All these attributes contribute to the new Rocket 3 GT’s sublime touring capability and comfort for every day, any gear, easy riding. As a pure Triumph original, the new Rocket 3 GT is the pinnacle in style, muscular presence and finish and it comes with 50 optional accessories to further enhance the style, practicality, and functionality.
Pricing in the United States has been announced and the GT is available for $22,600 while it’s stablemate, the ‘R’ model, is available for $21,900 as early as January.
ROCKET 3 GT
This is the genesis of an all-new generation of Triumph’s ultimate motorbike legend. Equipped with the revamped 2500cc Triumph Triple, the new Rocket 3 line-up delivers the highest torque of any production motorbike and unparalleled acceleration with a beautifully smooth, responsive and incredibly refined ride. The new Rocket 3 motorcycle range is in a class of its own with a truly imposing muscular presence and magnificent style. Combining the highest level of specification and technology with all of Triumph’s incredible handling, the Rocket 3 brings a sublime feel and comfort for all-day easy riding.
The world’s largest production motorcycle engine is an all-new 2,500cc Triumph triple, with even larger capacity and more performance than its legendary predecessor. An increase in capacity doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in weight, because multiple mass optimized engine weight efficiencies were designed into this new Rocket, including weight savings of 39.68 pounds achieved from a new crankcase assembly (saving 24.25 pounds), a new lubrication system comprising dry sump and integral oil tank (saving 8.6 pounds), and new balancer shafts (saving 7.94 pounds). With a peak power of 164 hp at 6,000 rpm (11% up on the previous generation), the new Rocket 3 offers a thrilling ride with more power from a low 3,500 rpm and all the way up to a new higher redline of 7,000 rpm. Its new peak torque of 163 lb-ft is a world highest production motorcycle torque figure – an amazing 71% higher peak torque than the closest competition, and more than the previous generation Rocket with its incredible flat, rich torque curve that reaches a peak at 4,000 rpm, then holds maximum torque all the way through the mid-range to deliver effortless acceleration and response in any gear. This torque, combined with the bike’s power and chassis set-up, delivers incredible acceleration figures of 0-62 mph in a mere 2.89 seconds.
A transformation in handling capability is delivered by major weight savings achieved by an all-new aluminum frame and premium cast and forged components. Specially designed for the Rocket 3 R and GT motorcycles, an all-new high-specification mass-optimized aluminum frame features a forward-facing air intake with premium cast and forged components. With the engine performing as a stressed member, the frame’s innovative design contributes to the new Rocket 3 lineup’s weight savings of over 88.18 pounds, more than 15% lighter than the previous Rocket providing the new generation with an absolutely incredible torque-to-weight ratio. It also features a fully adjustable Showa mono-shock rear suspension unit with piggyback reservoir (adjustable for rebound, compression and preload), and 47mm adjustable Showa front forks (with rebound & compression adjustability) to deliver superior riding comfort, exceptional handling and touring capability. Additionally, it’s also equipped with the highest available specification Brembo Stylema calipers. These are lightweight, compact, beautifully-sculpted high performing calipers which have a smaller volume around the pistons and brake pads, reducing the internal space occupied by brake fluid to deliver a more immediate braking response.
2020 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R
KTM is making some major upgrades to their Super Duke R in 2020, focusing mainly on shedding weight and adding horsepower, a perfect blend of ingredients for their aggressively modeled contribution to the super naked market. The Austrian manufacturer has got to be on their “A” game as the Ducati Streetfighter V4, MV Agusta Brutale 1000, and Kawasaki ZH2 are all bringing a healthy dose of competition to the table in 2020.
Boasting increased horsepower and torque, the 1301cc LC8, V-Twin has undergone a subtle yet impactful development. Optimized to be lighter but retaining its torquey character, this powerhouse is the benchmark of V-twin evolution and with new engine and linkage mounts that add to the overall structure of the entire package. Thinner engine casings and revised water and oil cooler mounts have resulted in a 0.8 kg (1.7 lbs) weight saving. Oil delivery has also been improved by way of a lightweight aluminum oil line, eliminating the need for a double wall system. Additionally, the engine carrier bracket and linkage mount have been integrated into the engine case, allowing for a stiffer connection. This has also resulted in a 5mm higher swingarm pivot for improved stability and anti-squat. There have been a few small tweaks to the PANKL gearbox which result in quicker shift times, shorter shift action and lighter lever modulation. Smoother shift action also comes courtesy of an improved spline shaft and bronzed copper coating on the shift forks.Formula1-inspired forged piston technology means KTM can push the limits of load capacity despite the extremely short and lightweight design. This results in a minimized reciprocating weight and maximized responsiveness. The piston skirts also feature a state-of-the-art, hard-anodized finish which minimizes friction, adding to the engine's free-revving nature.
