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.
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.
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.
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
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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.