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Triumph Rocket III

2010 Triumph Rocket III

Most women wouldn’t look at a bike this let alone try to ride it. But, if you figured it out yet, I’m not like women. At 39, measuring 5′ 7″, and hauling 25 pounds more than I’d I’m perfectly capable of handling any out there. And since I’ve with RoadBike, I’ve had the to test more motorcycles most people will sit on.

It’s something I certainly take for granted — and I never say no.

Triumph recently offered up a III Touring to ride from North Carolina, back to our office, I didn’t even to think about it before at the chance. Only in retrospect did I to doubt myself and wonder if I handle the 2294cc ogre. I’d be riding alone on a thousand-mile

But, there’s no man in my house, so I to figure out how to open jars and fix myself.

I tackled this much the same way. I did my research. With the tech downloaded from Triumph’s web my eyes kept coming to the engine size spec. never ridden anything of proportions before, but have handled my fair share of Wings, LTs, and other heavy, cruising

monsters. At in length, and 869 pounds, the Rocket III T like a lot to handle, but I know Once any bike is off its sidestand, no lifting required.

So I dismissed the spec sheet and began my route.

Designed to be Triumph’s cruiser, the Rocket III Touring just what you need to up the miles in comfort: large, hard bags; wide, low floorboards for both rider and a windscreen; and lower air deflectors. A lockable, quick-release mechanism you to easily remove the low 17″ windshield and some air when you want it. But pop it on, and you’ll only get some from the wind blast on chest.

A proper tourer would equipped with a much shield, but I happen to love one. Not only is it effective on the but it also works with the mean line carried the bike’s profile. If you want a piece of polycarbonate up front, for you can order the 23″ tall Roadster windshield and install your screen mounting hardware to it.

Or if you the ease of switching between two frequently, for $500 you can order the quick-mount screen with that simply pops the existing locking hardware Worthy Add-Ons).

WORTHY For my long ride from Carolina to Connecticut, I had Triumph the bike with its quick-release rack/sissybar with fender and wide backrest pad ($520). The is remarkably sturdy, matching the windshield setup with its chrome-plated, key-lockable hardware.

units are similarly installed by the lower ends in the farther then lining up and pressing the end in the second joint, resulting in a thunk when the units are in place. A turn of the supplied key it impossible for passersby to release the Passengers certainly appreciated the backrest, which also a secure mounting point for the Lonestar luggage I’d used for the

The luggage rack is just enough to give the bag a safe point, and plenty of bungee options. The thick, chromed, metal offers peace of that all your worldly will be safe while to the strong accessory as you’re down the road. There are of other genuine Triumph specifically designed for the Rocket III model.

The manufacturer’s web site even a cool flash feature, “the accessories experience,” you can see what your model look like with choice of accessories installed.

is no denying that the 2294cc under the tank is a monster. as intimidating as the Rocket looks and during slow-speed maneuvers, moving it glides like a stallion. Smooth is the word kept coming to mind time I rolled on the throttle. gear shift and power results in the same, strong, pull.

Power is delivered to the 16″ rear wheel via shaft which, again, is smooth as Whisper-quiet, the Rocket doesn’t the kind of grumble usually with our sport. If you want you’ll have to look or just learn to appreciate the of the wind swooshing by.

The liquid-cooled, in-line three cylinder more like a car engine one you’d find on a typical The multipoint sequential EFI does its job delivering the right amount of air and to the engine. Lacking a tach to it, it feels like the huge never climbs more about 3000 rpm, max horsepower is reached at 6000 Power’s delivered so efficiently and through each of the five that over-revving just happen.

Sure, you can gun it in front of friends to show off the huge plant, but the lack of sound going to impress anyone

Cradled by a tubular steel spine, the chassis is rigid to support the heavy weight of machine plus your But head into corners fully loaded, and you’ll to feel it wallow under stress. The Rocket T’s suspension was to achieve high levels of without compromising control.

And it feels right on for its intended The two 43mm forks house with 120mm of travel, the rear sports 105mm of and five preload adjustments. The brakes are adequate for a machine of size, with twin floating discs, stopped by a of Nisson four-piston fixed

The rear is a bit touchier, though a single 316mm disc Brembo two-piston floating It takes a bit of getting used to the of the rear brake, partly of the reach to the pedal. The tendency is to on it too hard.

