Triumph Rocket III Roadster — Cycle Torque Magazine

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Triumph Rocket III Roadster


Launch report by Paterson

THE photo on the cover nearly as intimidating to make as I had Take one Triumph Rocket III , apply front brake and throttle. If I wasn’t an atheist I’d been praying the thing get away from me.

The Rocket though, is a gentle giant. it’s big and heavy and has heaps and and heaps and heaps of grunt, but it require a delicate touch – a wheelbase, relatively low centre of wide ’bars and linear delivery see to that.

Although is a seriously quick motorcycle, it anywhere near as intimidating as expect of a machine weighing 350kg and boasting 220Nm. And it can do quarter mile times. For the who can never have too much torque, bulk – the Rocket III delivers.

For 2010 the Roadster is in Henry Ford colours – any you like as long as it’s but at least you can choose between (gloss) and matt finishes.

On the strip

The Australian launch of the new saw a bunch of bike journos out of Melbourne the back way to Heathcote strip. Six journos all put in times low to mid 12-second passes.

Kel Buckley was the of the journos, and any suggestion she won because she less than her leathers is grapes: she’s quick! It was my time on a dragstrip and it was heaps of

The video of the launch includes from a couple of practice courtesy of a camera mounted on the check out to see that.

The clutch and transmission from copped a hammering on the strip, but any problems.

Although the Rocket III out gobs of power and torque, it was to get off the line cleanly. Three help here: a rear which isn’t prone to (unless you’re ham-fisted), a wheelbase (which means no and lots of bulk.

Although a III wouldn’t be my choice of drag it sure was a heap of fun doing the so don’t be afraid to take to a strip if you get a chance.

The changes

The Rocket III has been us for some time now, Triumph describing the model as successful, having sold 17,000 of the 2.3-litre monsters.

research has also indicated are happy with their and bought them for their and styling.

I believe the old forward-controls riding position maybe so popular – for the Roadster Triumph has the seat forward (14mm) and the back (122mm) and down to give the bike a much conventional riding position.

Now you can stand on the footpegs if there are you can’t avoid… It’s a improved riding position as far as I’m but if your desires are more for the out riding position, you’re out of

Triumph has discontinued the Rocket III too, leaving only the and Tourer available.

Internally aren’t too many changes. revisions to the clutch and transmission to gear changes easier and both the clutch and shaft

Other changes include new which are classically styled but many modern functions, ABS as equipment and softer shocks. claim the change to softer was driven by requests from but now the springs are too soft.

All the demo were set up with suspension on its setting (only rear can be adjusted) and I still found the units unforgiving, transmitting too road imperfections through to the Too much of their meagre is consumed by the weight of the rider.

claim the shocks are 20 per cent than before, so it’s every journo on the launch was the hardest setting and most them stiffer.

The front end runs a set of fat, non-adjustable forks is pretty good There are also a new set of pipes, the into two units housing a converter in each muffler.

On the

The Rocket Roadster feels at its when you’re climbing The ’bars are very wide, the looks huge, the bulk is when hauling the beast up off the

Thumb the starter and motorcycling’s mass-produced engine growls life. Blip the throttle and you can the strength of the engine through the vibration and the way it pushes on your a characteristic of most bikes a crankshaft which runs in with the chassis rather across it

In traffic the Roadster is nimble – it’s no Bonneville, but the position gives you more to slip through the traffic you’d expect on such a big

Having ABS is another confidence because there’s an awful lot of to pull up if you need to do it in a hurry, and should be applauded for making it and not bumping the price in the process.

221Nm of torque (up 10 per cent on the old and 148PS of power (up about per cent) there’s grunt

I accidentally rode away a set of traffic lights in third – when it bogged down I slipped the clutch the tiniest and it accelerated cleanly away: it was a shock to discover I was in third.

The Rocket gets to highway very quickly and easily, but you want to ride this at high speeds. There’s a bit of wind blast protection the low seat and high instrument but it’s still a … an upright riding position.

If you it tiresome, check out Triumph’s screens.

Pillion accommodation good, the motor is so understressed it like it’ll last and the ride is very pleasant

Who’s it for?

The Roadster is for looking for the ultimate in road power and style. Priced at plus on road costs, you get an lot for the money, and let’s not forget the ABS is at no extra charge this

Add a few items from the extensive catalogue – like heated ($319), leather panniers Classic Touring Seat and the Roadster Screen ($892.51) and got yourself a touring bike.

Or you could dress up the bike and a very distinctive Roadster. way this is a bike for the long – in riding, longevity and ownership.

can see owners keeping their for a decade or more, and I can see resale staying very high.

capable and desirable, the Rocket III is a many will lust and luckily, many can afford.

If the excites you, I really you’d be disappointed in the execution.


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