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Triumph Introduces Two New Rocket 3 Models, Each With a Massive 2,500cc Triple Delivering 165 HP

After unveiling the limited edition Rocket 3 TFC with its massive 2,500cc triple, we knew standard production models would follow. Those were announced yesterday, and include the Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT. The base model is the R, while the GT has a bit more comfort built in for cruising/touring.

Both new models get the same 2,500cc triple making a claimed 165 HP (167 PS), as well as 163 pound/feet of torque (221 Nm). Triumph claims the new bikes handle extremely well, thanks to a quality chassis and a roughly 90 pound loss in weight versus the prior generation. Both of these bikes are loaded with high-tech features, and should be available in dealers early next year. Pricing will be announced later this Fall. Here are all the details on these new models from Triumph:

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 line-up heralds the genesis of a new motorcycle legend.

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.

  • Two new class-defining Rocket 3s
    • Rocket 3 R – The ultimate muscle roadster, with instantaneous world-leading torque, incredible control, comfort and capability.
    • Rocket 3 GT – Astonishing performance and presence, with sublime comfort,laid-back cruiser riding attitude and even more effortless touring capability. 
  • The biggest production motorcycle engine in the world 
    • The all-new 2,500cc triple engine delivers incredible acceleration and performance
    • The highest torque of any production motorcycle you can buy with 221 Nm @ 4,000 rpm
    • Thrilling power with 167 PS @ 6,000 rpm, 11% up on previous generation
    • Distinctive new hydroformed exhaust headers, delivering a deep growling triple sound 
  • Pure muscular presence and magnificent style
    • Dominating new Rocket 3 imposing silhouette, poise and stance
  • Signature design features, including twin LED headlights, innovative sculpted 3-header exhaust run, hidden folding pillion footrests and 20-spoke cast aluminium wheels with imposing 240mm rear tyre
    • Comfortable and interchangeable twin and single seat set-ups
    • Premium finish and detailing
  • Phenomenal handling and commanding ride
    • More than 40kg lighter than its predecessor
    • The highest specification of equipment, including top spec Brembo Stylema® Monobloc brakes and adjustable Showa suspension
    • Ride-enhancing technology, including  2nd generation TFT instruments with illuminated switch cubes, Optimised Cornering ABS & Traction Control, four riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-configurable), all-LED lighting, Hill Hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition and heated grips as standard on the GT (heated grips are accessory fit on the R)  
  • 50+ dedicated new Rocket 3 accessories
    • New comprehensive luggage range and all new accessories for enhanced comfort, practicality, style and security
    • New ‘Highway’ inspiration kit, showcasing the extensive range of touring capability

TWO MAGNIFICENT CHOICES
The new Rocket 3 line-up introduces two amazing all-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.

THE BIGGEST PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE ENGINE IN THE WORLD
Both new Rocket 3 models are equipped with the all-new 2,500cc triple engine, which offers even higher capacity and performance than its predecessor – for amazing acceleration and all-day any-gear effortless riding, two-up or on your own. 

The new Rocket 3 engine brings an amazing step up in peak power with 167 PS @ 6,000 rpm, which is 11% up on its predecessor. With more power from a low 3,500rpm, and all the way up to a higher red line of 7,000rpm, the new Rocket 3 delivers a staggering level of performance.

The Rocket 3 engine also has the highest torque figure of any production motorcycle available to buy, with 221 Nm – an astounding 71% more than its closest competition. With an incredibly flat and rich torque curve, reaching a peak at 4,000rpm, it holds maximum torque all the way through the mid-range, delivering effortless acceleration and response in any gear.

This is the world’s biggest production motorcycle engine featuring several mass optimised performance enhancements; including a new crankcase assembly, new lubrication system comprising dry sump and integral oil tank and new balancer shafts – together giving an 18kg engine weight saving over the previous generation.

