2013 Triumph Rocket III Unleashed!
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Triumph Motorcycles has taken the leash off its 2013 Rocket III, doing away with the electronic torque limiter that formerly governed its first three gears. And you thought the Rocket III was a beast before! We can't wait to crack the throttle on this torque-filled monster.
Triumph’s Rocket III Roadster
, a monster of a motorcycle with one of the highest displacements around, just got a little bit better. Triumph
has taken the leash off its ultimate muscle cruiser, doing away with the electronic torque limiter that restricted power in the first three gears. That means riders can now enjoy an uninhibited blast of torque throughout the rev range in every gear. Time for some celebratory burnouts!
Triumph claims this equates to an additional 2 bhp and 15.48 lb-ft of extra torque for riders to play with on a motorcycle that already pulls like a team of Clydesdales! Max output remains the same though, which is fine because its 2294cc Inline Triple already put out a gaudy claim of 146 bhp and 163 lb-ft of arm-stretching power @ 2750 rpm.
This year, the Triumph Rocket III Roadster will look even more menacing thanks to blacked-out bits, including its air box cover, radiator cap, horn cover, headlight housing, mirrors, and fork. The treatment extends to its massive chassis as well. In addition to its dual 320mm discs up front, the Rocket III Roadster gets Nissin ABS as standard fare while its backside sports a healthy 240mm Metzeler ME880 XXL chunk of rubber. How do you like yours, black finish or matte black? Very well then, it happens to be offered with twin racing stripes in either red or black.
The 2013 Triumph Rocket III also comes in a Touring version. It, too, has been “retuned to deliver increased torque at low speeds” but its power numbers are a slightly more modest 105 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque @2500 rpm. Touring features include color-matched, lockable, removable saddlebags, a quick-release windscreen, teardrop-shaped floorboards, auxiliary lights and a standard luggage rack.
Unlike the Roadster version, the Rocket III Tourer retains its shiny bits, with chrome highway bars, fork, and radiator trim. Passengers will be glad to know it comes from the factory equipped with a quick-release sissy bar and a passenger backrest. My wife absolutely loved the ride quality of the Rocket III last time we tested one, and that’s without being outfitted with the passenger package. Looks like we’ll have to do some two-up traveling on this one to see if it’s still one of her favorite motorcycles I’ve brought home. Besides, I’m itching to crack the throttle on this unrestricted beast!
One of the burliest bikes around gets just what it needed – more muscle, and we like it! We like it a lot!!
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