We were the first to show you these photos of the next generation Rocket III from Triumph and it’s worth showing you these excellent spy shots once again.
We told you Triumph was working on something special behind the scenes after leaked images of a new cruiser emerged from its international dealer conference back in October, and our spy snapper absolutely confirmed that for us by firing over a selection of images of Triumph’s all-new muscle cruiser putting in the miles during consumption testing.
The previous generation Triumph Rocket disappeared from the iconic British brands line-up earlier this year, thanks mostly to its inability to meet current Euro4 emissions standards – but now we know there’s new version of the huge three-cylinder cruiser in the works for 2019.
At this stage, we don’t know a huge amount about the new bike’s technical information. The next generation Rocket could use a revamped, Euro4-approved version of Triumph’s 2294cc three-cylinder powerplant that’s held its position as the largest production motorcycle engine in the world, since the Rocket 3 first appeared in 2004. But, if the rumours we’ve heard are correct, the Rocket will be powered by an all-new 2500cc powerplant, and in turn will kick out even more power (around 170hp).
Of course, many of its key components share lineage with those of the original, cruiser-style Rocket 3 from 2004 – but with its single-sided swingarm, monoshock rear suspension, upside-down forks and radial Brembo calipers, there’s also more than a slight resemblance to Ducati’s Diavel. That’s no bad thing of course. And it makes sense too, considering that Triumph used the successful Italian machine as a benchmark for its new Rocket, and did a lot of testing against at its R&D facility.
Twin, round headlights dominate the bike’s front end. It comes with relatively high and short seat unit, and not unlike the Diavel, the new Rocket’s licence plate and rear indicators sit on a swingarm-mounted bracket.