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Triumph Rocket III ready for blast off

2004-07-02 10:38

With 104 kW on tap at 5 750 r/min this cruiser's obviously going to be fast, but the monstrous 200 Nm of torque at 2 500 r/min means the earth really will move for you, even when you're going slowly.

The Triumph Rocket III's heart is a longitudinally mounted 12-valve three cylinder engine with a displacement of 2 294 cc.

At just 2 500 r/min this fuel-injected water-cooled lump produces 200 Nm of torque - more than just about any other two production motorcycles added together - with an enormous 180 Nm being on call anywhere from 1 800 to 6 000 r/min.

The guys at Hinckley could have got away with just two cogs in the gearbox, but they gave you five to play with anyway. Dig in the spurs and all those horses will let you know what it feels like to pull 1.2 g acceleration on one of the liveliest sets of wheels ever seen on this planet.

So what else do you get for your money? Trouble free shaft drive, Triumph 955i Daytona specification brakes, a massive 240/50 section rear tyre and a 25 litre fuel tank.

And, of course, the satisfaction of riding a cruiser witha difference. One that can leave just about anything on wheels in its dust.

The Triumph Rocket III retails for R159 000. Stocks available now.

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