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Triumph Rocket 3: The 2.5-litre monster your wife doesn’t want you to ride



Go from biker to rocketeer with the biggest engine in the biking world between your legs

SINGAPORE – Talk about kicking off 2020 with a bang. Mah Pte Ltd is launching the new Triumph Rocket 3 to the public this weekend, at the Wicked Wallop car and bike festival

 

This time around you get two variants of the big muscle bike to choose from: a roadster version called the Rocket 3 R and the more touring-oriented Rocket 3 GT, pictured here. Singapore prices for the 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 are S$54,356.05 for the R and S$59,706.05 for the GT, excluding insurance and certificate of entitlement.

The R trim includes sportier handlebar and footpeg positioning, along with blacked-out wheels to match the Phantom Black or Korosi Red colour options.

If you like long rides the GT is probably going to be more your thing. It has a lower seat height and slightly taller flyscreen, along with taller handlebars and more forward-set pegs. The pillion gets an adjustable backrest and adjustable footpegs, which stow out of the way in lovely fashion.

You can also have your GT Phantom Black like the bike here, but the other colour option is a two-tone scheme called Silver Ice and Storm Grey, with red pinstriping.

Both versions have LEDs galore: the twin headlights come with LED daytime running lights, and the turn signals, taillamp and number plate light are all LEDs. 

But what you really care about is the fact that the Triumph is powered by a nuclear reactor. Well, not really, but the next best thing: a 2.5-litre three-cylinder that has the distinction of being the world’s biggest production motorcycle engine.  

The 2,458 cc twin-cam triple thumps out 165 horsepower at 6,000rpm (11 percent more than before), and more importantly, makes a bowel-clenching 221 Newton-metres of torque of 4,000rpm. If you can launch it properly, the Triumph gets to 100km/h in under three seconds. Be afraid.

Slowing the Rocket are dual 320mm discs up front with Brembo monobloc calipers, and a 300mm setup at the back with a Brembo four-piston caliper. Handily, cornering ABS is standard, for those moments when you panic and grab a handful of brakes mid-bend, even though you really shouldn’t. 

On the flipside, there’s also traction control, which can be adjusted in line with four riding modes that also tune the throttle response.

To go with the engine’s extra oomph, there’s extra lightness. The engine itself has shed 18kg; 11kg of that is from the crankcase alone and 3.9kg is from a new dry sump lubrication system.

Triumph says a new six-speed, helical-cut gearbox offers smoother shifting, and the hydraulic clutch is apparently lighter to operate, which is welcome news if you don’t have forearms like Popeye.

A new aluminium frame is 15 per cent lighter than that of the last Rocket, and there’s a fully adjustable Showa monoshock rear suspension, with 47 mm Showa upside-down front forks up front, adjustable for compression and rebound. Some standard kit worth taking note of are cruise control, a hill-hold system and keyless ignition. 

Tech heads will like the configurable TFT display, which is the latest system from Triumph, but if you want to go all-out on the connectivity you can option an integrated GoPro control system, Google-powered navigation and Bluetooth integration so you can link the bike with the My Triumph app for iOS and Android. 

More options to trick out your Rocket 3 are a gearshift assist system for clutchless gearchanges and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

How much you add to your Rocket 3 is up to you, but you’ll have plenty of time to think it over. The bike is sold out for now, and if you book your Rocket 3 today you might get it by July. Fast bike, fast sales. 

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