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Triumph have saved the regular trickle of recent 2021 fashions going with two special-edition Rocket 3s. Primarily based on the sporty R and the extra relaxed GT, the R Black and GT Triple Black are designed to be the final word reply to the query: does it are available black?

There’s an extended record of adjustments however first, let’s have a look at what stays the identical – the insane powerplant.

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On the coronary heart of each bikes is the 2500cc triple carried over from the usual Rocket 3 fashions, which pumps out a powerful 165bhp @ 6000rpm. However the Rocket is admittedly all about torque, with that big engine producing a tarmac-tearing 146.5lb.ft at simply 4000rpm. Then once more, it’s the largest manufacturing motorbike engine to this point.

Wired to this big motor is a powerful electronics suite that features all the pieces from the most recent security aids, resembling cornering ABS and lean delicate traction management, to luxurious creature comforts resembling cruise management and smartphone connectivity.

The whole bike has been blacked out

The R and GT are largely the identical machines, the R coming with a slightly extra aggressive driving place, whereas the GT comes with a display and pillion backrest for higher touring functionality. So what’s new concerning the black editions? Just about all the pieces else.

For a begin the engines have been fully blacked-out, together with the exhaust headers, warmth shields and the intakes. The small print have been blacked-out too together with the badges, headlight bezels, fly display surrounds and radiator cowls in addition to the seats and rear bodywork.

Just about all the pieces that’s anodised has been turned black together with the levers, yokes, bar clamps, foot controls, heel guards and pillion footrests. Lastly, each fashions include a carbon fibre mudguard – in black, naturally. Triumph are making simply 1000 of every mannequin, and to show somebody hasn’t simply gone mad within the equipment catalogue, every black version will include certificates of authenticity.

So what does all this moodiness value? There’s a £1000 premium over a regular Rocket for the black variations, which suggests the Rocket 3 R will value you £21,000 whereas the Rocket 3 GT Triple Black will set you again £21,700. Each might be accessible from mid-April.


Triumph Rocket 3 2020: the story to this point

First revealed on August 14, 2020 by Jordan Gibbons

Riding the Triumph Rocket 3 R

The brand new Triumph Rocket 3 is an enormous beast with its large 2.5-litre engine dwarfing most automotive motors, however underneath the pores and skin of that power-packed hunk of metallic lies plenty of tech.



Our take a look at staff has ridden the brand new bike now, so click on right here for the 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 overview on MCN.

Triumph say the evolution of the Rocket 3, from the authentic mannequin 15 years in the past, reveals simply how a lot the corporate have realized about engine design.

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Revs are rising

The Rocket has all the time been an enormous bike, weighing in at a whopping 362kg when it first appeared in 2004, and at 2294cc was already the largest-capacity manufacturing bike on this planet. The brand new mannequin is a ground-up technical redesign, which has allowed Triumph to shed weight, achieve energy and switch it from pure muscle bike into a contemporary efficiency cruiser.

When Triumph launched the Rocket, they weren’t able to solid their very own crankcases, which meant they ended up heavier than they might have favored. Now they’ll, so the instances are lighter, which fits a great distance in direction of an 18kg saving. Triumph have additionally transformed to a dry sump and added new balancer shafts. They’ve additionally launched lightened internals which has helped elevate the rev restrict to 7000rpm. Peak energy is now an arm-stretching 164bhp.

Dynamic shapes

To assist save weight and area, the Rocket 3 has an all-new body. It’s now made out of two aluminium sections which might be bolted across the engine, relatively than welded. The central core is hole, which permits Triumph to make use of the central backbone of the bike as an airbox, similar to Ducati did with the 1299.

The exhaust can be an enormous step ahead for Triumph. The earlier mannequin had a regular system, with the pipes simply exiting straight downwards, one thing which didn’t swimsuit the brand new mannequin’s sportier model. To create the brand new form, Triumph have used hydroforming to create a form that’s visually arresting, whereas additionally serving to to ship improved gasoline circulation into the catalytic converter.

“Very early on a variety of effort went into creating one thing that swoops spherical and appears dynamic, however to do this we needed to examine manufacturing strategies that we hadn’t used earlier than,” mentioned Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer at Triumph. “Hydroforming is a very specialist factor; there’s not that many suppliers on this planet that may do it, and we needed to study loads about how one can design a header that may be hydroformed. There’s a lot engineering that went into it to get it proper.”

