OFFICIAL: New Triumph Rocket 3 R and GT revealed

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By Michael Mann
MannOnABike BikeSocial's Web Editor. Been riding bikes since 1984 and writing about them since 2013. Commuted in Central London for 10 years, fast and smooth road rider, does a reasonable job in a track day quick group. 6 ft and 14 st.

 

Such was the popularity of the new but limited-edition, £25k, Triumph Rocket 3 TFC revealed back in January of this year, that all 750 of the UK allocation sold out before the first one was even delivered. Fast forward several months and instead of basking in their success, Triumph has today revealed this pair of beautiful brutes as the Rocket legend lives on; these are the brand-new, full production Triumph Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT.

Officially unveiled by the Hinckley firm this morning, the new Rocket line-up hosts the same yet completely new, 3-cylinder, 2.5l engine as that ever-so-slightly more glamorous TFC version – making it the world’s largest production motorcycle engine.

However, BikeSocial was among a select few who got to see the pair of high-performance muscle roadsters close-up at the Triumph factory recently, and you can see our interview with Miles Perkins, Triumph’s Head of Brand Management, here… and hear the bike fire up:

 

Triumph Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT: introduction, walk around and engine start!
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BikeSocial got in early to look around the bike, talk about the details with Miles Perkins, Head of Brand Management for Triumph, and hear it start up for the first time.

 

Power-to-weight

The old Rocket III, launched back in 2004, previously held the title of being the world’s largest production motorcycle engine, with a purpose-designed 2294cc three-cylinder engine. And while it slipped from the firm’s European line-up a couple of years ago in the wake of Euro 4 emissions rules, it remained on sale in the all-important North American market.

With a massive overhaul, the new pair of Rockets and their Euro 5 friendly, liquid-cooled, triple-cylinder engines deliver 165bhp @ 6000rpm, 11% more power that the outgoing model and, with an enormous figure of 221Nm (163 lbs-ft) @ 4000rpm, the highest torque of any production motorcycle too. Over 200Nm is delivered from just 2500rpm and doesn’t dip below that threshold until 5750rpm, with a red line at 7000rpm where the bike still offers 160Nm (more than Ducati’s X Diavel S at its peak).

18kg has been saved in the engine weight alone with new crankcase assembly, new lubrication system comprising of a dry sump and integral oil tank and new balancer shafts among the many new and ‘mass-optimised’ parts in the completely revised engine, which is being used as a stress member.

A total weight saving of 40kg has been achieved predominantly due to a new aluminium frame with a forward-facing air intake and hollow spine, plus those engine components, while the new Rocket 3 can also boast a host of rider features and technology.

 

 

Top spec electronics suite and comfort

These muscular beefcakes also come equipped with some high-end tech and components available to production motorcycles such as Brembo Stylema Monobloc brakes, as seen only on the Ducati Panigale V4 and Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory so far.

Adjustable front and rear Showa suspension is coupled with Triumph’s latest generation TFT instrument where, via the illuminated switch cubes, Cornering ABS and Traction Control, four riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-configurable), all-LED lighting, Hill Hold control, cruise control are among the options that can be controlled.

Keyless ignition is a modern feature while heated grips (standard on the GT, as an accessory on the R), quick shifter (up and down), a tyre pressure monitoring system, integrated GoPro system and turn-by-turn navigation are optional extras among the 50+ in the Rocket 3 dedicated range.

This pair of high performance muscle roadsters are differentiated by the foot peg position (although both are adjustable), handlebar design, seat and seat height, back rest and so much of these differences are available as official accessories.

The detailing and quality of finish on the roadster pair in the flesh is of the highest standard. The internal wiring through the handlebars offers a fresh, clean appearance while the brushed shields of the triple header exhaust system of this iconic model stands loud and proud and draws the eye. Another rather chic part is the design of the pillion foot pegs which fold over twice to then seemingly disappear into the fairing.

A 20-spoke cast aluminium 17” and 240mm-wide rear tyre is imposing yet required when 221Nm and 165bhp are on offer and Avon Cobra Chrome tyres have been developed specifically for the Rocket 3 pair.

