There are some powerful motorcycles, and then there is Triumph. They just let their imaginations run out in the wild and it happened. The Rocket 3 TFC (Triumph Factory Customs). There is almost no situation that demands a cruiser motorcycle with an engine that puts 168 BHP and 221 Nm of torque. Yeah, you read it right 221 Nm of twist under your wrist.
If that is not enough to make your head dizzy, the 2.5L, Inline 3 cylinder engine will. As if the 2.3 liter motor on its predecessor wasn’t enough, folks at the TFC were mad enough to give the Rocket 3, a 2.5L engine. This makes them brag “We’ve got World’s biggest engine on a production motorcycle”, which they held previously. If you still don’t get a hang of it, imagine strapping a modern car engine to your coffee table and taking it for a ride.
To further put things into perspective, Abarth Punto and Tata Harrier have a 140 BHP engine and Mahindra XUV 500 delivers about 155 BHP. Beast would be an understatement. Now, if you want this beast to decorate your garage, better hurry up. Because, being a TFC, Triumph will only produce a limited run of 750 motorcycles. Each of the 750 bikes will be individualized and no two bikes will be the same.
The Chassis and the electronic nannies
The Rocket 3 uses an all-new aluminum frame with the engine as a stressed member. The swingarm is single-sided and the shaft drive system is now a revamped unit. Thanks to all the lightweight components, the Rocket 3 weighs a whopping 40 kg lighter than its predecessor.
It boasts a host of electronic aids to help it deliver all the mad power properly to the road. They include Ride-by-Wire, Cornering ABS, Traction Control, Four riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport and a custom configuration), Triumph Shift Assist (clutch-less gear shifts) and Hill-Hold Control.
Other goodies include a Keyless ignition system and a tire pressure monitoring system. They have an optional Bluetooth dongle that allows for smartphone and GoPro integration. Oh, the instrument cluster is a fully digital unit and allows for custom start screen if you wish to have. Braking duties are taken care of by Brembo sourced 320 mm dual disc with 4-piston monoblock calipers at the front and rear.
This exclusivity will cost you about USD 29000 or about 20,00,000 INR. Triumph hasn’t revealed the top speed of the Rocket 3 yet. Hmm… we bet they couldn’t find a human or a robot to test it.