Triumph have announced the 2013 Rocket III Roadster and Rocket III Touring, both of which get a fair complement of revisions and updates. The bikes’ fuel-injection mapping and ECU have been revised so that their 2.3-litre three-cylinder engine now produces full, unrestricted power and torque (146bhp, 221Nm of torque) across the rev range. According to Triumph, the engines had been electronically restricted in the first three gears on earlier models to prevent “rider intimidation,” but these restrictions have now been removed, which presumably means that riding these bikes will now be a suitably intimidating experience... :-)
On the Rocket III Roadster, a lot of components (radiator cowls, ABS pulse rings, rear mudguard rails, airbox cover, fork protectors, headlight bowls and bezels, rear-view mirrors etc.) that used to be chromed earlier are now finished in black and Triumph claim that it makes this “the most brooding, hardest hitting Rocket III yet.” Ergonomics have been revised, the seating position is more upright, ABS is now standard and there’s also a new tank badge and new seat vinyl and stitching pattern on the 2013 Rocket III Roadster, which is now available in new colours – metallic black with twin red centre stripes, and matt black with twin white centre stripes.
The 2013 Triumph Rocket III Touring continues to share the Roadster’s 2.3-litre triple, but has some new bits and bobs that are in keeping with its ‘touring bike’ positioning – chrome engine dresser bars (which provide further scope for personalization, with optional highway pegs and additional lighting), a quick-release sissy bar with backrest for the rear seat passenger and quick-release Triumph luggage rack. Other features unique to the Touring include a gel passenger seat and a dual density layered foam seat for the rider, standard quick-release screen and 36-litre panniers. The new Rocket III Touring is available in new colours – black and red with single coach line, and black with twin gold coach lines.
The 2013 Triumph Rocket III Roadster and Rocket III Touring will be in dealerships from late March. Prices for the Rocket III have been confirmed at £12,899 for the Roadster and £13,899 for the Touring.