The touring-focussed variant of Triumph's big behemoth, the Rocket 3 GT, has arrived in India.
Say hello to the new Triumph Rocket 3 GT that has now landed on our shores. Priced at Rs 18.40 lakh (ex-showroom, pan-India), the Rocket 3 GT is the touring-focussed variant of the Rocket 3 R and commands a premium of Rs 40,000 over its sibling. Although the new motorcycle shares the same underpinnings as the Rocket R, it gets a couple of functional updates that turn it into a mega mile-muncher.
Like the Rocket 3 R, the GT derivative is a big and badass looking power cruiser. However, it comes with a few new bits that make it more suited for long rides. Compared to the R, the footpegs are forward-set, the handlebar is pulled-back, there’s a taller windscreen, and adjustable pillion footrests as well as a pillion backrest. The bike also comes equipped with heated grips. At 294kg, the Rocket 3 GT is around 3kg heavier than the R version.
The Rocket 3 GT is propelled by the same 2,458cc inline three-cylinder engine as the R, which is the largest capacity engine in a production motorcycle to date. It produces 165bhp of max power and 221Nm of torque. Power transmission duties are carried out by a six-speed gearbox.
The suspension components remain the same as that of the R – the power-cruiser comes fitted with fully-adjustable Showa upside-down front forks and a mono-shock at the rear wheel. Electronics package includes four riding modes – rain, road, sport, and a rider configurable mode – along with cornering ABS, cruise control, traction control, and hill-hold. The bike also gets full LED headlamps, keyless ignition, and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The instrument cluster is a full-colour TFT screen that features Bluetooth connectivity and turn-by-turn navigation.
The Triumph Rocket 3 GT doesn't have a direct rival in the country at the moment, but given its price and target buyer, the Ducati Diavel can be seen as a worthy rival. However, the Diavel hasn't been updated with a BS6 engine till now, meaning it's temporarily not on sale in India.