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2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster First Look

Tuesday, September 29, 2009
2010 Triumph Rocket III RoadsterThe 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster takes a walk on the dark side  with a small  smoked wind shroud and a blacked-out fork  yokes  and radiator shroud.
Could Triumph make the Rocket III even more formidable? With more torque, a new braking system, upgraded suspension and new ergonomics, the venerable British marque may have outdone itself with the 2010 Rocket III Roadster.
Triumph has taken one of the largest capacity motorcycles on the road, its Rocket III, and given it just what it needed – more power! The monolithic three-cylinder, 2294cc mill has received a claimed 15% boost in torque, pushing output numbers to a gaudy 165 lb-ft. In accordance to its boost in torque, more horsepower can be expected, yet Triumph is mum so far on its exact numbers.
To rein in all that power, the 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster is outfitted with the British marque’s proven anti-lock braking system. The Roadster is the first Rocket model to sport ABS standard. The ABS will support the Rocket Roadster’s twin 320mm floating discs with Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers front set-up and single 316mm fixed disc with Brembo 2-piston floating calipers on the rear.
Ergonomics on Triumph’s power cruiser have been reconfigured with the footpegs moved further back, lower down, and more inboard. The Roadster has a new seat that’s a bit higher and further forward than before, which shortens the reach to the handlebars as a result. Triumph has attempted to make the riding position more comfortable and relaxed in order to make the big bike easier to handle. New Kayaba rear suspension should also improve the ride quality.

To go along with its updated engine, the 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster has a three-into-one exhaust similar to the Rocket III Touring model. New cans, one on each side, have been redesigned to “release more power and torque and optimize the aural experience.” Aiding in its transition from cruiser to muscle bike, the Roadster has a sporty little smoked wind shroud on the front and a less bulbous, more tapered, angular tank design. The new Rocket also makes its move to the dark side, as the fork, yokes, radiator shroud and rear springs all receive the blacked-out treatment, which ties right in with the two color options – black, or black. The first is what Triumph touts as metallic Phantom Black and the other is Matte Black.

The 2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster reportedly will hit dealership floors in early 2010. No US price has been listed yet, but it retails for £10,949 ($17,462 US). More power, better brakes, new ergos and a more streamlined design are signs that Triumph is looking to directly compete with Yamaha’s muscle bike, the V-Max.

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69birdflu   October 7, 2012 04:06 AM
Ugly...UGLY??? Remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And when I ride with my HD buddies,(that paid twice the price with half the balls) it really chaps their seat when people walk past their bikes to gaze at my Rocket. And it happens every time.
Ricky Z -Hey Skeeter  January 14, 2011 06:34 PM
"Real men ride Harleys" ?? Looks like the boys in Milwaukee got you brainwashed too. So brainwashed, that your willing to pay a small fortune for a loud, vibrating POS.

Hey Skeeter; Go jump on your scooter. And get lost.
Ricky Z -Compete??  January 14, 2011 06:25 PM
This bike will compete directly with the V-Max? You can't be serious! A V-Max?? There is NO competition there...just a royal ass kicking! The ONLY thing on planet earth with two wheels that will compete with the R3 is a Busa. Period.
James -Give me ugly any day!!  September 19, 2010 10:22 PM
Who gives a S**t if this bike is ugly. It’s not designed to be a P***y. it’s big and mean just the way Triumph wanted it. Way to go Triumph for giving us true motorcycle enthusiast a winner.
RABI -TOHUNGA  June 29, 2010 02:42 AM
rockhammer -Dr.  June 15, 2010 01:31 PM
it's a hard machine...which women don't like?
JT73 -Point to Bama Bill  May 19, 2010 10:00 PM
I've owned an RIII ... incredible machine ... enough power to scare ya ... and plan on getting the new Roadster model ASAP. The bike is a tad gainly looking sometimes; so is the A-10 Warthog. Both awesome ... the look is part of the charm. I like HDs too. Just not for me is all. Price/power ratio just doesn't cut it for me. But to Bama Bill's point ... that's me.
Bama Bill -Bama Bill  March 27, 2010 01:27 PM
You guys are a trip. No, the new Rocket 3 is not a beautiful scooter. Nor are some hd's that are out. Apples to oranges the rocket 3 smokes the vrod muscle and there's no comparison. Lets purchase what we as individuals enjoy riding and stop the p'sing contests :P
mike..... brizzy -miss pretty panties?  March 2, 2010 03:27 AM
lol. traded our duc on a meanstreak 1600.....went to bike show at gold coast and found the rocket, then the roadster.......omg, i just gotta have me one of these!
Aussie Jeff -Gimme Ugly  December 18, 2009 07:00 AM
So what's wrong with ugly? I like ugly! Ooohh look at little miss pretty panties Ducati and her fine thoroughbred lines...NAH!!! Make it big, make it ugly, make it a mongrel and paint it black!!!
mortimer -Rocket 3  December 12, 2009 08:39 PM
This bike si a real joy I have a 2006 very nice and also I oune a fat boy,not to bad,please not compare apples with oranges, harleys are very slow bikes, we call them crouiser for that,
croxxed -H-D VS THE ROCKET  December 4, 2009 01:34 PM
I have a ROCKET 111. There is no stock HD. That can beat a stock rocket 111. EVEN if it has a screaming BEGAL stage 111. Just HOW FAST is a Begal? M.M.
Thruxton 865 -Roadster the great  December 2, 2009 08:00 AM
Well I own a triumph and an HD, A 06 thruxton 900 and a 07 HD Heritage softail. Like them both, I will buy a Rocket III next though, and keep the HD as well. I think HD quality is very good but you have to like the bike for what it is. They have there style and they stick to it. I love my triumph, great handling bike with good classic looks. I am a bit worried about the roadster changes moving things foward and pegs back I am 6'5" I will ride one and see
Hemmo -it's not really HD-v-R3  November 22, 2009 09:05 AM
...it's just choice. I rode Harley's for years and enjoyed every minute, but decided to go for something unique yet powerful -and that did not look like a HD copy - so went R3. Oh, my! It's got more balls than I have but handles (better), rolls into the garage (better) and just gets up and goes (better). Drive is smooth as; and with the drilled out plates - sounds good too; but ya can't hear me 'cause they make me ride at the back of the HOG group :)
Metal -H-D  November 16, 2009 09:52 AM
My question to all H-D riders is this: Let's suppose Harley-Davidson Motorcycles was bought by another company. From now on it is going to be called "Mr. John's Motorcycles". They keep every single employee, the same "quality" H-D is famous for (?!) and the exact same bike line. Would you still buy the same bike model you have or like, but now from Mr. John's?
Patrick -Harleys...  October 29, 2009 02:00 AM
The Triumph Rocket Roadster is the coolest bike i the world!ive had 2 HD Softail-never again a Harley.
Harleys are overpriced,bad crome,overall bad quality,bad brakes,very boring to ride.
and look at the 2010 Harleys,WTF!

