With 2458cc at the ready, the all-new Rocket 3 GT could well be the most brutal gentlemen’s express ever. It’s brash, built like money is no object and boasts torque figures that redefine the term ‘midrange grunt’.
Triumph wants to prove a point with this bike – Power is king. But is biggest best, every time? INFO MOTO takes to the tarmac to find out, once and for all.
What we like:
- Magnificent fit and finish
- Grunt like an angry razorback
- Everyone likes to be the biggest
Room for improvement:
- Harsh rear suspension
- 291kg dry. Really?
- Experienced riders only
Triumph Rocket 3 – What’s new for 2020?
The Triumph Rocket 3 R and GT both get an all-new engine. In fact the whole bike has been redesigned. All componentry of the longitudinal triple has gone under the microscope.
The new engine makes use of a dry sump design with integrated oil cooler. The six-speed helical-cut gearbox is new too, as is the slipper clutch and shaft final drive.
A refined electronic suite now provides the Rocket 3 with ride-by-wire throttle, full LED lighting, self-cancelling indicators, keyless starting and steering lock, TFT instrumentation, and an array of rider assistance systems – Cornering ABS and switchable traction control, a choice of ride modes and a Hill Hold feature (which activates the brakes until throttle is applied).
The smartphone app, MyTriumph, adds turn-by-turn navigation, call and text management, audio streaming and more.
Atop all that the GT gets full fruit like roomier seating, a seat height 23mm lower at 750mm, a backrest for the passenger, adjustable passenger pegs, a slightly taller flyscreen, and heated grips.
It’s much lighter than its predecessor dropping a massive 40 kilograms, but there’s still a hefty 291kg dry to pull up, so a sports bike it ain’t, but its pretty agile for such a biggie.
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Snag’s career in motoring journalism spans 29 years with stints at major bike mags Australian Road Rider, Motorcycle Trader and AMCN along with contributions to just about every other outlet worth a hill of beans. He was editor of Unique Cars magazine and hosts his legendary podcast ‘Snag Says’ when he gets off his date.