Triumph Rocket III Review

2005 Triumph Rocket III from United Kingdom

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10
Distance when acquired100 miles
Most recent distance1000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZX-6R

Summary:

Surprisingly easy to ride and live with!

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong with the bike so far, although I have done less than 1000 miles on it.

General Comments:

The Rocket 3 is blisteringly quick for a bike its size.

It handles extremely well considering the weight, although given the cruiser styling, it cannot be leaned far into corners as with a sports bike.

The brakes (from the 955i) are fantastic, easy progressive stopping power from any speed.

Clutch is featherlite, and can be operated with one finger.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th September, 2006

5th Oct 2009, 15:37

I own one of these... 7/10 acceleration??? Right... stock bike out drags a Hayabusa from 0-60. Google it... it's true. Call me crazy, but that might make 10/10 acceleration on a bike that is classified as a heavy cruiser.

15th Nov 2009, 15:22

I would be interested to hear the views of any of our vertically challenged Rocket 3 owners. I believe that the seat height is quite low but wide. Being only 5' 7", I am not sure if the bike would be too big for me. I have previously owned a Honda Goldwing 1500SE, which I could just about manage. Any comments or views would be appreciated.

6th Feb 2012, 07:52

I too am of slighter stature, also measuring 5' 7" in height.

I have owned my Rocket III Roadster for nearly a year, and have commuted through London traffic every day.

It handles beautifully and is lovely to drive in my opinion. I am however buying a cheap 350 to commute on.

You are right about the seat, it is a little wide and I am looking for a different option seat-wise. Because of its weight, you can't save it from a minor incident. One just has to accept you have to put it down.

The balls of my feet are both on the ground at stationary, but I can't help thinking a slightly lower and narrower seat would help.

My Triumph dealer said they could have it narrowed by someone they know, but I have also found Corbin do a seat which is narrower and slightly lower. Very expensive of course, but might very well make all the difference in the world, and be worth the expense.

It's a fantastic machine, Triumph are clever!

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 1 review