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Triumph launches 221Nm Rocket 3! | NEWS

Triumph has released specs of its production-model Rocket 3 and it’s not that different from the previously revealed limited-edition TFC-spec machine.

Two versions of the production-model Rocket 3 will be on offer; the roadster-style Rocket 3 R and the more cruising-oriented Rocket 3 GT. At a glance the GT is instantly distinguished by the addition of a screen, and a pillion backrest, but on closer inspection the changes are more substantial and include different, pulled-back bars and forward-mounted foot controls for a completely different riding position.

Both share the same engine, with a stomping 221Nm of torque at just 4000rpm and all the tech you could ask for including four riding modes, cruise control, keyless start and hill control. The colour TFT instruments are also common to both bikes, as is the adjustable Showa suspension and the Brembo Stylema Monobloc brakes. Given the engine’s impressive torque, which Triumph claims to be 71 percent more than its nearest rival, it’s no surprise that the Rocket 3 features a huge 240-section rear tyre.

Compared to the original Rocket III, the new Rocket 3 has a much more modern, aluminium frame with monoshock rear suspension and a single-sided swingarm incorporating the shaft drive. Along with an engine that’s 18kg lighter than the previous version despite its larger capacity, the chassis helps towards a total weight saving of more than 40kg.

Prices? We’ll have to wait a while for those. Triumph expects the new machines to be available between November and December 2019, with pricing yet to be confirmed.