Tim O'Brien | Jan 22, 2009

It's the whopper-burger of bikes friends; it's Jabba the Hutt, it is to motorcycles what the whale is to the trout.

Sure, Triumph's massive 2009 Rocket III is not for everybody. But if you like your machines big, while also well-mannered enough to poke around town, the Rocket III might be for you.

It does, as Triumph claims, "stand alone in a class of one thanks to its striking looks, stunning performance and incredible specification". In case you are unaware, the Rocket III is the world's largest-capacity production motorcycle.

2009 Rocket III

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Here are a few of the raw specs to frighten the kiddies:

  • Engine: fuel injected, three-cylinder, 12-valve
  • Displacement: 2294cc
  • Bore x stroke: 101.6mm x 94.3mm
  • Torque: 200Nm @ 2,500rpm (Touring: 209Nm @ 2000rpm
  • Power: 104kW @ 6000rpm (Touring 79kW @ 5400rpm)
  • Twin butterfly valves for each throttle body (allowing the ECU to vary the mixture flow and ignition map depending on the gear selected and road speed)
  • Gearbox: five-speed constant mesh Shaft-drive
  • Front brake: twin four-piston calipers mated to 320mm floating discs
  • Rear brake: Brembo single twin piston caliper and 316mm disc
  • 240/50-section rear tyre
  • Front suspension: Kayaba 43mm upside down forks, 120mm travel
  • Rear suspension: Preload adjustable twin rear shocks (five position) 105mm travel
  • Fuel tank capacity: 24 litre

Pricing

Rocket III: $23,990

Rocket III Classic: $24,790

Rocket III Touring: $25,990 (plus normal government highway robbery charges for each)

The thing is friends, you don't need to be whale-size yourself to ride it. With a low centre of gravity and good ground clearance, each in the Rocket III range offers good road manners and dynamics in one of the most striking cruiser packages around.

The 2009 Triumph Rocket III comes with a choice of Phantom Black or Claret livery. (Sorry captain, no Moby Dick White available.)

2009 Rocket III Classic

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The 2009 Rocket III Classic offers a more relaxed riding position with forward-set footboards, pull-back handlebars and a supremely comfortable stitched touring seat as standard.

Colour choices for the Classic are Pacific Blue and Aluminium Silver combo with a gold coach line.

2009 Rocket III Touring

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The Rocket III Touring has been designed for long distances - it's your pan-Oz cruiser friends with increased torque of 209Nm @ just 2000rpm for effortless get-away cruising (and 79kW @ 5400rpm).

With cruising comfort a priority, the Rocket III Touring seat is constructed with two separate layers of cushioning of different densities; the passenger getting the extra benefit of a gel pad to (in Triumph's words) "make sure the bike is as comfortable 500 miles later as it was when you set off".

A quick-release 'look-over' screen comes as standard, as do quick-release 36 litre (10 US gallons) colour-matched panniers.

Is the Rocket III range LAMS approved? (Git over here and I'll slap your head son.)

Ride on friends. The Dirk.

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