Quite thick: Not only does Triumph install the world's largest motorcycle engine with 2.5 liters, no, the torque of 221 Newton can also be considered record-breaking. The test clarifies whether the Triumph Rocket 3 is enough for more than straight-running.
A lap around this motorcycle takes longer than usual simply because of its length of 2,500 millimeters. But another reason for the loss of time is the loving details, which are only gradually discovered. Sure, the Rocket is a cruiser, but thanks to the fabulous performance values, an announcement that supports the design. The exhaust, for example, is, like the intake tract, a feast for the eyes. And who says that cables, hoses and cables must be visible? The Triumph presents itself cleanly, the only visible are the steel flex brake lines. A second look is worth a second look, something that is otherwise trampled underfoot: The double foldable passenger footrests are an engineering statement.
The GT version has been tested. Her technical sister is the R, on which you sit a little higher and the footrests are mounted much further back than with the GT. If the R is already a cruiser, the GT re-energises here.
The three-cylinder engine with the 2.5-litre displacement is the defining element in the Triumph. Built longitudinally, it produces 167 hp and the famous 221 Newton meters of torque. To keep everything under control and on the road, Triumph donated an extensive electronic package with curve ABS, traction control, four driving modes, cruise control, and finally a well-read color TFT cockpit to his Rocket. The frame of the Rocket 3 is made of aluminium, with a single-arm swingarm and a mono-spring leg.
There is of course plenty of space behind the driver-inclined handlebar. This also applies to the second row, although the bank does not make much of a visual here. It is still convenient, and that is what it is all about.
If the 221 Newtons move forward, the next curve approaches all the faster. Good, who can safely brake the 320 kilos plus driver. The Rocket is not lacking in braking power: Brembo's Stylema brake system relies on powerful 320 double discs and radially mounted four-piston monoblocks. At the back, a 300 single disc with a Brembo M4.32 brake pliers works – all of which are of very high quality.
Enough stunned, let's go.
And how: The tester mentally tuned in to a torque mountain, but he got a mountain. By the way, the new Rocket can do this much better than the old one, the current version does not have as violent a drop in torque as its predecessors. Between 3,000 and 6,000 tours are now always available at over 200 Newtons. So it's going to be a lot of progress on the straights. But life is rarely a permanent straight line, why should motorcycling make an exception here?
If it doesn't, the brakes are on in front of the bend. Two things to do with this: you should definitely brake the rocket, and do so more than on other motorcycles. The slant-free ness of the Rocket is rather mau due to its design. The second, however, is more surprising: the brakes are more than able to cope with a sporty driving style, extremely powerful and playfully to dose. This facility would also do well for a super athlete.
The Rocket also lays unexpectedly joyfully into the curve. Of course, she is not a curve star, and serpentines want to be gently retracted. But it can do more, much more than it would be expected to do at the equally royal wheelbase of 1,680 millimetres. The ultra-wide tyres could be a hindrance. They are Avon Cobra Chrome tyres in the massive dimensions 150/80-17 front and 240/50-16. But behold, not even these seem fun-reusing.
The comfortable seating position and the far forward footrests of the GT immediately give rise to cruiser feeling. The unfamiliar, sporting talents of triumph still in your head suddenly catch your eye: the driving comfort. Of course not weighing like a heavy tanker, such a thing is no longer delivered today. But with this elaborate chassis with 320 kilos of live weight, you would have expected more. Not to be misunderstood: the GT is by no means uncomfortable, but here it is not enough to achieve the best.
Do you notice anything else?
True, I mentioned the engine in the first paragraph after driving off, but shouldn't it be worth at least five paragraphs at these values? After all, record-breaking .... but I repeat myself. In fact, the engine shapes every ride with the Rocket. But by the way. More in the way that you don't have to worry about it: there's always enough of everything. This in turn leads to a sovereignty of locomotion, in appearance, which is reflected in the whole motorcycle.
Cruisers there are many, all the Harleys, Indians and even the Gold Wing can not go unnamed. The Rocket is a very peculiar reinterpretation of the class. It is modern and at the same time stuck to old values, delivering records without offensively putting them in the shop window.
It's just there. Like single malt whisky – it could be without, but what?
The test bike was provided to us by Q-Bike in Hamburg.