Fresh off the Triumph production line comes their Rocket 3 GT model. This powerful but compact motorcycle has seen a lot of changes made to it since the first Rocket 3 model was released all the way back in 2004, and the GT continues the trend of 1-upping the previous models year-on-year. So, what has the GT got to offer, and how does it stack up to the competition?
Now we’ve already mentioned that the GT isn’t the bulkiest of bikes, weighing just 320kg; but you shouldn’t let this catch you off guard, as the GT has some serious power backing it up.
It’s 2500cc, 3-cylinder engine is capable of producing a whopping 165bhp along with 163 Nm of torque, which is seriously powerful stuff for a bike of this size and price range. This engine allows the bike to reach 0-60mph in roughly 2.9 seconds; again, incredibly impressive for a bike of this size.
Triumph Rocket 3 GT chassis
Supporting this feisty engine is well-built steel frame with a few stand out features that make the bike more versatile than similar bikes on the market. Starting off we have the bikes incredible hydraulic suspension system.
At the front of the bike, we have Showa 47mm upside-down 11 cartridge front forks, fitted with compression and rebound adjusters on either side; at the rear, we have fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU’s with remote hydraulic preload adjusters.
It’s safe to say that the GT is built cruising rather than racing. Sure, it has amazing brake-horsepower and great speed as well as insane suspension. But it also has a lot of features which make it more comfortable and well-suited for long distance travelling and general meandering. One of these features being the bikes ultra-wide 66in wheelbase, allowing for greater sturdiness and control when riding. The bike is issued with a 150/80 R17 V tyre at the front, and a 240/50 R16 V tyre at the rear.
Rocket 3 GT brakes
The brakes also add to the adaptability of the GT. At the front the wheels are fitted with dual 320mm discs and Brembo M4.30 Stylema 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, and a single 300mm disc with a Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper at the rear. Both brakes come with cornering ABS.
Triumph Rocket 3 GT features
As for additional features and upgrades made to the GT over previous models, there are quite a few things to discuss. One of the more trivial features being the heated handlebar grips.
While this feature isn’t exactly ground-breaking, it’s the cherry on top of a pretty awesome mechanical sundae. Another is the bike’s keyless ignition; once again, nothing mind-blowing, but it’s the small quality-of-life features that you notice the most.
Is the Triumph Rocket 3 GT worth the price tag? Almost definitely. It’s rare to find a motorcycle this affordable with this level of raw power. As well as great performance, you get some incredibly handy features and an overall ergonomic design which makes the GT one of the most versatile bike’s you could ever wish for.
Triumph Rocket 3 GT specs
- Type: Longitudinal inline-3
- Displacement: 2458cc
- Bore x stroke: 110.2 x 85.9mm
- Maximum power: 165 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
- Maximum torque: 163 ft/lbs @ 4000 rpm
- Fueling: EFI w/ ride-by-wire
- Valvetrain: DOHC
- Cooling: Liquid
- Exhaust: Stainless steel 3-into-1 header w/ 3-exit silencer
- Transmission: 6-speed
- Clutch: Hydraulically actuated w/ torque-assist
- Final drive: Shaft
- Frame: Aluminum
- Front suspension; travel: Fully adjustable damping Showa inverted 47mm cartridge fork; 4.7 inches
- Rear suspension; travel: Fully adjustable Showa piggyback shock w/ remote hydraulic spring-preload adjuster; 4.2 inches
- Wheels: Cast aluminum
- Front wheel: 17 x 3.5
- Rear wheel: 16 x 7.5
- Tires: Avon Cobra Chrome
- Front tire: 150/80 x 17
- Rear tire: 240/50 x 16
- Front brakes: 320mm discs w/ radially mounted Brembo Stylema 4-piston monoblock calipers
- Rear brake: 300mm disc w/ Brembo 4.32 4-piston monoblock caliper
- ABS: Cornering ABS standard