RM130,900 buys you this 2.5-litre Triumph muscle bike
2020 Triumph Rocket 3 R
2020 Triumph Rocket 3 GT
Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia took centre stage and kicked off the weekend last Friday night with its Triumph Muscle Mania event. It also saw the firm introducing several new models including the massively muscular and new-for-2020 Triumph Rocket 3 line up.
All new from the ground up, the new generation Rocket 3 comes in either Rocket 3 R or Rocket 3 GT form, both powered by the world’s largest displacement engine ever fitted into a production motorcycle – a 2.5-litre (2,500cc) in-line triple-cylinder.
To put into perspective, that’s larger than what you’ll find in most regular cars – it’s as large as the engine found in the Toyota Camry 2.5V! Also, despite having one cylinder less, the Rocket 3’s triple puts out a beefy 165bhp and 221Nm – more than most cars too!
All that grunt, which is managed by a six-speed helical-cut transmission and shaft-drive setup, comes in handy at propelling the Rocket 3’s claimed 294kg bulk. If that sounds heavy, just remember that this new Rocket 3 is a full 40kg lighter than its predecessor.
Despite its size and bulk, Triumph claims that the Rocket 3 will do the 0-100kph sprint in less than 3 seconds. On top of this improved performance, the Hinckley-based motorcycling institution have made its new Rocket 3 much more agile than before too.
Besides the weight loss, much of the Rocket 3’s newfound agility is fuelled by several notable chassis hardware it’s brimmed with. Highlights include top-shelf Brembo dual quad-piston calipers setup up front with Cornering ABS, as well as Showa upsidedown (USD) front forks and fully adjustable piggyback reservoir RSU amongst many.
Other notable features include a distinct new twin-LED headlight setup, selectable ride modes (Road, Rain, Sport and Custom), hill-hold assist, fully-digital TFT dash display, as well as a 5V under-seat USB charging port amongst many others.
In Rocket 3 R form, this muscle bike dons a more aggressive styling and stance complete with a 773mm seat height. The Rocket 3 GT, on the other hand, features a more classic styling and relaxed ergonomics, the latter supported by its accessible 750mm seat height and feet-forward controls.
Just like its size, the new 2020 Triumph Rocket 3 rightfully commands a sizable price tag too. Things start from RM130,900 for the Rocket 3 R and from RM136,900 for the Rocket 3 GT (excluding options, road tax and insurance costs).
Besides launching the new Rocket 3 duo, Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia also showcased two units of the Rocket 3 TFC special. Based off the previous gen Rocket 3 – the one with the slightly ‘smaller’ 2,294cc triple heart – this final-run special was limited to just 750 units worldwide, of which two have found homes right here in Malaysia.
2020 Triumph Thruxton RS
2020 Triumph Tiger 900
Big beefy muscle bikes aside, Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia also seized the initiative during the Triumph Muscle Mania soiree and introduced the updated-for-2020 Triumph Thruxton RS café racer and all-new 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 dual-sport line up as well.
Featuring a sleuth of improved features and hardware on board plus beefed powertrains, both the Thruxton RS and Tiger 900 line up are now available for purchase with Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia, with the retro café racer commanding RM86,900 onwards (excluding options, road tax and insurance).
For the Tiger 900 range, six variants are available, and their starting prices range between RM63,900 and RM85,900 (excluding options, road tax and insurance) instead.
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