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2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT Review

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT Review

Feeling the need for a motorcycle that gives a thrilling ride experience with robust power delivery every time you twist the throttle? You should look no further than the 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT. These two beasts hold the record for the largest production motorcycle engine in the world with an impressive 2,458 cc inline-three.

However, the Rocket 3 is not only powerful, it is also smooth and refined. It turns corners surprisingly well despite being a heavyweight motorbike.

Are you looking for the brilliant handling of the R model, or the long-distance comfort of the GT model? The 2024 Rocket 3 is a show-stopper with a head-turning attitude and exhilarating performance.

This review explores all that you want to know about the 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT. From the impressive motor installed in a practical package to the comfortable ergonomics of the Rocket 3 GT, read on to learn more about this bike.

1. Upgrades for the 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT


  • The 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT have more muscle and punch. This model has 15 hp more horsepower, producing 179.5 hp in total.
  • The engine can now produce more torque, going from 163 lb-ft to 166 lb-ft.


  • The new wheels are 2.2 lbs lighter. This may sound like a minor alteration but it makes a significant difference when it comes to the ease of handling particularly when operating at lower speeds.


  • Both the Rocket 3 Storm R and GT have received a darker and more modern look. Black paint is used instead of chrome for most of the elements on this bike, to give it a more up-to-date look.
  • Riders can select from a list of deeper shade colors.
  • The GT model possesses a rather low seat and substantially pulled-back handlebars for a more comfortable riding position.

Other Upgrades

  • The exhaust system is modified to ensure it complies with the latest emission requirements.
  • The Rocket 3 is likely to show a slight improvement in the consumption of gasoline.
  • New ‘Metzeler Cruisetec’ tires are used to replace the previous ‘Avon Cobra’ tires.
  • A substantial increase in the price of 2024 models.

Everything Else Stays the Same

  • The rest of the Triumph Rocket 3 features that you love about this bike are still there, such as the advanced braking system, comfortable seat (GT), and riding modes.

2. 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT Specs

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT Specs
General Info
Maker Triumph
Model Rocket 3 Storm R
Rocket 3 Storm GT
Motorcycle Type Performance Cruiser
Production Triumph Rocket III (2004-2017)
Triumph Rocket 3 (2019-Present)
Base MSRP Rocket 3 Storm R: $24,995
Rocket 3 Storm GT: $25,795
Service Interval 10,000 miles (16,000 km) / 12 months (Whichever Comes First)
Engine Type Inline Three-Cylinder
Displacement 2,458 cc
Cooling System Liquid-Cooled
Stroke 85.9 mm
Bore 110.2 mm
Compression Ratio 10.8:1
Valve Configuration 12 Valve, DOHC
Fuel Delivery System Multipoint Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection with Electronic Throttle Control
Exhaust Stainless Steel Three Into One Header System With Three Exit Silencer
Starter Electric
Emission Control EURO 5
Claimed Engine Torque 225 Nm / 166 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm
Claimed Horsepower 179.5 hp / 182 PS / 134 kW at 7,000 rpm
Fuel Consumption 42.8 mpg (6.6 L/100 km) (Claimed)
Drive Train
Gear Box Six-Speed
Final Drive Shaft Drive
Clutch Wet, Multi-Plate Hydraulically Operated, Torque Assist
Frame Full Aluminum Frame
Swing-Arm Single-Sided, Cast Aluminum
Front Showa 47 mm USD 1 1 Cartridge Front Forks
Adjustability Compression and Rebound Damping Adjustment
Wheel Travel (Front) 120 mm
Rear Showa Piggyback Reservoir RSU
Adjustability Fully Adjustable with Remote Hydraulic Preload Adjuster
Wheel Travel (Rear) 107 mm
Front Twin 320 mm Discs, Brembo M4.32 Stylema® Four-Piston Monobloc Caliper; Optimised Cornering-ABS
Rear Single 300 mm Disc, Brembo M4.32 Four-Piston Monobloc Caliper; Optimised Cornering-ABS
Wheels Type 10-Spoke Cast Aluminum
Front 17 x 3.5"
Rear 16 x 7.5"
Front 150/80 R17 V
Rear 240/50 R16 V
Seat Height Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R: 30.4 in / 773 mm
Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT: 29.5 in / 750 mm
Wet Weight Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R: 317 kg
Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT: 320 kg
Wheelbase 66 in / 1,677 mm
Width (Handlebars) 36 in / 920 mm
Height (without Mirrors) 43.3 in / 1,125 mm
Rake 27.9°
Trail 5.3 in / 134.9 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 4.76 US gal / 18 L
Standard Tech Package
ABS Lean-Angle Sensitive ABS
Cruise Control Intuitive Cruise Control
Ride Modes Four Ride Modes:
Traction Control Standard
Hill Hold Control
LED Lighting
USB Port
Keyless Ignition
Heated Grips Standard on the GT Model
Optional on the R Model
Optional Equipment
Quickshifter Optional
Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Bluetooth Connectivity

