Launched in 2004, Triumph’s legendary Rocket III was a pure original with more muscle, presence and torque than any of the competition. Now, the all-new Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT lineup heralds the genesis of a new motorcycle legend.
The new Rocket 3 line-up introduces two new model choices. The Rocket 3 R delivers instantaneous world-leading torque, incredible control, comfort and capability, while the Rocket 3 GT is built to go even further, in more comfort, with even more effortless touring capability.
With the world’s largest production motorcycle engine at 2,500cc, the new Rocket 3 delivers more power, 11% up on the previous generation, and the highest torque of any motorcycle with 163 ft.-lbs. @ 4,000 rpm. Combining imposing muscular stance, magnificent style, the highest levels of technology, Triumph’s trademark sublime handling character, and all of the Rocket’s world-renowned presence and all-day easy riding capability, the new Rockets are truly in a class of their own.
With distinctive details, such as the new signature twin LED headlight, including Triumph maker’s mark triangle branding and the sculpted three-header exhaust run, the new Rocket 3 lineup has an incredibly imposing poise and stance.
In addition, the all-new lightweight multi-spoke cast aluminum wheels enhance the muscular style, with the Rocket 3 R’s wheels featuring a beautiful blacked-out finish, while the Rocket 3 GT model goes one step further with exposed machining on rim and spokes. Both models are also fitted with Avon Cobra Chrome tires, developed especially for the new Rocket 3, with an imposing 240mm rear wheel width.
Contributing to the Rocket 3’s clean, uncluttered styling is the beautifully engineered single-sided swingarm, with offset monoshock suspension and high-value finishing on the bevel box. The stylish internally wired handlebars further reinforce the bike’s muscular feel and commanding riding position. The Rocket 3 R model features roadster-style handlebars, while the Rocket 3 GT model has touring-oriented handlebars enhancing its touring comfort and capability.
Both new Rocket 3 models come with a sculpted rider and pillion saddle, featuring cast aluminum finishers under the seat and creating a unique flowing line through the bike. The setup for each Rocket 3 is designed to be easily switched from twin- to single-seat setup with optional addition of an accessory infill pad to further enhance the single-seat look. The Rocket 3 R features a roadster rider and pillion saddle, with a low 30.4-in. seat height, while the Rocket 3 GT features a touring rider and pillion saddle setup with an even more accessible 29.5-in. seat height. The Rocket 3 GT additionally benefits from a brushed aluminum pillion backrest.
For maximum comfort for every riders, each Rocket 3 model offers a range of rider-adjustable ergonomics. The mid-foot controls of the Rocket 3 R have two vertical position settings to choose from, while the Rocket 3 GT offers feet-forward foot controls with three horizontal position choices, and also a height adjustable pillion backrest.
The new Rocket 3 range also benefits from Triumph’s class-defining level of finish and detailing, contributing to its magnificent style. These beautiful features include a muscular, sculpted fuel tank with Triumph’s signature design DNA, brushed stainless steel tank strap and beautiful aluminum Monza-style cap, brushed aluminum air-box cover, brushed aluminum Monza-style coolant and oil caps, machined fins on the crankcases, head and cam cover, brushed exhaust heat shields and end caps, and elegant hidden folding pillion footrests with unique foldaway design.
Perfectly complementing their unique looks, each Rocket 3 motorcycle comes in a choice of two alternative premium paint schemes including Korosi Red and Phantom Black for the Rocket 3 R, and a two-tone Silver Ice and Storm Grey with Korosi Red pinstripe decal and Phantom Black for the Rocket 3 GT.
The all-new Rocket 3 R and GT include the highest-ever specification of premium suspension and braking components, plus state-of-the-art ride-enhancing technology, all designed to deliver phenomenal handling, supreme safety, and all-day touring capability.
With a weight saving of more than 88 pounds, the new Rocket 3 R and GT are both more than 13% lighter than the previous generation.
The Rocket 3 line-up features an all-new high-specification mass-optimized aluminum frame with an innovative design that contributes to the new Rocket 3’s overall weight saving and provides an incredible torque-to-weight ratio, over 25% higher than the closest competition.
Furthermore, the new Rocket 3 motorcycles feature a fully adjustable Showa monoshock rear suspension unit with piggyback reservoir (adjustable for rebound, compression and preload), and 1.9-in. (47mm) adjustable Showa front forks (with rebound and compression adjustability) to deliver superior handling and exceptional comfort and touring capability.
Topping off the high-specification engineering innovation are the highest specification Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers which are fitted to both new Rocket 3 models. In addition, this new design allows increased airflow around the brake pads, helping the calipers cool more quickly for even better performance.
Taking the capability to the highest-ever level, the Rocket 3 models feature a class-leading standard of rider-focused technology, including: second generation TFT instruments, optimized cornering ABS and cornering traction control – supported by an IMU, four riding modes, all-LED lighting with DRL headlight, hill-hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition and steering lock, heated grips and USB charging.
The Rocket 3 models can also feature high specification optional accessories including Triumph Shift Assist, the world’s first integrated GoPro control system, turn-by-turn navigation system, My Triumph app, integrated phone and music operation and TPMS.
The new Rocket 3 R and GT can be personalized to suit the rider’s preferences with over fifty genuine Triumph accessories that have all been designed, engineered and tested alongside the development of these all-new motorcycles.
Accessories that enhance the Rocket 3’s luggage, comfort, practicality, style and security are all available from the global network of Triumph dealerships.
To showcase the additional level of touring capability that can be added to the Rocket 3, we’ve combined a selection of luggage and touring focused accessories that riders can use as the starting point to design their own Rocket 3 R and GT, or to have fitted by their dealer as a complete set.
Available: January 2020
Pricing: to be confirmed in November 2019