Motorcycles

Meet the world’s biggest-engined bike

The new Triumph Rocket 3 puts a thumping 2,500cc between your legs

16 August 2019 - 14:05
The Triumph Rocket 3 provides muscular 2,500cc power with looks to match.
The Triumph Rocket 3 provides muscular 2,500cc power with looks to match.
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Triumph’s Rocket 3 made its world debut in 2004 powered by a monster of a 2,300cc engine, and for 2019 it gets an even bigger 2,500cc lump.

That makes it the world’s largest production motorcycle engine and also the one with the highest torque, at a thumping 221Nm. Together with its 123kW of power, the new Rocket 3 is designed to provide supercar-matching acceleration and any-gear effortless riding, two-up or on your own.

The beefy three-cylinder engine sits in a bike with a muscular presence that’s more than 40kg lighter than before and features more technology.

The Rocket 3 super-cruiser is available in two models: a 3 R performance roadster and a more touring-oriented 3 GT with handlebars shaped for better long-distance comfort. The footrests can be adjusted to cater to different-sized riders, while the GT also has a height-adjustable pillion backrest.

Power’s fed to the fat rear wheel via a new high-performance six-speed helical-cut gearbox that’s smoother, stronger and lighter than a standard transmission, and is designed to cater for the bike’s increased torque.

The power’s controlled by a modern ride-by-wire throttle and has four riding modes: Road, Rain, Sport and a Rider-configurable setting which adjust the throttle response and traction control settings.

Brembo Stylema brakes top off the high-specification engineering package.

Cornering ABS and Cornering Traction Control are also standard on both derivatives, respectively maintaining the optimum braking and traction whatever the lean angle.

A TFT instrument panel can be personalised, allowing the rider to update the start-up screen message with their name.
A TFT instrument panel can be personalised, allowing the rider to update the start-up screen message with their name.
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Additional tech on Triumph’s super-cruiser includes hill-hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition, and heated handgrips.

Both bikes feature a USB power socket under the seat for charging smartphones. A full-colour TFT instrument panel rounds off the high-tech features list, and the info panel can be personalised, allowing the rider to update the start-up screen message with their name.

The big-bore engine takes centre stage in a bike with a muscular and imposing presence, accentuated by modern details such as twin LED headlights and daytime running lights.

New lightweight multi-spoke cast aluminium wheels enhance the bold look, with the Rocket 3 R’s wheels featuring a blacked-out finish, while the Rocket 3 GT model goes one step further with exposed machining on the rim and spokes.

Contributing to the Rocket 3’s clean, uncluttered styling are a single-sided swingarm, with offset monoshock suspension. The bike is finished with classy detailing including brushed stainless steel, an aluminium Monza-style cap, and machined fins on the crankcases.

The new Triumph Rocket 3s will arrive in SA early next year, at prices still to be announced.

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