The distinctive hydroformed three-header exhaust run is an iconic design detail on both the Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT. This has been innovatively engineered for the perfect exhaust routing, flowing from the header into the combined cat box and onto the triple exit silencer, delivering a distinctive and unique deep growling triple Rocket soundtrack.

For exceptional levels of rider comfort and a commanding level of control over the Rocket 3’s powerful performance, a new ’torque assist’ hydraulic clutch provides the rider with a light clutch action by reducing lever effort. Furthermore, the Rocket 3’s all-new high-performance six-speed helical-cut gearbox is precision-engineered to be smoother, stronger and lighter than a standard gearbox, and is designed specifically to allow for the increased torque capacity of this new generation.

Just like all the latest range of Triumphs, the Rocket 3 engine delivers modern capability with ride-by-wire throttle, as well as a sensitively incorporated liquid cooling system for enhanced performance and an even more efficient ride.

Both Rocket 3 models feature a high first major service interval of 10,000 miles/16,000 km.

PURE MUSCULAR PRESENCE AND MAGNIFICENT STYLE
With beautifully distinctive details, such as the new signature twin LED headlight, including Triumph maker’s mark triangle branding and the sculpted 3-header exhaust run, the new
Rocket 3 line-up has an incredibly imposing poise and stance.

In addition, the all-new lightweight multi-spoke cast aluminium wheels enhance the muscular contemporary 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 tyres, developed especially for the new Rocket 3, with an imposing 240mm rear wheel width. The new tyres have exquisite detailing, and both feature a new tread pattern developed for great grip and high mileage durability.

Contributing to the Rocket 3’s clean, uncluttered styling are 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 aluminium finishers under the seat and creating a unique flowing line through the bike. The set-up for each Rocket 3 has been designed to be easily changed from twin to single seat set-up with optional addition of an accessory infill pad available to further enhance the single seat look. The Rocket 3 R features a roadster rider and pillion saddle, with a low 773mm seat height, while the Rocket 3 GT features a touring rider and pillion saddle set-up with an even more accessible 750mm seat height. The Rocket 3 GT additionally benefits from a brushed aluminium pillion backrest.

For maximum comfort for every rider, 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 (0mm / -15mm), while the Rocket 3 GT offers feet-forward foot controls with three horizontal position choices (-25mm / 0mm / +25mm), 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 aluminium Monza-style cap, brushed aluminium air-box cover, brushed aluminium 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.

Complementing their unique looks, each Rocket 3 motorcycle comes in a choice of two alternative premium paint schemes

  • Rocket 3 R
    • Korosi Red
    • Phantom Black
  • Rocket 3 GT
    • Silver Ice and Storm Grey with a Korosi Red pinstripe decal
    • Phantom Black

PHENOMENAL HANDLING AND COMMANDING RIDE 
The all-new Rocket 3 R and GT include the highest-ever specification of premium brakes and suspension components, plus state-of-the-art ride-enhancing technology, all designed to deliver phenomenal handling, superior comfort and all-day touring capability.

Highest ever specification of chassis, suspension and brakes
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 Rocket 3 line-up features an all-new high-specification mass-optimised aluminium 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 rebound, compression and preload), and 47mm adjustable Showa front forks (with rebound and compression adjustability) to deliver superior riding comfort and exceptional touring capability and handling.

Topping off the high-specification engineering innovation are the highest specification Brembo Stylema® calipers which are fitted to both new Rocket 3 models. In addition, this new design allows increased airflow around the brake pads which helps the calipers cool quicker for even better performance.

