Five years on from the introduction of the original Rocket III comes an even meaner version of this cult classic: the Rocket III Roadster. As the name suggests, the Rocket III Roadster moves away from the original's cruiser orientated styling, taking more of a streetfighter stance with its mid-mounted pegs and blacked out components, but retaining the very essence of what made the original Rocket III great: massive presence, surprisingly sharp handling and a stomping 2,294cc three-cylinder engine.
The result is a motorcycle that continues to deliver a unique riding experience that every red-blooded rider should try at least once in their two-wheeled career. Coming in two mean and moody black colour options the Rocket III Roadster is powered by an uprated version of Triumph's iconic Rocket III powerplant. Maximum power has increased over the outgoing Rocket III, now up to 148PS, with torque up 15% to a mighty 221Nm.
Triumph's sophisticated anti-lock braking system is fitted as standard to the Rocket III Roadster, the first time that an ABS system has been specified to the Rocket III platform, and the bike has received a long list of ergonomic and quality improvements over the previous Rocket III.
The new ergonomics give the Rocket III Roadster a completely different riding experience from its predecessor. The new footrests are further back, lower down and more inboard than on the Rocket III, creating a comfortable riding position, which non-cruiser riders will feel at home with. The plush new seat sits the rider higher and further forward than before, giving a comfortable and natural leg position while reducing the reach to the handlebars. The result is a motorcycle that is easier to steer through corners than any other Rocket III variant.
New rear suspension units have been designed to offer a more comfortable and controlled ride than the previous Rocket III, while the main components take on a blacked out appearance to reinforce the Rocket III's 'bad boy' image. Many components have been taken back to black, while new silencers, one on each side, are the final touches. These have been designed to release more power and torque and optimise the aural experience while creating a more balanced appearance.
Available in Matt Black and metallic Phantom Black.
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