• 2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT

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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:

Triumph Rocket 3 Design

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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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
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT Exterior
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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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
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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
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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
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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LED lights provide the rearward illumination for high visibility,
even under bright ambient conditions.
2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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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.

Triumph Rocket 3 Chassis

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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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
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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
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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
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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

Triumph Rocket 3 Drivetrain

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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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
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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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
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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
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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
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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
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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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

Triumph Rocket 3 Pricing

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R / Rocket 3 GT
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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.”

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

Triumph Rocket III

2015 - 2019 Triumph Rocket III Roadster
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See our review of the Triumph Rocket III.

Triumph Rocket III TFC

Triumph Unveils New TFC Custom Models
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See our look at the Triumph Rocket III TFC.

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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