RideFast Magazine September 2019


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Triumph Rocket 3

Sets New Capacity Standard For Mass Production Motorcycles

Back in 2004, when Triumph first introduced the Rocket 3,

its 2.3-liter engine set a benchmark in the world of massproduced

motorcycles. Running uncontested ever since,

the British motorcycle manufacturer has upped the ante

with an even bigger three-cylinder engine in two newly

unveiled Rocket 3 variants, the R and GT.

For almost 15 years the first-gen Rocket III enjoyed its status as the

motorcycle with the biggest engine in mass production. Apart from

some notable exceptions such as the Boss Hoss customs, even the

most eclectic and rare of motorcycles – for instance, the Münch

Mammut 2000 or the Hesketh 24 – wouldn’t break over the twoliter


As soon as Triumph decided it was time for the Rocket to get an

overhaul, there was practically only one way to go. The new Rocket

changed the latin III for the Arabic numeral 3 and arrived in May 2019

with a similar three-cylinder engine, longitudinally placed in the frame,

now boasting 2,458 cc (150 ci) and a considerable power hike.

Triumph opted to kick off the second generation with the Rocket 3

TFC – as in Triumph Factory Custom – in a limited production run, but

everyone suspected that a mass produced version lurked around the

corner. The TFC batch of just 750 bikes worldwide sold out in less than

two months, setting the stage for Triumph to lift the curtain on the

“basic” Rocket 3.


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