Like almost every two-wheeler manufacturer in the Indian market, Triumph Motorcycles, too, had to discontinue a huge number of motorcycles from its line-up when BS-VI emission norms came into force. If we talk about Triumph, in particular, the manufacturer had to discontinue a number of motorcycles for a short while before it launched its first BS-VI motorcycle in the Indian market.
However, as things are starting to go some pace and head back towards the old normal, the manufacturer has been keen on launching its updated products in the Indian market. The bike-maker has a lot of new motorcycles in the pipeline, which are yet to be updated to meet the stringent new emission standards.
What we have here today is the Triumph Rocket 3 GT, which is an all-new variant addition to the Rocket 3 line-up from Triumph. In its BS-IV guise, the Rocket 3 made its debut in the Indian market late last year. Having said that, it was only launched in a sole ‘R’ trim back then, and it had been on sale in this trim up until recently when the manufacturer introduced the GT trim.
So, what’s new with the GT trim? Where the lower-spec R trim of the Rocket 3 is a street-oriented roadster, the new GT trim, as its name implies, is the cruiser version of the motorcycle. As a result, the R version comes with a sportier riding position and a flat, single-piece handlebar. The top-end GT version, on the other hand, features a slightly relaxed riding position, with forward-set footpegs, a slightly pulled-back handlebar and a lower seat height. The seat height of the GT trim is down by 23mm as opposed to the R trim (773mm).
If that’s not enough for you to spot a GT version, Triumph has also made some aesthetic changes such as GT’s wheels getting chrome accents on the alloy wheels, which, although, have the same design as the ones on the R version. It also gets a fly-screen, heated grips and a height-adjustable backrest for the pillion. Lastly, the GT version trumps the R version in terms of the kerb weight, as it weighs 3kg more than the said, at 294kg.
The rest of the bike is the same. Nonetheless, it comes powered by 2,458cc in-line three-cylinder motor that is capable of producing 165bhp (an 11 per cent gain in comparison to its predecessor) and 221Nm of torque. It still looks to be edgier, sportier, and snazzier than the bike it replaces.
In terms of the overall hardware, Triumph has equipped the Rocket 3 with Showa upside-down forks – adjustable for compression and rebound, and a preload-adjustable monoshock at the front and rear, respectively. The bike gets its stopping power from a 320mm twin-disc setup at the front and a 300mm disc at the back. Moreover, the 17-inch wheel at the front is shod with a 150/80 R17 V section tyre and the 16-inch wheel at the rear is shod with a wider 240/50 R16 V section tyre.
When it comes to the features and equipment counterpart, Triumph has left no stones unturned with the Rocket 3. It also features Bluetooth connectivity, which allows the rider to pair his/her smartphone to the cluster. Speaking of the cluster, it’s a circular coloured TFT display that shows a multitude of useful information. Also, both the version of the Rocket 3 gets LEDs as standard for the headlamp as well as the taillamp.
So, there you have it, folks. A complete lowdown on what’s on offer with the newly launched GT trim of the Triumph Rocket 3, along with the features that were already present on the lower-spec R trim. Now, as far as pricing is concerned, the R trim of the Rocket 3 retails at ₹18 Lakh bucks (ex-showroom, Delhi), while the GT trim is priced at a premium of ₹40,000 over the abovesaid. For a slight premium overall, the GT trim makes a lot of sense, both to the head and the heart. Also, grab the latest info on the new bikes, only at autoX.