3. Design and Look: 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R
Photo Credit: Triumph Motorcycles
2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT
Photo Credit: Triumph Motorcycles

The 2024 Rocket 3 Storm R and GT have received cosmetic updates to give it a darker appearance. Here's a breakdown of the changes made to the aesthetics of this bike:

More Black Everywhere

  • In the 2024 models, black has replaced the chrome finish. Some of the parts that were previously chromed are given a black treatment which makes the bike look modern and sophisticated.

Darker Color Options

  • The variety of the color schemes has remained almost the same as found on many Triumph models, including red, blue, and black. However, all the shades are significantly darker compared to previous versions.

Fuel Tank

  • The color schemes are almost similar in both the 2024 Rocket 3 Storm R and GT models but with only a slight difference in the placement of the colors. The black paint on the Rocket 3 Storm R is on the bottom half of the gas tank and the upper half has received the red color.
  • Meanwhile, on the Rocket 3 Storm GT, the bottom half of the gas tank is red and the upper half is black. Though it is not a significant difference between the two models, it helps to distinguish the two easily.

Front End

  • The twin headlamps’ bezel are now blacked out, which makes the appearance of the bike more aggressive than it was before.
  • This darker treatment also goes further to the front forks of the bike.


  • The 2024 Rocket 3 Storm R model retains its sportier feel with a taller seat height and flatter handlebars.
  • The 2024 Rocket 3 Storm GT does not deviate from its comfort-oriented build thanks to a lower seat height and sweptback handlebars.

Rear Section

  • Exhaust headers are now black, compared to the former chrome finish.
  • The only element that stays recognizable is the taillight design. However, the bodywork around the taillight has also received a blacked-out finish to complement the overall look of this bike.

Engine Look

  • The mighty 2.5 liters engine powering the 2024 Rocket 3 Storm R and GT retains the same design but has also received a dark finish.
  • For instance, the previous models received bright chrome treatment on the crankcases and valve covers, while the new models have black ones.

Classic Muscle Look Is Still There

  • Triumph has not forgotten the Rocket 3’s muscular image that it is known for. The design concept of this bike is still quite aggressive and muscular.

4. Engine and Performance: 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT

Engine and Performance: 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT
Photo Credit: Goodwood

The Largest Production Motorcycle Engine

The Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT are two of the most powerful motorcycles of 2024 for a reason. The large 2,458 cc, three-cylinder engine is like having three regular motorcycle engines all compressed into one bike engine.

Mighty and Powerful

The mighty 2,458 cc engine takes the gasoline and in turn, generates a tremendous amount of energy. It delivers 179.5 hp of horsepower at 7,000 rpm which is a lot indeed. This means that every time you give a slight twist to the bike’s throttle, you get a good dose of thrust.

Torque Monster

The most exciting part is the torque produced by this engine. The large 2,458 cc engine produces an impressive 166 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. This means the bike accelerates incredibly fast in any gear.