Looking forvard to this spring-on my new Rocket Roadster

But hey guys,most importent-We love to ride our bikes!
unclebuck -posers  October 20, 2009 04:48 PM
I want a harley because I'm cool. I look cool and It's loud. My day job is as a doctor. I would fit right in with the wild hogs. My wife is a gynecologist and she rides a harley sportster. We are as cool as it gets. I also like overpaying for things just because they are cool. Yesterday my wife saw M.M. at the office. He's pretty cute! IF YOU ARE COOL RIDE A HARLEY. IF YOU ARE THE REST OF THE WORLD RIDE WHAT EVER YOU WANT!
jpooch00 -Butt ugly  October 19, 2009 03:43 PM
That's the ugliest POS I've seen in years!
Greenman -Harley wimps  October 12, 2009 08:15 PM
skeeter, mike and all you HD wimps: Put your diapers on and sit in the corner sucking your thumbs as you get crushed by yet another superior motorcycle. You put the Rocket III down as ugly because you can't face the fact that you ride something that is third-rate, third-class and last in line. Persist in your delusion, we're not interested in having you around; you can't keep up with us on your antiquated lump of sh*t anyway, so it won't be a problem.
Sean -" AND THE ROCKETS RED GLARE"  October 11, 2009 03:24 PM
After owing 2 vmaxs in the past (1986 and a 2002)both were bullit proof (very reliable bikes) and a boss hoss {350) which was a nice toy but hard to ride and I was happy to sell it, and for the last 3 years I've been on my 2006 rocket classic, wonderful motorcycle much more road friendly then the vmaxs and far more friendly then the hoss! but I cant say anything good about the service departments at the local triumph dealers here in my part of colorado, which is a shame! before I decided to go with the rocket I looked at a few diffrent hardleys and even there new pride and joy the v-rod doesnt have my rockets power and torque, plain and simple!!! and now there is even more (WOW)!!!!!!!
skeeter -Calling all yuppies...  October 10, 2009 07:28 PM
The Rocket 3 is just plain UGLY. It's right up there with the Victory Vision. If you silly people in your his & hers matching gear want to ride one, have at it. Just don't wave to the real men on the Harleys, and don't wear Harley t-shirts while your riding your yuppie metric garbage. LONG LIVE milwaukee mike!!!
jon -milwaukee mike  October 8, 2009 03:54 PM
Fast,...maybe? Ugly,..for sure maybe thats what his girl or boy friend keeps telling him??
Racer1 -Why bother Mike...  October 1, 2009 08:52 AM
I think we can all assume - without you bothering to post - that if it's not a Harley you hate it and if it is a Harley you love it. Thanks for not taking the time to post in future, we got ya. As to this bike - there is a lot to like, but from a styling perspective I think that if the three vertical header pipes were even very slightly swept back it would make the engine look a LOT better and less clunky and boxy. Cool motor though, not my cup of tea but I'd take one over any other cruiser on the market if I had to make a choice.
Joaquim Gonsalves -..  October 1, 2009 12:23 AM
Just when I was thinking the bike could do with more torque. :P
Scottie -No sales person  September 30, 2009 01:45 PM
Yesterday I walked into the Triumph/Ducati dealer here in Manhattan to look at the Thunderbird. I was there about five minutes and no one even asked me if I needed any help. Based on the dismal sales data we keep reading and hearing about you'd think they would have been all over me.
Jo -milwaukee mike  September 30, 2009 12:40 PM
If Triumph put two wheels on the back of the Rocket you would say they are trying to copy that three wheeled rolling toilet that Harley calls their Tri-Glide.

Tri-Glide, slow you bet’cha, ugly no doubt, over priced oh yeah, something only milwaukee mike would ride or even own absolutely!

Nick -Is Milwaukee Mike really a man?  September 29, 2009 11:14 PM
Sometime's we all wonder if Mr. Milwaukee Mike came out in the open & we'd all be surprised to say..."Good damn.. Mike isn't a man, is he a pig?"
Mr. Obvious -M.M.'s comment...  September 29, 2009 06:56 PM
We are all glad that you were able to be the first one to comment on this story. Let's see what sticks out...

Mike, Lipstick, Pig, Butit's, Two wheels on rear (Tricycle?), Agricultural, Fast, Ugly.

Seems like a great big Freudian slip to me!

Just saying...
milwaukee mike -You can put lipstick on a pig, butit's still a pig  September 29, 2009 05:43 PM
They should have put two wheels on the rear. Why? It looks about as agricultural as a Tractor.
Fast,...maybe? Ugly,..for sure.