Triumph Rocket 3

Triumph Rocket 3
Triumph Rocket 3

The Triumph Rocket 3 is not a completely new model but the 2nd generation of the Rocket III version which was initially designed to compete against the traditional V-Twin cruisers. The latest gen is of course designed to appeal to a younger audience who view the stereotypical cruiser design as out of date rather than a classic design. Yes – there are a few out there who aspire any sort of  ‘future cruiser’ design. 

The styling is what convinced me to go to the shops and write up a review on the Triumph Rocket 3. Prior models where good but not quite right in terms of design. The current model released in 202o is a step in the right direction and I like it. Sure, it’s not completely  unique in terms styling but it’s a physically imposing production motorcycle than any I’ve seen to date. 

In term of the engine and tech specifications it’s the trademark Triumph 3 cylinder engine but with 2.45 litres which of course car sized.  Engine output is comparable to a car of the same capacity but usually with an additional cylinder as a result the Triumph Rocket III engine is very good.

The Triumph Rocket 3 has the biggest engine capacity for a production motorcycle in the world. The engine is unique and should be celebrated! Of course with this much capacity and power it is a very fast motorcycle in terms of acceleration although not top speed. There are the usual ABS, traction control and power modes to keep things under control and even an APP for your phone. However the biggest problem with the Rocket 3 is the tiny and cheap and looking instrument pod. It looks like a prop from the Power Rangers TV series – who’s decision was that?

As a uniquely powered motorcycle there are no competitors to the Triumph Rocket 3, although there are rivals in terms of concept and they include the Ducati Diavel, Suzuki Katana or discontinued Yamaha V-Max or Hayabusa powered B-King. Unfortunately they are half the size smaller in terms of engine capacity. To be completely honest there is simply nothing more impressive and final when you say yours is the biggest… The Triumph Rocket 3 is expensive, priced from $35,000 AUD but by 2022 standards it’s actually reasonable for what you get – ignoring the instrument panel thing. 

Triumph Rocket 3 Specifications (2022)
Engine: 3 cylinder 4-stroke 12 Valve DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 2458cc
Power/Torque: Approx 123 Kw @ 6000 RPM 221 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Gearbox: 5 speed manual and shaft drive
Kerb Weight: 291kg
Performance: 0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 18 litre fuel tank
Approx 6.8 litres per 100km
Seat height: 773mm
Dimensions: L2500 X W889 X H1065 mm
Wheels: 150-80-17F 240-50-16R
Recommended Retail Price: FROM $35,390 AUD (2022)