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Triumph Rocket III Touring
Triumph Rocket III Touring

How A Nearly 900 Pound Gorilla up on a Flatbed— Twice!

Most reviewing a new bike is a pleasure. the stars don’t align as That was my experience with the Triumph Rocket III Touring.

Due to that I’ll describe the Rocket III wound up on a flatbed under my stewardship, and I didn’t it all that long. The shame of it all is I really wanted to fall in with this bike, as I had the original Rocket III. a list price of $16,999 in colors/$17,999 in two tone, the Rocket III carries a 24 month/unlimited mileage

Let’s ride.


There’s no hiding that big lump of an engine. At 2,294 cc, the three-cylinder powerplant dominates the III Touring in every respect. chrome exhaust headers with flat black fins on the bike’s right drawing attention the massive

Rather than hiding the with a flat black Triumph has chromed it as well, and it in front of the engine for maximum air

Rocket III Touring shares components with the non-touring III, but a quick look a new tubular steel frame, a 43 mm front fork, new, symmetrical exhaust pipes and a laid-back, relaxed stance. hard bags hang on the new Though they are only to carry 15 lbs, they widely at the top, and swallow a volume of light gear.

The are easily removable without via quarter turn fasteners, and the lids hinge on the outside for A few days of rain proved the bags are water-tight.

A slick, removable windscreen comes on the Touring’s front end. It on and off in seconds with sturdy just the thing for a fashionable makeover.

A few of the details on the bike of the parts bin — hand and frame covers look a cheap, and the handlebar-mounted brake is an eyesore. Triumph’s parts and catalog offers a few stylish (if solutions, and the aftermarket should be of help.

Seat of the Pants

Photo © Fogelson

Rocket III Touring’s seat suited my posterior fine. Though I didn’t get a to rack up the miles as I would liked to, I found the 18 wide just right, and the seat of 28.9 perfectly suited to my 6’2 frame. Shorter might find the wide required by straddling the big engine a

Because the Rocket III Touring in at 788 lbs dry/845 lbs wet, you really to be able to get both feet on the at a stop. Even a slight can be difficult to manage with all weight.

Luckily, once weight becomes less of a as the engine’s power overcomes in a hurry.

Rocket III Touring 106 horsepower @ 5,400 rpm and 154 lb-ft of @ 2,025 rpm, detuned the regular Rocket III but still numbers. All that torque at such low rpm means that you can into higher gears are five available) and stay without sacrificing responsiveness. in fifth gear, the engine like a locomotive from 30 mph up.

Smooth cruising is available at every speed, right up to extra-legal.

If I owned a Rocket III I might toy with the ergonomics a bit by or even changing, the handlebars. I the riding position a little too — my hands were too and too high up to be truly comfortable in the run. I appreciated the leverage the wide bars gave me, but I like a flying squirrel, with the windshield in place.

On the

Now to the cause of Rocket III Touring’s flatbed ride: Triumph’s ignition switch. A key must be to unlock the fork and run the bike. The has four positions: on, off, and accessory. The key can be removed in the off, or accessory positions.

Accessory is the left turn position. no indicator light or warning, very easy to mistakenly the key and leave the bike in accessory which will drain the battery — in my experience, 3 hours. It happens. Accessing the requires several tools and seat removal, and cursing (in my

Unfortunately, a conventional jump will do no good — the battery goes below a level, there’s not enough in the electrical system to charge the and operate the fuel system at the time. So even if you can get the bike you can’t ride away the Rocket III Touring will as if it has a fuel delivery problem. the trip on a flatbed truck, to my house for an overnight trickle Totally inexcusable, especially in a bike.

Triumph Rocket III Touring

Change that switch already, Triumph!

My (and final) failure may been as a result of that flatbed ride. A few blocks home one day, I stomped on the heel-toe shifter to up-shift, and the went slack. The shift had broken. right at the point the shifter attached.

Triumph’s rep out to my house with a pickup and hauled the injured Rocket III away.

Journey’s End

Photo © Jason

Despite my less-than-perfect experience the Rocket III Touring, I still appreciated the bike. Having all power on tap is incredibly alluring, the low-end grunt. Whacking throttle and feeling 2.3 liters to life gets the blood and the exhaust’s bass notes hit the gut a body shot.

Any muscle car fan understand the appeal. The Rocket III isn’t the fastest bike on the nor the most powerful, but it doesn’t — the visceral appeal the visual statement. That big delivers as advertised.

The Touring of the equation seems to be in place as My passengers all praised the pillion and position. I’d add a luggage or top box on the back to maximize utility. I like a lot of gadgets and extras on a bike — a radio, GPS airbag, etc. are wasted on me.

grips? I’d rather good gloves.

I’d the Rocket III Touring against the Road King. the Victory Tour, the Honda VTX1800T, the Vulcan 1700 Nomad, the Boulevard C109RT and the Yamaha Stratoliner S. All of Rocket III’s are powered by V-Twin engines – I know of another touring with a three-cylinder lump.

If you choose a Rocket III Touring, find yourself looking at the as an invitation — and you’ll to get there quickly. Just to check that ignition key every time you park, or be sitting at the horizon a lot longer you wanted to.

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