The first of a new breed of motorcycle, the 2.3 litre Triumph Rocket III will be available in Australia from May, 2004and will sell for around A$25,000. Forward orders are growing daily as buyers line up forwhat will surely be one of the most exhilarating roadgoing experiences available.
The 2,294cc longitudinally-mounted, in-line three-cylinder engine makes almost twice the peak torque of any other production bike - 147ft.lb at 2,500rpm. Triumph claims (quite reasonably) that two-up, the Rocket III will accelerate faster than anything else on the road, pulling 1.2g in the process.
The real character of the bike is best explained with the torque curves - it delivers over 90% of peak torque at 1,800 rpm, pulling similar figures all the way to 6,000rpm. The anticipated price is $4-5000 less than the bikes at which it is unquestionably targeted, the Harley Davidson Fatboy and V-ROD.
About the Author
Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks.
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