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2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster

Submitted by on May 14, 2012 – 12:49 pmNo Comment

However, since I’ve not yet succeeded in my single-handed attempt to convert the majority of American riders over to my way of thinking, I’ve knuckled under a bit; gone the if-you-can’t-beat-’em-join-’em route.

As noted in our recent reviews of the 2010 Star Stratoliner Deluxe and 2010 Honda VT1300 Sabre, Americans have an insatiable appetite for cruisers.

Given our infrastructure of thousands of interstate miles criss-crossing the country and granting access to so much of the wide-open space between our East and West coasts, and our distinctly American mentality of bigger-is-better, I can understand the cruiser domination.

Thusly, a motorcycle with a 2.3-liter engine producing gobs more torque than many economy cars, with styling attitude to match, makes perfect sense in the land of the free, home of the Whopper. Provide a roomy rider cockpit to go with the muscle and you’ve likely got a winner in the States.

The massive, longitudinally and rigidly mounted inline-Triple that powered the Rocket III, Rocket III Classic and Rocket III Touring didn’t receive heaps of changes to its form before entering service in the Roadster, but a few key updates help push the Roadster’s all-important output numbers (claimed at the crankshaft) to 163 ft-lbs at 2750 rpm and 146 bhp at 5750 rpm. That’s a 14% gain in torque and a 6% boost in ponies over the other Rockets according to Triumph.

A new, CAN-enabled ECU smoothes out throttle pick-up and works with a new pair of freer flowing exhausts that along with looking muscle-car tough are big contributors to the notable gains in engine performance. Catalytic converters – one in each muffler – help the Rocket III mill remain Euro 3 compliant, just as it has been since its 2004 introduction. And yet an emphasis on burning clean doesn’t hinder a burly, authoritative exhaust note emanating from the long, chromed cans.

An updated design for transmission gears and the gear selector mechanism is said to make for lighter, more precise shifting action, while the clutch and shaft-drive internals have been upgraded to cope with the increased power and torque output. New cam-drive components were utilized to reduce engine noise.

The Roadster is the first Rocket I’ve ridden since last saddling up to the original Rocket years ago. My point of reference is at best fuzzy for assessing from the saddle the claimed gains in power, but I can say for certain the Roadster certainly hasn’t lost any ground to the previous mega inline-Triple.

Mission accomplished for creating smooth, error-free throttle response; and mountains of torque seem always on tap.

The Roadster easily lights up the mondo 240-section Metzeler ME880 Marathon rear tire, allowing a rider to foolishly but effortless leave a smoky black streak through intersections. And although shifting is nearly superfluous once in top gear – the big inline-Three pulls 5th gear with minimal effort from as low as 1000 rpm! – clutch-lever actuation is light, followed by clean, accurate shifts from the tranny. Refreshing, too, is the limited vibration from a bike with a solid-mount engine that serves as a stressed member of the chassis.

After getting accustomed to big steam from the engine room, what comes to mind next is the hope the Roadster possesses equally big stopping power.

However, the new Roadster feels infinitely friendlier to ride than did the standard RIII, even if Triumph makes no mention of chassis changes aimed at improving handling,

The wide handlebar offers great leverage for moderate if not minimal steering effort, and generally the bike’s chassis performance belies its claimed 807-pound curb weight (interestingly that’s 103 pounds more than what Triumph says were wet weights for the RIII and Classic). Even trundling along at low speeds or performing tight-radius turns is pretty simple; impressive in light of a front tire (150/80 x 17) that’s as big as the rear tire found on many light and middleweight streetbikes.

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