2020 KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R
The core of the new KTM 1290 Super Duke R is an all-new frame with three times of torsional rigidity of previous models, stickier tires, smarter WP suspension, an aluminum and carbon composite subframe and completely revised geometry. This allows for an effortless, confidence-inspiring riding position which translates into an ultimately faster ride. This is achieved by maximizing the feedback from the chassis and the front tire. The frame also makes use of thicker diameter tubes with thinner walls, which is the single biggest weight-saving measure on the bike - saving nearly 5 lbs compared to the previous model. An all-new and lighter composite subframe combines a number of functions to save weight and increase functionality. The passenger seat, license plate holder and taillights bolt directly onto the subframe structure with no additional brackets or attachments needed. In order to increase feel and traction, the pivot point of the single-sided swingarm has been repositioned 5mm higher relative to the output sprocket for more control when putting the power down. Combined with the repositioning of the engine in the frame, a steeper swingarm angle has been achieved, increasing anti-squat.
The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R has been sculpted for spirited performance riding without compromising rider comfort. A restyled tank gives the rider better support, while lower, variable handlebars and adjustable footpegs make for improved comfort on the road and more control on the track. Finding the optimal seating position is made easy with an adjustable 760 mm wide handlebar. Riders can tailor their preferred reach with 4 positions over 21 mm, front to back, making it easy to attack corners and crucial for hanging on down the straights. Aggressive and menacing, the bodywork and panels had to achieve two objectives - tick all the ergonomic boxes and shave weight wherever possible. As such, every panel and plate has been calculated for optimum thickness and minimized where possible.
A new angle-adjustable 5 inch TFT screen takes center stage ahead of the rider, featuring a fresh design and innovative new functionality. An updated menu structure gives riders faster access to the various features and allows for more customization of preferred riding setups. The scratch-resistant bonded glass display also helps to combat glare. In a bid to give riders more feedback and ultimately control, the ride modes (Rain, Street, Sport, Track) have been completely reworked and updated. This has resulted in less intrusive traction control in all modes and smoother anti-wheelie functions.
The 2020 KTM 1290 Super Duke R will be available at an MSRP of $18,699.
The 2020 Yamaha YZ-F R1 will be available starting at $17,399 MSRP and offers both Team Yamaha Blue and Raven color schemes.
2020 INDIAN CHALLENGER
Early in 2019, Indian restructured their heavyweight Thunder Stroke lineup and added a multitude of new features to their cruiser, bagger, and touring models as well as the unveiling of the Roadmaster Dark Horse model. Their first major launch of 2020 is the reveal of the new liquid-cooled PowerPlus engine along with the fixed-fairing Challenger bagger that goes with it. We got a chance to take the Indian Challenger for a spin and put the 108ci, liquid-cooled, V-twin to the test on some picturesque mountain roads. Indian claims to follow in the footsteps of the Scout with many similarities in design as well as the common denominator of being a part of their liquid-cooled family. The Challenger will be a little beefier and modernized while still hanging onto its historic American aesthetic.
There aren’t any massive strive forwards in terms of the development; the main purpose of the Challenger is to directly compete with Harley’s Road Glide, so the biggest facelift is coming in the performance department. It’s meant to serve as the big brother to Indian’s popular Scout model with a little bit more muscular styling and a massive frame-mounted fairing.
Indian is prepared for an all-out duel with their longtime rivals, Harley-Davidson, in an effort to gain performance supremacy by way of their PowerPlus 60-degree V-twin; their first liquid-cooled large-displacement motor. It’s said to churn out 122 hp and 128 lb-ft of torque. All of Indian’s heavyweight baggers and tourers have been traditionally powered by their air-cooled Thunder Stroke 111/116 V-twin, but they decided to take the same configuration from their Scout barring the single overhead cam. Indian claims that it was “developed with a big-piston, big-torque mindset with an end game of maximum power delivery across the entire curve,” and when it comes down to the numbers it seems they’ve achieved just that.
In terms of the handling and suspension, the star of the show is the new Fox shock that Indian custom designed specifically for the new Challenger. The gas-charged 46mm monotube has an internal floating piston separating the gas pressure and oil that gives more consistently controlled damping compared to other brands according to Indian. It features a remote hydraulic preload adjustment that requires a 10mm wrench behind the side panel. Meanwhile, hidden underneath the gargantuan fairing is the inverted 43mm fork with 5.1 inches of travel. In addition to the comfort provided by the suspension, the electronics suite has been revamped to offer the most comprehensive list of amenities possible in order to keep the rider at ease in any situation. It also received a new quad-core processor for quicker response times and a faster start-up. Additionally, there are three different ride modes available -- Rain, Standard, and Sport.
The first noticeable aspect of the motorcycle was the weight and just how much effort it actually took to hoist the bike off of the side stand. There was a fair amount of time spent on feeling the bike out and getting familiar with all of the controls, but the feeling of weight disappeared immediately after the bike started gliding along. Indian masterfully achieved the sensation they were aiming for with the new PowerPlus 60-degree V-twin, delivering a fairly effortless response across the entire power curve.