Ride Enhancing Technology
Taking the capability to the highest-ever level, the Rocket 3s feature a class-leading standard of rider-focused technology, including:

  • 2nd generation TFT instruments
    Both models feature Triumph’s latest generation full-colour TFT instruments, which is more sophisticated, more personalisable and offers much more functionality than the instruments on the previous generation. The TFT unit is angle-adjustable for optimum visibility and has a stylish design and two information layout themes that can be personalised, allowing the rider to update the start-up screen message with their name.
  • Optimised Cornering ABS – supported by an IMU
    The Optimised Cornering ABS is fitted as standard on both Rocket 3 R and GT. This maintains the optimum braking performance, whatever the lean angle.
  • Optimised Cornering Traction Control – supported by an IMU
    Both Rocket 3 models also feature Optimised Cornering Traction Control as standard. This maintains the optimum level of traction control for the lean angle of the bike.
  • IMU – Inertial Measurement Unit
    An advanced Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) developed in partnership with Continental, supports the optimum function of the Optimised Cornering ABS and Traction Control. This takes constant measurements of roll, pitch, yaw, lean angle and acceleration rates, responding with appropriate active safety features.
  • 4 riding modes
    Both models feature Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-configurable riding modes which adjust the throttle response and traction control settings to suit rider preference and riding conditions. The riding modes are easily changed on the move via the intuitive illuminated switch cubes.
  • All-LED lighting with DRL* headlight
    Both Rocket 3 models come with all-LED lighting, including a new twin LED headlight unit, tail light, indicators (*in applicable markets) and number plate light. The headlights also incorporate LED Daytime Running Lights (*in applicable markets) which provide excellent visibility and a distinctive light profile.
  • Hill Hold Control
    Both models features hill hold control as standard. This feature prevents the bike rolling backwards for enhanced rider confidence and maximum control, even with a pillion and when fully loaded. The system applies the rear brake until sensing that the rider is starting to move off, and is activated using the front brake lever. The feature is switchable via the bike set-up menu.
  • Cruise Control
    Electronic cruise control is fitted as standard to both Rocket 3 models. This feature reduces rider fatigue over long journeys and can be easily accessed while riding for maximum convenience and safety.
  • Keyless ignition and steering Lock
    Triumph’s keyless ignition system is fitted as standard on both models. The system recognises the proximity of the keyless fob and then enables ignition via the switch cube mounted start button. There is also the ability to disable the key’s wireless transmission function at the touch of a button for even greater security.
  • Heated grips
    Heated grips are also fitted as standard to the Rocket 3 GT, and are available as an accessory on the Rocket 3 R. These are neatly integrated with a button on the left hand grip providing greater rider comfort, with two modes.
  • USB charging
    Both new Rocket 3s feature a 5V USB power socket under the seat, for charging personal equipment. 

 High specification optional accessories

  • Triumph Shift Assist
    The Triumph Shift Assist allows ‘up and down’ gear changes without the use of the clutch, reducing the rider’s effort and fatigue and improving the overall riding experience and shift times. The feature can be fitted to both Rocket 3 models as an accessory.
  • World’s first integrated GoPro control system 
    The new Rocket 3 motorcycles come ready to be fitted with the ground-breaking motorcycle integrated GoPro control system, which is only available from Triumph. This feature enables GoPro camera operation, which is facilitated by an accessory fitted Bluetooth connectivity module. The connection and control is displayed on the TFT instruments, enabling intuitive video and photo operation via the switchgear.
  • Turn-by-turn navigation system
    Powered by Google, this exclusive Triumph feature facilitates navigation through an accessory Bluetooth connectivity module. Once the rider has selected the route on the ‘My Triumph’ app, the instruments present turn symbols on the screen using simple graphic icons. With this system, the rider has at their disposal a navigation system, a route planner, their final destination and points of interest such as hotels, petrol stations and restaurants.
  • My Triumph app 
    For iOS™ and Android™ phones, riders can download for free the new My Triumph app, which delivers the connected navigation function. The navigation, route planner, final destination and points of interest (hotels, fuel, restaurants etc.) are all controlled by the rider through this app.
    Google and Android are trademarks of Google LLC.
  • Integrated phone and music operation
    The new Rocket 3s feature full Bluetooth phone integration, with clear display on the colour TFT instruments, and intuitive phone operation via the switchgear, allowing the rider to select music, control the volume and take calls. This is facilitated through an accessory fitted Bluetooth connectivity module.
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
    For enhanced rider safety and control, both Rocket 3 models can be fitted with the accessory TPMS.

