Triumph have confirmed that the second model in the new TFC range will be based on a Rocket. With no such model in the current range, as it was killed off two years ago by Euro4 emissions regulations, this also confirms MCN’s recent speculation that a new Triumph Rocket launch is on the horizon.
Rocket TFC highlights
- New 2500cc inline triple engine
- 180bhp+ and 170ftlb torque
- All-new chassis
- Single-sided swingarm
- Production bike to follow
Oddly touted as a concept bike at the TFC launch, Triumph say there will be a full announcement on May 1 about this second model in the range. But there’s no doubt that this is far more than just a concept.
Boasting a mass of premium finishes and a dual/single seat modularity, the TFC version is a bold return for the leviathan. There’s an all-new engine that looks set to pack 2500cc and in excess of 180bhp and 170ftlb torque.
The frame is also new, as is the single-sided swingarm, 3-1-3 exhaust system, second-generation TFT dash (from the Scrambler), and high-end braking hardware.
It’s inconceivable that Triumph would design and build an all-new Rocket just to create a TFC version. In addition to this glitzy factory custom, MCN has seen a running and rolling Rocket 3 that is clearly a production prototype, rather than a cobbled-together concept bike.
That means there will inevitably be an all-new Rocket family revealed in the wake of the super-special Rocket TFC making its debut.
We fully expect a standard Rocket 3 model to appear in late 2019 and, considering Triumph’s platform-sharing ethos, a touring edition could follow with a different rear subframe, big screen and luxurious seating. Think Bobber-to-Speedmaster transformation.