2020 INDIAN CHALLENGER
No matter what speed or gear you found yourself in, it seemed like there was endless power with just a flinch of the right wrist. The 43mm inverted fork felt planted and comfortable in the many twists and turns and the rubber-mounted handlebars did their part in decreasing bad vibrations. The riding position was at no point uncomfortable and it lasted for the entire day, proving that it lives up to its reputation as a companion for long rides and adventures.
The MSRP for the 2020 Indian Challenger base model starts at $21,999 with a Titanium Metallic colorway, while the Challenger Dark Horse comes available in Thunder Black Smoke, Sandstone Smoke, or White Smoke starting at $27,499. The Challenger Limited begins at $27,999 and comes available in Thunder Black Pearl, Deepwater Metallic, and Ruby Metallic.
2020 HARLEY DAVIDSON BRONX
Harley-Davidson is making a big push in 2020 and it appears that they’re attempting to make a splash in a few different demographics, starting with a foray into the streetfighter market. The new Harley-Davidson Bronx is a part of the Milwaukee manufacturer’s “More Roads to Harley-Davidson” growth plan through 2022 which was announced a couple of years ago at EICMA. Although there aren’t any hard facts released in terms of technical specifications and fine details, there’s plenty of information available to build excitement for the Bronx’s release in the last quarter of 2020.
It’s been a little longer than a year since Harley revealed the concept of the Bronx and unveiled the first glimpse to the public. It features carbon-fiber fenders, slick LED lighting from head to toe, TFT instrumentation, and very simple yet aggressive geometry. The carbon fiber fenders on the front and rear are complemented nicely by a stainless-steel exhaust and stainless-steel brake lines. The rear-mounted foot controls and bar-end mirrors are just what the Bronx needs to push it firmly into the streetfighter category.
The 2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx is definitely packing a punch when it comes down to the drivetrain department, featuring the 975cc Revolution Max 60-degree V-twin which produces 115hp and 70 lb-ft of torque. The architecture of the newly designed engine is designed with flexible performance in mind as well as a broad powerband coupled with dual downdraft throttle bodies that maximize airflow and performance. The Revolution Max is replacing the longtime air-cooled drivetrain that’s been powering Harleys since the 1980s. Fortunately, the new liquid-cooled powerplant produces much less in the department of tailpipe emissions and produces a little bit extra horsepower in the process. A counter-balancing shaft keeps engine vibrations to a minimum and it’s supposedly smoother than any other Harley-Davidson on the road.
The Bronx harbors a tubular steel frame and will receive an all-new swingarm set up to ensure optimal handling in the twisties. The V-twin acts as a stressed member with the frame attaching the steering head to the engine, and the swingarm pivots in the crankcases. A few photos were released of the pre-production model which seems to indicate that it will come standard with 17-inch wheels and Michelin slick street tires. The stopping power will come from dual Brembo Monobloc radial calipers on the front along with massive 320mm discs, collaborating with upside-down forks and mono shocks to handle the suspension duties. Harley has worked specifically with Brembo and Michelin in order to set the Bronx up to “combine sharp edges and softer curves.”
There hasn’t been any firm information released on the price of the 2020 Harley-Davidson Bronx, but it’s rumored to be somewhere within the realm of $15,000.
2020 HARLEY DAVIDSON BRONX
We’re living in unprecedented times right now in the midst of the global Covid-19 outbreak. It has essentially brought our country to a standstill and in the same token, it has brought all of the major sports leagues to a halt nationwide, including the sport of motorcycle racing. Monster Energy Supercross and Pro Motocross have announced temporary changes to their schedules, but such a rapidly changing climate surrounding the pandemic leaves lots of questions still unanswered. We decided to check in with a couple of our LS2 athletes to see what they’ve been up to since the start of the quarantine and how they’re coping with this entire situation while attempting to stay race ready when their number is called.
LS2: First of all, with all of the shelter in place mandates and quarantining happening worldwide. What have you been doing to keep yourself sane and entertained?
Josh Greco: First, I’m starting my printing business back up. I got a 3D printer I’ve been learning and ordering a decal machine soon to do some small stuff with as well. I’ve been taking the time to build my moto-van out and make it travel-worthy. Other than that, just a little bit of free riding in the sand.
Bubba Pauli: I’ve been needing some entertainment. I’ve been super busy without racing, it’s almost like I’m living my exact same life as I was in November with the preseason training.
Cade Autenreith: I’ve been mostly working out, playing video games, and doing some projects around the house with my dad.
Scotty Wennerstrom: I have plenty to do on the fifty acres I live on to keep me sane. Besides not going racing and working at our gym, my life has probably been affected less than most with all this virus stuff going on.
Addison Emory IV: I was going into work making like ninety bucks per day and I need some money, but it’s a frustrating deal because the restaurant I was working at isn’t open and racing is non-existent, even local races here. They’re not canceled but there aren’t any pro guys that show up so I wind up losing money by going out there. Right now I’ve just been doing my training and doing school work to stay busy.