• 2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT

  • This new pair of Rockets carry themselves with a panache more commensurate with their powerful engine than previous models that were nearly as powerful but had more of an American-style cruiser finish.
  • Part of the redesign included efforts to reduce the overall mass, and this pays off as the new Rockets roll at 88 pounds lighter than their predecessors. This improves performance across the board with better acceleration and even crisper handling characteristics; not insignificant for a line already known for its power and agility.
  • The changes start right out of the gate with bobbed front fenders that borrow from the sport sector for their uprights that both guide the air around the fork lowers and protect the swept area of the inner fork tubes.
  • Dual LED headlights complete with DRLs make the crossover to the new Rockets, and the factory added a flyscreen to both models to emphasize the sporty new turn the family is taking.
  • A newly-shaped, 4.8-gallon fuel tank defines the flyline with a nice teardrop profile and flattened sides, plus a chiseled knee-pocket area that touches on classic looks but maintains a modern edge.
  • A 2nd-generation, full-color TFT screen handles instrumentation that is configurable in its layout and acts as a rider interface for the ride-quality electronics.
  • A saddle-shaped seat makes for a narrow waist where it meets the tank and comes with a relatively wide pillion pad perched on top of the rear fender like a stadium seat. While the R rides at a reasonable 30.4 inches off the ground, the tour-tastic GT slams the butt-bucket down to 29.5-inches tall.
  • The factory abandons the full rear fender of the previous model in favor of some heavily-chopped sheet metal that lends the bikes a bit of a homejob look with a pair of huggers to complete the spray containment and add to the sport-bike flavor.
  • LED lights provide the rearward illumination for high visibility, even under bright ambient conditions.
  • Fold-up footpegs complete the passenger's equipment as neither model has anything in the way of J.C. handles.
  • The GT comes with a little lagniappe in the form of a short passenger backrest as part of the stock equipment package.
  • An all-new aluminum frame contributes to both the new look and the lighter weight of the new Rocket line. Out back, a single-side swingarm finishes off the structure and pulls double-duty as a housing for the drive shaft.
  • Showa suspension products provide the buoyancy via a 47 mm, cartridge-style USD fork up front with a piggyback monoshock out back, and the forks come adjustable for compression and rebound while the shock rocks the full trinity of adjustments.
  • Cast aluminum, 20-spoke wheels round out the rolling chassis with V-rated Avon Cobra Chrome hoops in a 150/80-17 opposite a wide, 240/50-16 out back.
  • Rake and trail measure at 27.9 degrees and 5.3 inches, respectively, both of which are shorter than the previous gen to give this pair even more agility and eagerness in the corners than before.
  • Dry weight tallies at 641.5 pounds for the R and 648.2 pounds for the GT. That's down from 736 pounds (dry) from the previous gen, and it definitely contributes to the nimbleness.
  • Brembo provides the brakes with dual 320 mm discs and M4.30 monobloc calipers to slow the front wheel and a 300 mm disc and M4.32 anchor out back. Both have a cornering ABS feature that modulates the intervention levels based on the calculated traction.
  • The punched-out powerplant claims the distinction of being the largest production engine in the world (currently). Yeah, this thing is larger than the engine in my wife's car; think about that a minute.
  • It has an 11-percent boost in horsepower up to 165 ponies at six grand, and the stump-pulling torque measures at a whopping 163 pounds o' grunt at only four grand.
  • Higher power and lower weight gives the new Rockets a 0-to-62 mph time of only 2.89 seconds, which is plenty-quick for it to get out of its own way, and probably surprise all but the fastest crotch rockets coming off a light.
  • Three inline, 110.2 mm bores and 85.9 mm strokes give the mill its 2,458 cc displacement with a 10.8-to-1 compression that'll require mid-grade fuel to prevent knock, ping and dieseling.
  • Water cooling helps maintain consistent performance and assists with keeping emissions low, with backup from a catalytic converter in the 3-into-1 exhaust system.
  • The frame design allows for a forward-facing air induction for the engine, though since the factory doesn't tout the ram-air effect, I'm going to say the benefits will tend to be minimal.
  • A torque-assist clutch couples the six-speed gearbox to engine power and provides some protection against excessive backtorque that can cause loss of traction/hopping at the rear wheel.
  • The electronics suite combines ride-by-wire throttle control with corner-optimized traction control, a Hill-Hold control that aids with takeoffs on a grade, cruise control and a quartet of riding modes that includes a rider-configurable profile that lets you dial in the power delivery right where you want it.
  • Heated handgrips come stock on the GT, and are available as an option on the R. A Bluetooth connection networks with your phone for navigation, music and communications across the board. Other available options include a GoPro control system, shift-assist and a TPMS feature.
  • USB port to power/recharge your mobile devices.
  • As of this writing, it's listed as POA, but it is a recent release, and our trade tariffs are in a state of flux, to be fair.

