I HAVE a confession to make — I’d like to own a new Triumph Rocket 3 GT.

Yes, I know it weighs as much as a small car (despite having recently shed a very impressive 40kg).

Yes, I know it looks like the entire Triumph styling department were stoned when they first came up with the idea of a mega-cruiser with a more-than 2-litre engine, and that some of them may have been stoned ever since.

And yes, I know there are some people out there who believe Triumph Rockets are only meant to be ridden by the Village People and their friends.

But I don’t care.

I also don’t care that those twin headlights make it look like a large insect (very large) or that the back wheel looks like it’s been dislocated and then stuck back on with Blu-tac.

It’s just that I would love to taste the sensation of a 2.5 litre triple-cylinder engine with 165 horsepower and 221 Newton-metres of torque (at 4,000rpm).

I’m sure it feels very different to a sports bike, because it weighs as much as two sports bikes.

I’m sure it feels very different to a Harley-Davidson, because it has the torque of two Harley-Davidsons.

And I’m sure it feels very different to a car, because it doesn’t have a steering wheel.

But I’m equally sure it would be a whole bunch of fun to taste all that torque.

Here’s a bunch of photos of the 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 GT and R, and you’ll find the specifications at the bottom of the page.



Engine Type Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC
Capacity 2,458cc
Bore/Stroke 110.2 mm x 85.9 mm
Maximum Power 167PS /165 bhp (123 kW) @ 6,000rpm
Maximum Torque 221Nm @ 4,000rpm
Fuel system Ride-by-wire, fuel injected
Exhaust Stainless 3-into-1 headers with 3 exit silencer / CAT box
Final drive Shaft, bevel box
Clutch Hydraulic, torque-assist
Gearbox 6 speed
Frame Full aluminium frame
Instruments TFT multi-functional instrument pack with digital speedometer, trip computer, digital tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel gauge, service indicator, ambient temperature, clock and rider modes (Rain/Road/Sport/Rider-configurable) –
Triumph TFT Connectivity System can be added with accessory fitted Bluetooth module
Swingarm Single-sided, cast aluminium
Front Wheel 17 x 3.5in cast aluminium
Rear Wheel 16 x 7.5in cast aluminium
Front Tyre 150/80 R17 V
Rear Tyre 240/50 R16 V
Front Suspension Showa 47mm upside-down 1+1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjuster. 120mm travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster, 107mm rear wheel travel.
Front Brake Dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema® 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, Cornering ABS
Rear Brake Single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS
Seat Height 773mm 750mm
Rake 27.9
Trail 134.9 mm
Dry Weight 291 kg 294 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 18 L

More info here.

Peter Terlick