A Storm is Coming for the Triumph Rocket 3 R and GT

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

More powerful Rocket coming for 2025

Triumph’s been making moves lately with new small displacement models, first with a 660cc Triple platform used on the Trident, Tiger Sport 660, and more recently, a new Daytona. Triumph then went even smaller with a Speed 400 and Scrambler 400X, both powered by a 398cc Single. And let’s not forget its TF 250-X motocross bike that will lead to a whole range of off-road models. For its next new model, however, we expect Triumph to go bigger – much bigger – with a new Rocket 3 Storm.

New certification data published in Switzerland includes information on two new models, a Rocket 3 Storm GT and a Rocket 3 Storm R. The data confirms both models will be powered by a 2,458cc Triple, like the current production Rocket 3 models, but with the higher horsepower and torque figures claimed by the limited edition Rocket 3 TFC (or Triumph Factory Custom) that debuted in 2019.

The TFC version of the engine used lightweight titanium valves, allowing it to rev higher than the version used on the regular production models, so we expect the Storm models will do the same. The certification data lists an output of 179.6 hp at 7,000 rpm and 166.0 lb-ft. at 4,000 rpm, compared to 164.7 hp at 6,000 rpm and 163.0 lb-ft. at 4,000 rpm from the regular Rocket 3 R and GT models.

Otherwise, the data for the Storm models doesn’t differ significantly from the regular production models, leaving no indication of how they will differ from the existing models.

The name reminds us of Triumph’s last Storm model. Introduced in 2011, the Triumph Thunderbird Storm came standard with a big-bore upgrade over the regular T-Bird, bumping the Twin’s displacement from 1,597cc to 1,700cc. Apart from the performance upgrade, the differences were mainly cosmetic, with the Thunderbird Storm getting blacked out components and twin headlights. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help us here, as we know the Rocket 3 Storm models are getting a performance boost through other means, and it already has dual headlights. Triumph has also already offered Black edition Rocket 3s, so that doesn’t help us either.

Triumph previously used the “Storm” name with the Thunderbird Storm, but that doesn’t shed much light on what to expect with the new Rocket 3 models.

We expect Triumph has something else up its sleeve for the Rocket 3 Storm models. Some cosmetic changes should be in store. The Swiss certification data typically doesn’t include any information on the suspension, so perhaps some upgrades are coming on that front.

There’s no clear timeline on when Triumph will officially confirm the Rocket 3 Storm R or Rocket 3 Storm GT. We do however, have additional homologation filings made in Australia that added two new vehicle identification numbers to the file for the Rocket 3, with model codes that match codes in the Swiss filings. The Australian VINs indicate a 2025 model year, so we don’t expect to find the new Storm models in showrooms until much later in the year.

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • David K David K on Feb 04, 2024

    I think both look good for their category.

  • Joh77891689 Joh77891689 Yesterday

    I had been hoping for a power upgrade for the Rocket 3, but a weak bump of 15 hp and 3 pounds of additional torque won't get me to move off of my '22 Rocket 3 R. 200-225 hp would though....oh, and if the 'Storm' version of the Rocket is smeared everywhere in ten shades of flat black, I wouldn't buy it in any case, more hp or not. That 2024 Kawasaki ZX-14 Anniversary Edition is looking better and better.