Most powerful three cylinder motorcycles

Top 16 most powerful triple cylinder bikes ever made. Updated June 2022.

Two cylinders are enough for most motorcycles not built for ultimate speed and 4 cylinders are plenty for high performance.

Three cylinder engines or simply "triples" are middle ground between the two, and they offer some of the four cylinder smoothness, combined with smaller dimensions and higher low RPM torque.

Historically the most popular motorcycle brand for three cylinder engines has been Triumph, which make everything from dual sport adventure bikes to road sports bikes with 3 cylinder engines. Triumph also makes the "Rocket" cruiser which, excluding low production count specials like Boss Hoss V8, is regarded the largest capacity production bike in the world.

Inline 3 cylinder engines are known to produce unique sound, which is similar to Inline 6 or or even V12 engines.

Three cylinder engines are also gaining popularity in cars, due to stricter emissions controls, which are forcing car engine capacities below 1000cc, where 3 cylinders make more sense than 4.

# make & model Power (hp)▼ Image
1. 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS 178 Photo of 2021 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RS
2. 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR 177 Photo of 2022 Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR
3. 2020 Triumph Rocket III 165 Photo of 2020 Triumph Rocket III
4. 2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Serie Oro 151 Photo of 2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800 Serie Oro
5. 2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800 146 Photo of 2020 MV Agusta Superveloce 800
6. 2014 MV Agusta F3 800 146 Photo of 2014 MV Agusta F3 800
7. 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R 138 Photo of 2016 Triumph Speed Triple R
8. 2007 Triumph Daytona 675 123 Photo of 2007 Triumph Daytona 675
9. 2013 MV Agusta F3 675 123 Photo of 2013 MV Agusta F3 675
10. 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS 121 Photo of 2020 Triumph Street Triple RS
11. 2021 Yamaha MT-09 117 Photo of 2021 Yamaha MT-09
12. 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP 117 Photo of 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP
13. 2021 Triumph Street Triple R 116 Photo of 2021 Triumph Street Triple R
14. 2020 Yamaha MT-09 113 Photo of 2020 Yamaha MT-09
15. 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally 94 Photo of 2020 Triumph Tiger 900 Rally
16. 1985 Laverda 1000 SFC 84 Photo of 1985 Laverda 1000 SFC

Sources

All data sourced from manufacturer's official figures.

List authored by Christian Zelcs. Last updated on 06/06/2022, last addition - Triumph Speed Triple 1200 RR.