The new mega-cruiser from Hinckley is right on schedule to become one of Triumph’s newest bikes for 2019, as the Rocket III was caught by Motorcycle.com testing on public roads, following the development schedule that should, in theory, put this bike on dealerships by mid-2019.
The overall design isn’t a surprise, since a few weeks ago we’ve already showed you the first teaser image of the Rocket III, snatched during a Triumph dealers meeting at the end of last year. The new photos show a cruiser which is much more dark, more aggressive than ever, and follows the style Ducati initiated with the mighty Diavel.
Still using the iconic inline-three-cylinder engine, but in longitudinal position, Triumph will surely modify many internal components. Engine displacement will most likely rise from the old 2300 cc to 2500 cc or even more. That will allow the new Rocket III to hit 180 hp (not confirmed yet) and torque will be a monstrosity.
Three exhaust silencers are confirmed from these spy photos, with a specific, and original arrangement: two of the silencers will be stacked on top of each other on the right side of the Rocket III, while the third silencer will be pointing to the left side of the bike, right under the exquisite single-sided swingarm that mounts a massive rear tyre.
Considering the Rocket III will be a beast to ride, and by looking at the new spy photos of the development bike testing on the road, Triumph will surely apply all the electronic riding aids we’ve become used to see on bikes.
An Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) will be the brains of the advanced electronics package on the Rocket III. Riding modes, adjustable traction control, probably stability control and even cornering ABS will be all there to help you control this mega-cruiser from Triumph.
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