50+ DEDICATED NEW ROCKET 3 ACCESSORIES
The new Rocket 3 R and GT can be personalised 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.

The new Rocket 3 luggage range:

  • Innovative Triumph patented cast aluminium pannier retractable & ‘lockable’ mounting system
  • 20L sports panniers
  • 12L magnetic tank bag
  • Innovative Triumph patented 9L quick-release tail pack

New comfort accessories include:

  • Roadster and touring handlebars
  • Touring and sport seat
  • Rider seat pad
  • Comfort pillion seat
  • Passenger backrest and pads with billet machined plate
  • Passenger backrest rack
  • Forward and mid foot controls
  • Knee pads

New style accessories include:

  • Sport screen
  • LED indicators (*in applicable markets)

New security accessories include:

  • Track+ Thatcham approved tracker with 24/7 monitoring by UK-based secure call-centre
  • Protect+ Thatcham approved alarm system
  • U-lock
  • Disc lock
  • Alarm disc lock
  • Chain and lock
  • Secure ground anchor


NEW HIGHWAY INSPIRATION KIT
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 & GT, or to have fitted by their dealer as a complete set. 

The Highway inspiration kit includes:

  • Luggage rack
  • Sports panniers
  • Pannier mount kit
  • Triumph Shift Assist
  • Triumph TFT Connectivity System

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115 Comments

  1. Frank says:

    One really beautiful big boy bike…way to go Triumph.

  2. Ed Smith says:

    Anybody know what is the ET for a quarter mile?

  3. D Rob says:

    “The Rocket 3 engine also has the highest torque figure of any production motorcycle available to buy, with 221 Nm – an astounding 71% more than its closest competition.” I suppose that Triumph is not considering the Vmax its ‘closest’ competition. Considering weight, engine performance, and handling, I would think it is closer to the R3 than Diavel.

    The Vmax at 697 lbs wet vs 709 (don’t know if that number claimed is wet or dry) for Rocket…
    Vmax has 197 hp (173 rear wheel hp) vs R3 165 hp (at crank?)
    Vmax has 123 lb-ft torque (113 lb-ft at rear wheel) vs R3 163 torque (at crank?)

    Handling is probably simar with VMax.

    The Diavel weighs only 516 lbs wet, has claimed 162 hp at crank and claimed 96 lb-ft torque. The R3 may wish it could handle as well as the Diavel, but isn’t the better comparison numbers and handling wise the VMax?

  4. graham says:

    Looks great ! A lot easier on the eyes than the previous Rocket 3.

  5. Gary says:

    I test rode the previous generation and it is an awesome machine. Massive torque. The one thing that put me off was the headers, which dump a lot of heat directly on your right leg. I test rode the bike on a warm day, and felt par-broiled at the end of some heavy stop/go traffic. I hope they solved that glitch with this new generation.

  6. Bubba Blue says:

    There WILL be a tourer, with top-case and fairing. You’ll see.

  7. Tommy D says:

    Would this be good for my first bike?

    Ha!

    If the demo truck were anywhere around me I would hustle over and line up to ride one of these. I can’t imagine a long time motorcyclist that would pass up a free ride on one. The bike is over the top and worth a short ride to say you rode one. Would I own one? Probably not. But I have signed paperwork after taking a demo on a bike I thought I’d never own (BMW K1600GTL). So it’s probably a good thing that the local Triumph dealers went out of business or dropped the marque. Triumph has some good looking bikes but their dealer support is surprisingly like that of Aprilia here in Central New England.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Triumph’s site says 18 liters or roughly 4.76 U.S. gallons. I will have to pass. That is stupid small for a motorcycle with an engine bigger than many of today’s cars. It will probably be lucky to get 35 mpg. Too bad. It is a great looking bike! For those that claim not to care about range, go ahead buy one. Triumph screwed the pooch with that revelation. Ridiculous.

