We revisited the 2004 - 2016 big, bold and bonkers Triumph Rocket III...but should you buy onw?
Alongside that we also browsed the difference in insurance quotes between the used CB1000R and its bruiser rivals.
What's it like now?
MCN Consumer Editor, Tony Hoare says:
"There’s no feeling in motorcycling like riding a Rocket III. Arms wide, heaving on the bars and persuading biking’s biggest behemoth that it would be for the best if it deviated from the straight- line path on which it’s so intent.
"This example, with just 6000 miles on the clock in six years, is a perfect example of the bruising breed. Within yards of leaving the dealership the engine is growling its approval as the throttle bodies draw their fuel-charged breath and Dodge Viper-sized pistons stomp mightily towards 3000rpm.
"It’s 10 years since I rode a Rocket III, when I spent a jolly month building up muscles and cruising as far as the Assen MotoGP race. But it all floods back quickly, especially at the first roundabout. Steering is a matter of persuasion rather than on-demand thanks to the weight and monstrous torque – 147ftlb at just 2000rpm means the slightest crack of throttle brings plentiful shove.
"But adapt to its ways and the Rocket III is a smile machine. Forward thinking is crucial along with a right foot that’s poised over the back brake to settle matters down, but that roar as the engine reaches 5000rpm or so is a treat. Handling is more machete than scalpel, but it gets the job done and is surprisingly capable for a lump that can create its own solar eclipse.
"This one picture above is from 2010 and rides beautifully, as you might expect for something with such low mileage. A Rocket III like this would be a brilliant addition to any garage for sunny acceleration-fests. Only trouble is, there wouldn’t be any garage room left for anything else."
Here's MCN Compare's insurance sample quotes for £9500 used bruisers, from cheapest to costliest, and where the Rocket sits:
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