The Rocket 3 GT boasts a brushed aluminium pillion backrest although both models can be easily changed from a twin seat set-up to a single seat look.

Differences between the Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT: roadster-style handlebars while the GT’s are more touring-oriented. 750mm seat height on the R, while the GT is 773mm though the foot peg position is adjustable with two vertical options on the R and three horizontal positions on the GT.

 

Above: colour options of the Rocket 3 R (top) and Rocket 3 GT (above)

 

Colours

R: Korosi Red or Phantom Black

GT: Phantom Black or Silver Ice and Storm Grey (with Korosi Red detailing)

 

Price and availability

The full and confirmed prices won’t be available until mid-November but Triumph’s Miles Perkins was able to offer an indication to help customers decide if they should be putting a deposit down:

R: £19,500
GT: £19,900

Triumph are suggesting a delivery date from December 2019 although we’ll be riding the new bikes in November so stand-by for the full review here at BikeSocial.co.uk

 

Rivals

The most obvious power cruisers are Ducati’s X Diavel S and Harley Davidson’s Fat Boy:

 

Ducati X Diavel S

Harley-Davidson Fat Boy

Price

£20,195

£19,115

Engine

1262cc liquid-cooled, 8v L-twin

1868cc, Milwaukee-Eight 114

Power (claimed)

152bhp @ 9500rpm

93bhp @ 5020rpm (claimed)

 

Torque (claimed)

93lb-ft (126Nm) @5000rpm

114lb-ft (155Nm)

Transmission

Six speed, belt final drive

Six speed, belt final drive

Frame

Steel trellis

Cast aluminium

Suspension

(F) 50mm USD forks with preload, rebound and compression adjustment

(F) Showa "Dual Bending Valve"

 

Suspension

(R) monoshock adjustable for preload and rebound damping

(R) Showa rear monoshock

Brakes

(F) Twin 320mm discs, four-piston calipers

(R) 267mm disc, twin-piston caliper

(F) 4-piston fixed

(R) 2-piston floating

 

Tyres

(F) 120/70 ZR17

(R) 240/45/ ZR17

(F) 160/60 R18

(R) 240/40 R18

Wheelbase

1615mm

1665mm

Seat height

755mm

675mm

Weight (wet)

247kg

317kg

Fuel capacity

18 litres

18.9 litres

Top speed

145mph

-

Fuel consumption

44mpg

50.4mpg

 

 

TRIUMPH ROCKET 3 R and ROCKET 3 GT TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

 

NEW ROCKET 3 R

NEW ROCKET 3 GT

Engine Type

Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC

Capacity

2,458cc

Bore/Stroke

110.2 mm x 85.9 mm

Maximum Power

167PS /165 bhp (123 kW) @ 6,000rpm

Maximum Torque

221Nm @ 4,000rpm

Fuel system

Ride-by-wire, fuel injected

Exhaust

Stainless 3-into-1 headers with 3 exit silencer / CAT box

Final drive

Shaft, bevel box

Clutch

Hydraulic, torque-assist

Gearbox

6 speed

Frame

Full aluminium frame

Instruments

TFT multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, digital tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, ambient temperature, clock and rider modes (Rain/Road/Sport/Rider-configurable) –
Triumph TFT Connectivity System can be added with accessory fitted Bluetooth module

Swingarm

Single-sided, cast aluminium

Front Wheel

17 x 3.5in cast aluminium

Rear Wheel

16 x 7.5in cast aluminium

Front Tyre

150/80 R17 V

Rear Tyre

240/50 R16 V

Front Suspension

Showa 47mm upside-down 1+1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjuster. 120mm travel

Rear Suspension

Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster, 107mm rear wheel travel.

Front Brake

Dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema® 4-piston radial monobloc calipers,
Cornering ABS

Rear Brake

Single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS

Seat Height

773mm

750mm

Rake

27.9º

Trail

134.9 mm

Width (handlebars)

889mm

886mm

Dry Weight

291 kg

294 kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

18 L

Major service intervals

10,000 miles/16,000km

Fuel Consumption

TBC

CO2 Emissions

TBC

 

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