The Triumph Rocket 3 comes with a 2,458cc motor – the largest on any production motorcycle in the world. The R trim on sale in India produces 165bhp and 221Nm.
A few months back in August, Triumph took the wraps off the all-new Rocket 3. The company showcased two variants – the R and the GT. The British bikemaker has only launched the R trim in India and it is priced at Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom). This makes it about Rs 2 lakh cheaper than the previous generation model.
In terms of dimensions, the new Rocket 3R is as big and intimidating as we’ve always known it to be. It has a 1,677mm wheelbase and wide 889mm handlebar to manoeuvre it.
The Rocket 3 is powered by a 2,458cc three-cylinder motor that develops 165bhp – 11 percent more than before. At 221Nm, torque figures remain unchanged. Performance is expected to by better than the model it replaces given the increase in power and its 291kg dry weight, which is 40kg less than before. The engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Braking duties are performed by 320mm twin discs up front and a single 300mm disc at the rear. Up front the Rocket 3 sits on compression and rebound adjustable Showa upside down forks. At the back it gets a preload adjustable monoshock.
Just like most other Triumphs on sale today, this one too comes with a good mix of electronics package including cornering ABS, traction control, and hill hold. The motorcycle gets four riding modes – rain, road, sport and a rider configurable mode. The Rocket 3 also gets keyless ignition, steering lock, cruise control, heated grips and a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). Additionally, the Rocket 3 also gets a full colour TFT instrument cluster with a turn-by-turn navigation system.
The Triumph Rocket 3 doesn’t quite have any direct rival in India. The Ducati Diavel, which is priced at around Rs 17.7 lakh (ex-showroom), is the closest alternative.