The Rocket 3, Triumph’s flagship cruiser, has been around for nearly two decades. Previously dubbed the Rocket III, Triumph Motorcycles updated the machine significantly in 2019, and it continues to be an essential part of the 2022 Triumph Motorcycle lineup. The Rocket 3 is available in two variants, the Rocket 3 R and the Rocket 3 GT. The former is the base, street-oriented option, while the latter adds cruising-related features.
The British manufacturer has gone all out with developing the Rocket 3. The inline-triple powerhouse at the heart of this motorcycle is the largest capacity engine ever on a production motorcycle. The 2,458cc unit produces a tire-shredding 165 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque. This is enough to propel the 641.5 lbs (dry) Rocket 3 R to 62mph (100kph) in just 2.79 seconds. That’s superbike territory, and in the right hands, the Rocket 3 will leave many liter-class supersports behind in a straight line.
Both variants are equipped with a 47mm USD fork with compression and rebound adjustability and a fully adjustable Showa monoshock. Top-spec Brembo Stylema calipers handle braking at the front, and the bike comes with cornering ABS as standard. Other features include a TFT display that lets you toggle between four rider modes — Rain, Road, Sport, and a Rider-configurable mode — and check critical ride and motorcycle information.
Just one look at the motorcycle, and it’s apparent that it’s meant for cruising and long-distance touring. The Rocket 3 R features a sportier riding triangle with a flat handlebar. Meanwhile, the Rocket 3 GT comes with a height-adjustable pillion backrest, flyscreen, heated grips, and adjustable footpegs as standard. Additionally, Triumph has over 50 accessories that you can choose from to better improve the Rocket 3 GT’s touring credentials.
For 2022, the British manufacturer introduced a special edition of the motorcycle called the 221 Edition Triumph Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT. The bikes are mechanically identical to their standard offerings but feature some styling tweaks to celebrate the power-cruiser’s peak torque output — 221 Nm. These cosmetic changes include a ‘Red Hopper’ color scheme, 221 branding on the knee pads, blacked-out fender brackets, headlight bowl, windscreen, and side panels.
The 2022 Triumph Rocket 3 starts at $23,400 USD / $27,500 CAD.
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Single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS
150/80 R17 V
240/50 R16 V
Fuel Tank Capacity
4.8 US gal
Height Without Mirror
41.9in (1065 mm
66in (1677 mm)
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 Features
2,500CC - WORLD’S LARGEST PRODUCTION MOTORCYCLE ENGINE
The previous generation Rocket already held the distinction of having the world’s largest production motorcycle engine (previously 2,300cc), but this next generation Rocket 3 lineup raised the bar even higher with an all-new 2,500cc Triumph triple which delivers an even higher capacity and performance. Incredible design innovations have found 39.68 lb engine weight savings over its predecessor with new mass-optimized crankcase assembly, a new lubrication system comprising dry sump and integral oil tank, and new balancer shafts. What’s more, this powerplant masterpiece is exquisitely engineered, with beautiful finish and detailing throughout including stunning machined fins on both the upper and lower crankcases.
INCREDIBLE ACCELERATION AND TORQUE
The new Rocket 3’s performance figures have elevated this incredible motorcycle range up to a whole new level. The new Rocket’s peak power (165 HP @ 6,000 rpm) is 11% up on the predecessor Rocket and the new engine generates an increase in power from 3,500 rpm and all the way up to the new higher red line of 7,000 rpm. Peak torque – 163 LB-FT at 4,000 rpm – is a world best and a figure that’s a breathtaking 71% higher than the Rocket’s closest competitor and higher than the previous generation across almost the entire rev range. In practical riding terms, this translates to an acceleration figure of 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds.
An extremely high level of equipment specification contributes to the incredible handling and comfort of the new Rocket 3 R and GT. This includes high-spec adjustable Showa front and rear suspension setups, and a cutting-edge Brembo brakes setup with the highest available specification Brembo Stylema® calipers to deliver an incredible braking performance and immediate response. The mass optimized aluminum frame of the new Rocket 3 lineup is an unwelded construction that has premium cast and forged components, making the frame lighter and contributing to a massive 88.18 lb weight saving compared to the predecessor Rocket. In addition, optimized cornering ABS and traction control, which is supported by an Inertial Measurement Unit developed with Continental, provide an enhanced level of riding stability to ensure optimum brake force, optimized slip rate and torque control that improves both straight line and cornering, acceleration and braking.
There’s no denying that the new Rocket 3 range delivers arguably the most powerful and distinctive silhouettes in motorcycling, guaranteeing a dominating presence wherever you ride. It conveys magnificent style to your riding with a host of signature design features, and the bike’s beautiful details bring an unparalleled level of finish and quality. Packed with motorcycling design innovations that create clean flowing lines, and adjustable ergonomics that deliver maximum comfort for all rider sizes, the new Rocket 3s have a genuine muscular presence to go with their all-day riding comfort.
The Rocket 3 enjoys state-of-the-art technology enhancements that transform the functionality and riding experience of your Rocket 3 ride. Higher functionality 2nd generation TFT instruments incorporate a stylish minimal design with two dynamic information layout design themes that can be tailored to suit preference, including a feature that allows the rider to personalize the startup screen message with their name.
In addition, on top of the optimized cornering ABS and traction control, other Rocket 3 technology highlights include four riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-Configurable), hill hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition and steering lock, with heated grips as standard on the Rocket 3 GT (accessory fit available for the R).
MY TRIUMPH CONNECTIVITY SYSTEM
The all-new My Triumph Connectivity System allows for motorcycle-integrated GoPro functionality with the camera operation displayed on TFT instrument screen and being easily controlled via the switchgear. There is also an all-new ‘MY TRIUMPH’ app delivering connected technology functions including route planner with turn-by-turn navigation. And you can also benefit from an integrated phone and music operation as well.
TRIUMPH FACTORY STORIES - ROCKET 3 CHASSIS
Chief Engineer Stuart Wood gives you an exclusive insight into the development process behind the Rocket 3 handling set-up at the Triumph Factory Visitor Experience.
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