With 1000 of each special edition to be released and only 24 of those arriving here, the Rocket 3 R Black and Rocket 3 GT Triple Black bring extra exclusivity...

Triumph have announced the Rocket 3 R Black and the Rocket 3 GT Black, based on the awesome 2021 model but boasting aesthetic exclusivity and limited edition numbers of just 1000 each. Due here in late April/early May, around 12 of each are expected Down Under.

The Rocket 3 R Black takes on a dark and aggressive style with a distinctive matt and gloss all-black paint scheme, with black tank badges and new ‘black’ branding

The Rocket 3 R Black takes on a dark and aggressive style with a distinctive matt and gloss all-black paint scheme, with black tank badges and new ‘black’ branding.

The special edition Rocket 3 line-up comes in two colour schemes. The Rocket 3 R Black takes on a dark and aggressive style with a distinctive matt and gloss all-black paint scheme, with black tank badges and new ‘black’ branding. Alternatively the Rocket 3 GT Triple Black features a dark style with a distinctive three-shade black paint scheme, screen, pillion back support and more…

The Rocket 3 GT Triple Black features a dark style with a distinctive three-shade black paint scheme.

The big 2,500cc engine comes fully blacked out, with unique black painted exhaust headers, heat shields and end caps. A dedicated crinkle black powder coated intake cover finishes off the blacked out engine and provides the new, special edition Rockets with a meaner look and attitude.

The list of blacked-out components continues across both motorcycles. On the front, the new Rockets are enriched with black painted mudguard mounts, black painted headlight bezels, fly screen finishers, radiator cowls and badging. Contributing to the new darker look and style are black anodised components, including fork lowers, yokes, risers and handlebar clamps, rider footrests, brake and gear pedals, heel guards and pillion footrests and hangers.


The new Rockets famous 2,500cc triple engine delivers great performance. In fact, it’s not only the largest production motorcycle engine in the World, but it also delivers the world’s highest torque at 221Nm. Maximum torque arrives at 4,000rpm and is held constantly through the mid-range.

Peak is claimed to be 122kw and topped off with 221Nm of torque, to get it to 100km/h in 2.73 seconds.

Peak power is 167hp@6,000rpm and the triple engine is tuned to deliver power from a low 3,500rpm, up to 7,000rpm. The Rocket 3 R has recently demonstrated its incredible acceleration by setting a staggering new Triumph production motorcycle record of 0-100km/h in just 2.73 seconds. The Rocket 3 R also features a high-performance six-speed helical-cut gearbox and a ’torque assist’ hydraulic clutch.


Both models feature a lightweight aluminium frame and a high specification of equipment – on the rear there’s a fully adjustable Showa monoshock RSU with a piggy back reservoir, while up front the upside down Showa 47mm cartridge front forks are adjustable for compression and rebound damping.

Both the R and the GT retain the complete Showa treatment, with adjustable suspension all around.

The brakes are Brembo’s top specification Stylema road going radial monobloc calipers with twin floating discs. Brembo say the calipers are a lightweight and compact design, with optimised air flow for efficient cooling. Both models feature a high performance Brembo four piston monoblock caliper and 300mm disc on the rear.


For comfort, the Rocket 3 R and GT come with sculpted rider and pillion saddles, with unique black painted cast aluminium finishers under the seat. Seat height is a low 773mm on the Rocket 3 R, whilst on the GT the seat height is 750mm.

Both also have been designed for maximum seating flexibility, with the option to swap between a twin seat set-up to a single with the accessory infill pad, and to swap to either models set-up with a range of accessory options available. The foot peg position can also be adapted, with adjustable mid-foot controls on the Rocket R, with two vertical position settings to choose from.

The Rocket 3 comes with Triumph’s optimised cornering ABS and traction control as standard. These are controlled by an Inertial Measurement Unit which measures the roll, pitch, yaw and acceleration rates of the bike, in order to calculate the lean angle and optimise braking and TC.

All of Triumphs great tech is controlled through the TFT dash that has been styled to suit the bike. R Black pictured.

The instruments are Triumph’s latest generation full-colour TFTs, which are angle-adjustable and have two information layout themes that can be personalised.

The TFT system has the accessory My Triumph connectivity system software pre-installed, and ready to be activated with an accessory-fit Bluetooth module. This gives the rider GoPro interaction, turn-by-turn navigation and phone and music operation via the switch cubes, with all information displayed and accessible on the TFT screen.

Both models are equipped with four riding modes – Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-configurable – all of which can be easily changed while on the move via the illuminated switch cubes.

For low energy consumption, increased durability and greater visibility, the Rocket 3 R has all-LED lighting, including a twin LED headlight, a beautifully-shaped tail light, indicators and the number plate light. As standard the Rocket comes equipped with hill hold control, cruise control, keyless ignition and keyless steering lock, and a USB charging socket.


Triumph Rocket 3 R Black & GT Triple Black Specifications


Price: TBA
Colours: Matt Black and Gloss Black
Claimed Fuel Consumption: 7L/100km
Claimed Power: 123Kw@6000rpm
Claimed Torque: 221Nm@4000rpm
Dry Weight: 291kg
Fuel capacity: 18L

Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC inline triple-cylinder, 2458cc, 110.2 x 85.9mm bore x stroke, 10.8:1 compression ratio, 3-into-1 headers with triple silencer.
Clutch & Gearbox: Wet, multi-plate clutch with 6 speed gearbox

Chassis: Full aluminium
Rake: 27.9 °
Trail: 134.9mm
Suspension: Showa 47mm upside-down 1+1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjuster (F). Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster (R)
Brakes: Dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema 4-piston radial monoblock calipers, Cornering ABS (F) Single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monoblock caliper, Cornering ABS (R)
Wheels & Tyres:17×3.5 16×7.5 Cast aluminium. 150/80 – 17in (f), 240/50 – 15in (r),

Wheelbase: 1677mm
Seat height: 773mm (R Model) 750mm (GT Model)
Overall Length: 2365mm
Overall Width: 889mm (R Model) 886mm( GT Model)
Overall Height: 1065mm (R Model) 1066mm (GT Model)

Instruments and Tech: 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.

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