Smooth and Easy

It is not ordinary for such a powerful engine to ensure smooth rides. It doesn’t stall and the throttle behaves as per your desired action. This makes the bike quite manageable and responsive to the rider’s commands, something that is quite impressive, especially for an intermedia-level rider.

Speed Monster or Power Cruiser?

As with the 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT, you will get to highway speeds relatively quickly. However, this bike is not designed to go unmanageably fast. It allows you to stay in control while making you feel the true experience of a thrilling ride.

Thrilling Ride

Those who have had the opportunity to ride Triumph Rocket 3, will tell you about what it is like to ride this bike. The big engine gives it a character that is unique from other bikes and the burst of torque it offers is a delightful treat for experienced riders.

The Engine is the Star

The engine of the 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT is undeniably the star of the show. However, for most riders, it is quite unpredictable. This makes it a fun bike to ride but you must consider your experience and skill level before taking this bike for a ride.

5. Handling and Cornering: 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT

Handling and Cornering: 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT
Photo Credit: Revzilla

The new 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT are undoubtedly very powerful, but is it possible to comfortably maneuver this giant motorbike? On the brighter side, it behaves decently well while turning corners, better than what you may expect from such a heavyweight bike.

Muscle with Manners

The Rocket 3 is large and it is quite heavy as well. However, Triumph has provided it with a good suspension system and excellent breaks to ensure that it does not become out of control and unpredictable. These features give riders confidence while leaning this bike into a corner.

Rocket 3 Storm R Vs GT

The Rocket 3 Storm R is a little more responsive when the speed is low especially when riding through the city. At the same time, the Rocket 3 Storm GT is slightly less maneuverable at low speeds.

Leaning Ability

Do not expect to be scraping your knee pucks/sliders on the ground with this bike. However, the Rocket 3 will lean far enough for comfortable cornering.

Engine Impact

The massive engine also contributes to the handling characteristic of this bike. This is because it is the heaviest part of the bike. The motorcycle may not be very light to handle especially when trying to maneuver it at slow speeds. Meanwhile, at higher speeds, it assists the bike feel stable.


Though the 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT are not built and designed to win agility contests, they are reasonably maneuverable despite being such heavy and powerful motorcycles. With practice and experience, you can confidently maneuver and turn corners with this bike.

6. Comfort and Ergonomics: 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT

Comfort and Ergonomics: 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT
Photo Credit: Cycle World

The 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT models are very powerful motorcycles but the latter is also a very comfortable bike for long-distance rides. However, several factors distinguish the two models and they must be taken into consideration if you are interested in buying the Triumph Rocket 3.

The Rider Triangle

The rider triangle is the area or an imaginary triangle between the riders’ seating position, the handlebars’ grip position, and the foot controls. It dictates the riding style a motorcycle offers to the rider. For example, in sports bikes, the rider triangle is very compact and in cruisers and touring bikes, the rider triangle is quite spacious, making riders sit comfortably.

2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R Vs GT

The R model has a more aggressive and compact rider triangle especially when comparing it to the GT model. The footpegs are mid-mounted and are placed closer to the rider, while the handlebars are almost flat, making riders sit in an aggressive riding style. This gives it a more nimble posture that is suitable for handling but a bit harsh on the wrists and the back on longer trips.

The Rocket 3 Storm GT model, on the other hand, has a more laid-back rider triangle. The handlebars are adequately swept back and the footrests are positioned forward. Such a rider triangle is ideal for enhanced comfort on long-distance rides.

Seat Height and Comfort

A comfortable and well-padded seat is a common feature of both models. However, the 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm GT has a low seat height of 750 mm while the Rocket 3 Storm R has a seat height of 773 mm. It is good for the shorter riders who may find riding the Rocket 3 Storm R a bit challenging due to the height of the bike.


  • The efficient wheelbase and the length of this motorbike offer sufficient legroom for most riders.
  • The 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R has mid-mounted foot controls and therefore has restricted legroom, which makes it more sport-oriented in its configuration.
  • The Rocket 3 Storm GT is a touring bike with forward-mounted foot controls, offering enough legroom for taller riders.


