RideFast Magazine June 2019


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2019 Triumph Rocket 3

Fans of sheer largeness, pour yourself a bucket of champagne. The biggest, baddest

production motorcycle in the world is back, and it’s bigger then ever before. The new

2.5-liter Triumph Rocket 3 TFC is a trailer-pulling beast of a thing that’ll dwarf just about

anything on the market today. If bigger is better, than the new Rocket 3 TFC is the best.

After teasing us a couple of months back Triumph

have now satisfi ed our addiction for more info by

releasing further stats and info on their latest beast

- The Rocket III.

Back in 2004, Triumph introduced the bike

with the largest displacement engine of any

production motorcycle. The Rocket III of that year,

impressive as it was on the technical side, was

nothing compared to what the British bike builder

announced recently.

As it returns for the 2019 model year, the Rocket

gets named 3 instead of III, but more importantly

receives an even bigger engine and the “highest

level of premium specifi cation equipment,” as the

company says.

On the new bike, the size of the engine has

increased from 2,294 cc to 2,500 cc, to make

sure no other machine snatches its title way. The

inline three-cylinder unit makes the Rocket 3 the

most powerful Triumph ever, as it develops in

excess of 170 hp and packs 221 Nm of torque,

the highest of any production motorcycle.

Even if the engine is bigger, the weight of the bike

has been reduced by 40 kg compared to the

previous generation. Emphasizing the slimmer

body are all the modern design cues like LED

headlights, single-sided swinging arm and a

carbon fi bre body.

Triumph went out of their way to make the bike a

worthy platform for today’s available technology. It

features a new set of TFT instruments, cornering

ABS and Traction Control, four riding modes

and Shift Assist. Optionally, customers can go

for Bluetooth, Google navigation and integrated

GoPro control.

As per Triumph, there will not be all that many

Rocket 3s made. The Brits are targeting a

production run of only 750 units, 225 of which

are to be shipped to North America. Each of the

bikes will be offered with a numbered plaque, a

branded rucksack, an indoor bike cover and, why

not, a letter signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor,

No confi rmed price yet for SA customers but

we have been told that there will be limited

stock arriving closer to the end of the year and

customers are required to book and pay a

deposit to confi rm orders.

Triumph South Africa - 011 444 4441.


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