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2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

It’s big, imposing, yet has enough sophistication to be completely satisfying to the soul. With oodles of ego massaging grunt and more cc’s than the average mid sized family car, Triumph’s 2022 Rocket 3 GT is an undeniable force on the road.

Featuring the largest capacity engine ever seen on any production motorcycle, the Rocket 3 GT is packing a 2458cc Inline 3-cylinder, water-cooled, Double Overhead Cam powerplant producing 165 bhp (123 kW) @ 6,000rpm and 221Nm @ 4,000rpm ensures that there is plenty of mumbo on tap at the flick of the right wrist.

Power delivery is smooth and crisp as you twist the throttle and has you pondering from beneath your helmet – is this really a cruiser.

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2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

Getting the power to the road is effortless with the Rocket 3 offering four selectable riding modes to choose from. Those modes include Road, Rain, Sport and a Rider-Configurable mode. All can be accessed through the TFT display and each offers definable performance characteristics to influence the bike based on your riding preference.

Like we do when we pick up most bikes we headed straight for Sport mode for our city commute back to the old road where we could get the Rocket 3 into to some nice twisty stuff and find out what it was all about.

The first thing you notice as you lift the Rocket 3 off the side stand is, that it is not as heavy as it appears and had this reviewer quickly readjusting, as he almost tipped the bike to far the other way past the point of upright – oops.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

Get the Rocket 3 on the road and it feels light and well balanced for such a big bike. With a dry weight of 294kg, on appearances alone we were expecting the Rocket 3 to be comparable to a Harley-Davidson Road King or Street Glide, but that initial perception quickly changed and we found the Rocket 3 to be much more akin to a Ducati Diavel.

The term power cruiser comes to mind when discussing such two wheeled hardware and as we experienced more and more of the Rocket 3 through our test period it seemed to be the perfect way to describe the big Triumph.

Navigating the Rocket 3 through the city was nowhere near as big a task as one might think. Although there is no denying the large scale and proportion of the big cruiser, however the 750mm seat height makes it nice and easy to get your feet to the ground if you need to pull up quickly.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

Despite its size, the Rocket 3 feels great with momentum being your friend and even at times feeling sports bike like. Even through tighter lower speed corners there is no adverse effect form the weight of the bike like we have experienced with some other large capacity cruisers.

Handling is very good for such a big bike offering the rider plenty of confidence to push the big power cruiser hard through corners and get on the gas early as you exit. In part this is due to the full aluminium frame with Single-sided cast aluminium swingarm which also plays a big part in the weight reduction over the previous generation Rocket 3.

The other big factor is the quality suspension componentry. The front of the Rocket 3 features Showa 47mm upside-down 1 1 cartridge front forks with compression and rebound adjuster which allows 120mm travel.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

On the back of the Rocket 3 is a fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjuster and a slightly reduced 107mm of rear wheel travel. Even for a bigger gent such as myself this setup was great for touring and more enthusiastic riding endeavours.

Braking on such a big bike is also critical and the setup on the Rocket 3 was confidence inspiring, offering good feel at the front and rear of bike enabling the rider to brake late (in cruiser terms) entering the corner and pull up in a hurry if required in an emergency situation.

Up front dual 320mm discs with Brembo M4.30 Stylema 4-piston radial monobloc calipers find a home and carry out stooping duties, whilst on the rear a Single 300mm disc featuring Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, both front and rear braking systems feature Triumph Cornering ABS.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

A six speed gearbox is utilised on the Rocket 3 and it works well. The clutch is relatively light for such a large bike, although getting the Rocket 3 moving from a standard start does take a little effort. For us we would be going for the quickshifter which is available as an optional extra just to add a little extra performance.

Our test variant was the GT which receives a windscreen, pillion backrest and forward foot controls over its R sibling as standard kit. For this rider the forward controls were much appreciated being just over 6 foot, this aided the ergonomics of the riding position and assisted a comfortable riding position without any feeling of being cramped, also worth noting was that little windscreen, which offers reasonable wind buffeting relief across the chest.

All controls are easy to operate and feel good to the touch. Self cancelling blinkers and heated grips would be a nice edition to future generations of the model and the cruise control was nice and easy to operate.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

From the riding position everything is within easy reach and the Rocket 3 ticks all the boxes. The reach to the forward controls is just right, the handlebars are in a comfortable position for touring and in theory the TFT display is clear and presents most info for the rider clearly.

However unfortunately our test bike did have some gremlins including a fuel light that stayed on constantly so we had to follow our nose a little as far as fuel economy and distance to a tank was concerned.

Triumph claim 6.82 l/100km from the 18 litre tank which had us in real world conditions averaging between 200-230klms out of a tank of go – go juice. For a cruiser that wears the GT insignia we found this to be a little lackluster and although the tank looks the goods from an aesthetics point of view we would have liked to be averaging closer to 300klms plus out of a tank.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

Visually the big Rocket sports a striking stance all of it’s own. Stainless 3-into-1 headers and dual exhaust protrude out of the big donk adding to the imposing nature of the Rocket 3. Behind lies that massive 2500cc motor whilst the dual headlights mark the unmistakeable Triumph heritage.

Paint and finish is first class and what you would expect of a manufacturer with pedigree such as Triumph. Our test Rocket 3 GT was adorned in Silver paint with striking black and red highlights with brushed aluminium finishes that could not be faulted. The LED lighting package also gives a modern high tech touch.

Plenty of tech is available on the 2022 Rocket 3 apart from the fore mentioned ride modes and cornering ABS. There is also traction control, keyless ignition (proximity), cruise control and the MyTriumph app. Optional accessories include the quickshifter, tyre pressure gauges and integrated Bluetooth and GoPro accessories.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

Add to this a range of further optional accessories including touring and luggage options as well as cosmetic enhancing parts and the Rocket 3 can be totally customised to the riders wants and needs in a motorcycle.

Is the 2022 Triumph Rocket 3 truly a touring motorcycle though. It certainly moves the needle on how a traditional cruiser is defined with its massive 2.5 litre powerplant – it’s character enriched styling and of course how it handles.

The question that really beckons is can you can pound in big kilometers and the answer is yes, although the Rocket 3 is not without fault. For us we really would like to see the capacity of the fuel tank increased and in all honesty the seat can become a little firm over long distances.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

The 2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT is priced form $36,550 ride away and is backed by a full 2 year Triumph factory warranty. If your quick you may even be able to get your hands on one of the limited edition stunning chrome Rocket 3 GT’s which will be priced from $37,900 ride away.

Triumph have also announced a special offer for the Rocket 3 GT offering a free set of sports panniers and mounting kit – all fitted and ready to roll from the dealership valued at approximately $2,000.00.

For further information or to arrange a test ride please contact your local Triumph dealer. Images courtesy of Heather Ware and BikeReview.

2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride Experience
8.5
Style and Comfort
8.5
Braking and Handling
8.5
Overall Bike Performance
8.5
Value for Money
8.25
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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It's big, imposing, yet has enough sophistication to be completely satisfying to the soul. With oodles of ego massaging grunt and more cc's than the average mid sized family car, Triumph's 2022 Rocket 3 GT is an undeniable force on the road. Featuring the largest...2022 Triumph Rocket 3 GT