Costs haven’t been confirmed but however the brand new Rocket 3 is predicted to value between £19,500 and £19,950 when it arrives in sellers in September.


Triumph Rocket 3 unveiled – and there is two of them!

First revealed July 31, 2019 by Jordan Gibbons

There are two versions of the standard Triumph Rocket 3



After months of teasing with the restricted version (and already sold-out) £25k Rocket ‘TFC’, Triumph have lastly unveiled the manufacturing model of its all-new Rocket 3 and, higher nonetheless, there’s a pair of them…

Dubbed the R and GT, the brand new fashions are large, daring and brash efficiency cruisers that take all the pieces Triumph have realized over the 15 years for the reason that authentic Rocket III was launched and raised the bar even increased.

Rocket energy

The 2500cc in-line triple on the coronary heart of the brand new Rocket 3 is the biggest engine fitted to any mass-production motorbike. The leap in capability from the outdated bike’s 2300cc sees peak torque rise to a stump-pulling 163ftlb, the very best of any motorbike presently available on the market by some margin.

Triumph have additionally managed to shed 18kg from the engine with the discount in circulation mass enabling them to push the redline as much as 7000rpm so releasing a brand new peak energy determine of 164.7bhp – up 11%.

That determine could also be rather less than the TFC – largely resulting from it being fitted with particular Arrow exhausts – however the inventory fashions are additionally significantly cheaper, with each anticipated at underneath £20k.

Serving to maintain the wheels in a straight line is a brand new electronics bundle supported by an  Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) by Continental, which permits the brand new Rocket to come back with cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction management as normal.

There’s additionally a brand new ride-by-wire throttle and 4 driving modes together with Street, Rain, Sport and a fourth consumer configurable one.

Satan’s within the element

One other large change is with the chassis, which makes use of the engine as a burdened member. The brand new major body is made out of aluminium with a central backbone that bolts across the engine. The backbone itself is hole and doubles up because the airbox.

The result’s a 22kg weight saving, which, along with the lighter engine, makes it over 40kg lighter than the outdated Rocket.

A brand new suspension set-up from Showa contains 47mm adjustable forks and a totally adjustable monoshock on the rear with a piggyback reservoir. With critical stopping energy wanted, there are Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers whereas Avon Cobra tyres are used together with a fats, 240-section rear.

On high of all of the efficiency components are loads of luxuries together with hill maintain management, cruise management plus Triumph’s second technology full-colour TFT sprint as first seen on the Scrambler 1200, which supplies a number of display modes and the choice of full Bluetooth connectivity, together with GoPro management through the switchgear.

There might be two fashions accessible when the brand new Rocket 3 goes on sale – the R and the GT. The R is the bare roadster mannequin, aimed toward competing head-on with Ducati’s Diavel, and which has a sportier driving place – though all of the bits that differentiate the 2 new fashions are totally interchangeable.

The R model is predicted to value £19,500 when it arrives in sellers this December.

Triumph Rocket 3 GT

Two-up on the Triumph Rocket 3 GT



In addition to the R, Triumph have additionally unveiled a GT model aimed toward those that wish to share their Rocket habit.

The vast majority of the bike, engine, body and suspension, is an identical though there are small tweaks within the end. However the GT’s handlebars are extra ‘pulled again’ (by 125mm) which, mixed with extra ahead foot controls, provides a extra relaxed driving place.

The GT’s twin seat can be 23mm decrease, making it simpler to get your toes down, whereas the passenger pad has a small backrest to assist the pillion really feel safer. The GT additionally comes with a small display and heated grips.

Paint choices are totally different (Phantom Black and Silver Ice) and the GT’s wheels forgo the R’s machined highlights. There’s additionally an enormous record of equipment (for each) which features a ‘Freeway Inspiration Pack’ comprising baggage rack, semi-soft panniers, quickshifter/blipper and full connectivity for the sprint together with Google Maps.

Costs are but to be confirmed but it surely’s anticipated the GT mannequin might be barely costlier than the R, at £19,900.


Manufacturing Triumph Rocket 3 GT noticed!

