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Triumph Rocket III (2005-current)



Detail Value
New price £11,999
Used price range View Triumph ROCKET III bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 2294 cc
Power 120 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Triumph Rocket III is the biggest, most bad-ass motorcycle money can buy. The specs are awesome a 2.3-litre engine producing almost 150ft lb of torque, pistons the same size as those found in a Dodge Viper supercar and what was at one time the biggest back tyre on a production bike… The Triumph Rocket III is simply an incredible experience and bravo to Triumph for making it.

 

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Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

At just 2000rpm the Triumph Rocket III's monster 2249cc DOHC motor is chugging away with an incredible 128 ft lbs of torque on tap. But the Triumph Rocket III is not intimidating to ride. Triumph actually softened the power delivery in the first three gears, so although acceleration is outrageous the Rocket III is never out of control.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Triumph Rocket III is good in parts and bad in others. The harsh suspension and feet-forwards riding style is fine on smooth roads, but pothole strikes send jarring waves of pain up your spine and the flying cruciform riding position is tiring over distance. The Rocket III's road holding is very good, though and the ex-Daytona superbike brakes acquit themselves well despite the enormous weight.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Customising your Triumph Rocket III is made easy by the Hinckley factory's colossal catalogue of goodies, ranging from exhausts to ‘Tribal’ graphics to screens to heated grips and so on. It’s just a shame they didn’t fit an alarm/immobiliser as standard.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

With all that chrome on show on the Triumph Rocket III you’ll really need to stay on top of your cleaning regime. Thanks to a hassle-free shaft-drive you won’t need to worry about chain lube or adjusting anything, either. Hard launches can knacker the Rocket’s clutch very quickly indeed.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Compared to a comparable Harley the Triumph Rocket III is a steal. It’s better braked, faster, handles better and it’s British. Secondhand values remain high and providing you keep to 3-4000 miles a year it won’t depreciate faster than a Harley, either. Find a Triumph Rocket III for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2005: Triumph Rocket III introduced.

Other Versions

Triumph Rocket III Classic: Two-tone paintwork, biger footboards and leather panniers as standard
Triumph Rocket III SE: ‘Tribal’ graphics on tank and bodywork included as standard.

Specifications

Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.7 secs
Max power 120 bhp
Max torque 147 ft-lb
Weight 320 kg
Seat height 740 mm
Fuel capacity 25 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 230 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 2294 cc
Engine specification 12v in-line triple, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel twin spine
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 316mm disc
Front tyre size 150/80 x 17
Rear tyre size 240/60 x 16

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(6 reviews)

  • Still Got It

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I wrote a review back in 2008 and thought I would just update it. Yes I have still got the 2005 Rocket, 20 odd thousand miles on it now, and its still going strong.It has never missed a beat and I have serviced it myself with the help of the Triumph manual and local Motorcycle shop. The Wife no longer goes on the back so I have removed the pillion seat, fitted Thuderbike bars and a shorty exhaust, it now sounds like it should do, Loud. Since 2008 I have no longer toured abroad, I have stayed in britain,and apart from the weather it is a beautifull place to ride a bike. And in 2010 I took the bike around the Mountain course in the Isle man at the TT. Next year I am planning on doing Lands End to John o Groats just for fun.The overall finish is still good, [it is garaged] except the wheels are getting a bit tatty.But a third rear tyre will be fitted at the end of this year so I may get the wheels powered coated. As I said previously I started with a Triumph in 67 and at the moment have no Plans on changing the Rocket.I would Recommend this bike to anyone who wants fun,reliability and road presence. Well Done Triumph!

    29 August 2012

  • Its the Best and British

    Dave Everard

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    After 40 odd years of bikes,this is the best bike for the so called grin factor.It may not be as fast or handle as good as some of my previous bikes but what a lot of fun.I have now crossed Spain twice, toured Northern France and am about to cross France down to Salou this year.And no i do not have a screen they all look a bit naff. The last three trips i had the wife on the back with no complaints unless i opened up the throttle a bit to far. I started with Triumphs back in the 60,s and it looks like i will end up with one.Good luck to Triumph.

    19 June 2008

  • 3 great years

    pjones1

    HEREFORD , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had the rocket for 3 years , have had fun riding as well as modding No problems . A keeper

    09 March 2008

  • Impulse Buy I'll never regret

    shottsj

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought on e-bay in the spring. I can't stop smiling every time I ride it. Contrary to Arrow's view mine came with the fly screen which keeps you comfortable to over the ton (in Germany of course!). No it is not the smoothest ride ever and no it doesn't handle like my Sprint but that is not the point. The bike is a beast that turns goes and stops better than any cruiser anywhere ever. You can ride it slow like a Rolls and a little twist of the throttle in high gear takes you past most everything. I'm not into image really but it is a bike that cannot be ignored on the road. No-one could dare say "I didn't see you mate!" could they? Mine is 2004 reg. with 23K on the clock and still looks immaculate - so keep it clean and it'll retain its shine. If you want a smoother comfier version try the new RII Touring, the sensible older brother - which is a beauty - but I'll stick with the original thanks...

