2006 Triumph Rocket III
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– 2006 Triumph Rocket III
2006 Triumph Rocket III
Changes for 2006:
– Stunning new Scorched Yellow colour option
– Black engine finish
– Two new factory-fit custom paint schemes
The Rocket III has carved a unique niche in the clone-like cruiser market and exists in a class all its own with its striking looks, stunning performance and incredible specification. But while it may be the largest capacity production motorcycle in the world it’s designed first and foremost to be ridden. Good lock-to-lock movement, seamless fuel-injection and a low centre of gravity combine to make low speed manoeuvring surprisingly easy, while the steering geometry and overall length give a securely planted and confident feel. Added to this is generous ground clearance, making the Rocket III a truly useable machine that will tour highways, cruise streets and hustle turns with effortless ability.
The Rocket III is not only the world’s largest capacity production motorcycle, it’s also a bike without equal. Its unique, fuel-injected, triple cylinder engine has a cubic capacity of 2,294cc – that’s 140 cubic inches – and uses massive, 101.6mm diameter pistons. It makes 147ft-lbs of torque at 2,750rpm. This incredible output means even two-up the Rocket III accelerates incredibly hard without obvious effort, and relentless forward motion is just a slight twist of throttle away.
Twin butterfly valves for each throttle body are used to give precise control over the engine and this set-up allows the ECU (Electronic Control Unit) to vary the mixture flow and ignition map dependent on gear selected and road speed. The torque curve is thus tailored specifically for each gear ratio. And the result is impressive – over 90% of the engine’s prodigious torque output is available at just 2000rpm, giving incredible levels of flexibility and making the five-speed gearbox (nearly) redundant. New for 2006 is the black finished engine.
The Rocket III’s chassis, as you’d expect is something quite special. It centres on a large tubular steel twin-spine frame, which houses the motor while maintenance-free shaft drive lays power to the massive 240/50-section rear tyre. The front brakes are sports bike specification – twin four-piston calipers mated with 320mm floating discs – and provide awesome stopping power. The rear brake, developed by Brembo especially, is a twin piston caliper and 316mm disc.
The 43mm upside down forks and twin rear shocks, built specifically for the Rocket III, add composure and supple compliance. This and the relaxed, comfortable ergonomics allow the rider to take full advantage of the extended range provided by the fuel-efficient engine and huge, 24 litres fuel tank (6.3 gal US) making the Rocket III a perfect tool for those long, high-mileage days in the saddle.
The ability to personalise the Rocket III was integral to the design philosophy and as the bike went through its prototype stages so did the myriad of factory-approved parts designed specifically around the new machine. Designed, developed and tested by our accessories engineers in collaboration with the same Triumph design team and test riders responsible for the bike itself, the accessories reflect the same close attention to detail and finish. For example the leather panniers, which are crafted in England, are constructed from the highest quality 4mm aniline leather and feature triple themed detailing and quick release chromed buckles.
The choices a Rocket III owner can make to customise and enhance their bike are huge; street-rodders can add exhaust pipes, wind-cheating fly screens and a host of chrome. Likewise, high-mileage touring riders can match panniers, windscreens, sissy bars, back rests and chrome to the Rocket III’s potential, making it an excellent long-distance motorcycle. Then there are the custom-paint options for the tank and bodywork. Along with the existing ‘Tribal’ and ‘Flame’ designs, for 2006 Triumph is offering two new, factory fit custom paint options: a stunning Mulberry Red Tribal and Caeruleus Blue Flame. The standard paint options are Jet Black, Cardinal Red, Scorched Yellow and Graphite.
The word awesome is often overused in connection with motorcycles. Except when it’s used in connection with the Rocket III. Then it’s barely adequate.
Special Edition Colour Options
Mulberry Red Tribal
Caeruleus Blue Flame
Leather Panniers Fog Lights
Pannier Dresser Rails Heated Grips
Pannier Embellisher Side Oil Temperature Gauge
Pannier Embellisher Top Clock
Leather Tank Cover Fuel Gauge
Pannier Inner Bags Chrome Top Yoke
Accessory Silencers (for off road use only) Engine Dresser Bars
Silencer End Caps Rear Engine Dresser Bars
Fly Screen Chrome Frame Cover
Roadster Screen Chrome Oil Tank
Summer Screen Chrome Front Master Cylinder Cover
Lower Air Deflectors Chrome Side Panels
Footboards Oil Tank Embellisher
Tall Sissy Bar & Luggage Rack Cam Chain Tensioner Finisher
Short Sissy Bar & Luggage Rack Engine Bolt Head Finishers
Sissy Bar Back Rest Chrome Axle Nut Covers
Roadster Gel Seat – Dual Chrome Cam Cover
Touring Gel Seat – Dual Chrome Water Pump Cover
Touring Gel Seat – Rider Chrome Rear Master Cylinder Cover
Touring Gel Seat – Pillion Chrome Engine Inspection Cover
Low Rider Seat Colour Coordinated Radiator End Caps
Knee Pads Alarm/Immobiliser
Tank Pad All Weather Bike Cover
Custom Paint – Flames
Custom Paint – Tribal
Engine 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 engine 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 R 17
Rear 240/50 R 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 2500mm (98.4in)
Width (Handlebars) 970mm (38.2in)
Height 1165mm (45.9in)
Seat Height 740mm (29.1in)
Wheelbase 1695mm (66.7in)
Weight (Dry) 320kg (704lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity 24 litres (6.3 gal US)
Maximum Power 142PS (140bhp) at 6,000 rpm
Maximum Torque 200Nm (147ft.lbf) at 2,500 rpm
PERFORMANCE MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020