2020 Triumph Rocket caught testing in production-ready form
A quick recap of last year, Triumph released an image of the all-new Rocket motorcycle at one of the dealership conferences. This was then followed by a special edition of the Rocket that was developed by Triumph's in-house custom motorcycle division called the Triumph Factory Custom. While it was speculated that Triumph might only offer the Rocket in this edition, latest spied images have confirmed that a standard version is in the works and it looks production ready. The limited edition TFC Rocket will be unveiled on May 1, a total of 750 units will be made. The more practical version could be launched by the end of this year.
2020 Triumph Rocket (Image courtesy: MCN)
Details of the new Triumph Rocket III have not been revealed as yet. However, it is likely to feature an updated 2,294cc three-cylinder engine and retain its title as the largest production motorcycle engine in the world. The new engine is said to have a displacement of 2,500cc. Peak power from the last generation Rocket III Roadster was 150PS with a torque figure of 221Nm. Expect the new Rocket III to boast a power figure around the 180PS mark, to surpass the Ducati Diavel 1260.
As seen from the image, the 2020 Triumph Rocket has a proper pillion seat, which has been missing from the models that were caught testing. In addition to that, the rear subframe also looks similar to the TFC models. It is impressive that Triumph will be offering all the goodies shown in the TFC model in its standard version as well. The lower portion of the fork and the brake lever done in silver, hints that Triumph might be toning it down a wee bit for the production model. In addition to that, the switchgear and the instrumentation will be all modern and will have the full-colour TFT display that was first seen on the larger Scrambler, the 1200. Instead of LED indicators showcased on the TFC model, the 2020 Triumph Rocket will get more conventional units.
BMW's upcoming cruiser will be launched in 2020 and is speculated to have a 2,500cc engine
Earlier this month, BMW Motorrad had made it official that a series production motorcycle for the cruiser segment will be launched in 2020. And this will be powered by an all-new boxer engine, a 2,500cc perhaps!. The premium motorcycle manufacturer recently showcased (well..almost) its new boxer engine in the Revival Birdcage that has been built by the US American Revival Cycles. It was unveiled at the exclusive Revival Party on eve of the annually held Handbuilt Show in Austin, Texas.
In other news, the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin is to be launched in India on April 24. The Speed Twin has taken three years to fruition and the results are pretty impressive. A majority of the focus, during development, was to ensure that the Speed Twin weighs less than the Thruxton and the difference is a significant 10kg, overall. More details on the 2019 Speed Twin here.