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Triumph Rocket 3 botches tablecloth trick

Triumph Rocket 3 tablecloth trick

A decade ago, BMW’s S 1000 RR pulled off the old tablecoth trick, ripping it right from under the crockery, cutlery and glassware, but now Triumph has botched the same trick with their Rocket 3.

We’re not sure what they are trying to proved by failing at the same trick.

However, the title of their video and the accompanying text gives us a clue:

With the world’s largest production motorcycle engine, and the highest torque of any production motorcycle you can buy, Triumph Motorcycle’s Rocket 3 R takes on the iconic tablecloth trick, with a twist…

Old trick

Now here is how BMW perfected the tablecloth trick in 2010.

And in 2016, Mythbusters had a go.

Obviously Triumph is trying to show what a brute the Rocket 3 is.

The original 2.3-litre Triumph Rocket III has now become the 2.5-litre Rocket 3 with the biggest capacity and most torque of any production bike in the world.

The Rocket III had the biggest capacity engine of any production motorcycle with a 2294cc triple, delivering 221Nm of torque and 109kW of power.

Now, the TFC Rocket 3  has 134kW of power and 225Nm of torque, while the base R and GT models will have slightly less output at 221Nm of torque at 4000rpm and 124kW of power at 6000rpm.

This is not the first time Triumph has made a humorous video using the Rocket.


  1. Pretty sure that Triumph could have achieved the same effect with a 50cc moped. But that wouldn’t impress their accountant and dentist mates as much as “No, I didn’t stay for dinner last night as I had to answer the call of the wild, me being a badass biker chomping at the bit against the constraints of polite and civil society last night. Wonder at my dark and mysterious other life!”

    Meanwhile, of course, the bricklayers and plumbers who’ve been riding since they were 5 observe the Triumph at the cafe with 5 miles on the clock and say, “Nice bike”. Being polite. After all, it was bought and ridden there only for their benefit, and it’s dangerous to upset a narcissist. And they’re a part of polite and civil society, regardless of how that rider implicitly regards them.

        1. It’s only become a variant because so many people use it incorrectly. Another example is the expression “one fell sweep”. So many people incorrectly say “one foul sweep” that it has become a variant. It’s still wrong, just like the incorrect “stomping ground” has become a variant of “stamping ground”. Just because semi-literate people mix their metaphors and misunderstand the actual meanings of metaphors doesn’t make the incorrect terms correct.

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