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2023 Triumph Rocket 3 R | Road Test Review

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2023 Triumph Rocket 3 R | Road Test Review






The 2023 Triumph Rocket 3 R felt
right at home on
the mean streets of
downtown Los Angeles. (Photos by Kevin Wing)

The first thing you need to know about the Triumph Rocket 3 R is that its inline-Triple displaces 2,458cc (150ci), making it the largest motorcycle production engine by far. Nothing else even comes close. 

The Rocket 3 R?s cylinders are like a hippopotamus? teeth: It doesn?t have many, but the ones it does have are impressive. They have a bore of 4.33 inches ? wider than the cylinders in a 707-hp Dodge Hellcat ? and a stroke of 3.4 inches. Each one displaces 819.3cc, exceeding the engine capacity of Triumph?s Street Triple 765 sportbike.

Related: 2024 Triumph Street Triple 765 Range | First Look Review

Claimed output at the crank is 165 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. You can buy a sportbike tuned to make more horsepower, but no production motorcycle churns out as much grunt. Again, nothing else comes close.

Take a deep breath and just soak it all in. Beauty and the beast, indeed.

The second thing you need to know is that, despite having such an enormous engine, the Rocket 3 R is not an overweight, bloated machine. With a claimed dry weight of 641 lb and an estimated curb weight approaching 700 lb, it?s as light or lighter than many cruisers and open-class sport-tourers.

Even taking its engine size and output into account, the Rocket 3 R remains a rare breed: a muscle cruiser that handles well and has sportbike-caliber components and electronics. And its design, from its mix of brushed, matte, and gloss finishes to its single-sided swingarm, exhibits incredible attention to detail and top-notch fit and finish.
My, How You?ve Grown 

Midmount controls and minimal handlebar pullback encourage an
aggressive posture, especially when on
the gas.

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

The following year, Triumph came along and topped them all with the Rocket III, which got its thrust from a massive 2,294cc inline-Triple, albeit with an extra cylinder compared to the V-Twins listed above. The Rocket III was under development in the early 2000s, and with each new displacement benchmark, Triumph?s engineers ratcheted up the engine?s capacity because the company?s primary goal was to be the biggest.

Related: 2014 Triumph Rocket III Touring | Road Test Review

The three-cylinder configuration made sense because the modern incarnation of Triumph, under the direction of John Bloor, had built its reputation and brand image around Triples in bikes like the Trophy, Sprint, and Speed Triple. But the origins of the Triple and t...
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