Test Triumph Rocket III Touring Hot Bike Baggers

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Triumph Rocket III


Power is something always seem to be looking for of. But touring bikes don’t outright high-revving horsepower a Japanese or Italian superbike, can make upwards of 170 hp at the rear No, touring bikes are all about lazy power-in-any-gear feeling of on the throttle and acceleration being there for you.

This for torque was answered several ago as manufacturers started bringing out and bigger engined cruisers, conservative Harley-Davidson got into the mix its 110ci CVO models. The Triumph III (RIII) is the bike that the race.

At three cylinders and it crossed lines that wanted to touch. In the last of years, that lust for and bigger engines had waned and sat untouched and unwanted on dealer Quite a few of them were while others have discounted down to the price of machines. In the midst of all of this, released a second version of the III, called the Rocket III

We tested it when it came out at the end of ’07 (Baggers, Mar. but never had a chance to do a real until now.

A dark secret of the motorcycle industry is most test rides are in the of a few hundred miles, with clocking in at under 150. On touring bikes that’s not a tank of gas. But, we do differently here.

We thought do one better for this big-boned and rode it almost the length of US from L.A. to Seattle and with lots of back to go with interminable miles of for a total of more than on the clock from start to

The original Rocket III that the III Touring is based on is no longer us. It’s been replaced by focused models like the and the new Rocket III Roadster. Compared to the RIII, the Touring got a skinnier not skinny) 180-section rear and a motor tuned for smoother delivery.

Delivery is key on this with as much as it weighs (we the claimed wet weight of 869 pounds be a bit light), and as much power as it you wouldn’t want to have to it up after a moment or have to it up after a tip-over, as the thing is

Obviously, it also comes a package of touring goods to Harley’s Road King a mid-size shield, hard and floorboards all around. We tested an RIII Touring but the only to the 2010 model is that it now with more stuff. was partially upgraded to current with a leather touring and backrests for rider (adjustable) and

The current model also with stylish mirrors, rails on the bags, a highway bar highway pegs), a luggage passing lamps, and a taller

So why, you might ask, anyone want a bike weighs roughly what an Glide does with far luggage capacity? The answer is power with total in the torque department. Triumph this bike has 150 lb-ft at the wheel, while only out just more than 100

In practical terms, this that the smooth shifting is a luxury, as the motor will top gear at 25 mph, and accelerate from 35 mph. This requires only two or three not five, but having five that you can really get up to speed very quickly. As I mentioned the RIII Touring has been from the original spec which is a very good

The RIII can be a bit of a handful and you have to be mindful of applying the throttle on it or the drive can screw up your in a corner. The Touring version is of a pussycat; twisting the throttle an endless, but very controllable, of torque.

Handling is a mixed It’s tight and predictable, but it its size. It’s one of those that doesn’t want to leaned over without handlebar input.

When we picked it up, this trait was but over the course of the test we with air pressure in the tires and that it likes to be run near max which lightens up handling and it rail through corners.

action is almost too good. We locked up both tires at the same time) more once. The rear is very especially on this bike seems to have a front bias.

The new Rocket III Roadster has ABS, and thinking it might be a nice for the Touring as well. Just to be I’d rather have the and learn to use it than have brakes and not have a chance in a emergency. But then, I probably need to tell you that any is not a beginner’s bike.

Actually the need arise, this is one of machines that it’s a idea to avoid obstacles the throttle. Not only does it power to spare, it also get out of shape when wrestling it to avoid stray cars. On than one occasion I dodged an motorist that invaded my and the RIIIT was the face of composure.

its name and size, as you might the Rocket is a hell of a ride on the Freeway cruising is its forte, as its ergonomics, endless power, and leather saddle make the fun. There are few bikes, of expense, that you can so effortlessly your spot in traffic and to it without any downshifting or wind-up. the deaf, dumb, and blind was so easy.

Triple-digit speed is as easy, so it’s best to a vigilant watch on the speedo and right wrist in check. The does what it can to help you out that, with apparently springs on the massive throttle that power this throttle pull is brutal, and is no cruise control. The bars are and sport huge bar-end to cut down on vibration.

This works very but there is about an inch of movement at the bar, which weird in parking lot maneuvering. starts to creep into the at about 80 mph, which is because it alerts you when beyond the speed limit.

The low on our test unit was about for a 6-foot rider, and I, for one, like the taller shield comes stock on the 2010 The adjustable backrest, which is on the 2010, was very nice, and easy to adjust with a behind the mount. Since the is attached to the seat, not the frame, easy to pull the seat and get to the underneath.

Triumph Rocket III

Mileage and range are on the low for a touring bike, and can vary On back roads (or just it easy) it can get up to 40 mpg, but stop and go or out bombing can see mileage dip well 30 mpg.

Back roads are pretty good on the RIIIT. nice to be able to pick a and pretty much never unless you want to. She’s a big and needs to be pushed around in and out of corners, but unless the easily suspension is bottomed, it never squirrelly.

Lazy, sweeping back are best, as they require the effort to stay between the

Getting on the gas between corners or to highway speed, the exhaust has a growl, but it’s no V-twin. In at idle it sounds a little like a boat. The shaft-driven pulls to the right at a stop if the is blipped, but not while moving, to a counter-rotating driveshaft.

The back end rise a bit on the gas, but it’s we didn’t get used to.

Storage the saddlebags is decent, but like bags that aren’t the latching system eats up real estate and gets in the way if attempting to overstuff the bags. The latches tended to stick and always latch the first but the locking mechanism was perfect. The built into the outside were a nice touch the manual and tool kit, and had room left over for tools or any small objects you want to lose.

While our didn’t have the luggage now standard on the bike, we loaded it like it had one anyhow, using a to protect the fender from our sissybar bag.

We’ll let you up your own mind on the styling-it’s big and a big image. The first thing civilians commented on when we up is the large automotive-looking radiator in front of a large automotive-looking Beyond the big motor compartment, tank, and chrome intake on the left side, styling is conventional without big swooping or over-styled bags.

The 25-spoke cast wheels the illusion of spoked rims, but the weight or the hassle of tube-style

If you’re looking for what you can do it on the custom side (this is after all), we’ll a feature in the coming months of one up by a major audio store complete with top box, and big-… stereo system; big to go with that big power.

If you details on the 3,300-mile trek I that will have to for upcoming issues of Baggers, as putting together a three-part of a fun, inexpensive trip is not what you’re used to in magazines. One thing is for sure: is a bike that grew on me. I all that thrilled with it out of the but knocking down some mile days (on back while taking pictures), and getting off the bike in pain, was nice.

With cruise and ABS, it would be everything a junkie could ever

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