2013 Triumph Rocket III Comparison Review — Motorcycle USA

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2013 Triumph Rocket III Review

The Rocket III is the king of the hill among production from the major manufacturers. out how it stacks up against the Ducati Strada in our 2013 Triumph III Comparison video.

“king of the though launched in 2004, the III with 2294cc worth of power to tap into, giving bragging rights as the mainstream with the highest displacement on the market.

Climb on the Rocket and there’s no way around it it’s a of a bike. The engine looks it’s been ripped a small block muscle car and no ignoring the mondo radiator in front of the downtubes. Big pipes and lights, it is distinctively Triumph. a 29.5-inch seat height, are more ‘on’ the bike the Diavel Strada, upright in the with arms out wide and forward.

The gargantuan 6.3-gallon gas is almost two feet wide and the tips the scales at just 800 pounds ready-to-ride. Its size can be at first, but the more you ride the III Roadster the more comfortable you with it.

“Riding position on the actually doesn’t feel ‘feet-forward’ cruiser. I felt I sat upright, on top of the seat, rather settled in like the Diavel. to the bars is a slight stretch, and the themselves are fairly large. It fits the bike, which is

The sheer mass and volume the Rocket III one of the biggest bikes out on the said Motorcycle USA Managing Bart Madson.

Twist the grip with the bike in and the bike pulls to the left to the rotation of the Inline Three’s crankshaft. Rev it up, slip into and get ready as the Rocket III lives up to its with an explosive 131.97 of torque available at only rpm. Power delivery out strong but tapers off to only 100 lb-ft around 5000 Only 100 lb-ft. Talk being jaded.

Roll-on is as its healthy-sized 52mm throttle are dialed in responsively to input the cable-actuated clutch. Peak hits at only 5300 rpm and the isn’t overly wide, so a bit before redline will you in the meat of its prodigious torque. being liquid-cooled, the 2294cc does heat up in stop-and-go

“Triumph’s corporate strategy to the brand around their engine configurations has been The Rocket III is unique for its gargantuan displacement, but it also looks too. Power is pure muscle rippling torque.

My complaint with the Triumph is something it shares with the as it generates a fair amount of on the rider’s legs particularly on the side,” Madson said.

Thanks to its imposing engine, the III Roadster can pace with the Strada in a straight line, but at a definite disadvantage in the twisty Taking a look at the tale of the the Rocket III sports a 66.7-inch between the 32-degrees of rake on the end and the 240mm wide tire on the While both bikes fat 240mm backsides, it takes effort at the bars to get the Ducati turned in.

The Rocket III has plenty of clearance and is planted at lean, but the big bike takes a deliberate and effort. With the amount of it carries, riders want to sure of their lines diving in. The big Triumph wears its of gravity higher as well, the Diavel an edge in transitioning

We would have loved to the Touring version of the Rocket III its 60mm narrower back and inch smaller diameter to see how much of a difference it makes in but for this test it was not to be.

“Big, big That’s how the Rocket feels out on the A big fat front tire, too. The is stable and planted in the corners, but it can never be. Rider’s pressing the are pressing their luck.

I tried to follow Bryan on the for a couple corners, but immediately better. The weight is just too to match the pace that the will allow. In a straight no problem, but toss a kink the road and the Triumph has to be set up well in said Madson.

On the road, its Kayaba suspension is necessarily and provides an even ride soaking up almost everything the throws at it. Hitting a pothole at speed is about the only way to get the suspension unsettled. The twin shocks are five-way adjustable for but we found the stock settings to our so rolled with it as is.

The 43mm fork is stout with the right amount of give in its of travel so that the front end feels grounded. A five-speed shifts cleanly while its clutch is easy to pull in and We did notice the tremendous amount of it’s dealing with the gearbox less refined than the silky smooth on Triumph’s Thunderbird.

While final drive sets the wheel in motion, if you’ve got applied when shifting, transfer to the rear will a bit under these circumstances.

a bike as big as the Rocket III, a set of binders is mandatory. Braking are the responsibility of big dual floating discs on the front with fixed Nissin calipers a set of twin-pot Brembos squeeze the back disc. The front is strong but could benefit a better initial bite.

Triumph Rocket III

When used in unison the rear, the Brembo binders fast and hold steady. The III Roadster comes with ABS as fare, a boon when a bike as heavy as the Rocket Here’s what Madson had to say the system.

“Brakes on the Triumph their work cut out for them. The lever bites, but doesn’t much play or travel in the The ABS is a godsend, but with so much to stop it cuts in early and and pulse at the front lever scrubbing off speed for a rapidly corner gave me a couple moments.”

Whereas the Ducati can almost inundate riders an excess of information, gauges on the III Roadster are much more An analog speedo and tach are front-and-center on the handlebars, high to easily glance at while Small digital windows in gauge can be toggled to show fuel gauge, range, indicator, dual tripmeters, and a few bits of info including a

While the motorcycle sports twin headlights up front, the of the Rocket III’s lights is The Touring version sees the of running lights that help remedy the problem.

As far at its touring credentials, its leather are deeper and bigger than the capable of holding my 17-inch and backpack, but don’t lock. The Triumph windscreen pushes of air out of the way, but riders are still to buffeting. With tremendously pistons, the Rocket III isn’t the efficient motorcycle on the market as we 29.5 miles-per-gallon.

This to around 185 miles before a fill-up, better than the Strada but not what you’d from a tourer. Yet we found it to be a competent touring platform to bags that aren’t as and have more storage the motorcycle has more range, and its position is more accommodating for stints in the saddle.

“As a package, I think the Triumph is a base platform. For starters it like a real touring The irony is our test unit is an Rocket III Roadster, however, the ‘touring’ Ducati Strada way more like an accessorized

As a practical touring mount, I range alone give the an edge. The Strada rider constantly be on the look-out for fuel agreed Madson.

Considering the Rocket III Touring sees the of a removable windshield, fog lights, guards, and hard detachable bags while passengers from a gel pillion seat and rack combo, we see more in the Rocket III as a tourer than we do the Diavel Strada. Our passenger that it’s easier to the Triumph as well.

“If I want to tour on the I would rather toss on a of aftermarket soft bags and it good. The Diavel is a play and boulevard brawler touring be the exception, not the rule,” summed up

The fact that the 2013 Rocket III Touring lists for less than the 2013 Diavel Strada seals the in favor of the Rocket III as the bike be more apt to choose for Homeric But when Morpheus whispers in our ear and a devil hangs over our encouraging the hooligan side to out, the Diavel would be our of choice.

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