2004 Triumph Rocket 3 (Rocket III)
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– 2004 Triumph Rocket 3 (Rocket III)
The first ever production bike to break the 2-litres barrier, the Rocket III is the ultimate power cruiser.
As alluded to by its name and alone among the cruiser fold the Rocket III is powered by a triple cylinder engine, an engine format that Triumph has very much made its own. Its fuel-injected, longitudinally-mounted, in-line three-cylinder engine has a cubic capacity of 2,294cc – 140 cubic inches – and uses the same size pistons as a ten-cylinder American muscle car.
But the impressive numbers don’t end there as Rocket III makes more peak torque than two together of almost any other production motorcycle. To be precise, a massive 147ft.lbf torque at 2,500rpm, with 90% delivered at a mere 1,800 rpm. This stunning triple digit number means, two-up, it will accelerate faster than pretty much anything else on two wheels.
But while the Rocket III’s statistics and its looks are striking, our motorcycles are built to be ridden, not just admired. Usability is a core belief at Triumph and an element close to the heart of every Triumph rider, so built around the Rocket III’s motor is a chassis that’s more than a match for its monstrous output.
Just as remarkable as the engine’s sheer motive force is the balance that’s been struck between power and control making the Rocket III a surprisingly easy-to-manage machine. The ergonomics are such that it’s no more of a stretch to the foot or handlebar controls than it is on the Triumph America cruiser model. This relaxed riding position, along with the hugely torquey engine, provides the perfect platform for stealing the limelight close to home or for eating up countless miles on a longer jaunt.
The standard machine is fitted with a detachable pillion seat and comes in Jet Black or Cardinal Red. There is also a whole range of Triumph accessories available for those who want to add a touch of their own personal style.
But make no mistake, the Rocket III is not just another motorcycle; it’s the ride of a lifetime. There isn’t a benchmark it hasn’t obliterated, a limit it hasn’t disregarded. It is, simply, the biggest and most impressive production motorcycle the world has ever seen. Added to the breathtaking riding experience are truly original looks that ensure it will never be mistaken for any other machine.
Awesome is an over-used word but for the Rocket III it’s barely adequate.
The first production motorcycle to break the 2-litres barrier the Rocket III is not a force of nature or just merely of man, but is a force in itself, a mechanical whirlwind of uncompromised metal.
Consider if you will these few basic facts about the Rocket III. Fact number one – its unique fuel-injected, twelve-valve, longitudinally-mounted, in-line three-cylinder engine has a cubic capacity of 2,294cc – 140 cubic inches – and uses the same size pistons as a ten-cylinder American muscle car.
Fact two; the Rocket III makes more peak torque than two together of almost any other production motorcycle. Yes, that’s right, that’s two, together. To be precise, 147ft.lbf torque at 2,500rpm. That stunning triple digit number means, two-up, the Rocket III will accelerate faster than pretty much anything else on two wheels. Pulling 1.2g in the process. It also delivers over 90% of peak torque between 1,800 – 6,000rpm.
Fact three, then, the Rocket III is one of the quickest accelerating bikes ever built. No question.
But the bold facts don’t paint the whole picture – at the heart of every Triumph motorcycle is the core belief in rider usability and the Rocket III is no exception. Built around the Rocket III’s motor is a chassis that’s more than a match for its monstrous output. Just as remarkable as the engine’s sheer motive force is the balance that’s been struck between power and control making the Rocket III a surprisingly easy-to-manage machine.
A tubular steel spine frame houses the motor while maintenance-free shaft drive lays power to the massive, 240/50-section rear tyre. The front brakes are Daytona 955i specification – twin four-piston calipers mate with floating 320mm discs – and provide awesome stopping power. The rear brake is a single twin piston caliper and 316mm disc. The fuel-efficient engine coupled with a huge 25 litres fuel tank (6.6 gal US), gives the Rocket III an impressive range and a whole range of Triumph accessories will be available for those who want to make a very special motorcycle that little bit more special.
But make no mistake, the Rocket III is not just a motorcycle; it’s the ride of a lifetime. There isn’t a benchmark it hasn’t obliterated, a limit it hasn’t disregarded. It is, simply, the biggest and most impressive production motorcycle the world has ever seen. Awesome is an over-used word – except when applied to the Rocket III. Then it is only barely adequate.
– Jet Black
– Cardinal Red
2004 Triumph Rocket 3 (Rocket III) Specifications:
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Bore/Stroke 101.6 x 94.3mm
Compression Ratio 8.7:1
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Ignition Digital – inductive type – via electronic management system
Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive Shaft
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Frame Tubular steel, twin spine
Swingarm Twin-sided, steel
Wheels Front Alloy 5-spoke, 17 x 3.5in
Rear Alloy 5-spoke, 16 x 7.5in
Tyres Front 150/80 V 17
Rear 240/50 V 16
Suspension Front 43mm upside down forks
Rear Chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload
Brakes Front Twin 320mm floating discs, 4 piston calipers
Rear Single 316mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Length 2480mm (97.6in)
Width (Handlebars) 880mm (34.6in)
Height 1150mm (45.3in)
Seat Height 740mm (29.1in)
Wheelbase 1690mm (66.5in)
Weight (Dry) 320kg (704lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity 25 litres (6.6 gal US)
(MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020)
Maximum Power 142PS (140bhp) at 5,750 rpm
Maximum Torque 200Nm (147ft.lbf) at 2,500 rpm
Two Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty
Riders Association Triumph Membership Included
Specifications are subject to change without notice, in accordance with national regulation and legislations.