Is it only Triumph and MV that are building new bikes these days? Hot on the heels of the new 2013 Daytona 675 and 675R, the new Street Triple bikes and the new Tiger Sport comes two new Rockets; the Rocket III Roadster and the Rocket III Touring.
Yup, the world’s largest production bike (at 2,294cc) gets a makeover – although it’s not a massive review of the machine. There’s more power and torque given to both bikes in the first three gears, although maximum figures remain the same at 146bhp and 221Nm. The previous versions were electronically handicapped in the first three gears, but now Triumph has lifted this restriction to give customers the big Rocket hit. In effect, this adds 2bhp and 21Nm in these gears.
There are aesthetic changes, with plenty of the chrome parts replaced by meaner black paintwork. ABS now comes as standard on both bikes and there are new colours to suit the mean new look. The Roadster gets a bit more chrome, with dresser bars and other bits and bobs now chromed, as well as a new quick release luggage rack.
The Roadster hits the shops at £12,899 and the Touring version is priced at £13,899. Both bikes will be in the shops in March.