    Dammit Triumph, WTF were you thinking? Answer – Not about your customers. I guess they wanted to copy Harley’s ignorance with their Fat Bob and it’s dinky tank. In this case imitation is the sincerest form of stupidity.

    • Anonymous says:

      Same tank size as the Ducati Diavel, too. This market segment doesn’t focus on long touring rides I suppose.

    • Reginald Van Blunt says:

      Most of the 13 bikes I’ve owned since the 60 s have had a range of 120 to 135 miles before reserve. The estimate of 35 MPG seems reasonable with fuel injection and a relative low rpm, putting the range in the normal ballpark. Everybody has to stop and stretch eventually.
      One could strap a fuel can onto the invisible rear fender though.

    • gpokluda says:

      If you can’t figure out how to manage on just under 5 gallons, maybe you should look at getting a Prius or maybe a Corolla, white with a milk-toast grey interior. That should suit you much better, Anonymous.

      • gpokluda says:

        Look. If the Rocket is too much bike for you, that’s okay. We understand. You don’t have to make up excuses like the tank is too small, or it’s too heavy, or the red doesn’t match your toe nail polish. The next post was about the Buell Fuell Fluid. Maybe that’s more your speed. With some streamers off the handle bars and a basket on the front, it would be a fine ride for you. Those of us unintimidated by the raw power of the Triumph won’t judge you.

      • gpokluda says:

        Agreed. The Rocket will do well in the gas economy category simply because the engine is under-stressed. Besides that, Triumph isn’t stupid and knows that the Rocket will be an excellent touring platform. I wouldn’t be surprised if they offered a touring rig with the traditional tank plus another under the seat. Time will tell. Looking forward to a test ride as well. March/April of 2020 is what the local dealer is saying.

      • Ralph W. says:

        That comment was from Anonymous, using my name again. He is trying to stir up trouble. Look at the little picture next to the name.

    • Reginald Van Blunt says:

      OK. OK. My view point on modern design. Any new bike with fuel injection should have the fuel under the seat, not on top the frame. Once you all have ridden a motorcycle with that configuration, I’ve done three, there will be no doubt it is a better idea. Don’t forget the crap feel of oversize tanks such as some adv tourers have. And in addition to that, a fuel can on the rear foot peg has even more of a positive effect on handling feedback.

    • Dave says:

      I’d hold out for the ride tests. I bet this gets pretty good mileage. 35mpg is more typical of high-rpm high performance motorcycle engines that at cruising speed are spinning nowhere near they’re efficiency peaks and dealing with all kinds of pumping losses. This engine’s torque peak is at only 4,000rpm so loping along at ~2,500rpm could result is very good efficiency. That ~4.5gallons could result in much more range than the number would make one think.

  9. Mr.Mike says:

    Absolutely gorgeous. An offense to the senses and a kick to the groin of practicality that unapologetically justifies its own existence with magnificent excess.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Meh. It’s heavy, has too much electronic interference and ,for a cruiser, the seat height is too tall. It’s not bad looking though. Too much of a Luddite to own this.

  11. azicat says:

    Let’s hope that Triumph doesn’t follow other contemporary design trends by releasing it with a 12 litre fuel tank.

  12. goodlyRun says:

    Can anyone spot the rear pegs?!?!

    • Neal says:

      Little silver bits, just underneath the painted section of the tail. They should fold out. Looks like a tight squeeze for pillions.

      • todd says:

        Parents can appreciate high passenger pegs. I had to wait until my daughter could reach the rear pegs before I could take her anywhere. I had to figure out some other sort of transportation. Thankfully, it got me to get my old truck running again – but the truck never had seat belts…

      • ApriliaRST says:

        > Little silver bits..

        I saw a pic somewhere and to my eyes they looked normal size, but had a tipped up bit at the outside end with rubber pad to keep passenger feet in place. OP should look for other news of the bike and he’d see.

  13. Brian says:

    Man… I would really love to get that bike (for free) so I could sell it and buy two light, great handling bikes similar to although modern versions of the two Triumphs I owned back in the seventies.

