How does the Triumph Rocket 3 make all that power?

Triumph Chief Engineer, Stuart Wood takes on a deep dive into the engine internals of the new 2020 Triumph Rocket 3

Triumph Rocket 3 1200

MOTORCYCLE engines in theory are pretty simple bits of kit. My dad always used to describe them as ‘suck, squeeze, bang, blow’. And while that may still be the case 20-years on from those garage chats with my old man, quite a lot has changed as Stuart and the new Triumph Rocket 3 prove.

At the top of the Triumph, range sits the halo bike that is the Rocket 3. Producing over 160bhp and 160ft-lb of torque, the newly built inline three-cylinder engine from Triumph is the most powerful engine ever fitted to a Hinckley-built production motorcycle. But how does it go about making all that power and still feeling usable while meeting emissions regulations?

It is clear from just looking at the new Rocket 3 engine that it’s much more than just a refresh for the latest Euro5 regulations. Running lighter internals, all new casings and of course, the new 2,500cc capacity, the new Rocket 3 has been re-born for the modern motorcycle era.

While this video is just a snapshot into some of the work that goes into the development of a new bike such as the Rocket 3, there’s much more to come. Triumph is taking the opportunity to share with us some of the stories of their sprawling bike collection that is housed at the Hinckley factory’s visitor centre.

While the visitor centre is empty of customers, we can expect a few more videos from Stuart and the team at Triumph so stay tuned.

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