Triumph Rocket III For Sale

The 2004 Triumph Rocket III is a cruiser style bike and is powered by an exceptionally large 2,294cc transverse triple engine which puts out 146bhp and a huge amount of torque really low down.

  • Gets under your skin like nothing else, optimised for below the speed limit, weight + fat tyre = grip
  • Expensive on rubber and fuel, really big, heavy, low speed handling
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What Is It?

The Rocket III's claim to fame is the three cylinder 2,294cc engine, basically the biggest out there. In fact the cylinders are arranged front to back to produce a long, thin engine which will actually fit between your legs despite being more powerful than most cars. A by product of the  engine size and cruiser gearing is a ridiculous amount of torque on tap from just 2,750rpm.

 Features include:

  • Tubular steel frame and ABS
  • Dual floating 320mm discs up front with Nissin 2 piston calipers
  • 316mm disc at the rear with Brembo 2 piston calipers
  • 43mm Kayaba upside down fork with 120mm travel
  • Twin rear Kayaba pre-load adjustable chrome shocks with 105mm travel
  • Counter-balanced crank shaft to stabilise the bike
  • 3-1-2 exhaust system
  • Fuel gauge, gear indicator and clock
  • 5 speed gearbox

The liquid cooled, fuel injected, 12 valve engine produces 146bhp at 5,750rpm and tops out at 6,500rpm - it's all about low revving power. Delivering that much torque to the rear wheel requires a shaft drive, much like the BMW R1200GS and that comes with the benefit of minimal maintenance outside regular servicing. 

In terms of wheels they are both 5 spoke cast Aluminium, with 17" at the front and 16" at the rear. The rear deals with the power via a 240/50 R16 fat tyre. Other features include an easy to remove pillion pad, so you can keep it looking good when out solo.

Accessories include chrome engine dresser bars, key colour panniers, fog lamps, multiple screen options, footboards and plenty of chrome bling. Available colours: black, matt black (£200 extra) or special red. We like matt black with red detailing on the fly screen.

Early bikes were electronically limited to 125mph but can be flashed to unleash the full potential of the engine. New bikes are unrestricted though, allowing the Rocket III to set and maintain the bar.

The original Rocket III ran from 2004-2009, with a blacked out engine from 2005 to give it a more powerful demeanour. The Rocket "Classic" 2006-2009 model only differs in that it has more relaxed bars and floorboards. They merged into the naked/street focused Roadster in 2010, with a new 3-1-2 exhaust and continue to this day.

The Tourer special edition ran from 2010 to 2012 in the UK, with leather panniers, pillion backrest and tall screen. The very different Rocket III Touring model, designed to appeal to the US cruiser/Harley market, can be found here.

In 2015 Triumph released the Rocket X limited edition to celebrate 10 years of being the largest capacity motorbike. It's limited to 500 units with numbered side panels, a special ground high gloss finish from 8-Ball and black flyscreen. To make it stand out the handlebar, mirrors, exhaust and wheels have been blacked out. Expect them to command a premium on the used market.

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Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2004 £6,850 £5,450 £4,800 21,900
2005 £6,800 £5,450 £4,800 20,500
2006 £7,000 £5,600 £4,900 18,900
2007 £7,250 £5,800 £5,100 17,400
2008 £7,550 £6,050 £5,300 15,800
2009 £7,900 £6,350 £5,550 14,200
2010 £8,350 £6,650 £5,850 12,600
2011 £8,800 £7,050 £6,150 10,900
2012 £9,300 £7,450 £6,550 9,200
2013 £9,900 £7,900 £6,950 7,600
2014 £10,500 £8,400 £7,350 5,900
2015 £11,200 £8,950 £7,850 4,200
2016 £11,950 £9,550 £8,350 4,100
2017 £12,750 £10,200 £8,900 3,100
2018 £13,550 £10,850 £9,500 2,100

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Availability

How many bikes like this are around, by year of production, including those licensed for use on the road and those off the road with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN).

Year On The Road Off The Road Total Around
2004 240 115 355
2005 190 83 273
2006 208 74 282
2007 189 59 248
2008 176 44 220
2009 151 43 194
2010 182 30 212
2011 127 16 143
2012 74 9 83
2013 128 18 146
2014 151 9 160
2015 188 4 192