2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster
Five years on from the introduction
of the original Rocket III comes an even meaner version
of this cult classic: the Rocket III Roadster. As
the name suggests, the Rocket III Roadster moves away
from the original’s cruiser orientated styling,
taking more of a streetfighter stance with its mid-mounted
pegs and blacked out components, but retaining the
very essence of what made the original Rocket III
great: massive presence, surprisingly sharp handling
and a stomping 2,294cc three-cylinder engine.
The result is a motorcycle that continues
to deliver a unique riding experience that every red-blooded
rider should try at least once in their two-wheeled
Coming in two mean and moody black
colour options the Rocket III Roadster is powered
by an uprated version of Triumph’s iconic Rocket
III powerplant. Maximum power has increased over the
outgoing Rocket III, now up to 148PS, with torque
up 15% to a mighty 221Nm.
Triumph’s sophisticated anti-lock
braking system is fitted as standard to the Rocket
III Roadster, the first time that an ABS system has
been specified to the Rocket III platform, and the
bike has received a long list of ergonomic and quality
improvements over the previous Rocket III.
The new ergonomics give the Rocket
III Roadster a completely different riding experience
from its predecessor. The new footrests are further
back, lower down and more inboard than on the Rocket
III, creating a comfortable riding position, which
non-cruiser riders will feel at home with. The plush
new seat sits the rider higher and further forward
than before, giving a comfortable and natural leg
position while reducing the reach to the handlebars.
The result is a motorcycle that is easier to steer
through corners than any other Rocket III variant.
New rear suspension units have been
designed to offer a more comfortable and controlled
ride than the previous Rocket III, while the main
components take on a blacked out appearance to reinforce
the Rocket III’s ‘bad boy’ image.
Many components have been taken back to black, while
new silencers, one on each
side, are the final touches. These have been designed
to release more power and torque and optimise the
aural experience while creating a more balanced appearance.
Available in Matt Black and metallic