Driving report Triumph Rocket III Touring

Driving report Triumph Rocket III Touring
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Driving report Triumph Rocket III Touring

Driving report Triumph Rocket III Touring

Driving report Triumph Rocket III Touring

Driving report Triumph Rocket III Touring

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Big buck

Whether Kenworth truck, Dodge pickup or V8 Corvette: The Texan likes big blocks. Thus an ideal environment to present the Touring Rocket III.

The road sign says Broken Pipe Road. Interesting name for a street somewhere in the heart of Texas. The dusty slope is not exactly inviting, however, so we prefer to stay on the nameless Main Road with the heavy Triumph tourers. It’s as wide as a motorway and leads? according to the cliché ?? straight to the horizon.

Here, where the cowboy proudly carries the Stetson even in the dull, babbling pickup, the heavy touring cruiser with a gigantic displacement of 2.3 liters is the ideal vehicle. Here streets lead as if drawn with a ruler either from east to west or from north to south, here you put in the last gear and let the rocker switch rest all day long. The three-cylinder giant lifts 209 Nm at 2000 revs. This corresponds to about 80 km / h in the last gear. From idling speed, the big block drive with its gigantic flywheels takes on the gas as smooth as butter. In the fifth, you trundle through the scattered villages at 30 mph (48 km / h) and enjoy the full thrust that nudges the fat tourer to the permitted 65 miles per hour (105 km / h) in no time at all.

That’s cool, that’s the American way of driving. In principle, this impressive experience of powerful, yet silky-smooth power is already known from the three-cylinder cruiser. However, the engine of the touring variant has been modified for even more bang in the basement, the top performance cut off. 107 hp indicates triumph. Enough enough to be handcuffed by the local sheriff at their fullest. But anyone who now suspects that the Touring is simply a Rocket III with a disc and suitcase is completely wrong.

Chromium colossus


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Mass and quality: the Triumph Rocket III Touring offers the necessary comfort even on long journeys.

Except for the brake system and the rear light, everything about the drive is new. Because the rear 240 cruiser tire was swapped for a more curve-friendly 180, the entire rear could be made narrower. The steering geometry is also new, so that the right-angled turning in the American street square does not turn into an egg dance.

That the effort was worth it becomes clear when a few hours later the horizon has still not come any closer, instead a few streets winding through the barren landscape appear between the gentle hills. The Touring Rocket is certainly a colossus of a motorcycle, the mass of which is always and everywhere present. But in contrast to the cruiser, the tourer is far less headstrong, with rounded turns it runs surprisingly elegantly and cooperatively through the curves. The suspension is not as heavy-handed as on the cruiser. Long-distance suitability was a top priority during development. The enormous mass creates the best conditions for a fine ride comfort, which gives a very full feeling. In addition, the wide saddle with two foam layers of different firmness ensures first-class seating comfort. And the feet of the crew rest on lush running boards. With the exception of the chrome-plated plastic radiator cover, everything is solid and looks dignified.


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Heavy Metal: massive metal everywhere.

For example, the windshield with its solid stainless steel fittings, which is fixed by hand lever and can be removed in no time. In the accessories there is alternatively a higher version, or you can cruise without a windbreak. And without a suitcase. Because they can also be removed quickly, but then a sturdy, but not very attractive tubular frame comes to light. Triumph offers an extensive range of accessories to increase functionality or individualize the vehicle. Including adjustable back supports, sissy bars, luggage options. And of course chrome without end, so ?? especially important in Texas ?? the show is right. A small oil well in the garden is helpful, because the chrome-glittering heavyweight is of course not available for a handful of dollars.

Data Triumph Rocket III Touring


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The foldable aluminum running boards of the Triumph Rocket III Touring have narrow steel pads as protection against abrasion.

Engine: water-cooled three-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, a balance shaft, two overhead, chain-driven camshafts, four valves per cylinder, bucket tappets, dry sump lubrication, injection, Ø 52 mm, regulated catalytic converter, 492 W alternator, 12 V / 18 Ah battery, mechanically operated multi-disc Oil bath clutch, five-speed gearbox, cardan.

Bore x stroke 101.6 x 94.3 mm
Cubic capacity 2294 cm³
Compression ratio 8.7: 1
Rated output 79.0 kW (107 hp) at 5400 rpm
Max. Torque 209 Nm at 2000 rpm

Landing gear: Bridge frame made of steel, load-bearing motor, telescopic fork, Ø 43 mm, two-arm swing arm made of steel, two spring struts, adjustable spring base, double disc brake at the front, Ø 320 mm, four-piston fixed calipers, disc brake at the rear, Ø 316 mm, double-piston floating caliper.

Cast aluminum wheels: 3.50 x 16; 5.00 x 16
Tires 150/80 R 16; 180/70 R 16

Mass and weight: Wheelbase 1708 mm, steering head angle 58.0 degrees, caster 185 mm, spring travel f / r 120/105 mm, seat height 736 mm, dry weight 362 kg, tank capacity 22.3 liters.

Guarantee: two years
Colors: blue, black, black / red, black / white
Price without additional costs: 18990 euros

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