The Triumph Rocket 3 has been priced in India at Rs. 18 lakhs, ex-showroom and for India, it is the Rocket 3 R variant which has made its way to India.
The India Bike Week is already underway and there are many new motorcycles that are set to debut at this event. Triumph has just launched the Rocket 3 in India Rs 18 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) just a day before the India Bike Week. Internationally, the Rocket 3 is available in two variants – Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT and for now, only the former has made its to India.
The Rocket nameplate has been resurrected with the new 2020 Rocket 3 when it was globally unveiled a few months ago. Interestingly, the new Rocket 3 is around Rs 2 lakh cheaper than the older model. The reason for the new motorcycle being cheaper than the outgoing model is because the motorcycle is coming from Thailand via FTA.
The Triumph Rocket 3 is powered by a massive 2,500cc, liquid-cooled engine. This by the way is the largest engine ever fitted into a mass-produced motorcycle. The engine puts out 167hp at 6,000rpm and a whopping 221Nm at 4,000rpm. The engine is also 18 kg lighter than the outgoing unit, thanks to a new crank case assembly, lubrication system and balancer shaft. In fact, the whole motorcycle has shed significant amount of weight, losing over 40 kgs from its predecessor.
Part of this weight saving comes from an all-new aluminum frame where the engine acts as a stressed member. The motorcycle has also been considerably redesigned and it looks much more modern and contemporary now. Of course so much more needs all sorts of electronics to keep the tyres on the ground. Notable ones include cornering ABS, traction control, four riding modes and cruise control.
Thankfully, the Rocket 3 comes with sophisticated underpinnings as well. Suspension duties are taken care of by 47mm, compression and rebound adjustable, Showa USD forks (with 120mm travel) at the front and a monoshock at the rear with a Showa piggyback reservoir and remote adjuster (with 107mm travel). Braking, meanwhile, is handled by twin 320mm discs at the front with Brembo Stylema four-piston monobloc calipers and a 300mm disc at the rear with Brembo M4.32, four-piston calipers.
The Triumph Rocket 3 does not have any direct rival in India. The nearest motorcycles to the Rocket 3 would be the Ducati Diavel 1260 and the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob as performance-oriented cruisers. The Diavel 1260 also comes close to the Triumph in terms of pricing at Rs 17.7 lakh. On the other hand, the Fat Bob will set you back by Rs 14.69 lakh, both ex-showroom pan-India.