Triumph Begins Deliveries Of Its Flagship...
- Jan 21, 2020
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Triumph recently took the wraps off its latest power cruiser, the 2019 Rocket 3. While its predecessor was famous for having the world’s largest production engine in a motorcycle, Triumph took the new-gen bike up a couple of notches by plonking in an even bigger motor! Here’s everything you need to know about the British power cruiser:
Powerplant is bigger than some cars in India!
The 2019 Triumph Rocket 3 is powered by a 2458cc inline three-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which churns out a massive 167PS at 6000rpm and an insane 221Nm of torque at just 4000rpm! Compared to the previous generation model, the new bike makes 11 per cent more power with the power band starting as low as 3500rpm all the way to 7000rpm! The motorcycle also makes the highest torque in any production bike right now, with the torque arriving right from 4000rpm onwards. This has resulted in a claimed acceleration figure from 0-100kmph in just 2.79 seconds!
Triumph has left no stone unturned to make the engine as light as possible. It has incorporated a new crankcase assembly which is 11kg lighter, a new dry sump lubrication system and integral oil tank (3.9kg lighter) and new balancer shafts which help save another 3.6kg. All these weight-reduction measures have resulted in savings of 18.5kg! The 6-speed gearbox comes with helical-cut gears which are claimed to be smoother, stronger and lighter than a standard gearbox. To reduce lever effort, the clutch is hydraulically actuated with torque assist function. All that power is transferred to the rear wheel via a shaft drive mounted on a single-sided cast aluminium swingarm.
Pricing & availability:
Triumph will announce the prices of the Rocket 3 R and the Rocket 3 GT on November 19 this year. It is likely to enter our shores early next year and the bike could be priced at Rs 20 lakh to 22 lakh (ex-showroom India) for the base variant. To give you a perspective, the previous-generation Rocket III used to retail at Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom India).
Packs premium underpinnings:
The Triumph Rocket 3 is built on an all-aluminium frame with the engine as the stressed member. Triumph has revised the design of the frame, and this coupled with the weight-saving measures in the powerplant have resulted in a total weight reduction of 40kg, which is about 15per cent lighter than the previous iteration. At 291kg dry, the motorcycle might sound hefty, but in all honesty, it’s quite light for a motorcycle with a gargantuan 2.5-litre engine.
The bike gets 47mm Showa inverted fork with rebound and compression adjustability. At the rear, the offset Showa monoshock comes with adjustable preload, rebound as well as preload. With such mind-numbing performance numbers, it is only fair that the bike gets the most potent braking hardware. Not surprisingly, the front end comes with dual 320mm discs with Brembo M4.30 Stylema 4-piston radial calipers. The rear wheel is reined by an equally large 300mm disc with Brembo M4.32 4-piston calipers. To ensure all that canyon-crunching torque is put down properly on the tarmac, the 17-inch front and 16-inch rear are shod with specially-designed Avon Cobra Chrome rubber.
Is loaded with electronics:
Triumph has equipped the power cruiser with an all-LED lighting system and a second-generation TFT console which is similar to the one in the Scrambler 1200 range. One can navigate through the menus using the switchcubes on the left handlebar. There’s also an accessory Bluetooth connectivity module on offer which lets you control your GoPro via the bike’s switchgear! How cool is that? Plus, it also enables turn-by-turn navigation, phone and music control.
To keep the rubber side down, the bike comes with ride-by-wire with four rider modes (Rain, Road, Sport and Rider). Additionally, there’s cornering ABS, traction control, hill hold control and even hill hold control offered as a part of the standard electronics suite.
Comes in two variants:
The Rocket 3 range comes in two variants: Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT. While the Rocket 3 R is the base bike, the GT variant is essentially a touring friendly take on the regular model. It features a cushioned backrest which is height adjustable, easy-reach handlebars, taller windscreen and wheels with slightly more premium dual-tone finish, and two exclusive colour schemes as well.
The GT variant also gets heated grips with two heating modes as standard, larger 19-litre fuel tank (the R variant gets an 18-litre unit) and forward-set footpegs for more laidback ergonomics.
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