First revealed April 17, 2019 by Jordan Gibbons

Triumph Rocket 3 GT spied in testing

You are wanting on the Triumph Rocket GT – a full production-spec model of Hinckley’s strongest bike ever. And it is in all probability not the one mannequin within the vary…

Noticed by reader Igor Skunca in Croatia right now, the picture reveals a motorcycle outfitted with a , brief display, seize rail, pillion seat and pegs, and a set of ordinary forks. It is sporting numberplates and appears for all intents and functions able to hit showrooms.

Nevertheless, behind the GT you’ll be able to see one other model with a strong brief display that hints at a extra centered efficiency effort. A touring version may comply with with a special rear subframe, large display and opulent seating. Assume Bobber-to-Speedmaster transformation…

Manufacturing Triumph Rocket 3 spied!

Triumph Rocket 3 ready for production



The image above, captured by an eagle-eyed MCN reader final week, is proof that Triumph are engaged on a brand new manufacturing Rocket.

Newest information: Spied! Manufacturing Triumph Rocket 3 GT

Till now the Hinckley agency have solely urged that they have been planning a particular version ‘TFC’ (Triumph Manufacturing facility Customized) mannequin. However this shot of a Triumph take a look at rider, captured on the highway close to the manufacturing facility, suggests a regular manufacturing bike is within the pipeline, too.

At its coronary heart is a heavily-reworked model of the Rocket’s whopping three-cylinder, longitudenally-mounted engine which we perceive is now 2500cc (from 2300) and places out in extra of 180bhp and an earth-spinning 170ftlb of torque. The TFC model can be more likely to have freer-flowing pipes similar to the Thruxton TFC, which may enhance these figures.

One other giveaway that it is a common manufacturing mannequin is the addition of a pillion seat – till now we’ve solely ever seen photographs of single seaters. The subframe seems related though we wouldn’t put it previous Triumph to have adopted a modular method that features a bigger ‘touring’ subframe like we’ve seen on the Bobber and Speedmaster.

The remainder of the bike’s spec seems much like that of the TFC though there are some exceptions. The fork bottoms are silver, as is the entrance brake lever, suggesting Triumph could also be testing barely decrease spec choices for the usual mannequin.

The indictors are additionally standard as seen on the remainder of Triumph’s fashionable traditional vary relatively than the LEDs on the TFC. Whereas the switchgear and the again of the sprint is nearly seen, each suggesting the Rocket will get the second technology, full-colour TFT show Triumph first unveiled on the Scrambler 1200.

Triumph have already mentioned they’ll unveil the restricted version – there might be 750 bikes – Rocket TFC on Might 1. However we count on this normal bike might be unveiled in November as a spring 2020 launch.


Noticed: All-new 180bhp Triumph Rocket

Triumph Rocket 3 in testing

After we revealed an idea illustration two weeks in the past (see under), spy pictures have now emerged of the brand new Triumph Rocket being examined, seemingly confirming {that a} new mannequin is within the pipeline. The outdated mannequin fell on the Euro4 wayside however the brand new one is way more than an replace – it’s a totally new bike.

One factor has remained a relentless although and that’s the huge inline triple. The outdated Rocket III had a 2.3l engine that produced 145bhp and a whopping 163 ftlbs of torque however we’re anticipating the brand new one to be larger nonetheless.



It’s believed the brand new engine might be 2.5l and energy might be in extra of 180bhp. To tame this, we count on the Rocket will include the complete suite of recent electronics together with lean delicate traction management, cornering ABS, rider modes and a quickshifter plus the same old creature comforts resembling heated grips, cruise management, flyscreen and LED lighting.

On high of that the Rocket seems to have the complete color TFT sprint from the Scrambler 1200, so it’s probably it should have the identical Google maps and GoPro integration. In comparison with the outdated mannequin, it’s a technological revelation. There’s an enormous replace within the dealing with stakes too.

Spy shots of the Triumph Rocket 3 engine

The brand new Rocket has virtually no actual body as we all know it. As a substitute the headstock seems to bolt to the entrance of the engine, whereas the subframe attaches straight to the again of it. Up entrance the Rocket has big totally adjustable USD forks, that maintain an enormous balloon entrance tyre and a set of Brembo monobloc stoppers.

On the again the shaft drive stays albeit on a single sided swingarm held up by an enormous monoshock. That, mixed with the curvy single seat, makes it plainly apparent that the brand new Rocket is focused to go after the Diavel. Whereas the Diavel will virtually actually have the sting on weight, the massive torque of the Triumph ought to make it an exhilarating journey.

