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Triumph Rocket 3 R

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New Price At Launch: £19,500


Power: 165 bhp

Engine: 2,458 cc, 7,000 rpm red line, 130 mph top speed


Economy: 40 mpg

Range: 160 miles from the 18.0 litre tank


Seat Height: 773 mm

Weight 291 kg (dry)

What Is It?

The Triumph Rocket 3 R is a premium cruiser style bike and is powered by a huge liquid cooled 2,458cc triple engine, producing 164.9 bhp at 6,000rpm and maximum torque at just 4,000rpm.

Features include:

  • Aluminium frame and single sided swingarm with shaft drive
  • Dual 320mm discs up front with Brembo M4.30 Stylema 2 piston calipers
  • 300mm disc at the rear with Brembo M4.32 2 piston caliper
  • Cornering ABS and traction control
  • Adjustable 47mm Showa fork with 120mm travel
  • Adjustable Showa rear shock with 107mm travel
  • Ride modes: Rain, Road, Sport, Custom
  • Slip and assist clutch, USB port
  • 3->1->2 exhaust system
  • 6 speed gearbox with gear position indicator

Compared to the original 2004-2018 Rocket III the Rocket 3 R is an all new design with a 164cc larger and higher revving engine putting out 19 bhp more, 11% more torque and it's a remarkable 43kg lighter with much of the weight saving from the new frame plus 18kg shaved off the engine.

All the lighting is now LED based, the seat can be setup for two up or solo riding, there's a fancy TFT dash, ride modes, hill hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition, cool flip out pillion pegs and cornering ABS.

The 20-spoke 17" front wheel takes an Avon Cobra Chrome 150/80 tyre and the rear 16" a massive 240/50.

Accessories include the Arrow exhaust, quickshifter, tall screen, pannier mounting system, 20 litre panniers, pillion backrest, luggage rack, heated grips, touring seat, TPMS and Bluetooth multimedia module providing phone, Google maps and GoPro control. The Highway Pack includes the rack, panniers, quickshifter and connectivity.

Colours: Black, red

The £20,200 Rocket 3 GT is essentially the same bike but with feet forward pegs, the pillion backrest, 23mm lower touring seat, heated grips and taller screen but it's 3kg heavier.

It's closely related to the exclusive 2019 Rocket TFC, of which only 750 were produced. It's has a numbered plaque, the quickshifter, Arrow exhaust, Brembo MCS levers, plenty of Carbon bits and makes more power higher up.

Did You Know?

It's the world largest production bike engine.

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