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2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster
2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster
2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster
2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster
2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster
2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster


- 2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster Review

2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

Rocket III Roadster. For when too much is never enough.

2.3 liters. 163ft.lbs of torque. Blacked out. Blinged up. Streetfighting cruiser. Hard. The Rocket III Roadster is not normal, it is very, very extraordinary. No other motorcycle on the planet comes close to delivering the tree-pulling levels of torque that comes as standard with the turbine-like triple. Twist and go. Sounds great, stops great. Standard ABS. Classic streetfighter looks. Are you 'bad' enough for the Rocket III Roadster?

The engine. What an engine. With 2,294cc of pure muscle delivering 146bhp at 5,750 rpm and 163ft.lbs the Roadster accelerates like nothing else. Smooth and balanced with minimal torque reaction.

Of course, such an engine requires a quality chassis and the Rocket III Roadster doesn’t disappoint. High quality chassis components include 43mm upside down forks and standard anti-lock brakes, while the Roadster’s ergonomics have been developed to put the rider in total control.

As you’d expect from a top-of-the-range machine, the Rocket III Roadster features a comprehensive instrumentation package, delivered neatly in the classic twin clock design.

 

TRIUMPH ROCKET III ROADSTER

- World’s largest mass production motorcycle with iconic 2.3 litre three-cylinder Rocket III engine
- High specification includes standard ABS brakes
- 221Nm of torque at 2750rpm
- Flamboyant Phantom Red Haze and Phantom Blue Haze colour options
- Two-year unlimited mileage warranty as standard

It may sound like a cliché, but Triumph’s Rocket III Roadster truly is a unique motorcycle with massive presence and a legendary powerplant. With its 2,294cc three-cylinder engine, the Rocket III Roadster is home to the world’s largest production motorcycle engine. Delivering a 221Nm wallop of torque at just 2750rpm, the Rocket III Roadster delivers a riding experience
unmatched by anything else on two wheels.

Although featuring in Triumph’s Cruiser range, the Rocket III Roadster transcends genres. With its mid-mounted pegs and relatively upright riding position, the Roadster takes on a streetfighter stance and delivers an attitude-laden ride that every motorcyclist should experience at least once in their two-wheeled career.

Shrinking violets need not apply.

The ergonomics ensure that the Roadster delivers a completely different riding experience to any other Rocket IIIs and one that is easier to hustle through the corners. With a plush seat for both rider and pillion, and comfortable and controllable rear suspension, the Rocket III Roadster is capable of covering long distances with aplomb.

As you would expect from a flagship model, the Rocket III Roadster comes highly equipped as standard, with a comprehensive instrumentation including fuel gauge, gear selection indicator and clock, 43mm upside down front forks, adjustable rear suspension, low maintenance shaft drive and sophisticated anti lock brakes as standard.

Up front, the Rocket III Roadster sports Triumph’s trademark twin headlights to make this imposing motorcycle even more striking, while the components carefully balance black and chrome to create an aggressive stripped down look.

The Rocket III Roadster also comes with the option of special colour options. In addition to the popular metallic Phantom Black comes in two flamboyant colour schemes: Phantom Red Haze and Phantom Blue Haze. These are hand painted in Triumph’s Hinckley factory and contain high sparkle content which create an impression of incredible depth in sunlight, transforming from near black to a vibrant red or blue.

 

 

 


 

2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster Features and Benefits

Fuel Efficiency:

29 MPG City / 45 MPG Highway

Engine:

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder

Rear Brakes:

Single 316mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, ABS

Instruments:

Analogue speedometer featuring LCD odometer, trip information, clock and analogue tachometer featuring fuel level indicator, gear position indicator

 

Brakes

The Rocket III Roadster features a sophisticated anti-lock braking system that makes 100 calculations each second to ensure the rider retains full control under extreme braking.


Suspension

Menacingly blacked out 43mm upside down forks offer precise steering while twin shock absorbers at the rear provide a comfortable and composed ride one-up or two.


Chassis

With its blacked out components, the Rocket III Roadster oozes menace and quality in equal doses.


Engine

The Rocket III Roadster features the most powerful version yet of the incomparable 2.3 liter, in-line, water cooled, triple.




 


 

2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster - US Specifications/Technical Details
USA MSRP Price: Actual price determined by dealer

Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 2294cc
Bore/Stroke 101.6 x 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with twin butterflies and progressive linkage on primary butterflies
Exhaust Stainless steel 3 into 1 into 2, large volume catalysts in front of chrome-plated exhaust
Final Drive Shaft
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 5-speed constant mesh
Oil Capacity 5.9 liters (1.6 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Tubular steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel (houses drive shaft)
Wheel Front Cast aluminum alloy 5 spoke, 17 x 3.5in
Rear Cast aluminum alloy 5 spoke, 16 x 7.5in
Tire Front 150/80 R17
Rear 240/50 R16
Suspension Front Kayaba 43mm upside down forks, 120mm travel
Rear Kayaba black spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload, 105mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front Twin 320mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers, Nissin ABS system
Rear Single 316mm fixed disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, Nissin ABS system
Instrument Display/Functions Analogue speedometer featuring LCD odometer, trip information, clock and analogue tachometer featuring fuel level indicator, gear position indicator

Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2500 mm (98.3 in)
Width (handlebars) 970mm (38.2in)
Height without mirrors 1165mm (45.8in)
Seat Height 750mm (29.5in)
Wheelbase 1695mm (66.7in)
Rake/Trail 32?/148mm
Fuel Tank Capacity / Efficiency 24 liters (6.3 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 367 kg (807 lbs)
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 148PS / 146bhp / 109 kW @ 5750rpm
Maximum Torque 221Nm / 163 ft.lbs @ 2750rpm
Fuel Efficiency 29 MPG City / 45 MPG Highway *Estimated from fuel economy tests on a sample motorcycle conducted under ideal laboratory conditions. Actual mileage may vary based upon personal riding habits, weather, vehicle condition, and other factors.

Price
On The Road *Actual price determined by dealer. Price excludes taxes, license, options and $495 in destination/handling charges Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.

 


 

2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: On The Road 17,999

Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 2294cc
Bore/Stroke 101.6 x 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with twin butterflies and progressive linkage on primary butterflies
Exhaust Stainless steel 3 into 1 into 2, large volume catalysts in front of chrome-plated silencers
Final Drive Shaft
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 5-speed constant mesh
Oil Capacity 5.9 litres (1.6 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Tubular steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel (houses drive shaft)
Wheel Front Cast aluminium alloy 5 spoke, 17 x 3.5in
Rear Cast aluminium alloy 5 spoke, 16 x 7.5in
Tyre Front 150/80 R17
Rear 240/50 R16
Suspension Front Kayaba 43mm upside down forks, 120mm travel
Rear Kayaba black spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload, 105mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front Twin 320mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers, Nissin ABS system
Rear Single 316mm fixed disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, Nissin ABS system
Instrument Display/Functions Analogue speedometer featuring LCD odometer, trip information, clock and analogue tachometer featuring fuel level indicator, gear position indicator

Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2500 mm (98.3 in)
Width (handlebars) 970mm (38.2in)
Height without mirrors 1165mm (45.8in)
Seat Height 750mm (29.5in)
Wheelbase 1695mm (66.7in)
Rake/Trail 32?/148mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 24 litres (6.3 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 367 kg (807 lbs)
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 148PS / 146bhp / 109 kW @ 5750rpm
Maximum Torque 221Nm / 163 ft.lbs @ 2750rpm
Fuel Efficiency 8.2l/100km City / 5.3l/100km Highway

Price
On The Road 17,999 *Suggested Retail pricing only, actual price is determined by dealer. Price excludes $550 in destination & handling charges, taxes, license, options & pre-delivery expense. Prices and specifications subject to change without notice.



 

2012 Triumph Rocket III Roadster - International Specifications/Technical Details
Europe MSRP Price: On The Road from £12,399

Engine and Transmission
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity 2294cc
Bore/Stroke 101.6 x 94.3mm
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with twin butterflies and progressive linkage on primary butterflies
Exhaust Stainless steel 3 into 1 into 2, large volume catalysts in front of chrome-plated silencers
Final Drive Shaft
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 5-speed constant mesh
Oil Capacity 5.9 litres (1.6 US gals)
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
Frame Tubular steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel (houses drive shaft)
Wheel Front Cast aluminium alloy 5 spoke, 17 x 3.5in
Rear Cast aluminium alloy 5 spoke, 16 x 7.5in
Tyre Front 150/80 R17
Rear 240/50 R16
Suspension Front Kayaba 43mm upside down forks, 120mm travel
Rear Kayaba black spring twin shocks with 5 position adjustable preload, 105mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front Twin 320mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston fixed calipers, Nissin ABS system
Rear Single 316mm fixed disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper, Nissin ABS system
Instrument Display/Functions Analogue speedometer featuring LCD odometer, trip information, clock and analogue tachometer featuring fuel level indicator, gear position indicator

Dimensions and Capacities
Length 2500 mm (98.3 in)
Width (handlebars) 970mm (38.2in)
Height without mirrors 1165mm (45.8in)
Seat Height 750mm (29.5in)
Wheelbase 1695mm (66.7in)
Rake/Trail 32?/148mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 24 litres (6.3 US gals)
Wet Weight (ready to ride) 367 kg (807 lbs)
Performance (measured at crankshaft to 95/1/EC)
Maximum Power 148PS / 146bhp / 109 kW @ 5750rpm
Maximum Torque 221Nm / 163 ft.lbs @ 2750rpm
Fuel Efficiency Urban: 34.4mpg (8.2 l/100km) - 56mph: 53.7mpg (5.3 l/100km) - 75mph: 43.1mpg (6.5 l/100km)

Price
On The Road from £12,399

* Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), the actual sale prices can vary.


 

 

 

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