featuring premium TFC badging, instrument faces augmented with gold detailing and a beautiful, individually-numbered plaque on the top yoke, each one will be unique and never to be repeated.
Every Thruxton TFC owner will also receive a special, tailor-made TFC handover pack unique to their bike featuring a numbered letter signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor, a personalized custom-build book and a beautiful Thruxton TFC bike cover.
Premium Custom Finish and Detailing
Visually striking, the new Thruxton TFC features beautifully engineered, lightweight carbon fiber bodywork including a stunning one-piece carbon cockpit fairing, front mudguard, seat cowl, heel guards and silencer end caps. Additional detailing includes a billet machined aluminum top yoke with TFC branding, premium brushed nickel mirror centers, a tinted screen, a leather seat with stitched detailing, and a billet machined aluminum oil-filler cap.
These exquisite details come on top of a host of beautiful blacked out features, including premium black anodized multi-spoked wheels, black Öhlins RSU springs with black decals, black engine covers and a black tail tidy. To perfectly complement the black theme and real carbon fiber, the Thruxton TFC is available in one signature paint scheme – a distinctive Carbon Black with brushed tank knee pad detailing and hand painted gold lining. The premium gold detailing is applied across the entire motorcycle, from the lining on the fairing to the detailing in the badging and instrument faces, right down to the ignition key, and even features a stylish custom gold drive chain.
The Thruxton TFC also retains all of the distinctive core Thruxton features, such as the brushed flip-top Monza fuel cap, twin throttle bodies with brushed intake finisher, Daytona R foot pegs and clear anodized aluminum swing arm.
More Power and Torque from a Significant Engine Upgrade
The new Thruxton TFC achieves an incredible 10 horsepower more than the standard Thruxton R. This is delivered by significant engine upgrades including lightweight engine components, high compression pistons, and revised ports and cam profile. Along with the higher power, the Thruxton TFC also delivers a punch of torque both low down and across the entire rev range, peaking at 85 Ft-lbs.
There is also a premium, one-of-a-kind exhaust system manufactured exclusively for the Thruxton TFC by Vance & Hines, featuring titanium silencers, carbon fiber end caps, and finished with a unique laser-etched co-branded logo.
Category Leading Specification
For an even more dynamic and agile ride, significant weight savings across the entire motorcycle make the Thruxton TFC 11 pounds lighter than the standard Thruxton – delivered by way of refined engine components, carbon fiber bodywork, aluminum engine cradle rails, rear mudguard removal and a lightweight battery.
The Thruxton TFC also has a category leading higher level of specification and equipment with fully adjustable Öhlins upside down NIX30 front forks and fully adjustable Öhlins piggy back reservoir rear shocks with billet machined aluminum adjusters.
There are also high-specification Brembo 4-piston M4.34 radial monobloc calipers and twin floating Brembo front discs delivering excellent stopping power. The Thruxton TFC is clad with race-spec Metzeler Racetec RR super sticky tires. The premium components continue with a Brembo radial master cylinder and MCS span and ratio-adjustable brake lever plus matching clutch lever.
Highest-Ever Level of Capability
Increasing the level of rider-focused technology are three upgraded riding modes unique to the Thruxton TFC (Rain, Road and Sport), which now adjust throttle map, ABS and traction control settings to better suit the riding conditions or rider preference. This is enabled via the latest generation ride-by-wire, which delivers enhanced rideability, safety and control.
For enhanced visibility, lower energy consumption and greater durability, the Thruxton TFC features all-LED lighting, including a seven-inch headlight with signature profile daytime running light (market specific availability), compact LED indicators, tail light and rear light.
ABS and traction control are also fitted for maximum safety and control, both implemented with minimal visual impact – compact, responsive and unobtrusive. Optimized to reduce lever effort for the rider, the torque-assist clutch makes the bike even more comfortable over long journeys and in stop-start riding, while the USB charging socket improves convenience. An engine immobilizer is also fitted as standard on the Thruxton TFC, with a transponder incorporated into the new high-value gold badged key.
‘CONCEPT’ ROCKET TFC – THE ULTIMATE MOTORCYCLE
A British engineering masterpiece
Triumph’s legendary Rocket III, originally debuting in 2004, was renowned as a pure original, taking the world by storm with more muscle, presence and power than any of the competition. Now, 15 years on, an ultra-rare, ultra-premium Triumph Factory Custom Rocket is planned.
The Rocket TFC concept showcases the next stunning TFC model and launches with full details and specifications on May 1, 2019. With an incredible array of custom details, premium finishes and beautiful practical touches, including an interchangeable dual or single seat, the new Rocket TFC goes straight to the top of every motorcyclist’s wish list.
The new Rocket TFC will be nothing short of the ultimate motorcycle, with world-beating performance, cutting-edge technology, muscular presence and unique engineering innovations.
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