  14. Jay says:

    What a beauty. As soon as I saw this, I said I wish my goldwing gl1800 had more power and torque .. Maybe an opportunity for Triumph to offer a full on touring bike in the Goldwing class ..

  15. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    For what it’s worth, this motorcycle does not offend me, as all cruisers do, even though ergos, and weight clearly define it as such. In my minds eye it is a heavy normal motorcycle with easy beans to go. I suspect its appeal to so Many motorcyclists is similar to my own. Hurray for pizzaz ! !

  16. Provologna says:

    If you crave cruiser/muscle bikes, just buy this thing and you’re done. This bike oozes sex, style, and power like nothing else on 2 wheels.

    How about: motorcycle meets steam locomotive meats blown 70 Hemicuda?

    Sorry for H-D lovers, but this Trident just makes any H-D seems so lame and pathetic, or as Spock might say, “Illogical, Captain…”

    Imagine 2 Harley owners on the sidewalk, behind their parked bikes, talking about engine mods. The rider of this Trident coasts to a stop (with engine off for emphasis) and parks next to them. “Oh, the humanity…”

    • Grover says:

      It’s amusing how Harley gets compared to nearly every bike reviewed on MCD. Must be a subconscious love for Harley’s or perhaps a Freudian slip?

      • TimC says:

        This is, technically, a cruiser. And bikes like this (and the Diavel, for instance) really underscore how far the category can go, when not impeded by tradition and a comfortable customer base. What happens when that base dies out, and you weren’t ready with stuff like this?

        Harley has operated like pre-Japan GM. Those chickens quit laying, eventually.

      • VLJ says:

        Neither. It’s just the obvious comparison to make when talking about any new cruiser. No one talks about Harleys when the subject is a Z900, Panigale, R1200GS, etc.

        • paul says:

          Harley people wouldn’t be too interested in this bike for a couple of reasons. 1.The Triumph is actually worth the money. 2. Wearing pirate clothing on this Triumph just wouldn’t be practical.

          I think the Triumph R3 is aimed squarely at the well heeled and performance oriented Ducati riders and former R3 and Valkyrie riders.

  17. ApriliaRST says:

    I guess I forgot, but these bikes were announced last May and are sold out. 225 bikes for the US market sold at $29,000 each. 750 units is the planned total. Don’t know if that is forever or just for this year, but it’s 21 million dollars for Triumph’s bottom line.

  18. Tom R says:

    Does it come with a penis enlarger (I’m asking for a friend, of course)?

  19. rg500g says:

    To quote Oscar Wilde – “Moderation is a fatal thing. Nothing succeeds like excess.” I take one look at that bike and bear culture comes to mind. Oh yes, fat lads…

  20. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Triumph..The Co. has never been afraid to think outside the box and man have they ever delivered!..

  21. Bubba Blue says:

    Really nice.

  22. VLJ says:

    This is easily the best-looking power cruiser to date. The Diavel will likely best it for pure function, but man is the Ducati one ugly bike. This thing looks balanced, muscular, menacing, exclusive…simply gorgeous.

    Perfect bike for the typical giant fat guy who loves monster pickup trucks and power cruisers. Plus, it’s unique. It isn’t a me-too design. From the Camry-sized inline triple motor to that iconic pair of round headlights, it’s pure Triumph.

    Bravo, Triumph.

  23. Mikey says:

    “Stands out from the crowd”??? This new Rocket IS the crowd.

    • Bart says:

      Yup.

      I’ve ridden the early RIII and Diavels. I could smoke the Rocket in the twisties with the D bike, but the Rocket is 2.5 liters of crack rock just about anywhere.

      Dream ride would be to smoke off Screaming Eagles and B-Hosses over the Idaho pass and down into Jackson Hole. Park it in front of the Silver Dollar Saloon and wait. 2 beers later they’d show up.

  24. Dave says:

    As a ride experience, it’s not for me, but WOW, this thing is beautiful.

