Test: Triumph Rocket III Roadster

Test: Triumph Rocket III Roadster
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Triumph Rocket III Roadster

More power, more torque, better brakes and a more martial appearance for less money: The Triumph press prose is very self-confident about the Rocket Roadster. Rightly?

The feeling that the Rocket Roadster creates when driving is so incomparable that every self-respecting motorcyclist must have experienced it once in a lifetime.

Truly strong words that can be found in the press release about the machine. Balancing this motor monster on two wheels, however, has been a powerful and lasting experience since its debut in 2004.

Thanks to a larger silencer volume and a modified map, the engine should develop even more flavor than in the sister models, the Rocket Classic and Touring. To come to the point: In terms of performance, not much has changed despite the promised nine additional horsepower. The Roadster lifted 135 hp on the MOTORRAD test bench and is therefore on a par with the measurements of the Classic Rocket. However, the roadster drive produces around 12 Newton meters more torque at 3100 rpm and sets the bar all the way up at 210 Newton meters. At least as far as the motorcycle sector is concerned.

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Test: Triumph Rocket III Roadster

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Triumph Rocket III Roadster


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The huge rear silencers have more volume and contribute to increased performance.

You don’t need anything. Because the mountain of torque, which rises steeply shortly after idling speed, seduces almost every pilot to shift gears at a maximum of 2500 rpm. Well: life between 2000 and 3000 tours. That is pure enjoyment. The bearish power paired with the coarse, resinous cooing from the silencers – moments of happiness are for sale. Like its predecessors, the Rocket is so powerful that after a few meters of travel you have already engaged fifth gear and wonder why there are others. Although gear changes are actually more precise and easier to do through modifications in the transmission.

There was also a design change in the drive train, which was reinforced and thus adapted to the supposedly higher performance. This cannot be felt while driving. Nevertheless, one has to agree with the press poetry.

The Roadster is actually the best rocket in history: At 16,990 euros, it is the cheapest version, the most lean angle, the most active and, thanks to ABS, also the safest. Because with this 369 kilogram bolide it is damn hard to feel your way to the blocking limit. A task that now makes the standard ABS superfluous. Equipped in this way, the potential of the very effective brakes can be optimally used. The very soft suspension set-up prevents top values ​​when braking, as the fork locks up and starts to punch in extreme stopping maneuvers. But you can live with that in favor of comfort.

Dear English people, why not like this right away? The Roadster is actually the best cruiser you’ve ever built, as it combines all the benefits of easy gliding with those of a slightly sporty gait. They are also packaged in a very tasty way. It remains to be seen whether, as a real biker, you can’t really die in peace without ever having ridden this machine.

Technical data of the Triumph


Drawing: archive

Diagram: power on the crankshaft; Measurements on Dynojet roller test stand 250, corrected according to 95/1 / EG, maximum possible deviation ± 5%

Engine:
Water-cooled three-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, one balancer 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, secondary ratio 2.846.
Bore x stroke 101.6 x 94.3 mm
Cubic capacity 2294 cm3
Compression ratio 8.7: 1
Rated output 108.8 kW (148 hp) at 5750 rpm
Max. Torque 221 Nm at 3250 rpm

Landing gear:
Backbone frame made of steel, engine load-bearing made of steel, upside-down 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, ABS.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 16; 7.50 x 16
Tires 150/80 R 16; 240/50 R 16
Tires in the Metzeler Marathon ME 880 test

Mass and weight:
Wheelbase 1695 mm, steering head angle 58.0 degrees, caster 148 mm, spring travel f / r 120/105 mm, seat height * 770 mm, weight with a full tank * 369 kg, payload * 220 kg, tank capacity 24.0 liters.
Two year guarantee
Service intervals 16,000 km
Colors black, black matt
Price 16990 euros
Additional costs around 250 euros

Readings
Performance
Top speed (manufacturer information) 193 km / h

acceleration
0-100 km / h 3.6 sec
0-140 km / h 6.2 sec

Draft
60-100 km / h 3.5 sec
100-140 km / h 4.0 sec
140-180 km / h 6.0 sec

Speedometer deviation
Effective (display 50/100)
48/97 km / h

consumption
Country road 6.7 l / 100 km / h
Theor. Range 358 km
Fuel type super

* MOTORCYCLE measurements

Engine:
Water-cooled three-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, one balancer 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, secondary ratio 2.846.
Bore x stroke 101.6 x 94.3 mm
Displacement 2294 cm3
Compression ratio 8.7: 1
rated capacity 108.8 kW (148 hp) at 5750 rpm
Max. Torque 221 Nm at 3250 rpm

Landing gear:
Backbone frame made of steel, engine load-bearing made of steel, upside-down 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, ABS.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 16; 7.50 x 16
Tires 150/80 R 16; 240/50 R 16
Tires in the Metzeler Marathon ME 880 test

Mass and weight:
Wheelbase 1695 mm, steering head angle 58.0 degrees, caster 148 mm, spring travel f / r 120/105 mm, seat height * 770 mm, weight with a full tank * 369 kg, payload * 220 kg, tank capacity 24.0 liters.
guarantee two years
Service intervals 16000 km
Colours Black, black matt
price 16990 euros
Additional costs around 250 euros

Readings:
Performance:
Top speed (Manufacturer information) 193 km / h

acceleration
0-100 km / h 3.6 sec
0-140 km / h 6.2 sec

Draft
60-100 km / h 3.5 sec
100-140 km / h 4.0 sec
140-180 km / h 6.0 sec

Speedometer deviation
Effective (display 50/100)
48/97 km / h

consumption
Country road 6.7 l / 100 km / h
Theor. Range 358 km
Fuel type super

* MOTORCYCLE measurements

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