The GT variant of this power cruiser gets some ergonomic tweaks such as a touring-biased ‘bar, lower seat, forward-set pegs and a pillion backrest
Triumph India has launched the Rocket 3 GT — the power cruiser, featuring the largest motor seen on any production motorcycle — in India at Rs 18.4 lakh. The Rocket 3 GT is a touring-oriented version of the R which made it to our shores last December; retaining most of the internals. Tweaks on the GT variant include a wider, rearward handlebar along with a lower seat, pillion backrest and three-way adjustable pegs.
The touring ‘bar paired with forward-set pegs enable a comfortable riding position for mile munching on the GT. The seat height is 750mm, lower than the sporty R’s by 23mm. The pegs can be adjusted to three horizontal positions to suit the rider. Triumph has also bestowed the GT with a brushed aluminium pillion backrest and a larger seat. It also features a windscreen to protect the rider from wind blast while touring. The GT variant also comes with heated grips, an adjustable windscreen and a bi-directional quickshifter as standard. Besides these changes, the GT and R variants remain rather similar.
The Rocket 3 GT packs Triumph’s signature inline-three 2458cc mill, as seen on the R, delivering a blistering 224Nm of twist at 4000rpm and 163bhp at the 6000rpm redline. Suspension duties are handled by Showa 47mm USD forks and a fully adjustable monoshock. Brembo Stylema 4-pot callipers work with twin 320mm discs to drop the anchors up front while the rear employs a Brembo M4.32 monobloc unit paired with a 300mm rotor. The motorcycle will also come with cornering ABS as standard.
While there’s no real competition for the Rocket 3 GT in India or any other part of the world to be honest, owing to that gigantic torque-filled powerplant. However, its closest rival in India is the Ducati X Diavel S, of which the BS6 iteration has not been released in our country yet.