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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R/GT | First Look Review

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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R/GT | First Look Review






Triumph has given its Rocket 3 muscle bike a major makeover, with the new Rocket 3 GT touring cruiser (left) and Rocket 3 R roadster (right) both powered by a 2,458cc in-line triple. (Photos courtesy Triumph)

In the late ?90s
and early aughts, there was a displacement war going on among cruisers, with
engine sizes growing from 1,449cc (Harley-Davidson Twin Cam 88) to 1,510cc
(Victory 92C), then up to 1,670cc (Yamaha Star Road Star), 1,795cc (Honda
VTX1800) and finally, breaking the two-liter barrier, 2,053cc in the Kawasaki
Vulcan 2000, which debuted for 2004.

Both Triumph Rocket 3s roll on new lightweight cast aluminum wheels shod with Avon Cobra Chrome tires. The rear is 240mm wide.

The following year, Triumph came along and topped them all with the Rocket III, which got its thrust from a massive 2,294cc in-line triple, albeit with an extra cylinder compared to the more traditional V-twins. But, just as a hippopotamus doesn?t have many teeth but the ones it does have are truly impressive, the Rocket III?s 4-inch cylinders were the same size as those in a Chevy 350ci V-8.

Read: 2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring Road Test Review

The Rocket III?s was – and continues to be – the largest engine of any mass-produced motorcycle, and when we strapped it to the dyno back in 2005, it spun the drum to the tune of 127 horsepower and 141 lb-ft of torque – an unheard-of amount of grunt that has only been beaten by a more recent version of the Rocket III. The 2010 Rocket III Roadster made more than 160 lb-ft of torque.
Arranged longitudinally, the Rocket 3’s liquid-cooled 2,458cc in-line triple has three massive cylinders, three hydroformed exhaust headers exiting on the right side and a pair of howitzer-sized mufflers.

Of course, if you?ve been paying attention, then you know that Triumph recently unveiled the Rocket 3 TFC, a $29,000 limited-edition Triumph Factory Custom that was a major reboot for the Rocket 3 platform, and it?s powered by an even bigger in-line triple displacing 2,458cc and making a claimed 168 horsepower and 163 lb-ft of torque. At nearly 2.5 liters, the new Rocket 3?s engine is larger than that of many automobiles. The Rocket 3 TFC is also a much more modern platform than its predecessor (which is probably why the “III” was replaced by “3”), with updated styling, an aluminum frame, a single-sided swingarm, carbon fiber bodywork and a full suite of electronics.

Read: 2019 Triumph Rocket 3 TFC (Triumph Factory Custom) First Look Review

Now Triumph has
unveiled two production models, the Rocket 3 R and the Rocket 3 GT, the latter
aimed at those who like to travel longer distances, with or without a
passenger. Claimed engine output is 165 horsepower and 168 lb-ft of torque, in
a package that weighs nearly 90 pounds less than the previous-generation Rocket
III.

The Triumph Rocket 3 R is a roadster with height-adjustable midmount foot controls.

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