Triumph Rocket 3 Touring unveiled - plus exclusive MCN spy shots
15 October 2007 16:16
Triumph Motorcycles has finally unveiled the long-awaited Triumph Rocket III Touring to its American motorcycle dealers yeterday (Sunday, October 14, 2007).
The finished motorcycle has a new frame, wheels and suspension in effort to make the Triumph Rocket III more suited to touring and easier to handle. The suspension is new, with right way-up forks replacing the upside down sports-style items used on the Triumph Rocket III. The twin rear shocks are also unique to the Triumph Rocket III Touring, and are matched with forks to give a comfortable ride suited to touring use.
The wheels are narrower than the Triumph Rocket III’s massive rims, and the sporty five-spoke design is dropped in favour of billet aluminium designs with a more subtle slotted pattern.
The riding position is suitably different from the Triumph Rocket III, the large dual seat, swept back bars, foot boards, heel-and-toe gear lever and over sized hand controls giving the comfortable riding position expected in a touring cruiser. The screen and panniers have quick release mountings to allow owners to transform the motorcycle’s style closer to a conventional cruiser. Each part has lockable mountings to prevent theft.
The tank, headlights, front and rear mudguards and instruments have a more restrained conventional look than the Triumph Rocket III, although for owners who want to take it further Triumph will offer over 70 accessories to boost the looks and wow-factor as well as its touring potential.
The Triumph Rocket III Touring will be shown to the public at the Milan Show in November, and bikes will hit showrooms in early 2008, costing £12,799 on the road (£400 more than the Triumph Rocket III).
Although the firm has only revealed a single official picture of the motorcycle, we can show you all the angles, having exclusively photographed the finished bike on the road.