Triumph Motorcycles has announced the production-models of the 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 in two variants - the Triumph Rocket 3 R, and the Triumph Rocket 3 GT. The R is the roadster variant of the Triumph power cruiser, while the GT is the touring-oriented variant of the new Triumph Rocket 3. The limited edition Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) versions of the Rocket 3 is already sold out, and these two new models will be production-spec, to be available as a 2020 model, and will be launched in India as well, in the first quarter of 2020.
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Both variants are powered by a new engine - a 2,458 cc, in-line three-cylinder, DOHC engine which puts out around 165 bhp at 6,000 rpm and a massive 221 Nm of peak torque at just 4,000 rpm. The Rocket 3's engine displaces 164 cc more than the previous generation Rocket III, and has a redline of 7,000 rpm. Major changes to the engine include a new crankcase, balancer shafts, and a dry-sump lubrication system with integrated oil tank. The six-speed transmission is also new, and the hydraulically actuated clutch now has torque-assist for a lighter pull at the lever.
The chassis is also new, with an aluminium frame, as is the swingarm, and it's lighter than the Rocket III. Suspension duties are handled by Showa, with a 47 mm inverted fork with full damping adjustability while the piggyback shock is fully adjustable. High-end Brembo Stylema four-piston Monobloc calipers take care of stopping power on the 320 mm front discs and a Brembo 4.32 four-piston Monobloc caliper on the 300 mm single rear disc. The 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R has a dry weight of 291 kg, while the touring-oriented Rocket 3 GT has a dry weight of 294 kg.
There's a full suite of electronic rider aids, including a five-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) which powers the cornering ABS and cornering traction control system. There are four riding modes, with a fully customisable Rider mode and throttle response and traction control system is modified on the fly. There's standard cruise control and keyless ignition as well. The instrument console is Triumph's latest generation TFT display, which can be configured according to personal choice. Lighting is all-LED with LED DRLs, and hill-hold control is standard. Optional accessories include integrated GoPro control system, Google-powered navigation, Bluetooth smartphone integration as well as My Triumph app for iOS and Android.
The Triumph Rocket 3 R is the muscle roadster, with blacked out wheels, roadster handlebars, and a different rider and passenger seat. The R version also gets mid-set footrests with vertical adjustment. The Rocket 3 R is available in two colours - Korosi Red and Phantom Black.
The Triumph Rocket 3 GT is designed for touring, with the footrests moved forward and the seat offering more padding and comfort for long hours. Unlike the R, the GT allows vertical movement of the footpegs as well as forward and backward. Additionally, Triumph will be offering a range of touring accessories, including a Highway inspiration kit. We will hopefully get to ride the new Triumph Rocket 3 sometime by the end of the year, so look out for our first ride impressions, if and when we do get to ride the significantly updated power cruiser from Triumph.