Tuesday, October 23, 2007

First pics and specs: 2008 Triumph Rocket III Touring

The 2008 Triumph Rocket III Touring. With its 140bhp, 200Nm, 2.3-litre triple, it might make motorcycle touring a very interesting proposition for a lot of people...

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Triumph have finally taken their big, bad cruiser – the Rocket III – and optimized it for longer-distance riding. The result is the Rocket III Touring, fitted with the Rocket III’s three-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12-valve, 2294cc engine that makes 140 horsepower and a giant 200Nm of torque.

The Rocket III Touring is a bit more than just a regular Rocket III with more chrome, new wheels, a backrest, and a bunch of bags for your luggage. To begin with, the chassis has been heavily revised for better, more secure handling at higher speeds. The front forks are all new (the Rocket III’s USD forks have made way for regular, right-side-up units on the Touring…), while preload-adjustable twin rear shocks remain.

Ergonomics have been reworked to make sure the Touring stays comfortable over the long haul. The bike gets a large, plush dual seat, forward-set floorboards, adjustable gear lever, and higher, more swept-back handlebars for a more relaxed riding position. The fuel tank has been made slimmer so the rider can ‘tuck in’ better, and the big Triumph's chunky, large-sized controls have been designed to be easy to operate with riding gloves on.

In keeping with its intent of long-distance touring, the Rocket III Touring has been fitted with a large, detachable windscreen to deflect windblast, lockable hard bags for luggage, and a big, single headlight in place of the Rocket III’s smaller, twin headlamps. A big range of accessories will be available for the Touring, which includes various seat and backrest combos, hard and soft luggage options and a variety of chrome trinkets. The price tag is US$16,700 which seems reasonable for this big, powerful tourer...

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