2008 Triumph Rocket III Touring: MD First Ride …

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Triumph Rocket III Touring
Triumph Rocket III Touring

2008 Triumph Rocket III : MD First Ride

Rocket Houston: 154 ft/lbs about to rip up the Not too far from Houston, in San Antonio, we ride in the footsteps of Davy Past the Alamo, we head out the Texas hill country on a 200 ride on the all-new Triumph III Touring.

The message is clear, mess with the Rocket!

Indians are long gone and we into proper cowboy Bandera is the cowboy capital of the and shortly after passing the town we stop to admire a of genuine Texas Long This is the opportunity I’ve looking for all day to wear my Stetson hat that Triumph gave us as a welcome gift. “Yeeha I shout whipping the Rocket a bit closer to the Long Horns.

The Triumph Rocket III Touring is on the Rocket III launched in 2004. the engine, brakes, rear and the mirrors are the same as on the original cruiser. And the engine has been for even more low-end

The R3 Touring gets an extra of torque at even earlier than before. That to 154 ft/lbs @ 2,025rpm. In the process, has sacrificed a lot of peak horsepower.

The Touring comes down 141bhp to 107bhp @ 5.400rpm.

The low rpm torque gives clean in 5th gear even from Entering towns, I could stick to fifth and let the torque do the Reduced horsepower compared to the III or Rocket III Classic was never a The Touring might be less of a red racer, but it is still brutally if you want it to be.

No other touring has as much torque as the Rocket III and you could probably tow an 18 wheeler if you had enough grip to get it moving.

In words, the Rocket III Touring has than enough motor if your girlfriend is a horse. a pure touring motorcycle, has added a new clip-on/off windscreen as It clips onto a brand new 43mm conventional fork and is with spring loaded to avoid any rattle noises. The shocks at the rear are chromed items and the overall suspension are much softer than the Rocket for comfortable touring.

The wheels and tires are also new for the Rocket III Touring. The Bridgestone tires are made for big heavy cruisers such as the Rocket The new 25-spoke, 16inch wheels a 150/80-R16 front and a narrow rear tire.

The standard III has a massive 240mm rear but on the Touring better handling has one of the goals and Triumph has achieved (as my ride confirmed). But there is one reason for a narrower rear and mudguard. To fit large 39 litre panniers (combined volume) the engineers needed the extra a narrower tire would

With the new tires in particular, the Rocket III turns from very easy. Much than the power cruiser. The frame and swingarm (which houses the drive shaft) are as well. Triumph started to the Rocket III Touring in February of — just after the original R3

While the bug-eyed original III was made to shock the motorcycling the Touring has a more conservative to it to appeal to the touring masses out This involves a more single headlight, a teardrop fuel tank (featuring 1.7 less capacity) with mounted on top and beautifully designed matching hard panniers.

On our 200 mile ride, the fuel light came on after 114 You still have 4 litres in the fuel tank at this however. The new and wide touring is 4 mm closer to the ground than on the Rocket III. This better low speed handling and the III Touring is very easy to at a walking pace. Turning at low speed is also much despite the fact that the is 42 kilos heavier than the Rocket.

At a claimed dry-weight of 362 (788 pounds) it is still not too in the big Touring Cruiser class. But important than the dry weight is how it feels in the real world to I found the Rocket III Touring easy to handle at low speed.

The in is quicker and easier and with a blip on the throttle the engine to stabilize everything.

On the motorway, I got a bit of wind and turbulence to my head the standard windscreen. Triumph is 75 different accessories for the Rocket III and two of them consist of a taller and a small stylish fly-screen.

The engine hums effortlessly at low rpm on the motorway. In Texas, which is the biggest state in the U.S. I cruise control on endless of motorway doing speeds 60-70mph. At these speeds, the is heavy and my right hand a bit.

The throttle is chunky, and for use in the open spaces of the U.S. the III Touring is begging for cruise Triumph told us that Cruise control and ABS brakes are on way for the big touring model.

On the right Triumph has added a scroll for the clock, trip 1 — 2 and range functions. This I very practical, and I can’t why more manufacturers have not this. I could see about on the speedo at a couple of occasions more to go and the Rocket III Touring was behaved and stable at high

Both the rider and passenger get comfortable teardrop shaped So that you don’t ruin the look, Triumph has added plates for inspired riding. and it is than you think to get a bit inspired on the new and handling Rocket III. The gear lever is fully and the gear changing is positive.

Triumph Rocket III Touring
Triumph Rocket III Touring

The brakes remain the same as on the 2004 and current models. means that they are powerful enough, and the Rocket III is one of a few big bruiser cruisers where it natural to only use the front from time-to-time. For really braking, the rear must be

All the levers are new and chunky for a nice, feel.

After having a cowboy lunch at the Steel we all rode back to San Antonio. entering the city, it must been at least 30 degrees and during the whole journey I was with how little engine reached my legs. Heat to the lower legs is a problem various reputable makers of cruisers, but not on the big Triumph.


The Triumph Rocket III Touring is a very conservative, but lucrative So the Rocket has lost some of its big fat and that suits this just fine. Triumph has a classic touring motorcycle class-leading engine size and

On the other hand, the Rocket III would benefit from control, and the finish is still a bit from a comparable Harley, but the big rules in the all-important torque war and has so for a while now. The detachable good footboards and excellent are all nice touches that make the Rocket III Touring a

The engine as usual (torque, and torque)

Handling from a new and wheels

Less horsepower a better price and better for money

Acceptable heat to lower legs

Heavy amplifies the need for cruise

U.S. MSRP of the Triumph III Touring is $16,999 (single and $17,299 (two-tone color). For details and specifications, visit web site here .

Triumph Rocket III Touring


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