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TRIUMPH ROCKET III 2005 de 2.300 cc com pneu traseiro medindo 240/50 R 16 (a minha DR é de 170). Pura força bruta. Pura adrenalina. Esta mais para dragster do que para moto. Enruga o asfalto com o seu brutal torque maior que o da Ford Ranger... Sabado no Cafe Antiquario do Pontao do Lago Sul, reduto do QC Motoclube. Sony DCR-DVD403 de 3.0 megapixel zoom otico de 10x e gravacao em miniDVD de 1.4 gigabyte.

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Triumph (04jun05) Rocket III 2300cc 003

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  • 9 years ago
    May 2, 2005

    Countdown to Launch

    If you know much about the history of Triumph in the United States, you know that Triumph Detroit is one of the company's legendary dealerships.

    It was here in 1960s that the famous scallop paint scheme was first applied to a Triumph gas tank, according to Triumph historian Lindsay Brooke. In his book "Triumph Motorcycles In America," Brooke explains how the famous Triumph trademark came about.

    And that's not all. The dealership, under original owner Bob Leppan, etched Triumph's name in the record books in 1966 by setting the motorcycle land speed record at 245.66 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

    Yeah, you can feel the cool vibes when you walk into the place, as I did one recent Saturday. Triumph Detroit will be delivering my Rocket III in a few days, and I wanted to check out the dealership and meet some of the employees before I pick up my bike.

    It has been awhile since I visited a Triumph dealer. The last time was a couple of years ago. I stopped in to buy a pair of those cool Union Jack flags Triumph installs on cowl of some of its bikes. I put them on the front fenders of my new Mini Cooper. At that time, Ducati was the flavor of the month and most of the Triumphs were parked in the corner.

    Things have changed. Sure, there are still a few Ducatis collecting dust around the showroom. But all the action was around the new Triumphs, which are now parked front and center. The 2005 Sprint ST is shaping up to be another major hit for Triumph. Is there a cooler looking exhaust system than the ST's three pipes tucked up under the rear cowl? If so, I haven't seen it.

    Several bikes on showroom floor had sold tags dangling from the handlebars, and it was truly great to see so much enthusiasm for Triumph. It's been a long time coming. I bought three of the new bikes since Triumph returned to the U.S. in 1995, an Adventurer, a Thunderbird Sport and a Sprint Executive. It was not easy being one of the first customers to own a Hinckley Triumph.

    There were those who didn't know better who said the new Triumphs were knockoffs of a Kawasaki. Others had memories of poor quality machines in the 1970s. And then there were those who cared for other brands and wouldn't give a Triumph a second look.

    But those of us who bought in early knew we were on to something. We could see it in the hand-applied pinstriping, or the world-class paint and chrome. We knew it from the bulletproof dependability, the excellent handling, the dinstinctive engines and the superior performance. It just took about 10 years for the rest of the world to catch up.

    But now there's a real buzz around the new Triumphs. At least, that's what I saw during my visit to Triumph Detroit. A fleet of demo bikes were parked out front. I stood and watched for about an hour as potential customers came and went. They all returned from their test rides with at least one thing in common: a grin plastered so strongly on their faces such that it would take the dental equivalent of a crow bar to remove.

    And this was especially true of the Rocket III. Sorry, but I can't repeat some of the enthusiastic words and phrases I heard from the astonished riders who tested the bike. I did not bring my helmet with me, so I couldn't go for a test ride. But I sat on the Rocket and fired up the engine. My first impression is that even though this is a big machine, it won't be hard to control. My feet easily reach the ground. All the buttons, switches and controls are right where they should be and are within easy reach. And the riding position seems like it will be comfortable.

    I'll know for sure in a few days. Weather permitting, I'll have the Rocket III in my garage by the end of the week. The start of a great summer of riding is just days away.

    I have big plans for the Rocket III this summer. For instance, you'll soon be meeting Lindsay Brooke, the Triumph historian I mentioned earlier. He's a Detroit resident. He's got several interesting classic Triumphs in his garage and he's been following the rebirth of Triumph since the early 1990s. Also, I've got a full menu of accessories for the Rocket III that I will be installing. I'll do the job myself so that I could find out how easy or difficult it is to accessorize the bike.

    Lastly, one thing my trip to Triumph Detroit reminded of is that once you buy a new Triumph, you have dozens of new friends. I met several members of the Detroit chapter of the Motor City RAT (Riders Association of Triumph) Pack.

    There's at least one great event planned almost every weekend in the spring, summer and early fall. The first RAT function I plan to attend is a 500-mile, one-day ride that will take the Pack through many parts of scenic Ontario, Canada.

    I hope you'll ride along with me this summer as I put the Rocket III to the test.
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