Seen Rocket 3 updates

  • Footloose: This mannequin has ahead controls however the sketch had mid controls. Mounts counsel they might be interchangeable
  • Going solo: This mannequin has no pillion provision however a second subframe just like the Speedmaster could also be an possibility
  • Three, one, three: Exhaust headers divert into single big collector behind the engine earlier than exiting through three finish cans; two on the best aspect, one on the left
  • Torqueing to me? There’s no torque arm seen, so how Triumph have prevented shaft jacking is a thriller for now
  • Weight of the world: The dearth of body ought to assist save bulk. Important because the outdated mannequin was practically 130kg heavier than a Diavel
  • Getting clocky: The sprint seems to be straight off the Scrambler 1200, that means color second-gen TFT with app-based turn-by-turn satnav and GoPro integration, in addition to a number of display modes and Bluetooth connectivity for music, phonecalls, and messages.

MCN revealed all-new Rocket 3 two weeks in the past!

Spy shots revealed the Rocket at a conference



This official Triumph design sketch was revealed to sellers at Triumph’s annual convention in late October 2018, swiftly adopted by a pre-production take a look at mule being briefly ridden throughout the stage.

However regardless of the agency releasing a raft of recent fashions since, there was no official public affirmation of the return of the Rocket III. Nevertheless, MCN has realized that the brand new bike is scheduled for launch in 2019, and can boast class-defining efficiency figures.

When revealed to sellers on the closed-door occasion in October, Triumph claimed the brand new Rocket 3 would ship in extra of 180bhp from its new 2.5litre inline triple engine – which we count on to then be rolled out via a complete vary of recent Rocket fashions.

Along with the monstrous energy output, which seems more likely to exceed Ducati’s new Diavel by a transparent 21+bhp, it has additionally been urged that the torque on provide will exceed 170lbft at underneath 3000rpm – that’s about 80% greater than a Diavel, delivered at half the revs.

Efficiency cruiser

Transfer previous the headline energy and torque figures, and it’s clear that the brand new Rocket III is meant to be greater than only a straight-line visitors gentle hopper.

The vast fat-bars will present nice leverage over the beefy triple clamps and large forks, residing on the backside of that are a set of Brembo M50 calipers gripping what look to be 330mm floating discs hooked up to an all-new design of solid alloy wheel.

The rear wheel can be new, and now sits on a single-sided swingarm in readiness for a Diavel-busting model battle, with the three-into-two exhaust exiting via twin stubby slash-cut silencers.

A deep scalloped seat

The seat additionally seems acquainted, with a deep scalloped rider’s seat aimed toward stopping an undesirable rearward exit underneath most acceleration, and a pillion pad that you just’d must be exceptionally courageous and small of backside to perch on.

Whereas the rear gentle is positioned excessive within the tail, the stubby unit is additional cleaned up by the swingarm supporting the numberplate hanger and indicators.

The seating place is clearly mid-peg on the sketch and the take a look at mule, however the sketch seems to trace at a secondary mounting place that would make a feet-forward peg place doable – one thing that can assist its evolution into XDiavel and bagger/tourer territory.

Tech revolution

Along with heavy engineering and brute power, the Rocket III is more likely to be bristling with IMU pushed tech. Traction management, high-spec cornering ABS and a number of rider modes are a given. As well as, we might count on a full TFT sprint with multi-mode shows, and Bluetooth connectivity with GoPro and Google Maps enabled.

All of the lighting might be LED with a DRL headlamp, whereas keyless ignition is definite to function, together with cruise management and we might even see launch management. Whereas Triumph have refused to substantiate or deny the brand new Rocket III, we consider an announcement might be made early in 2019, with the bike arriving for Summer season.

Triumph Rocket household ties

Realizing Triumph, this new Rocket III efficiency cruiser would be the begin of a complete new household of fashions primarily based on the identical chassis and engine platform.



An older Touring model Triumph Rocket 3

The earlier Rocket III household included cruisers, roadsters and tourers – and Triumph are extremely unlikely to go to all the hassle of creating a complete new Rocket platform with out having an entire household of fashions designed in at beginning.

Which means a bagger and a full-dress tourer are more likely to comply with in 2020, and with their new Triumph Manufacturing facility Customized division being launched, who is aware of – we’d even see a particular model produced.

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