Rocket 3

The Triumph Rocket 3 is already a beast, not because it packs a 2,458cc three-cylinder engine, but because the behemoth cruiser also churns out 164.7hp and 220Nm.

  • TTS Performance developed a supercharger kit for Triumph’s Rocket 3. 
  • The supercharged Rocket 3 TFT pumps out more than 300hp. 

If that wasn’t enough, the good lad at Hinckley rolled out the TFC trim that produces 179hp and 224Nm. 

However, Britain’s TTS Performance might disagree with you if you think that’s already a considerable power for the beastly cruiser. That’s because the power-hungry firm decided to inject the Rocket 3 TFC with a Rotrex C30-94 Supercharger. 


Dubbed as the Rocket 300, the supercharged version now pumps out a whopping 340hp and 366Nm.

As usual, the crazy idea came from TTS frontman Richard Albans after he previously made headlines with a supercharged Suzuki Hayabusa that produces 372hp. 

Fortunately, TTS has detuned the Rocket 300 to 300hp for the street, allowing for better control for anyone who might not share the same level of craziness as Albans. 

Nevertheless, TTS has already sold ten supercharger kits for the Rocket 3, with five more currently developing. 

That said, the supercharger kit retails for GBP 8,000 (RM43.2k). If you think your current Rocket 3 needs to be more powerful, go ahead and give the supercharger kit a go. 

Because why not?

  • The Triumph Rocket 3 R and Triumph Rocket 3 GT were unveiled after many teasers.

  • The pair has a new 2500cc engine which produces 165 bhp and 221 Nm of torque.

  • It will challenge for the power cruiser title.

First, they had our tongues hanging out for the Triumph Rocket 3 TFC, and now they’ve unleashed the Triumph Rocket 3 R and Triumph Rocket 3 GT!

The two new bikes show a great departure from the staid styling of the previous Rocket 3, as Triumph positions them to challenge for the power cruiser crown. You definitely can’t do so with the styling of the old bike, can you?

Anyway, the new Rocket 3 has a new 2500cc three-cylinder engine, up from 2300cc. That capacity increase cements Triumph’s hold on the “biggest production engine” record. But it isn’t an entry in the record books that the Hinckley-based manufacturer is seeking.

The new engine produces 165 bhp at 6,000 RPM and 221 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. These figures are impressive if not eye-popping. An engine which finds its maximum torque at just 4,000 RPM means it will accelerate like a jet plane. Currently, no other gasoline-powered production motorcycle matches the Rocket 3’s torque. Only the electric Lightning LS-218 produces the same figure!

As such, Triumph claims that the new Rocket 3 punches off the line from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.79 seconds. That’s superbike territory, yo!

The manufacturer didn’t just overbore the old lump but made many revisions. They reduced circulating mass by 18kg resulting in a higher redline.

Triumph Rocket 3 R

The frame was likewise changed. It’s now aluminium with a central spine that bolts around the engine. That central spine is hollow and doubles up as the airbox.

Doing so saved another 22kg, thus added to the 18kg shaved from the engine results in a 40kg lighter bike.

Suspension consists of 47mm diameter Showa forks and fully-adjustable rear shock with piggyback reservoir. The front brakes utilize Brembo Stylema monobloc calipers like those on the Ducati Panigale V4 and Aprilia RSV4 1100 Factory. The rear tyre goes up in size to 240mm.

Electronics are top-notch too, including the Inertial Measurement Unit from Continental which provides lean-angle sensitive ABS and traction control. There are four riding modes including Sport, Road, Rain and rider configurable fourth one.

But what’s the difference between the “R” and “GT”? The former is the sportier model, with a lower windscreen. The GT, on the other hand, has a bigger windscreen and passenger backrest.

Triumph Rocket 3 GT

How much? We have to wait for pricing when they arrive at Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia.


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