Triumph Rocket III Classic


Make Model

Triumph Rocket III Classic


2006 - 07


Four stroke, longitudinal three cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder


2294 cc / 140 cu in
Bore x Stroke 101.6 x 94.3 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 8.7:1


Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection


Digital  inductive type  via electronic engine management 
Starting Electric

Max Power

103.6 kW / 140 hp @ 5750 rpm

Max Torque

200 Nm / 20.4 kgf-m / 147ft.lbf @ 2500 rpm
Clutch Wet, multi-plate


5 Speed 
Final Drive Shaft
Frame Tubular steel, twin spine

Front Suspension

43 mm Upside down forks

Rear Suspension

Chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload

Front Brakes

2 x 320mm Discs, 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 316 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Front Wheel

3.5 x 17, 5 spoke

Rear Wheel

7.5 x 16, 5 spoke

Front Tyre

150/80 V17

Rear Tyre

240/50 V16
Rake 32°
Trail 152mm / 6.0 in


Height  1165 mm / 45.9 in

Length 2500 mm / 98.4 in

Width     970 mm / 38.2 in

Wheelbase 1695 mm / 66.7 in
Seat Height 740 mm / 29.1 in

Dry Weight

320 kg / 704 lbs
Wet Weight 350 kg / 771.6 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

24 Litres / 6.3 US gal / 5.3 Imp gal

Consumption Average

6.4 L/100 km / 15.6 km/l / 36.7 US mpg / 44.1 Imp mpg

Standing ¼ Mile  

12.2 sec

Top Speed

219.4 km/h / 136.3 mph
Reviews Motorcycle Daily

Whether solo or two-up the Rocket III Classic is a motorcycle that is perfect for those who wants thrills laced with a bit of chill. The Rocket III Classic is the perfect bike for those lazy, long haul trips. Bars are high and pulled back and the bike includes forward set footboards to stretch out on. The pillion is by no means forgotten getting an exceptionally comfortable, stitched touring seat.

The 2.3 liters three-cylinder that drives the Classic has incredible levels of flexibility for effortless riding. Sophisticated fuel injection feeds in power seamlessly, with controlled acceleration on tap at the twist of a throttle, while a maintenance free shaft drive delivers forward motion.

Excellent lock-to-lock movement, an incredibly light clutch and low centre of gravity make low speed manoeuvring extremely easy while the steering geometry and overall length give a securely planted feel at all speeds. Supple 43mm upside down forks and twin rear shocks add composure; twin front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and single disc rear give incredible stopping power. Generous Ground Clearance completes the package and the relaxed, comfortable ergonomics allow the rider to take full advantage of the range provided by the 6.3 gallon making the Rocket III Classic a perfect long distance cruiser.

Do you want to go far? You can, effortlessly, with the Rocket III Classic. Why not go along to your Triumph dealer for a test ride? Then you'll find out what we mean!


The Rocket III Classic is a true cruising motorcycle, and one firmly focused on rider and pillion comfort. It’s aimed squarely at those who favour a more laid back approach to motorcycling and features a relaxed riding position with forward set footboards, pull-back handlebars plus a supremely comfortable stitched touring seat as standard.

The Rocket III Classic receives three new paint schemes: Phantom Black/Sunset Red; Phantom Black/ Tornado Red and Pacific Blue/New England White


When Triumph launched the majestic Rocket III in 2004 it was to be the most spectacular flagship model since Honda's Gold Wing. The inevitable has happened and the Rocket III has evolved into a Classic version with a comfortable seat and big footboards. It still packs almost as much torque as two 999Rs, so don't let the cozy cruiser looks deceive you.

The Rocket III sounds quite boring and more like a car when on idle. Put it next to the mega twins from Kawasaki, Yamaha, Harley and Suzuki and you wouldn't raise an eyebrow from the sound. Despite the fact the Rocket develops 200Nm (147 footpounds) @ a ridiculously low 2,500rpm, it's when you really spin that huge 2.3 litre engine up that you start thinking about Nirvana. Three enormous pistons move up and down at breakneck speed and produce a sound unique in motorcycling. This is where the Rocket III becomes addictive. The monster torque curve just slings the 320 kilo machine forward, and when it starts revving with all that torque and 140bhp activated there is not a thing in the world that could stop it -- truly a rocket on two wheels. The momentum is unbelievable, and you start praising those very decent double four-pot front brakes mounted on an USD fork and the gigantic rear brake. A huge 240mm rear wheel takes care of all that power and torque and allows the Rocket to out drag any litre superbike up to at least 30-40mph. I could only imagine if this bike was chain driven with the opportunity to alter the gearing further…

That huge 2.3 litre engine is agricultural in size and is held in place by some serious frame tubes. On the move, the riding position is laid back, with a double touring seat and stretched handlebars. The powerful engine squirts the massive bike forward as if it was a 160 kilo sportsbike (did I say that already?). In the bends it is a different story, and the Classic features footboards that limit Ground Clearance even more than the standard Rocket III. You are not really bothered when riding the Rocket, as all that thrust is entertainment enough.

The brakes need to be really good as a stop-and-go style is what counts on the winding roads. So a bit of braking and acceleration is necessary to keep up with your mates where there are loads of tight bends. The solid upside-down fork allows heavy usage of the front brake alone, but for optimal deceleration it's always best to stomp the right foot down as well.

On the A roads and motorways the Rocket III Classic is an absolute delight. There is plenty of torque to pass cars and lorries on low revs and the directional stability is impressive. Like a bloody freight train as a matter of fact. The giant windscreen protects from the worst of the wind, but some buffeting from a little turbulence does happen at higher speeds.

The Rocket III Classic seems to have a limiter in top gear that stops acceleration above 130MPH. Not that it matters, as it is much more pleasant to cruise at legal speeds and ride the monster torque curve. Curious as I am, I always seem to try though.

Rocket III Classic comes as standard in a fairly basic form despite its touring emphasis. The only extras compared to the standard Rocket III are footboards, double touring seat and pull-back bars. Our test bike was fitted with about £1500 worth of extras ranging from the £350 windscreen to the £600+ leather panniers (I say + because you have to pay extra for the dresser rails and emblems). The panniers house 28 Litres
each and are fitted with a quick release system hidden under the leather straps. The sissy bar and luggage rack are also extra, but very handy if you carry a pillion. The Rocket III is perfect for pillions with the sissy bar, and with all that torque, you hardly notice the added weight of the pillion.

Few bikes get as much attention as the Rocket III. Particularly, the Classic as there are lashings of chromed parts everywhere. Not even pure muscle bikes come close to the mixture of power and cruising ability the Rocket III possesses. It can be whatever you want it to be in a straight line, but reminds you of its cruiser chassis in the bends. It is not bad in the bends, just heavy with limited Ground Clearance and a huge 240mm rear tyre. There are not many other bikes that can give owner satisfaction at this level. A true flagship model!

Source Motorcycle Daily