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2008 Triumph Rocket III Touring Dominates Mega Cruise - (Australia)

September 19th, 2008

Triumph's Rocket III Touring is boss cocky among the big-bore cruiser fraternity, according to American monthly magazine Cycle World.

The publication recently took nine heavyweight cruisers on a massive 2300km trek through the great south-west, with the Rocket III Touring picked as the best of the marauding pack by three of the riders, and another five placed it within the top three.

This is what the author, Peter Egan, said about the 2.3-litre Rocket III Touring: "Ride quality is superb, and both ends of the taut but compliant suspension work with you to iron out washboard corners and road waves.

"The brakes have as firm, linear touch, and the bike turns in with quick precision and holds its line effortlessly in corners. After only a few miles of twisties, you realise this is a thoroughly developed chassis from a company that takes handling seriously. The big Triumph can be hustled down a winding road confidently."

Other positive comments focused on the superb 2300cc in-line triple engine, and "what is probably the best windshield in our group".

The other machines on the comparo were the Harley-Davidson Road King Classic 105th Anniversary, Honda VTX1800T, Kawasaki VN2000 Classic LT, Moto Guzzi California Vintage, Suzuki Boulevard C109RT, Victory Kingpin Tour and Yamaha Road Star Silverado S.

Of the nine bikes, the Rocket is in a league of its own for torque - 19.23kg-m versus the next best at 15.77kg-m.

Combining classic touring cruiser style with awesome performance and effortless long-haul ability, the Rocket III Touring is designed for those who demand the best. Although built around the same incredible engine platform as the Rocket III, the only chassis parts on the Rocket III Touring that are not brand new are the rear light and the mirrors. Everything else has been designed, styled and engineered from scratch to make the Rocket III Touring the ultimate touring cruiser.

The Rocket III Touring retails in Australia for $25,990, in the following colours: Eclipse Blue/Azure Blue, Jet Black, Jet Black/New England White, and Jet Black/Sunset Red. Contact your local Triumph dealer to organise a test ride.

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