  25. Trent says:

    For some reason, this bike reminds me of a Honda Valkyrie. And it has an engine bigger than my Honda Element.

    I still love that commercial where the guy does a wheelie on a Rocket III.

  26. Artem says:

    Cool, or not cool
    Better than Ducati “Diavel”
    Nothing else.

  27. SausageCreature says:

    Love it! Well, “love” may be a bit strong, but I definitely like it very much. Not crazy about the stubby rear end and license plate hanger, but at least the rear seat is big enough for a passenger and kudos for the standard backrest on the GT. The grey and red paint scheme is a winner.

    Functionally, the weight loss is a welcome improvement. I own a 2007 RIII, and wheeling it around in the garage is a bit of a chore. Cornering clearance looks generous, even if the weight, wheelbase and huge tires means it takes a good amount of effort to find out.

    Looking at the list of standard features and using the TFC version as a basis point, I’m going to guess an MSRP of around $20k. Not unreasonable for such a bike, but more than my budget will allow at the moment. I hope they sell well enough for Triumph to continue them for a few years, but just poorly enough that I can pick up a remaindered one for closer to $15k.

  28. mickey says:

    These are exciting times for motorcylists. Lots of cool options to choose from. Not a bike I would buy, but I certainly wouldnt turn down a test ride on one.

  29. Ricardo says:

    A Triumph Bobber on steroids and protein diet. Awesome engine that has the looks with the rest of the bike.

  30. DR007 says:

    Triumph nailed it! Reminds of the old GL1000. Triumph can build many model from this and hopefully keep it sporty for years to come. I’m sitting at my desk making motorcycle sounds. I want one!

  31. Neal says:

    Everyone seems to agree, this thing is awesome. Triumph nailed it. The only negative comment I can come up with is that the GT looks like the awkward, dorky Clark Kent to the R’s Superman.

  32. fastship says:

    Fat lad’s bike.

  33. Ralph W. says:

    Annoyingmouse, I had no intention of commenting because this bike is of no interest to me. I didn’t even read the whole article. But since you’ve mentioned my name you have invited me into the discussion. This is one of the most ridiculous bikes I’ve ever seen. It is far too heavy to offer an exciting ride. It can’t be fast because high speed is a product of big power (not torque) and good aerodynamics, which it doesn’t have. It is only good at one thing – quick acceleration in a straight line, and it doesn’t take any skill to do that. No skill means not thrill. It is a dedicated poseur bike. I wasn’t going to say anything, but you asked.

    • huls says:

      Quote: “quick acceleration in a straight line, and it doesn’t take any skill to do that.”

      Said the keyboard warrior who has never set a decent time at a dragstrip.

      Acceleration is the biggest thrill of riding a motorcycle, either straight line dragracing or blasting out of corner as fast as the material will allow you. Both have a giant learning curve and some will never learn.

      • Ralph W. says:

        “Acceleration is the biggest thrill of riding a motorcycle”

        It is to you. Maybe I’ve just done too much of it. I get a lot more thrills from what you do in a corner before you accelerate – braking on the limit, backing it in, drifting and correcting a drift. When you reach the point where you give it full throttle the exciting part is over.

        • Bob K says:

          So you ride like that everywhere you go and all the time? Apparently only one type of riding exists in your world. Saddens me that you’ve limited yourself to a single experience.
          .
          You should try breaking 250 at Bonneville or Maxton. Or breaking even a lowly 200 at the Texas mile. I’ve done those. Pretty exciting. How about taking a bike from Prudhoe Bay to Key West? Done that. That’s exciting too. 700,000 miles on bikes so far….that’s exciting.
          .
          Do you know how many morons on supersports and superbikes I’ve seen at the dragstrip loop out on Wednesday Night Drags at the strip in Baytown? Seen even more loft the front wheel and freak, closing the throttle abruptly and slamming down the front hard and go into a bad wobble. There’s skill in it for sure. I’ve tried a bike with a wheelie bar a couple times…a HD Destroyer. Open it up and hold it, use body English to stay straight the whole 1/4 mile. Keeping straight ain’t as easy as you think.

