You knew this was coming when Triumph unveiled the limited edition 2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC back in May. Now, Triumph have released the ultimate high performance muscle roadster.
Launched in 2004, Triumph’s Rocket III had the muscles, presence and torque that put fear in the hearts of its competitors. Now, the all-new Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT bring back the big bad wolf of motorcycling.
With the world’s largest production motorcycle engine at 2500cc, the new Rocket 3s deliver more power (165bhp, up 11% on the previous generation) and the highest torque of any motorcycle with 163lb-ft (221Nm) @ 4000rpm.
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Both new machines share the enormous engine, and the differences between the models are fairly subtle (nothing else about the bikes is!). The GT is more of a laid-back cruiser, whereas the R is just pure muscle and attitude. One of the differences is the saddle, which is a roadster set up on the R (773mm high) and more of a touring-oriented saddle with a pillion backrest on the GT (750mm high).
The handlebars are also more touring-styled on the GT. The foot pegs are different between the models too, and although both are adjustable, the GT has a more feet-forward approach.
With a weight saving of more than 40kg, the new Rocket 3 R and GT are both more than 13% lighter than the previous generation.
The new Rocket 3 motorcycles feature a fully adjustable Showa monoshock rear suspension unit with piggyback reservoir, and 47mm adjustable Showa front forks. Brembo Stylema Monobloc brakes at the front take care of bringing the big beasts to a stop.
Both models benefit from TFT instruments, cornering ABS and traction control, IMU, four riding modes, all-LED lighting, hill hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition and steering lock, as well as USB charging. Heated grips are standard equipment on the GT and accessories on the R.
The estimated cost of the R is £19,300 and the GT £19,800.
With the world’s largest production motorcycle engine at 2,500cc, the new Rocket 3s deliver more power, 11% up on the previous generation, and the highest torque of any production motorcycle you can buy with 221Nm @ 4,000 rpm.
Combining imposing muscular stance and magnificent style, the highest levels of technology, Triumph’s class-leading handling, all of the Rocket’s world-renowned presence and all-day easy riding capability, the new Rockets are in a class of their own.Enjoy more MSL reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.