Triumph’s all-new 2019 Rocket 3 TFC and the beauty of sofa-sized motorcycles


I’m not a big man, but I like big things. Big trucks. Big houses. Big guitars. Big partners. And big motorcycles.

This is why the news that Triumph is releasing an around 797 pound version of their Rocket. 3 is welcome indeed. (The company is not yet revealing the final weight.)


I tested a version of the Rocket III 2300 in 2004 as well as their Touring version in 2006 and did not find the assembly, handling and use of any of these heavy machines to be much different from riding on a horse with tires instead of legs. It took me a few moments to settle in but once I got started the world blossomed just like any new bike does. You just need to be aware when riding a really huge motorcycle of your feet at red lights, making sure to distribute your weight evenly, lest you drop your machine to the left or right and become an instant meme if someone looked.


First, a few quick facts about the 2019 Rocket 3 TFC.

* Its engine is monstrous – 2,500cc delivering the world’s highest torque (163 lb-ft) for a production motorcycle and 168 horsepower, making it the most powerful Triumph to date.

* Only 750 are being made, making it an exclusive vehicle and a future classic. In fact, it comes with a premium Triumph Rocket 3 TFC gold badge and details, including a limited edition number plate.

* The starting price is approximately $ 29,000.

* It features unique custom Arrow mufflers with carbon fiber end caps, for what will likely be a King Kong sized bellows.

* It weighs over 88 lbs less than its predecessor and is equipped with state-of-the-art premium brand brakes and suspension, including state-of-the-art Brembo brakes and fully adjustable Showa shocks.

* Each of its three cylinders has a bore of 110.2mm and stroke of 85.9mm – that’s extra, extra wide.

* It has a plethora of advanced technologies including ABS and traction control, four drive modes, up / down quickshifter, tire pressure monitors, keyless ignition, inline start aid coast, an optional Bluetooth connectivity module that will manage the phones and your navigation system as well as control a GoPro camera if you have one.

In short, it’s my kind of ride, maybe yours too.


Now, here are five reasons sofa-sized motorcycles reign supreme.

1. That unique feeling of freedom in your solar plexus. Once upon a time there was a person who rode a horse and felt their legs spread wide in the saddle as they stood up straight and enjoyed the sunset. The spread of men is definitely a misstep – but not in this case, so spread them, gentlemen, and feel the freedom we once knew with horses. Just cool on the subway, isn’t it?

2. When driving around town, you drive in town. No one buys a motorbike so they won’t get noticed. You will be noticed.


3. Gigantic bikes are harder to steal quickly. Most people don’t know that when many bikes are supercharged, it doesn’t happen when someone takes the fork lock or the ignition switch and pulls away, but rather when two guys lift the machine, put it in. pickup truck and take off to cut it up and sell the parts.

4. It is easier to carry a passenger. Unlike smaller bikes, which when a passenger gets on behind you, your entire approach to turns, stops, etc. needs to be adjusted, a second passenger on a motorcycle of this size is not a drastic change. Of course, you still have to adapt, but it’s not a day or night experience to have someone behind you.


5. They are simply comfortable. If you’ve spent a day on a sportsman, you’ll know that your wrists and spine can take a boost. Bigger bikes are designed for comfort, not speed – although in this case the Rocket 3 TFC is definitely designed for speed – and thus provide hours of riding pleasure without the hangover that comes with the pain. in various parts of your carcass.


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