When it comes to handling, the Rocket 3 Storm R scores high due to its sporty riding posture. Meanwhile, the Rocket 3 Storm GT easily wins in the comfort department thanks to its more relaxed riding posture and lower seat height.

In the end, your choice will depend on the riding style you prefer as well as the goals you have set for yourself. If you want something more exciting that has fun and responsive handling, then the Rocket 3 R will suit you better. However, if you desire comfort during long cruises, then the Rocket 3 GT is a perfect fit for you.

7. Pros and Cons: 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT


  • Massive Power: It is fitted with a large engine with massive power for quick acceleration and high-speed performance.
  • Surprisingly Smooth: The engine delivers smooth power delivery to ensure a safe and fun riding experience.
  • Handles Well: It performs more predictably than one can expect given its dimensions and weight, thanks to adequate suspension and brakes.
  • Comfortable (GT): The Rocket 3 Storm GT model is also known to have an upright riding posture, a wide and comfortable seat, and a relatively low seat height for comfortable cruising for long distances.
  •  Manageable (R): The R model feels more responsive at low speeds mainly because of its riding position.


  • Heavy: The Rocket 3 Storm R and GT are substantially heavy motorcycles for most riders, making them difficult to handle and maneuver.
  • Fuel Economy: You will not get impressive fuel efficiency with this motorbike, but it is slightly better than the previous models.
  • Price: The 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT models are even pricier than the 2023 models.
  • Not for Beginners: The 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT features a tremendously powerful engine making it unsuitable for new riders.
  • Less Comfortable (R): The aggressive riding style of the Rocket 3 Storm R can cause fatigue on wrists and back on long-distance rides.

8. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

8.1 Should I Buy a Rocket 3?

The Triumph Rocket 3 is an impressive bike with a lot of great features, however, it is not suitable for everyone. Here's a quick guide to help you decide:

Get a Rocket 3 if you:

  • Like powerful engines and quick acceleration
  • Are capable of handling a big and heavy motorcycle
  • Want to stand out and ride a motorcycle that attracts attention
  • Want a luxurious bike with a head-turning attitude
  • Have the budget for an expensive motorcycle

Skip the Rocket 3 if you:

  • Are a new rider as you will not be able to handle this bike
  • Are looking for an agile bike to ride on twisty roads
  • Prefer better fuel efficiency
  • Are on a tight budget

How can a rider know which motorcycle suits him/her better? The best way is to take a test ride. Try it out and see if it is comfortable or good for your riding style and fulfills your riding purpose.

8.2 Does Higher cc Mean Faster?

It is a general fact that higher cc engines are more powerful than the low cc engines which may lead to increased acceleration and high speeds. But there are other aspects, such as how it is made and designed also matter a lot in how the engine performs.

For instance, a sports bike with a smaller engine may be faster than another bike with a much bigger engine but bulky in terms of weight like a cruiser bike.

9. Wrap-Up

The 2024 Triumph Rocket 3 Storm R and GT are without a doubt quite impressive and eye-catching. They ensure high power output, a certain degree of comfort, and relatively good handling, depending on the specific model.

However, these motorcycles are not for everyone due to their impressive quick performance, and some of them may not be willing to pay such a hefty amount for these bikes. It is not easy to control them when you are new to motorcycling.

However, if you are an adequately experienced rider and looking for a bike that offers the adrenaline rush each time you ride it, the Rocket 3 is worth your attention. Make sure to try it and see whether it matches your skill level and makes you more eager for the next round.

If you don’t like the idea of replacing chrome with a blacked-out treatment on the Triumph Rocket 3, you should consider buying the old Triumph Rocket III. You can make the Rocket III look classier and elegant with the range of neatly designed  Viking Bags saddlebags for the Rocket III  Classic ,  Roadster , and  Touring . There are several other luggage options you can go for to improve the storage capacity of your bike. These include sissy bar bags , tank bags , backpacks , tour packs , and much more.

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