2005 Triumph Rocket III First Ride — Motorcycle USA

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Triumph Rocket III Concept

2005 Triumph Rocket III Ride

2005 Triumph III

Rocket Launch

Riding the picturesque wine country Sonoma, California, in the saddle of new Rocket III, I am gliding a smooth stretch of two-lane in top gear at around 55 mph. It as if I am on autopilot, as we effortlessly pass wineries, their well-tended running to the base of the surrounding I am deep in thought about how new Triumph will be looked in the evolution of motorcycling years to

Because, at 2300cc, the new Triumph III is the largest production motorcycle in And, producing a claimed 140 and a Herculean 147 lb-ft of torque, the is most powerful cruiser which should easily be for a trip into the history

Eclipsing Kawasaki’s new Vulcan by 300cc, and making the largest look positively anemic at it is a bold move by those from across the pond: A that is gaining them a lot of and attention, as more than people worldwide have put deposits on the bike. This is impressive when you consider employees are the only people to ridden one. Utilizing an 240-section rear tire, 101.6 mm pistons the size of the found in a Dodge Viper, and an system with catalytic that passes the upcoming Euro 3 standards, the new Rocket III is taking a few firsts in the motorcycle

In usual press launch a technical brief preceded the and Product manager Ross gave us his usual informative Armed with a half worth of facts and figures, the impression I was left with was not the large cylinders, or the incredible that the crankshaft weighs 39 but what an incredible journey the III has been for Triumph. Starting as a back in June 1999, it has five years for these and ideas to end up as completed motorcycles, for critical evaluation by the world’s

Along the way, the bike has from sketches, to mock to pre-production machines, and finally to production-line motorcycles, ready to be to the public. Listening to Clifford of the many challenges this has certainly made me feel humble. But the part that brought Triumph’s dedication to me was when Clifford told us during dyno testing the made so much power the exhaust system was glowing

It actually got so hot; the extraction could be seen glowing at its This, apparently, he told us a grin, made quite the from outside at night. spoke volumes to me about the these guys must worked, and the obvious enthusiasm on this project by Clifford and his at the Hinckley Factory in England.

you’re looking at here is the engine ever to be put into motorcycle production. Each displaces a whopping 766cc.

It was to learn also of the challenges has presented for the factory and a new assembly had to be built. Due to the weight of the crankshaft and the rear wheels, special had to be built. Triumph couldn’t anyone to physically lift and a 39-lb crankshaft in every 3 1/2 during a production run, so have been implemented.

are also employed to swing the wheel into place, as the 5-spoke alloy wheel and combo is just too heavy to

Armed with the facts, it was to go and see how all of this works in the real on a day ride into the country. our bikes for the day, I have to to being a trifle intimidated by the physical presence and not too taken by the There is no denying the look and of the Rocket III is unique, but that’s a bit the old saying she has a great personality.

The engine looks agricultural, and I am not to on the bolt-on chrome covers conceal the header pipes. I the Speed Triple-derived twin are cool though, and there is no the bike has a seriously aggressive I am just not in love so to speak. The have a radical look but are a little too close for my failing and I found myself having to back to read the small

And while I’m complaining, a of the parts like the footrest look like bolted on

All of these thoughts melted though, as I donned riding and swung my leg over the beast. I was surprised how easily it picked up off the and how fuss free it was to roll the parking lot. This was certainly not the case with new Vulcan 2000, and I think I had the Triumph to feel the same.

over the small speedometer and I twisted the ignition key and fired the into life. Firing with a deep growl, the pulls gently to the right as you rev it up. It revs quite quickly, and is a healthy amount of intake from under the tank, gear goes in with a thunk, no heel/toe shifter to be here.

No footboards either, as the III uses solid, round foot pegs, with machining on the ends.

They have peg feelers and one enthusiastic Canadian journalist in our actually managed to snap a peg off some spirited cornering. I did of grinding in the tight twisty Personally, I don’t like pegs, having touched a sidestand last year on a at triple-digit speeds. With the end being some painful, asphalt surfing, it is still a subject.

The Rocket III handles it aplomb though, the pegs up on contact, and I never felt as if was unsettle the bike. On faster, twisting terrain, footpegs and firma kept their and I think the Triumph probably has a tad ground clearance than any of the competition.

