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2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

There’s a reason why the Triumph Rocket III Roadster is considered the world’s largest mass-produced motorcycle. More than just its beyond reproach 2,294cc three-cylinder engine, the Rocket III Roadster is a machine that delivers a riding experience that’s virtually unmatched in any class.

The Rocket III Roadster takes on a streetfighter stance and delivers an attitude-laden ride that all motorcyclists should experience at least once in their motorcycle-riding exploits. The ergonomics alone ensure that the Roadster delivers a completely different riding experience from any other Rocket IIIs – one that is easier to hustle through the corners. The plush seating configuration allows both the rider and passenger to sit comfortably, whether for short-distance rides or long-haul escapades.

Up front, the Rocket III Roadster sports Triumph’s trademark twin headlights to make what already looks like an imposing motorcycle even more striking. The aggressive, stripped down look carefully balances the black and chrome detail while the comprehensive instrumentation – including fuel gauge, gear selection indicator and clock – creates an appearance that rocks in every sense of the word.

The Rocket III Roadster also comes with special color options. In addition to the popular metallic Phantom Black, it comes in two flamboyant color schemes: Phantom Red Haze and Phantom Blue Haze. These are hand-painted in Triumph’s Hinckley factory and contain high sparkle content which creates an impression of incredible depth in sunlight, transforming from near black to a vibrant red or blue.

And then there’s that powertrain. If it’s jaw-dropping enough that the Rocket III Roadster comes with such a whopping powertrain, the fact that it delivers 146 horsepower at 5,750 rpm and 163 lb/ft of torque at 2,750 rpm makes this Triumph monster a true bike that’s in a class all its own.

Find out more about the Triumph Rocket III Roadster after the jump.

Engine and Transmission

Triumph Rocket III Roadster
TypeLiquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity2294cc
Bore/Stroke101.6 x 94.3mm
Fuel SystemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with twin butterflies and progressive linkage on primary butterflies
ExhaustStainless steel 3 into 1 into 2, large-volume catalysts in front of chrome-plated silencers
Final DriveShaft
ClutchWet, multi-plate
Gearbox5-speed
Oil Capacity5.9 litres (1.6 US gals)

Chassis Running Gears and Displays

Triumph Rocket III Roadster
FrameTubular steel, twin spine
SwingarmTwin-sided, steel (houses drive shaft)
Wheels
FrontCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke, 17 x 3.5in
RearCast aluminum alloy 5-spoke, 16 x 7.5in
Tyres
Front150/80 R17
Rear240/50 R16
Suspension
FrontKayaba 43mm upside down forks, 120mm travel
RearKayaba black spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload, 105mm rear wheel travel
Brakes
FrontTwin 320mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston calipers, ABS
RearSingle 316mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, ABS
Instrument Display/
Functions
Analogue speedometer featuring LCD odometer, trip information,
clock and analogue tachometer featuring fuel level indicator and
gear position indicator

Dimensions and Capacities

Triumph Rocket III Roadster
Length2500mm (98.3in)
Width970mm (38.2in)
Height without mirrors1165mm (45.8in)
Seat Height750mm (29.5in)
Wheelbase1695mm (66.7in)
Rake/Trail32°/148mm
Fuel Tank Capacity24 litres (6.3 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride)367kg (807lbs)

Performance and Fuel efficiency

Triumph Rocket III Roadster
Maximum Power148PS / 146bhp / 109kW @ 5750rpm
Maximum Torque221Nm / 163ft.lbs @ 2750rpm
City29 MPG
Highway45 MPG

Quotes

Total Motorcycle----“2.3 liters. 163ft.lbs of torque. Blacked out. Blinged up. Streetfighting cruiser. Hard. The Rocket III Roadster is not normal, it is very, very extraordinary. No other motorcycle on the planet comes close to delivering the tree-pulling levels of torque that comes as standard with the turbine-like triple. Twist and go. Sounds great, stops great. Standard ABS. Classic streetfighter looks”


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