By Wade Thiel
The Ultimate Performance Muscle Roadster
The Triumph Rocket 3 is a big deal. Literally, it’s a big bike with a massive engine. We’ve been following its development the last several months. Triumph recently put up all the goodies on its website and you can now view them. There will be two models the Rocket 3 R and the Rocket 3 GT. The R is a bit more stripped down and the GT has all of the bells and whistles.
While the two bikes are very similar, they’re both distinct. The GT has some touring handlebars, more feet-forward footpegs, and a small windscreen, and heated grips as standard equipment. The R is more like a standard muscle cruiser motorcycle and less ready for touring. With that said, both bikes offer a ton, so let’s take a look.
The World’s Largest Production Motorcycle Engine And More
Triumph’s previous Rocket 3 motorcycle had a large engine, too, but this one is even bigger. The company developed a 2,458cc three-cylinder engine that kicks out 165 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. That’s an insane amount of power, especially when you consider the engine is actually about 40 pounds lighter than its predecessor. The bikes themselves are about 88 pounds lighter than the old Rocket 3, according to MoreBikes.
The motorcycles get adjustable Showa suspension upfront and in the rear. Brembo Stylema Monobloc calipers handle braking. Providing grip are the Avon Cobra Chrome tires that Triumph had specially developed for the Rocket 3. Transitioning power from the engine to the rear wheel is a six-speed transmission that Triumph says is smoother than ever before it also has a ‘torque-assist’ hydraulic clutch that makes it easier than ever to use.
Plenty of Technology, Too
Make no mistake, the Rocket 3 is a thoroughly modern motorcycle. It gets a TFT dash, …read more