Weighing in somewhere of 750 pounds, the new Rocket surprised our boy with its shockingly light

This is not an accident, for while the development team leaned on the opinions of American cruiser for the styling clues and riding I can’t help feeling the package is derived from A roads. The type of tight, secondary roads found the Triumph factory in England.

the bike immediately displaying user-friendly manners in the parking lot the ease of operation just on as I got on the move. The light clutch out smoothly, and on barely a whiff of I pulled onto the road. both feet up onto the almost before clutch was all the way the bike feels perfectly and steers with the lightest of

With the 240-section rear out back, only at the last rolling up to stop signs and lights is it necessary to put a foot

Triumph Rocket III Concept
Triumph Rocket III Concept

The bars are wide, there is no that, but the steering is surprisingly Just a small nudge on the initiates the turn, and the bike back and forward so effortlessly, I was scratching my head at the thought this thing weighs 750 pounds full of fluids. light, easy steering is at all speeds, but it is the low-speed agility impressed me most.

During press launches, a bit of time is spent riding and forth for photographs, and while is not so exiting, it is a great leveler, you have to repeatedly turn the in a short space. Rolling the almost to stop, I could the bike almost to full lean into the turn and round to get facing the other No need to muscle the bars and no unlike a couple of the latest I have tested, which been something of a handful this type of operation.

the gargantuan amounts of torque from the 2300cc engine, 64 on idle, there is no need to use the for this maneuver, until it is to head back in the right Straightening the bike up, and getting to twist the throttle you have two choices. Firstly, a gentle has the big Triple purring effortlessly up the with no vibration, and a liquid that is so smooth it isn’t to feel the engine working.

a large handful is going to you thinking you have inadvertently a ride on the Space Shuttle takeoff, however, and you better be on. Producing 147 lb-ft of torque at rpm and 140 bhp at 5,750 rpm, you are in for a wild As the approaching landscape goes some sort of manic and your stomach internals to wrap themselves around spine, the Rocket III just feeling as if it is never going to run out of

The face of the new Rocket III isn’t beautiful, but neither was Charles Both could kick ….

On one particular stretch of I snatched a very quick down to see the speedometer needle 120 mph, and couldn’t believe how the motor was pulling. It felt as strong as it had a few thousand rpm earlier still traveling at a law-abiding Feeling for sure I must be in I quickly pulled in the clutch and a quick stab at the lever to check. Incredibly, the bike fifth, and carried on pulling as if had happened.

By this time were happening far to fast to be any attention to the small round but I have to guess I was knocking on the of 140 mph when just seconds I had been traveling around 65 I can imagine new Rocket owners a lot of fun with sportbikes out on the highway. Squid is going to be tap dancing on the lever while watching a fat rear tire evaporate in the distance if he tries to go up against thing.

High-speed run complete, I a big handful of front brakes, my right boot, and quickly got the under control. Making a quick and painless task is a of Daytona 955i-sourced 4-piston grabbing 310mm discs. suitably complemented by a very progressive-feeling 320mm rear the Rocket III is endowed with very useful stopping

This is aided by Triumph’s inverted 43mm fork, is compliant during normal duties yet firm enough to dive and drama when the are applied in earnest. I am also to report the brakes get to work as as you start to squeeze the lever, no delay as the fluid makes its way to the This lever, like the is four-way adjustable and is easily set to desired distance from the

During spirited riding the engine certainly gives off hairy-chested vibes. Throttling off higher rpm delivers a good buzz through the controls, but Clifford had told us that desired the engine to have character. I am not sure how the vibration play out during extended droning, as we spend most of our varying the revs on twisty but a Rocket rider certainly there is a big burly engine

With stunning performance, handling manners and very brakes, the Rocket III is going to be a performer in most of the important areas. The seat is low and comfortable, and the tank means your are not splayed uncomfortably wide riding. According to Clifford, he got 190 from the 6.6-gallon gas tank in Europe between 80-120 so figure a good 200 miles fill ups.

Unfortunately our was too short, and I heard more one journalist lament they not pointing the big Triple homeward to more saddle time.

A muscular cruiser that it’s a sportbike, the new Triumph III is coming to a dealer near you for $15,990.

Triumph Rocket III Concept
Triumph Rocket III Concept
Triumph Rocket III Concept
Triumph Rocket III Concept
Triumph Rocket III Concept
Triumph Rocket III Concept

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