Episode 31 – Triumph Rocket 3 TFC, Indian Motorcycle Rentals, Honda’s New Patent

Today we are talking about the exclusive Triumph Rocket 3 TFC, Indian will now rent you a bike, and Honda Variable Riding Position Patent. Triumph Rocket 3 TFC Triumph has jumped in the game of factory custom motorcycles, their first model was the Thruxton TFC, and now they have released the Rocket 3 TFC, which officially has the largest production motorcycle engine! Specs:
  • Engine:  2500cc
  • Transmission: 6 speed helical gearbox with hydraulic clutch
  • TQ: 163 lb-ft, allegedly
  • HP: 168 hp, allegedly
  • Brakes: Cornering ABS Brembos
  • 4x Riding modes
  • GoPro control system
  • Google Navigation
  • 88lbs less than the standard Rocket 3
  Thoughts: Specs from Cycle World:  https://www.cycleworld.com/triumph-rolls-out-2019-rocket-3-tfc-with-2500cc-engine#page-3 Triumph Site: https://www.triumphmotorcycles.com/motorcycles/tfc/rocket-3/showcase Indian: Indian has just announced that they have 9 US locations that you can rent one of their bikes. Interestingly enough, they have one here near San Antonio. I spoke with Mission City Indian in Boerne Texas, and the models available are:
  • Scout line: $169/day
  • Roadmaster: $189/day
  • Chief: $189/day
  • Chieftain: $189/day
  • Unlimited miles
  • ½ day rentals (10am-4pm) $120
If you want to ride the Beautiful Texas Hill Country on an Indian, you can contact Christina at Mission City Indian. We will have her contact details in the show notes! Phone: 830-981-2453 You can check out the program here: https://www.indianmotorcycle.com/en-us/indian-motorcycle-rentals/   Honda has filed a patent with the US Patent Office for a variable rider position system:   In essence, you flip a switch and the handlebars and windshield raise from a super sport style position to a more touring position. The way the patent looks for this to work: The bars will be mounted on a set of tubes that will raise and lower to a specific point, and then lock into position The windshield looks like it will be mounted on a scissor bracket that will both raise and lean the shield into a new position. Allegedly, both will function at the same time, all controlled by the same button/switch. Thoughts? Closing Argument: Talking about Honda’s patent changing the game a little bit, what is one mod that you would like to see on a bike that isn’t there today? (Realistic)