        • Ralph W. says:

          Bob K, this article is about the Rocket III, so comments should be about road bikes and what we do on the road. I have very diverse riding experience. Obviously some of you guys react negatively because you can’t do some of the things I do. But I keep telling you, buy a bike that is light, agile, which has an upright seating position and wide(ish) handlebars and you can learn to do it too. It sounds like you are the one with limited diversity in your riding – heavy bikes only.

    • todd says:

      Fact check: Acceleration is the product of power divided by weight. Since it is “way too heavy” but has fairly high power, acceleration will be ordinary.

    • Kramer says:

      Now stop it! Can’t you see that the two of you are in LOVE?! Now, kiss already!

    • Ralph W. says:

      Change my mind about what?

    • Ralph W. says:

      Annoyingmouse, I never said I am a highly skilled rider. You said that. I said what I can do so others can learn from my experience and do it too if they want to. From your comments it is obvious that compared to you, everybody is a highly skilled rider.

  34. Fastship says:

    For some reason it puts me in mind of the original Gold Wing, the GL1000.

    The contemporaneous appearance of the GL1000 and dying days of Norton Villiers Triumph was when I was just old enough to appreciate bikes and the original Gold Wing was as exotic as it was absurd. This new Triumph evokes those times. Things have gone full circle.

    Also, the GL was unaffordable and so is this new Triumph :¬(

  35. Matt says:

    Such wretched excess. I’ll take mine in candy black cherry.

  36. Reginald Van Blunt says:

    The totality of this design places it well beyond any comparison to another . Cheers .
    Waiting for the dirt version .

  37. Montana says:

    Great redesign, now how ’bout a model with full fenders and a place to mount saddlebags for people that “tour” further than the nearest bar on weekends.

    • SausageCreature says:

      Check the bottom of the article where it mentions available saddlebags/mounts and luggage rack. I’ve seen pictures on other websites, and the bags look similar to the cloth over plastic, semi-rigid type available on other Triumph models. They don’t seem very big, but enough for a long weekend maybe.

  38. ABQ says:

    I would think that an engine of this size would produce more horsepower.
    But the intent seems to be for some other purpose. It’s a looker.
    With all of that torque you could make a living pulling out tree trunks.

    • todd says:

      Unfortunately, only revving to 4,000 rpm means that the gearing needs to be really “tall” to achieve any reasonable speed. A typical bike that revs to 12,000 rpm may have around a 15:1 overall gear reduction. This bike has only a third of the rpm so you only ever achieve 1/3 the speed or you gear it three times higher, around 6:1. This effectively means you have 163 x 6 pounds of thrust at the rear wheel (in first gear) versus 80 x 15 for a liter bike. The (more powerful) liter bike would be a better choice for pulling out stumps.

  39. Dirtgrain says:

    I’m getting one, as it’s the perfect bike to ride while wearing jogging shorts and flip flops.

  40. Tank says:

    This bike kicks sand in Harley’s face.

  41. My2cents says:

    Able to leap tall mountain passes with a single twist of the wrist, faster than a speeding locomotive, it looks impressive in the pictures.

  42. kawzies says:

    Ridiculous……and completely Awesome.

  43. gpokluda says:

    Awesome. Simply awesome.

  44. Rapier says:

    The thinking mans Boss Hoss.

  45. todd says:

    This is the first time I ever liked a cruiser. Still way to big and heavy for me but Triumph finally made the big Rocket worth looking at. They will sell many – even if it is just to aging baby boomers.

  46. TimC says:

    “Being shot out of a cannon will always be better than being squeezed out of a tube.”

    – HST

  47. Shoeman says:

    Triumph’s industrial-looking first generation Rocket never registered even the smallest hint of excitement for me. But this one…oh my. This one registers big time. Proof that good looks are important in motorcycle design. Great job Triumph!

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