    19 February 2008

  • Arrow

    Arrow

    Average rating rating is 3

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    This might go against the grain but unfortunately after 4,000 miles I dont rate the Rocket (mines an 04 bought a few months ago) as highly as others. Yes, the engine is awesome with a terrific induction sound even in standard trim with catalytic convertor but it has a gruff feel to it the faster it spins which can be annoying on long motorway runs. Considering the size of engine the fuel consumption isn't bad though with 45 mpg attainable on 70-80 motorway runs. The bike's handling totally defies its look though to overcome the natural tendancy for the large back tyre to control direction ie. straight ahead only, you have dig that back tyre into the corners using the throttle; back off and it runs oh so wide. Diving into corners on the brakes doesn't unfaze the bike. Whilst the suspension may give it superb, relatively speaking, handling the ride comfort is very poor. If you want to feel every line, bump, rut and pothole on the road this is the bike for you. The rear shocks offer very little damping probably in order to keep the back end handling firm and the seat hight down. (The Yanks like low seat hights.) Braking is good but remember without the rider's weight this is 320+ kilos of solid mass your trying to stop. A screen is a must for those not built like a gorilla but unfortunately whilst the fly screen looks good it offers little protection. At the other end Triumph's tallest screen produces such severe wind turbulance the fillings in your teeth feel as if they are about to go on vacation. (My brother-in-law thought I was joking until he road it.) Open helmets for some reason are not so badly affected or at least my Nolan isn't which for me makes the bike rideable. My greatest disappointment though is the finish or to be more precise the chrome plating. In this day and age I don't expect the chrome plating to be peeling off on a nearly 3 year old bike with 6500 miles on the clock as it was when I bought it. Whilst the paint on the chassis and body parts is standing up well the front of the engine takes the full force of the shite off the front wheel and suffers accordingly. Any one thinking a riding with a pillion would be well advised to take them on any test ride because of that hard rear suspension. Thankfully the bikes hold their price well.

    15 July 2007

  • Rocket

    Buzzard7

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Great Bike

    21 March 2007

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feduptryingtoofindausername

feduptryingtoofindausernamesays

the awesome rocket three

what a animal anyone that cant handle a rocket must have done direct access lol never had any problems every ride leaves me grinning like a cheshire cat get rid of the cat get some after market pipes it needs a backrest my daughter rides with me and she used too be so tense trying too hang on it made her back hurt now with the back rest its no problem full throttle yipeee its the only bike i have ever test rode that when i got back i said i cant put into words how that bike goes i live in derbyshire i'm 50 years old the roads are twisty and rutted and ive never had any problem throwing it around dont be scared of it go out and make it sing

27 July 2011 14:53

ozzibeerbelly

ozzibeerbellysays

rocket 111 arrows comments

Arrow must be a pussy, the rocket is awsome, fantastic bike to ride, brilliant handling for a cruiser, I ride a rocket 111 touring with the big screen no vibration at any speed we have some long straight roads here flat out is not to quick get your wheels balanced this is a fantastic ride. Nothing beats it on acceleration the wife really has to hang on, quicker than any sports bike, just don,t try small roundabouts its to long for that, best bike i,ve ever owned or ridden including lots of japs, earlier triumphs, nortons learn how to ride a real bike before you comment!!!!!

06 March 2010 06:10

noahwasalad

noahwasaladsays

triumph test ride

well hallo i dont know if anybody bothers to read these, i ll have a go. have owned lots of different motorbikes over the years im now fifty. 125 replica racers honda, mz computers honda comuters etc. The one question i would as myself is will it go over a pothol. My farther used to be a driver, he always used to say to me they send people to stoke on trent to learn them dig holes in the road. So will your espensive hard earned bike keep you alive against all comers. I have riden yes ill say the word a british bike for some fifteen years, In all that time it has only had one modification to my knowledge. I ramble anyway took a basic rocket 111 out went along A34 congelton to newcastle road. anyone ever gone along this road and been overtaken buy a car and felt a prat well espesially if it was a woman from barclays bank in an mg. Well it just dosnt happen on a rocket three, People look and think well im not even going to try and wow is that a beautiful bike and yes when u hit a pot hole you dont flert of into the hedge.  so i sharnt bore you with specs and all that stuff the only thing i can tell you is i felt like crying when i had to give the bike back to B +S motorcycles. Thanks Nigel

16 February 2009 20:53

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