Triumph Rocket III
2004 Triumph Rocket III - Pre Crash
Triumph launched this amazing machine in 2004 targeting mainly the US Harley Ultra and Goldwing cruiser riders. With its 2,294 cc DOHC liquid-cooled in-line triple engine, 774 lb wet weight (704 lb dry), 98 inch length, shaft drive and 240 section rear tyre it is a huge beast. However, it all works really well: 140 bhp @ 6,000 rpm, 200 Nm torque (with 90% available @ 2,000 rpm), top speed of around 140 mph (0 to 60 in 2.8 seconds and 0 to 100 in around 7 seconds), real stopping power with twin 320 mm discs with 4 pot calipers and only a 29 inch seat height. It is a great cruiser but has, due to the conservatism of the touring fraternity, turned more into a streetfighter - along the lines of the VMax.
This bike was bought new and was ordered before the launch - so it is from the first model year. It has a Triumph orange tribal colour scheme and is fitted with Triumph touring bags. It is an outstanding long distance tourer.
This is a classic story of how biker’s are mad. Miklos has a passion for large displacement bikes, having owned a number including the 2.4L Viper Diamondback and the powerful Honda VTX 1800, but the most iconic of them all is his 2004 shaft drive Triumph Rocket 3, with a massive2,294 cc block.
He used this as a regular rider as it is very smooth in line triple and comfortable, but one day on a rainy morning on a back road in Surrey he let the power get to him and slid the bike 20m down the road, on its side.
The bike took serious cosmetic damage and he broke his hand and tore up one side of his body. But as expected once he had been checked out of hospital and the wreck returned to the workshop the day after the crash, he began putting together the bike you see now with the help of his team.
Three months later 2WheelsMiklos rolled out this bobber styled Rocket!
The works covered a complete replacement of the exhaust system. Done by fabrication of new exhaust header pipes from stainless steel - which were then polished. These then mated to the chromed mufflers from the legendary Triumph X75 Hurricane, and topped off with a fish scale heat shield.
Front & rear fenders have been cut down for bobber styling. A Triumph boulevard screen has been fitted, A pair of Vincent 'Stop' tail lights and Moto-Gadget bar end indicators added with Triumph Tear Drop mirrors on a Roadster handlebar. Foot controls are also from a Roadster with a bespoke rear master cylinder and topped off with a Custom fibre glass belly pan. Colouring is gloss black on pearl white in a custom design done by Cycle Sprays.
The team found it a huge pleasure to work on the bike, the rocket having a well known love it or hate it persona.
They love it and would love to work on more of the same, putting together different configurations adding strong looks to the beasts! The custom exhausts have added a unique sound and the bike still rides beautifully!
Crashed 24.04.15 – back on 27.06.15
Bespoke stainless exhaust header pipes & chrome X75 Hurricane tail pipes
Bobbed front & rear fender, custom belly pan, swing-arm bag, side-mount number plate & chrome luggage rack
Roadster foot controls & handle bar, Moto-Gadget indicators, Teardrop mirrors & twin Vincent tail lights
Pearl white & black paint by Cycle Sprays