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Triumph Rocket III Concept

Preview: Triumph’s 2300cc III Motorcycle

Britain builds the biggest, baddest power motorcycle—the 2300cc Triumph III. By Aaron P. Frank.

there’s big, and there’s big. A 20-ounce Coke is the 72-ounce Bladder Buster the local Stop ‘n’ Rob is big. The Ford Excursion is the Hummer H1 is really big. In the of motorcycles, cruiser motorcycles in the new Kawasaki Vulcan 2000 is the Triumph Rocket III is really

Twenty-two hundred and ninety-four centimeters big, to be exact. And 147 foot-pounds of torque, it’s likely to be damn near the accelerating production streetbike in the (in a straight line, at least), if press babble can be trusted. God the queen, and don’t forget the motorcycle road testers,

Why would Triumph, a characteristically company whose most cruiser to date has been the 790cc Speedmaster, gut-whomp us a motorcycle that outdisplaces automobiles on the road today? In a respect. Triumph very wants to make a big splash in the motorcycle market, and to do this it a big cruiser. Correction—it needs the baddest cruiser we’ve seen.

More than 50 percent of all sold in America are cruisers, the majority of these so-called cruisers (over 1000cc). To an impression saleswise on the U.S. you have to do it in this segment. the Rocket III, Triumph into the deep end.

of the Rocket III officially began in when Triumph Product Manger Ross Clifford, closely with Triumph commissioned the first round of into the American cruiser The last thing we wanted, says, was to come at it as an out-of-touch manufacturer trying to sell the States something it didn’t Research showed that America wanted (no surprise) was big—really big.

The biggest going at the time was the Kawasaki 1500, so Triumph’s first concept was designed as a 1600cc cruiser. Not only did it have to be but it was important to Clifford and the folks at that it would also be unique.

From day one we wanted an authentic machine that a statement as a Triumph, Clifford We were not going to make a too’ cruiser. Styling was by Triumph’s house designer Mockett, who also penned the Daytona, the Tiger and the retro

It was Mockett who suggested grafting the Triple’s bug-eyed headlights the Rocket III, an idea immediately endorsed. All other are so anonymous from the front, says. That ‘face’ is important, and the Speed Triple make it stand out and give it a ‘ballsy’ feel.

That is synonymous with Triumph.

configuration was another key consideration—Clifford’s design brief focused on the engine, not only in terms of but also styling. An inline-triple was from the start—the triple is Triumph—but a variety of layouts considered, including inline-fours and a V-six. In the end, the longitudinally triple won out.

Across-the-frame wasn’t an option because of issues and complications with controls—an oft-heard complaint Valkyrie owners, for example. the longitudinal layout offered the long-and-lean silhouette cruiser expect.

Mockett’s first concept, dubbed Series S1, an aggressive, futuristic look dramatic bodywork, a floating fender, raygun mufflers and a stylized chrome tailpiece. To this design, Triumph styling clinics in Dallas and Los during summer ’00 and consumers to comment. Response to the concept was strong, Clifford but the S1 design tested poorly consumers—especially the unorthodox rear

This is an accessorized version the Tribal orange paint and oriented touches.

This is an version with the Tribal paint and sporting oriented

Mockett went back to the board and knocked out a second with a more traditional treatment, but this one also poorly, leading to the simplified arrangement and smoother bodywork of the S3. More styling clinics held, and attendees rubber-stamped final look. Once the was verified and the styling was refined, the shifted into overdrive.

At the time, other manufacturers raised the displacement bar: released the 1600cc Road then Honda’s VTX1800 and soon the Rocket III had grown to to insure that Triumph own the displacement game. The first was running in summer ’02, and got his first ride on a prototype in the Kingdom in autumn ’02. to compare the Rocket III with cruisers on the market, Clifford, an rider himself, says is no comparison.

Compared with the Rocket the current crop of power aren’t even close to the league—it’s not even the same Clifford says. Clifford that in direct acceleration nothing can beat the Rocket III 0-60 mph. The company its 0-60-mph time is quicker even the Suzuki Hayabusa, to say of king-speed cruisers such as the VTX and the Harley-Davidson V-Rod.

Triumph Rocket III Concept

Acceleration is Clifford says. The weight and geometry make fast a piece of cake, making it one of the bikes to 100 mph we’ve ever My first ride on a prototype had no just a tach with indicating speed in top gear.

At I thought it wasn’t that until I realized I was traveling 135 mph and it was pulling hard in top gear!

surprising, Clifford says, is how it is to ride the Rocket III. The ergonomics were benchmarked the company’s own Bonneville America to that the radical styling did not real-world ridability; Clifford calls the bike agile. the seat height and center of of the Rocket III are actually lower that of Honda’s Valkyrie, claims.

And the bike drips with Clifford says, A few weeks we ran an open-piped version, which was an aural …—imagine the sound and of two and a half open-piped Speed

Big promises for a really big bike—whether it all add up to huge sales numbers to be seen, though Clifford Triumph is off to a good start. worldwide has been amazing so he says. In the United Kingdom, for we sold the first year’s without any of the public even the bike in the flesh.

At first, for the bike will by far outstrip Clifford says that come from every of the market: Harley riders, riders, even YZF-R1 and owners have laid cash for one.

Ready to your own R1 for an R3? The first of these rockets is expected to arrive in this June. Pricing has finalized: Expect to pay $15,990 bikes go on sale here in the of ’04. That’s a small to pay if Triumph actually delivers up the baddest, nastiest power on earth.

It’s big, remember?

me the accessories! That’s the first out of every American cruiser mouth. Triumph plans to ’em by introducing an extensive of accessories alongside the Rocket III it appears in dealerships next

Optional goodies run the gamut pipes and other performance to touring equipment such as and windscreens as well as acres of styling pieces, of course. And if isn’t enough, Triumph also offer custom options—orange with tribal (shown here) or two flame one red, one black.

Triumph Rocket III Concept
Triumph Rocket III Concept
Triumph Rocket III Concept


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