By John Burns
You read the review, now see the movie! Filmed in an exotic location in full Technicolor last November, and featuring an all-star cast of one, it shouldn’t be too painful to watch because it’s only barely four minutes long. No animals were harmed, though my right ankle still hurts from being yanked off the Triumph Rocket 3 GT‘s forward-set footpeg.
We still haven’t quite got our hands on a new Rocket 3 for further testing, but Triumph says the new 2458 cc triple produces 163 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm, and 167 horses at 6000 revs. Stout-hearted! Maybe even better than that, the new WBEM (World’s Biggest-Engined Motorcycle) is said to be 88 pounds lighter than the outgoing model; Triumph’s claim of around 645 pounds, dry, is still a lot of motorcycle, but this one feels considerably lighter on its tyres.
In fact there are two new Rocket 3’s: Your R in red ($21,900) gets mid-mount foot controls, an inch-higher seat and lower handlebar. The GT ($22,600) gets forward-mount pegs, a higher pullback bar, adjustable backrest and slightly bigger windscreen. Footpegs, handlebars and seats are swappable between the two bikes.
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The vid was filmed in the middle of my one day on the bike, the morning of which didn’t include any really vigorous riding. In the afternoon, though, we did hit some warm, dry sporty roads that drain from Tenerife’s active volcano to the Atlantic, and both Rockets showed that they’re not just great motorcycles for blatting around, but also for surprisingly serious sporty riding, with plenty of cornering clearance and surreptitious power delivery. I’d’ve been more positive, in other words, if we’d filmed at the end of the day.
Not that you have to ride like a cephalopod to appreciate this motorcycle. Check the …read more