Everything You Need to Know About the Triumph Rocket 3

motoplex | December 15, 2020 | 0 | Lists , Rocket , Shopping , Triumph

If you’re ready to take your passion for motorcycles to the next level, look no further than the Triumph Rocket 3 R. This stunning powerhouse combines industry-leading torque and power with breathtaking comfort, control, and class. While it falls under the traditional roadster style, the Rocket 3 is anything but. Packing 70% more torque than any other competitor, the Rocket does its name-sake proud. Triumph didn’t stop there and decided to create two separate Rocket 3 models to appeal to every rider. The Rocket 3 GT is more touring-oriented, while the R model focuses more on sport riding. To avoid confusion, we’ve chosen to focus strictly on the R model.




The Rocket 3 R was first put into production in 2019. It is the successor to the Rocket III, a model that also prides itself on its unmatched torque and power. The name, more specifically the number 3, comes from the first Rocket model introduced in 1959. The original featured a BSA 750cc triple pushrod, a rarity for the time, and inspired the 3 in the name. It was designed by Bert Hopwodd and Doug Hele, and was technically considered a financial failure when it was released. However, it paved the way for the powerful performance associated with the bike today. The man responsible for the modern Rocket III line was product manager Ross Clifford, who restarted the project in 1998. Along with a team of designers, they crafted a new futuristic style cruiser with a 3-cylinder engine and have been working on updating them ever since.




Get ready, this bike is loaded with features (with the option to add more) that give you the giddy-up you’re looking for. Check the specs:



Engine: The Rocket 3 R features an Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC, 2458cc engine. The bore is 110.2; stroke is 85.9, and the compression is 10.8:1. The max power EC is 165 hp (123kW) at 6,000 rpm. The max torque EC is 163 lbs-ft at 4,000 rpm. The Rocket 3 R features a run-by-wire, fuel injected system, with a stainless 3-into-1 exhaust with headers and 3 exit silencers.


Transmission: The final drive is a shaft/bevel box with a 6-speed gearbox. The clutch is wet, multiple-plate hydraulically operated and torque assisted.



Chassis: The Rocket 3 R has a full aluminum frame, with a single-sided, cast-aluminum swingarm. The front wheel is 17×3.5 in cast aluminum, and the rear wheel is 16×7.5 in cast aluminum. The front tire is 150/80 R17 V, and the rear wheel is 240/50 R16 V. The front suspension is a Showa 47mm upside-down 1 1 cartridge with front forks, compression and rebound adjuster, 4.7 in (120mm) travel. The rear suspension is a fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulics, preload adjuster, 4.2 in (107mm) real wheel travel. The front brakes are dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, and cornering ABS, and the rear brakes are single 300mm discs, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc calipers, and cornering ABS.

Dimensions: The handlebar width is 35 in (889mm), and the height (without mirrors) is 41.9 in (1065mm). The seat height is 30.4 in (773mm) and the wheelbase is 66 in (1677mm). The rake is 27.9 degrees and the trail is 5.3 in (134.9mm). The dry weight is 641.5 lbs (291kg)



Fuel Capacity: the tank can hold 4.8 US gallons, and consumes 6.82 1/100km, and gets 32.43 miles per gallon. The CO2 figures are EURO 5 standard 158g/km


Price: Starts around $21,000.


Fun Facts


  • The lead designer for the 1998 Rocket III design was John Mockett, who also designed popular models like the Hesketh v1000 and Tiger.
  • Awarded Machine of the Year by Motor Cycle News in 2004 after its launch
  • Has more torque than any other manufactured motorcycle
  • The Rocket 3 R and GT were the largest changes to the fundamental design, removing nearly 90 lbs of extra weight and adding a 2,500cc engine.
  • Completely customizable with over 50 extra accessories.


Not only does this bike look good on paper, it is a stunner in real life. With two different color-ways and custom accessories you can make this bike a reflection of you. Call us at 208-954-8788 or visit indiantriumphboise.com to dive deeper into this speed-machine.

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