2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT preview

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm

The new 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm is a significant update on the near-20-year-old British power cruiser platform

If 165hp was not quite enough for your cruising desires, the new Triumph Rocket 3 Storm is exactly what you have been waiting for.

An update on the existing Rocket 3 platform, the new Triumph Rocket 3 Storm comes in both R and GT variants. The base bike is the same engine, frame, and suspension for each model, and the changes between the R and GT focus on the riding position, footpeg location and accessory packs.

The launch of the new Rocket 3 Storm editions is fast approaching, so here’s a technical preview of the new bikes, which we’ll update once we have tested them both.

What’s new with the Rocket 3 Storm models

The Rocket 3 Storm GT 

At the heart of each bike is, of course, the engine. And it’s identical to the unit that produced 165bhp in the previous generation Rocket 3, with its three cylinders arranged in-line and measuring a total of 2,458cc. Well, it’s identical in every way apart from performance, as that BHP figure is upped with the new Rocket 3 Storm to 180bhp. The torque is increased, too, up by 3lb ft to 166lb ft. The engine is controlled via a ride-by-wire throttle, as before, and assisted by an electronic suite including traction control and cornering ABS, all of which have been adjusted for the new more powerful versions. There are also four riding modes (Road, Rain, Sport, and a custom mode), and the bike features a Torque Assist clutch for smoother shifting (a quickshifter is also available as an accessory). Selecting your way through the electronics is done via five-way backlit joystick used to navigate the bike’s full-colour TFT.

Triumph says that the increase in engine outputs has been achieved by its increased understanding of the engine in 2024 compared to when the previous generation was introduced in 2019, allowing them to unlock more potential from the motor even without introducing any more parts. Along with the improved performance is slightly improved fuel economy (42.58mpg, up from 41.45mpg) and an associated benefit in CO2 emissions (152g/km), down 6g/km over the previous generation (158g/km).

That said, the average Rocket 3 buyer probably isn’t much interested in a small saving in carbon emissions, and is more interested in things like electronic cruise control, adjustable in mile-per-hour increments; twin 320mm front discs with Brembo Stylema callipers and a 300mm rear disc; Showa suspension, fully adjustable at both ends; and probably the updated styling, too.

The Rocket 3 Storm R 

Although there are two variants, the theme for the styling is much the same across both. Triumph says the previous generation Rocket 3 sold best in black, and so it’s thrown a load of black paint at both of the new Rocket 3 Storms to create a deeper and darker overall look. The bodywork, for example, is two-tone in black and whatever other colour you choose from the selection available (Carnival Red, Satin Pacific Blue, and Sapphire Black). Plus, the following parts are all black-anodised: rear frame forging, swingarm guard, fork lowers and yokes, risers and handlebar clamps, RSU Rocker, seat finisher, footrests & hangers for rider and pillion, brake and gear pedals, levers, and side stand. Triangular DRLs and LEDs all round are also supposed to add to the menacing aspect of the darkened look. All of that black anodising means that, in the Sapphire Black and Granite colour, it might even be dim enough for your average funeral doom listener.

What’s the difference between the two bikes?

The Rocket 3 Storm GT

Further, the new Storm has what Triumph calls “sportier” 10-spoke cast wheels. Although the 17-inch and 16-inch dimensions remain for the front and rear wheels, respectively, the mass is reduced, which contributes to improved handling characteristics.

Ergonomics are updated, too, mostly with differences between the GT and R models. In fact, the ergonomics are probably the biggest way in which the two variants differ.

For example, the R’s bars sit tall, while the GT’s are more swept back, generating a 125mm difference in bar grip position between the two. The seat height is also different between the two, with both the R’s pillion and rider seat height set at 773mm, while the GT’s is a slightly more reachable 750mm. The latter’s seat is also sculpted to offer better comfort during grander, touring-er rides, and the GT also comes with a pillion backrest with much the same intention in mind.

The biggest ergo difference, though, is at the footpegs. Not only are the GT’s set further forward than the mid-set pegs of the R, the adjustment works in a different way, too: 15mm of vertical adjustability is available on the R, while the GT has 50mm of horizontal adjustment. The pillion footrests are another example of the blacked-out look, and they’re also retractable.

Price and availability 

The Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT are expected to be available from April 2024, when they will cost £23,195 and £23,895, respectively.

Rocket 3 Storm R and GT specs

CHASSIS

ROCKET 3 STORM R AND GT

Frame

Full aluminium frame

Swingarm

Single sided, cast aluminium

Front Wheel

17 x 3.5-inch cast aluminium

Rear Wheel

16 x 7.5-inch cast aluminium

Front Tyre

150/80 R17 V

Rear Tyre

240/50 R16 V

Front Suspension

Showa 47mm upside-down 1+1 cartridge front forks, compression and rebound adjustment, 120mm wheel travel

Rear Suspension

Fully adjustable Showa piggyback reservoir RSU with remote hydraulic preload adjustment, 107mm wheel travel

Front Brakes

Dual 320mm discs, Brembo M4.30 Stylema® 4-piston radial monobloc calipers, Optimised Cornering ABS

Rear Brakes

Single 300mm disc, Brembo M4.32 4-piston monobloc caliper, Optimised Cornering ABS

Instruments

TFT multi-functional instrument pack with; 

  • digital speedometer

  • trip computer

  • digital tachometer

  • gear position indicator

  • fuel gauge

  • service indicator

  • ambient temperature

  • clock 

  • rider modes (Rain/Road/Sport/Rider-configurable) 

 

Triumph TFT Connectivity System can be added with accessory fitted Bluetooth module

SPECIFICATION DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

DIMENSIONS & WEIGHTS

ROCKET 3 STORM R

ROCKET 3 STORM GT

Length

2365 mm (93.1 in)

Width (Handlebars and fittings)

920 mm (36.0 in)

Height Without Mirrors

1125 mm (44.3 in)

1183 mm (46.6 in)

Seat Height

773 mm (30.4 in)

750 mm (29.5 in)

Wheelbase

1677 mm (66.0 in)

Rake

27.9 °

Trail

134.9 mm (5.3 in)

Wet weight

320kg

317kg

Fuel Tank Capacity

18.0 litres (4.76 US gal)

SPECIFICATION EQUIPMENT

 

ROCKET 3 STORM R

ROCKET 3 STORM GT

 

 Standard  
Equipment

Full colour TFT instruments
Optimised cornering ABS & traction control – supported by an IMU

4 riding modes
All LED lighting, with DRL* headlight
Hill hold control
Cruise control
Keyless ignition
Backlit switchgear

USB charging

  

+ Heated grips 

Accessory-fit

Triumph Shift Assist
TPMS

Bluetooth connectivity module (enabling turn-by-turn navigation, phone

and music operation)

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