The world’s largest capacity production motorcycles - the 2.3 litre Triumph Rocket III Roadster and Touring - have been updated for 2013.
Distinguishing the revised Rocket III Roadster model is a darker look, with components such as the fork protectors, air box cover, headlights, mirrors and radiator cowls now finished in black instead of the previous chrome. Completing the effect is a choice of matt black or metallic black paintwork, both of which come with twin centre stripes.
However, the changes to the Roadster aren’t just cosmetic. While its 2,294 cc engine’s power and torque figures remain the same at 146 bhp (109 kW / 148 PS) and 221 Nm (163 lb/ft) respectively, all of that output is now available in every gear.
Before, torque was electronically restricted when using the first three gears to, as Triumph puts it, ‘prevent rider intimidation’. Customer pressure has seen that limit abandoned, although perhaps it’s a good job that anti-lock brakes are fitted as standard…
The Rocket III Touring meanwhile gains some extra equipment for 2013, as a quick-release luggage rack, chrome engine dresser bars and a quick-release sissy bar and backrest are all now part of the specification.
Buyers will have the option of either a black and red colour scheme with a single hand-painted coach line, or simply plain black with twin gold coach lines.
As before, the three-cylinder engine in the Touring has a slightly different state of tune compared to the Roadster’s. Even though the 2.3 litre displacement is identical, power is reduced to 105 bhp (78 kW / 106 PS) while peak torque is 203 Nm (150 lb/ft).
UK on the road prices have been set at £12,899 for the Rocket III Roadster and £13,899 for the Rocket III Touring. Deliveries are expected to start in late March.
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