Equipped With The Largest Production Motorcycle Engine In The World

Triumph rolled out a mid-year release in July of 2019 with a new pair of Rocket 3 models (not to be confused with its established Rocket III lineup) that brings an extra-muscular powerplant, plus 11-percent horsepower, to the table along with an undeniably sporty bent that moves the line firmly into sport-cruiser territory. These new rides by the British heavyweight still maintain a relaxed rider’s triangle even while they offer a choice between mid-mount foot controls (Rocket 3 R) and forward foot controls (Rocket 3 GT) to bridge the gap between around-town riding and long-distance comfort. In spite of the plethora of changes, both are still readily recognizable as members of the Rocket family.

  • 2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Displacement:
    2458 cc
  • Price:

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 Design

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855375
This new pair of Rockets carry themselves with a panache more commensurate with their powerful engine than previous models
that were nearly as powerful but had more of an American-style cruiser finish.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855379
Part of the redesign included efforts to reduce the overall mass, and this pays off as the new Rockets roll at 88 pounds lighter than their predecessors.
This improves performance across the board with better acceleration and even crisper handling characteristics; not insignificant for a line already known for its power and agility.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855390
The changes start right out of the gate with bobbed front fenders that borrow from the sport sector for their uprights
that both guide the air around the fork lowers and protect the swept area of the inner fork tubes.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855407
Dual LED headlights complete with DRLs make the crossover to the new Rockets,
and the factory added a flyscreen to both models to emphasize the sporty new turn the family is taking.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855405
A newly-shaped, 4.8-gallon fuel tank defines the flyline with a nice teardrop profile and flattened sides,
plus a chiseled knee-pocket area that touches on classic looks but maintains a modern edge.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855419
A 2nd-generation, full-color TFT screen handles instrumentation that is configurable in its layout
and acts as a rider interface for the ride-quality electronics.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855414
A saddle-shaped seat makes for a narrow waist where it meets the tank and comes with a relatively wide pillion pad perched on top of the rear fender like a stadium seat.
While the R rides at a reasonable 30.4 inches off the ground, the tour-tastic GT slams the butt-bucket down to 29.5-inches tall.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855374
The factory abandons the full rear fender of the previous model in favor of some heavily-chopped sheet metal
that lends the bikes a bit of a homejob look with a pair of huggers to complete the spray containment and add to the sport-bike flavor.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855369
LED lights provide the rearward illumination for high visibility,
even under bright ambient conditions.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855363
Fold-up footpegs complete the passenger’s equipment
as neither model has anything in the way of J.C. handles.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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The GT comes with a little lagniappe in the form of a short passenger backrest as part of the stock equipment package.

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 Chassis

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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An all-new aluminum frame contributes to both the new look and the lighter weight of the new Rocket line.
Out back, a single-side swingarm finishes off the structure and pulls double-duty as a housing for the drive shaft.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855393
Showa suspension products provide the buoyancy via a 47 mm, cartridge-style USD fork up front
with a piggyback monoshock out back, and the forks come adjustable for compression and rebound while the shock rocks the full trinity of adjustments.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855415
Cast aluminum, 20-spoke wheels round out the rolling chassis with V-rated Avon Cobra Chrome hoops
in a 150/80-17 opposite a wide, 240/50-16 out back.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855388
Rake and trail measure at 27.9 degrees and 5.3 inches,
respectively, both of which are shorter than the previous gen to give this pair even more agility and eagerness in the corners than before.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855386
Dry weight tallies at 641.5 pounds for the R and 648.2 pounds for the GT.
That’s down from 736 pounds (dry) from the previous gen, and it definitely contributes to the nimbleness.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855395
Brembo provides the brakes with dual 320 mm discs and M4.30 monobloc calipers to slow the front wheel and a 300 mm disc and M4.32 anchor out back.
Both have a cornering ABS feature that modulates the intervention levels based on the calculated traction.
Frame: Full aluminum frame
Swingarm: Single-sided, cast aluminum
Front Suspension: Showa 47 mm upside-down 1 1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjuster, 4.7 in (120 mm) travel
Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster, 4.2 in (107 mm) rear wheel travel.
Rake: 27.9º
Trail: 5.3 in (134.9 mm)
Front Wheel: 17 x 3.5 in cast aluminum
Rear Wheel: 16 x 7.5 in cast aluminum
Front Tire: 150/80 R17 V
Rear Tire: 240/50 R16 V
Front Brakes: Dual 320 mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema® 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, Cornering ABS
Rear Brakes: Single 300 mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 Drivetrain

