Triumph has showcased its current cruisers in exciting new avatars, with added oomph factor. The motorcycles will come to India by April but in very limited numbers.
The Triumph Rocket 3 R and the Rocket 3 GT get limited-edition models dubbed the Rocket 3 R Black and Rocket 3 GT Triple Black. As the names suggest, Triumph has liberally treated the Rocket 3 R and the Rocket 3 GT with the colour black. However, Triumph has smartly distinguished between the two. The Rocket 3 R Black and GT Triple Black will be limited to 1,000 units of each for all markets in which Triumph is present. Buyers will also get a certificate stating the exclusivity of the limited-editions, along with a unique VIN number.
The Rocket 3 R and the Rocket 3 GT in their standard guise are different from each other in terms of their touring credentials. The limited editions also follow the same differences, in addition to the fact that the visor (fly-screen) and the pillion back-rest on the Rocket 3 GT Triple Black get the black colour scheme.
The engine, exhaust headers, intake cover, headlight bezels, radiator-cowls, seat, and rear body finishers, all get an all-black treatment. Other parts, such as brake and clutch levers, yokes, risers, handlebar clamps, RSU rocker, swingarm guard, side stand, rider footrest, brake and gear pedals, heel guards, and pillion footrests and hangers also come in black to compliment the overall colour scheme. The motorcycles get a carbon-fibre front mudguard as standard, with the mounts painted black.
Both bikes have an 18-litre fuel tank, however, but not without a minor difference. While the Rocket 3 R Black gets a matte black finished tank with ‘Black’ nomenclature on the top, the Rocket 3 GT Triple Black’s fuel tank sports three different shades of black, which keeps the limited edition motorcycle more in line with its name.
Other than the cosmetic changes, the special editions of the Rocket 3 R and GT are mechanically identical to their standard counterparts. The limited-edition motorcycles will continue to be powered by the worlds largest capacity engine – a 2.5-litre in-line three-cylinder similar to the standard variants. The power is rated at 164bhp at 6,000rpm and the peak torque of 221Nm comes in at 4,000rpm. The power is sent to the wheel via a 6-speed gearbox, which then forwards the power to the wheel via shaft drive.
The motorcycles will come with different riding mode to manage power – Road, Rain, and Sport, along with a Rider-configurable mode. The kerb weight stands at 291kgs and 294kgs for Rocket 3 R Black and GT Triple black, respectively. The motorcycles also come equipped with a hill-hold assist. The features list continues to be the same for both, which include cruise control, keyless ignition and keyless steering lock, and a USB charging socket.
The cycle parts have been carried over as well. For suspension, the cruisers get Showa 47mm upside-down forks, with adjustable front compression and rebound. The rear end also gets Showa fully-adjustable shock with a piggy-back reservoir. The front brakes come equipped with dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema four-piston radial monobloc callipers, while the rear gets a single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc calliper synced with cornering-ABS.
The motorcycle will be sold in the Indian market via the CBU (Completely Built-up Unit) route, and the bookings for the same will commence next month at Triumph’s authorised dealerships. The launch date of the Triumph Rocket 3 R Black and Rocket 3 GT Triple Black is yet to be confirmed, however, expect their prices to be north of Rs 19 lakh (ex-showroom).