Legendary British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph is introducing the baddest version yet of its 2.3 litre Rocket III, the Rocket III Roadster.
The Rocket III Roadster moves out of cruiser territory and transcends into that of the ultimate muscle streetfighter, bringing with it the biggest torque figures found on any production motorcycle.
Coming in two mean and moody black colour options, metallic Phantom Black or an aggressive Matt Black alternative, the Rocket III Roadster is powered by an uprated version of Triumph’s iconic three-cylinder 2,294cc powerplant. Maximum power has increased over the outgoing Rocket III, with torque up 15% to a mighty 224Nm.
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 predecessors. 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, including the forks, yokes, radiator shroud and rear springs. 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 than on the previous Rocket III and Rocket III Classic.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed, but the Roadster will be available from official Triumph dealerships from February 2010. The long-haul Rocket III Touring continues alongside the Rocket III Roadster, priced at $25990.