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A refined monster: Triumph Rocket 3 review

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by Fraser Addecott from https://www.mirror.co.uk/

It’s powered by an engine that’s bigger than the one in most cars, but Fraser discovers this behemoth oozes class and quality, and rides like a dream

The idea of fitting a motorcycle with an engine larger than that found in the average family car may seem bonkers – but thats exactly what Triumph has done in the shape of the Rocket 3.

Featuring a whopping 2,500cc capacity, this monster is truly impressive.

The bike comes in two versions – a touring-oriented GT and the more sportster-like R.

Both look fantastic, the proportions seem almost other-worldly, like something out of a superhero movie.

Yet the design and the way it all melds together around that giant engine is a thing of beauty.

The quality is superb, from the deep paint finish, to the distinctive twin headlights, the Monza-style fuel cap and the brushed aluminium shields on the triple header exhaust.

Internal wiring on the handlebars keeps everything looking clean and neat and the pillion footpegs fold twice so they tuck away into the fairing and seemingly disappear.

I really liked the layout on the TFT screen, simple and clear, and easily readable even in bright sunlight.

The main difference between the two models is the riding position.

The GT has forward mounted (adjustable) footpegs, a lower seat height and wider, higher bars, plus a brushed aluminium, height-adjustable pillion backrest.

It also comes with heated grips and a pretty effective flyscreen.

The R has a more aggressive stance thanks to the mid-mounted footpegs (also adjustable), higher seat and narrower bars.

With the keyless fob in your jacket pocket, fire up the 2458cc, liquid-cooled triple and you’re off.

For the largest production engine in the world, the sound is surprisingly muted, but, to my ear, not displeasing.

The Rocket offers four ride modes – Road, Rain, Sport and Rider-configurable.

Switch-Gear is illuminated and intuitive to use, employing a simple joystick on the left side.

Electronic wizardry includes cornering ABS, traction control, hill-hold control and cruise control.

With a dry weight of 291kg, this is clearly a heavyweight fighter.

Even so, the new cast aluminium frame and lighter engine components have contributed to a huge 40kg saving compared to the previous model.

And it shows.

The Rocket is surprisingly – and delightfully – rideable.

Oodles of torque across the band mean gear changing across the six-speed gearbox is minimal.

Power delivery is smooth and muscular via the low-maintenance shaft drive, and the torque-assist clutch offers light action, but precise, gear changes.

The big revelation is through the bends, where adjustable USD Showa forks and a Showa monoshock rear set-up, plus model-specific Avon Cobra tyres combine to provide precise, confidence-inspiring handling.

Braking is via state-of-the-art Brembo Stylema calipers and is progressive and super powerful.

As you can probably tell, I love the Rocket – it’s a monster, but it’s a refined and good-looking one – and an absolute joy to ride.

The Facts: Triumph Rocket 3

Engine: 2458cc triple

Max power: 165bhp

Max torque: 163ft lb

Colours: Red; black; grey

Price: £20,800 GT; £19,800 R

Classic motorcycle ridden by George Lazenby has emerged for sale for £30,000

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by Faith Ridler from https://www.dailymail.co.uk/

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service: Classic motorcycle ridden by George Lazenby to the set of his only James Bond film goes on sale for £30,000

  • George Lazenby bought BSA Rocket III in 1969 and rode it on 17-mile commute
  • He lived in Bayswater, London while filming On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  • Mr Lazenby, now 80, sold his motorcycle after the release of the sixth Bond film

A classic motorcycle which George Lazenby used to ride to the set of his only James Bond film has emerged for sale for £30,000.

The actor bought the BSA Rocket III in 1969 and rode it on his 17-mile commute from Bayswater, London to Pinewood Studios near Slough, Berkshire during filming for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Mr Lazenby, now 80, went on to sell the motorcycle after the release of the sixth James Bond film later that year.

The Australian actor was the second to play the British secret service agent after Sean Connery in You Only Live Twice, who took on the role again in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever.

Little is known about what happened to the bike after it was sold by Mr Lazenby until it was bought by its current owner, a collector based in Kent, in 2007.

The unnamed vendor only discovered the machine was previously owned by the actor when he approached the BSA Owners Club, who revealed Mr Lazenby bought the motorcycle new in the 1960s.

The collector has now fully restored the bike, with an engine and gearbox rebuild, new chrome and a repaint.

During the restoration, a sidecar which had been installed after Mr Lazenby sold the bike was also removed.

It will now be sold by Charterhouse Auctions in Sherborne, Dorset – who say they are expecting a huge amount of interest from James Bond fans.

Richard Bromell, of Charterhouse, said: ‘Today the market for Bond films is bigger than ever, with many fans waiting patiently for the now postponed release of No Time To Die.

‘We all have our favourite Bond actor. Having watched from a young age, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is one on my favourites.’

A spokesman for the auctioneers added: ‘Living in an apartment in Bayswater, Lazenby bought the bike to commute to Pinewood Studios for filming the new Bond film.

‘He was a keen motorcyclist and this was one of the very first new Rocket IIIs to be sold.

‘Not much is known about its history after Lazenby sold the bike until it was bought by our vendor 13 years ago – although at some point a sidecar was added.

‘The current owner is a collector of British motorcycles and purchased the Rocket with a view to restoring it to its former glory.

‘The BSA underwent a full program of restoration and was subject to an engine and gearbox rebuild, new chrome, and a repaint.

‘During the restoration the sidecar was discarded and it is now in great condition for the new owner.’

2019 Triumph Rocket 3 R, GT U.S. Pricing Announced

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by Daniel Patrascu from https://www.autoevolution.com

Earlier this year UK’s largest motorcycle manufacturer, Triumph, introduced and nearly instantly sold the entire batch of Rocket 3 TFC bikes, fitted with the largest engine available on the market. Those who missed out on that model can now go for the other, lesser variants of this monstrous Triumphs.

In the last week of October, the bike maker dumped all the info on the pricing for the Rocket 3 lineup in the United States and Canada. Two models are on the list, namely the Rocket 3 R and Rocket 3 GT.

Both bikes are powered by the range’s brand new 2,500 cc triple engine that delivers an 11 percent increase in power over the previous generation, which translates into 165 hp and 163 lb-ft of torque.

The numbers above are a tad lower than the output of the same engine fitted on the TFC variant. On that bike, the output was rated at 180 hp at 7,000 rpm and 166 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, making the model the most powerful production Triumph ever made.

The main difference between the two bikes announced last week is the use there are meant for. The R is the “ultimate muscle roadster,” placing all the power of the engine under the control of the rider right from the start, while the GT is a tad softer and more touring-oriented.

In the United States, the Rocket 3 R will sell for $21,900, while the GT from $22,600. For comparison, the TFC variant of the Rocket 3 was sold for $29,000, and all the 750 units reserved for America were sold out in a matter of months.

Each new bike will be available in two color schemes: Korosi Red or Phantom Black for the R, and two-tone Silver Ice & Storm Grey with Korosi Red or Phantom Black for the GT.

Full details and specifications on both bikes can be found in their press release.