When we think of quick Triumph Motorcycles we tend to think of the sporty Speed Triple or Daytona model lines, but Triumph Motorcycles have just revealed that their quickest bike in the lineup is in fact the biggest...
While its no secret that the all-new Triumph Rocket 3 takes the crown as the biggest production motorcycle with its 2500cc inline-triple engine, the fact that this can propel the new bike forwards in blisteringly quick fashion comes as an afterthought.
Triumph Motorcycles must have known that when we think of the giant new Rocket 3 we think of its monstrous 221Nm of peak torque over anything else, so they set out to show off just how quickly the big bike can rocket its way to 60mph from a standstill. We’re betting event they weren’t prepared for the result!
Our goal was to showcase the exceptional performance of the Rocket’s unique, all-new 2,500cc triple powerplant, says Triumph Motorcycles Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Stroud.
“With the Rocket 3 line-up, we have consistently shown that we can build the highest capacity production motorcycles, capable of offering incredible performance and capability in return.”
Wanting to highlight this, Triumph Motorcycles packed up shop and headed to Spain with a team of engineers ready to showcase just what the big Rocket is capable of.
Taking place at the Cartagena track in Spain, Triumph’s team of engineers prepared a pre-production version of the all-new Rocket 3 under the direction of Triumph’s Chief Engineer Stuart Wood.
In addition to achieving optimum grip, the team attached great importance to making weight savings across the bike. But with that said Triumph claim the Rocket 3 R used was in near-production set-up: only the mirrors and number plate holder were removed as required for the racetrack environment.
The Triumph team were also supported by British tyre manufacturer Avon who supplies the Avon Cobra Chrome tyres for the Rocket 3.
"Avon has been our tyre partner for the Rocket 3 project and ensured the necessary grip and stability," Wood said of the factory tyres performance.
The 0-60 mph acceleration was reached at exactly 2.73 seconds on the Cartagena track in Spain. The as-yet-unnamed test rider of the record-breaking Rocket 3 said it had incredible acceleration.
“It was great to experience this truly incredible acceleration. It’s hard to describe just what this motorcycle is capable of. The Rocket 3 R was well prepared and I felt very confident – even in this racetrack set-up. As early as the first attempt we made, I felt that the acceleration was so strong and that we would be successful. The Rocket 3 R ran perfectly and the track and weather conditions were ideal. The whole team did a fantastic job.”
After the 0-60 record ride (in which Triumph paired the Rocket 3 up with a McLaren), the Triumph team celebrated by laying waste to the Spanish track in a fashion more akin to that of a Daytona than the porky muscle cruiser.
“Triumph has once again demonstrated truly outstanding capability, Triumph CCO Stroud commented.
“With the new Triumph acceleration record achieved by the Rocket 3 R, we again enter uncharted territory because never before has a Triumph motorcycle reached such an incredible acceleration.
The Triumph Rocket 3 recently landed in New Zealand dealerships and is priced from $34,990, with Triumph also producing 750 examples of the new Rocket 3 in Triumph Factory Custom trim for the global market.