An all-black paint job makes any bike look a little more badass, but when you’re talking about the already brutish Triumph Rocket 3 R and GT, a murdered-out treatment makes for a pair of positively wicked-looking cruisers.
The British bike marque is offering its big bad “trumpet” one of two distinct colorways: the Rocket 3 R Black gets a matte- and gloss-black scheme and special branding, while the Rocket 3 FT Trip Black features three different shades.
Both of their 2,500cc triple-cylinder engines—the largest fitted to any roadgoing production motorcycle—are blacked out, as are their exhaust headers, heat shields and end caps. A crinkle black powder-coat intake aspirates the power plant.
Up front, the new Rockets are enhanced with black standard mudguard mounts, headlight bezels, fly screen finishers, radiator cowls and badging. A number of other black components have been anodized for preservation’s sake, including fork lowers, yokes, risers and handlebar clamps, rider footrests, brake and gear pedals, heel guards, pillion footrests and hangers.
More black anodized components can be found throughout, including the rear frame forging, RSU rocker, swingarm guard, side stand, brake and clutch levers, and mirrors, which feature machined lettering as standard.
The Black editions also boast the ultra-sporty performance that we fawned over on a test ride in 2020, including a whopping, industry-best torque delivery of 163 pound-feet at 4,000 rpm, six speeds, high-end Brembo Stylema brakes, standard cornering ABS and traction control, a TFT display, and an adjustable Showa suspension.
Limited to 1,000 examples each, the Triumph Rocket 3 R Black and GT Triple Black start at $23,700 and $23,200, respectively.