Triumph Rocket III Touring Review 2012

Tuesday, April 3rd 2012. | Triumph

Triumph Rocket III Touring Review is a true mile eating custom tourer blessed with unique character and that 2.3 litre motor. This iconic engine has been retuned for effortless low down torque. Coupled with high levels of comfort for rider and pillion with sumptuous seats, detachable screen and front and rear footboards this bike is designed for the job in hand. Mile after mile.

Triumph Rocket III Touring

The new Triumph Rocket III Touring Roadster has put that right, repositioning the rider and the bike itself.
The seat shifts you forwards half an inch, up by slightly less, while the footrests are nearly five inches farther back and an inch lower. The result is a much more sporting, almost aggressive stance matched by more power (up 9bhp to 146bhp) and torque (up 14 per cent to 163lb ft) – as if the Rocket 3 needed either.
The extra thrust comes from a more efficient twin silencer exhaust system, while other changes include softer but better-damped rear suspension, ABS brakes as standard, an improved gearchange and a bit more information on the dash.
The point of all this is to set the Rocket 3 up against high-performance street rods such as the Harley V,Rod and Yamaha V,Max rather than traditional Harleys. And like the riding position, it’s a more comfortable place to be: the Rocket 3 Roadster is a seriously rapid motorcycle.

Triumph Rocket III Touring

The huge torque helps it shrug off its mass, the huge 240mm rear rubber offers plenty of grip while accidental wheelies are almost impossible. In short, it’s very easy to go very fast and very satisfying too. You won’t do more than 120mph as it’s electronically restricted, but you’d need gorilla arms to stay put beyond that speed anyway.
While the enormous rear tyre aids grip and style, it doesn’t help the bike’s steering much. At lower speeds it is imprecise and to some extent tips into turns a little too far once you persuade it to change direction (which takes some effort), so urban manoeuvres aren’t as smooth as they could be.

Triumph Rocket III Touring

Even so, the engine is chocolate smooth while the new riding position gives you a better sense of control and the throttle response is benign. The 5.3-gallon (24-litre) tank is big for a motorcycle but then so is the engine and the thirst, which can easily dip below 30mpg, so you’ll be looking for fuel by 120 miles.
I’m a fan of ABS on this kind of bike, especially as there’s less feedback from brakes or suspension than with sportier machines, so it’s easier to lock up a wheel inadvertently. And the Rocket 3’s set-up works well even on bumpy surfaces.
The dynamics, though, are secondary to the outright performance and the whole mien of the machine. This is a street rod rather than the street fighter Triumph is calling it.
It sounds magnificent, goes like stink, feels refined and is beautifully made, too. It’s hardly a bike for everyone, but for those who like this kind of machine, there’s nothing better

Triumph Rocket III Touring

Triumph Rocket III Touring

The Triumph Rocket III Touring chassis has been developed specifically to offer a nimble ride, which is helped by the bike’s low center of gravity, 16″ wheels, and 180 section rear tire. The finely tuned suspension has been developed with comfort and control in mind, while practicality is enhanced with the standard fitment of a quick-release screen and 36-liter saddlebags.

Triumph Rocket III Touring review

Engine and Transmission

Type Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, In-Line 3-Cylinder
Capacity 2294cc
Bore/Stroke 101.6 X 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection With Twin Butterflies And Progressive Linkage On Primary Butterflies
Exhaust Stainless Steel 3 Into 1 Into 2, Large-Volume Catalysts In Front Of Chrome-Plated Silencers
Final Drive Shaft
Clutch Wet, Multi-Plate
Gearbox 5-Speed
Oil Capacity 5.9 Litres (1.6 US Gals)


Triumph Rocket III Touring

Chassis Running Gears and Displays

Frame Tubular Steel, Twin Spine
Swingarm Twin-Sided, Steel (Houses Drive Shaft)
Front Cast Aluminum Alloy 25-Spoke 16 X 3.5in
Rear Cast Aluminum Alloy 25-Spoke 16 X 5.0in
Front 150/80 R16
Rear 180/70 R16
Front Kayaba 43mm Forks. 120mm Travel Fully Shrouded Uppers
Rear Kayaba Chromed Spring Twin Shocks With 5 Position Adjustable Preload, 105mm Rear Wheel Travel
Front Twin 320mm Floating Discs, Nissin 4-Piston Fixed Calipers, ABS
Rear Single 316mm Fixed Disc, Brembo 2-Piston Floating Caliper, ABS
Instrument Display/ Functions Analogue Speedometer Featuring Analogue Fuel Gauge, Scroll Button On Handlebars, LCD Trip Computer And Clock

Triumph Rocket III Touring

Dimensions and Capacities

Length 2603mm (102.4in)
Width 995mm (39.1in)
Height Without Mirrors 1182mm (46.5in)
Seat Height 730mm (28.7in)
Wheelbase 1705mm (67.1in)
Rake/Trail 32º/184mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 22.3 Liters (5.9 US Gals)
Wet Weight (Ready To Ride) 395kg (869lbs)

Triumph Rocket III Touring

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

Maximum Power 106PS / 105bhp / 78kW @ 6000rpm
Maximum Torque 203Nm / 150ft.Lbs @ 2500rpm
City 27 MPG
Highway 43 MPG


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