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855404
The punched-out powerplant claims the distinction of being the largest production engine in the world (currently).
Yeah, this thing is larger than the engine in my wife’s car; think about that a minute.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855399
It has an 11-percent boost in horsepower up to 165 ponies at six grand,
and the stump-pulling torque measures at a whopping 163 pounds o’ grunt at only four grand.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855385
Higher power and lower weight gives the new Rockets a 0-to-62 mph time of only 2.89 seconds,
which is plenty-quick for it to get out of its own way, and probably surprise all but the fastest crotch rockets coming off a light.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855382
Three inline, 110.2 mm bores and 85.9 mm strokes give the mill its 2,458 cc displacement
with a 10.8-to-1 compression that’ll require mid-grade fuel to prevent knock, ping and dieseling.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855384
Water cooling helps maintain consistent performance and assists with keeping emissions low,
with backup from a catalytic converter in the 3-into-1 exhaust system.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855365
The frame design allows for a forward-facing air induction for the engine,
though since the factory doesn’t tout the ram-air effect, I’m going to say the benefits will tend to be minimal.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855403
A torque-assist clutch couples the six-speed gearbox to engine power and provides some protection against excessive backtorque that can cause loss of traction/hopping at the rear wheel.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855418
The electronics suite combines ride-by-wire throttle control with corner-optimized traction control, a Hill-Hold control that aids with takeoffs on a grade,
cruise control and a quartet of riding modes that includes a rider-configurable profile that lets you dial in the power delivery right where you want it.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855409
Heated handgrips come stock on the GT, and are available as an option on the R.
A Bluetooth connection networks with your phone for navigation, music and communications across the board. Other available options include a GoPro control system, shift-assist and a TPMS feature.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855373
USB port to power/recharge your mobile devices.
Engine: Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC
Displacement: 2,458 cc
Bore x Stroke: 110.2 mm x 85.9 mm
Compression: 10.8:1
Max Power EC: 165 hp (123 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque EC: 163 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
System: Ride-by-Wire, fuel injected
Exhaust: Stainless 3-into-1 headers with 3 exit silencer / CAT box
Final Drive: Shaft, bevel box
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate hydraulically operated, torque-assist
Gearbox: 6-speed

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 Pricing

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
- image 855377
As of this writing, it’s listed as POA,
but it is a recent release, and our trade tariffs are in a state of flux, to be fair.
Instrument Display and Functions: 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
Colors:
└ Rocket 3 R: Korosi Red, Phantom Black
└ Rocket 3 GT: Silver Ice/Storm Grey, Phantom Black
Price: TBD

He Said

“Gotta say; I’ve never been a fan of tank on the older Rockets. It just had too much shape to it, like the factory was trying to shoehorn in a tank that was too large for the available space. The new tank vastly improves the look in profile and fits well with the other sporty bits and bobs along with the boosted performance that completes the package. If I’m honest, these are the first two Rockets I think I’d let myself be seen on.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “I always have been a Rocket III fan and these new models look awesome. I love the idea of a touring Rocket, so right away, I’m a fan of the GT and I’d certainly add the “Highway” inspiration kit that adds panniers and retractable mounting kit, a luggage rack, shift assist, accessory mirrors, and the TFT Connectivity System.”

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC
Displacement: 2,458 cc
Bore x Stroke: 110.2 mm x 85.9 mm
Compression: 10.8:1
Max Power EC: 165 hp (123 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Max Torque EC: 163 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm
System: Ride-by-Wire, fuel injected
Exhaust: Stainless 3-into-1 headers with 3 exit silencer / CAT box
Final Drive: Shaft, bevel box
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate hydraulically operated, torque-assist
Gearbox: 6-speed
Chassis:
Frame: Full aluminum frame
Swingarm: Single-sided, cast aluminum
Front Suspension: Showa 47 mm upside-down 1 1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjuster, 4.7 in (120 mm) travel
Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster, 4.2 in (107 mm) rear wheel travel.
Rake: 27.9º
Trail: 5.3 in (134.9 mm)
Front Wheel: 17 x 3.5 in cast aluminum
Rear Wheel: 16 x 7.5 in cast aluminum
Front Tire: 150/80 R17 V
Rear Tire: 240/50 R16 V
Front Brakes: Dual 320 mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema® 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, Cornering ABS
Rear Brakes: Single 300 mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Cornering ABS
Dimensions & Capacities:
Width Handlebars: 35 in (889 mm) (GT: 34.8 in (886 mm))
Height Without Mirror: 41.9in (1,065 mm
Seat Height: 30.4 in (773 mm) (GT: 29.5 in (750 mm))
Wheelbase: 66 in (1677 mm)
Dry Weight: 641.5 lb (291 kg)(GT: 648.2 lb (294 kg))
Tank Capacity: 4.8 US gal
Top Speed: TBD
Details:
Instrument Display and Functions: 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
Colors:
└ Rocket 3 R: Korosi Red, Phantom Black
└ Rocket 3 GT: Silver Ice/Storm Grey, Phantom Black
Price: TBD

Further Reading

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