But once you master both brakes to their potential, the weight transfer is and smooth, and front-end dive is eliminated.

I love motorcycle that can simplify all the necessary into one tidy package. is what you get with the Rocket T’s cluster. The gauges are simple and are neatly on the tank-mounted dash

Here you have your fuel gauge, the usual of warning lights, and a small LED with an odometer, tripmeters, and range to empty. Toggling the LED display is done easily your thumb on the info on the right grip.

For some reason, the big 5.9-gallon tank easy to fill up. Oddly, I that after about 11 from pulling out of the gas station what I thought was a full the arm of the gauge would swing down to only three-quarters Boggled by this, I came to the that I wasn’t completely the tank.

But since every station I threw gas out of the pump at super-sonic I couldn’t manage to top off the tank getting a fuel bath in the Once home, I went to a where I know the pump is and a slight uphill slope, I thought might help my I waited and waited for that big to fill, but in the end, I ran out of patience shy of five gallons.

If you manage to this tank, at an estimated 41 which is a good average of I experienced, you should get 242 miles to a But the fuel-warning light became after only about 140 for me. It’s a minor irritant to an fantastic tourer.

Also noting is that the stock cap is not lockable, but can be upgraded to Triumph’s accessory cap for $60.

Triumph Rocket III
Triumph Rocket III

Initially on the Rocket III Touring after a couple days romping the Blue Ridge twisties on Speed Triples and Tigers was a daunting. My first impression was the front end was a titanic heavyweight as I to maneuver my full load out of the garage where it had been for me.

After the initial sweat and my heart beat back to I made my way to a main thoroughfare, I could relax and get to know the at speed, where the weight unnoticeable. I settled into the seating position, happy to be on my way I took my time, testing the on both long highway and cruising the slow, scenic curves.

The info button is placed to be used without your hands off the grips.

The windshield can be removed easily the locking, quick-change mount comes on the Rocket III Tour

After that initial of adrenaline, I’d come to really and appreciate the big-bike feel. The are wide, which makes easier, and the rider position is The floorboards include a heel-toe designed so that there’s a amount of repositioning you can get away I even flipped down the boards and put my feet on them I needed a change of position. The is roomy and has good absorption.

On the day of my journey, I spent 12 hours in the with only short and food stops to break it up, no soreness whatsoever. And the day after my I went out again for a six-hour with a passenger through the of Connecticut. My passenger barely a difference in the bike’s handling, and I have even known she was me had she not been interested in chit-chatting the ride.

I only noticed the weight on slow turnarounds, because of the size-intimidation factor, I’m sure would eventually go if I’d had more time with bike.

What’s truly about this cruising is that it’s not a high-tech with a bunch of fancy gizmos that requires a instruction manual to figure No, the Rocket III Touring

is a very motorcycle, built for enjoying the of the ride with classic and simple, no-nonsense comfort. RB — By Szulewski, Photos By Bob Feather

The saddlebags share the ignition key and a weatherproof seal when

Talking Head: Steve Editor, Age: 46, Height/Weight: 6′, Years Riding: 24, Personal Honda ST1100

The Triumph Rocket is an amazing The Rocket III platform has proven to be with four versions including the new Roadster (see 30). A bit of a heavyweight to push the parking garage, once it going under its own power, the T is comfortable, stable, and fluid.

The clutch action is smooth and to engage. I always like it the manufacturer places the info pushbutton up on the switchgear on the other making it easy to scroll and find that distance-to-empty Unfortunately the gas tank is hard to completely due to the dark recess of the neck.

The sleeping giant is a bike, but growls mean you wring it out. All that comes at a cost of heat I can feel the warmth rising the right-side exit exhaust up to my outstretched right arm. But of it as a primitive, one-sided heated

I appreciate the smooth and quiet drive, perfect for transcontinental

I experienced some rear lockup with hard application while riding Maybe that means I take it on long trips loaded more often. I’m not of the smallish lollipop mirrors, but I concede one thing: they are steady.

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