Got any blacker? Triumph unleashes special Rocket 3 Black editions

TRIUMPH are going blacker than black with the release of the Rocket 3 R Black and GT Triple Black. The meaner and moodier editions of Triumph’s muscle cruiser will be limited to just 1,000 bikes worldwide.

Each limited edition bike will come with it’s own unique certificate of authenticity detailing the motorcycle’s specific VIN number. With their unique and sophisticated blacked-out style, these special editions add even more attitude to the performance muscle roadster.

These distinctive variants deliver all the world-leading 2,500cc triple engine performance,
high-specification technology and phenomenal handling that has taken the Rocket 3 to the
top of its category.

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The new Rocket 3 line-up comes in two stunning and sophisticated colour schemes, with the Rocket 3 R Black taking on a dark and aggressive style, with a distinctive matte and gloss all-black paint scheme, with black tank badges and new ‘black’ branding.

Alternatively, the Rocket 3 GT Triple Black features a sophisticated dark style with a distinctive three-shade black paint scheme, while maintaining all of its laid-back and comfortable attitude.

Both models have been enhanced by a unique range of blacked out components that add an even more aggressive and dominant style, with a beautiful carbon-fibre front mudguard fitted as standard.

On the front, the new Rocket’s are enriched with black painted mudguard mounts, black painted headlight bezels, fly screen finishers, radiator cowls and badging. Black anodised components include fork lowers, yokes, risers and handlebar clamps.

Triumph Rocket 3R Black
2021 Triumph Rocket 3 R Black

The list of black anodised components continues with rider footrests, brake and gear pedals, heel guards, pillion footrests and hangers. the rear frame forging, RSU rocker, swingarm guard, side stand, brake and clutch levers, and bar-end mirrors.

The engine comes fully blacked out, with unique black painted exhaust headers, heat shields and end caps. A dedicated crinkle black powder coated intake cover finishes off the blacked out engine style.

A mean look means blistering performance, with the Rocket’s engine delivering 221Nm of torque 123kW of power (167PS). Maximum torque arrives at 4,000rpm and is held constantly through the mid-range, giving unparalleled acceleration and effortless riding.

In regard to handling, both the Rocket 3 R and GT are an absolute revelation, not only in
terms of comfort and touring ease, but also in delivering a genuinely dynamic roadster ride, much more akin to a Speed Triple than a traditional cruiser.

Both models feature a lightweight aluminium frame, a fully adjustable Showa monoshock RSU on the rear, with a piggy back reservoir, while up front the upside down Showa 47mm cartridge front forks are adjustable for compression and rebound damping.

The brakes are Brembo’s top specification Stylema road going radial monobloc callipers with twin floating discs. These cutting edge callipers are a lightweight and compact design, with optimised air flow for efficient cooling.

Both models feature a high performance Brembo four piston monobloc calliper and 300mm disc on the rear. For comfort, the Rocket 3 R and GT come with sculpted rider and pillion saddles, with unique black painted cast aluminium finishers under the seat.

Triumph Rocket 3 GT TripleBlack
2021 Triumph Rocket 3 GT Triple Black

Seat height is a low 773mm on the Rocket 3 R, whilst on the GT the seat height is 750mm. The Rocket 3 comes with Triumph’s optimised cornering ABS and traction control as standard.

These are controlled by a sophisticated inertial measurement unit which measures the roll, pitch, yaw and acceleration rates of the bike, in order to calculate the lean angle and optimise braking and traction control accordingly.

The instruments are Triumph’s latest generation full-colour TFTs, which are angle-adjustable and have two information layout themes that can be personalised. The system has the My Triumph connectivity system software pre-installed.

Teamed with a Bluetooth module, this gives the rider GoPro interaction, turn-by-turn navigation and phone and music operation via the switch cubes, with all information displayed and accessible on the TFT screen.

A range of genuine accessories are also available, including shift assist for clutch-less up and down gear changes, heated grips (which come as standard on the Rocket 3 GT) and a tyre pressure monitoring system for enhanced safety and control.

For more touring-oriented needs, a range of luggage is available with an innovative
Triumph patented cast aluminium pannier mounting system, interchangeable seats and

Pricing will be announced closer to their local arrival, which is scheduled for April / May. For further information please contact your local Triumph Motorcycles dealer.

Triumph Rocket 3 GT TripleBlack
2021 Triumph Rocket 3 GT Triple Black
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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