Here we highlight a few news items for the week. Triumph’s big Rocket III motorcycle has been purposely reigned in by the manufacturer so that it produces less than peak power in the first three gears. Why? To avoid “rider intimidation”, that’s why. After all, the big Rocket puts out more horsepower and torque (146bhp and 163 pound feet) than most compact automobiles available in Europe.
Now, however, Triumph is unleashing the Roadster version with full power and torque in the first three gears…whether you can handle it or not …. The Roadster will also be largely devoid of chrome this year, while you can still get the touring version with all the shiny bits. Pictured is the Roadster.
Aprilia is offering a special RSV4 exclusively for the US market commemorating Max Biaggi’s world superbike title in 2012. The SE, actually known as the RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK SE (a mouthful), gets a bump in horsepower and torque (up to 182 and 86, respectively) , as well as a slightly larger gas tank and all of the delectable electronic aids, including traction control, wheelie control, launch control, three engine maps and a quick shifter. No word yet on pricing or availability date.
Meanwhile, Honda and Ducati have unveiled their 2013 Moto GP bikes. These weapons are in constant development and specs can change from race–to–race. Nevertheless, Ducati has offered to tell us that the new GP13 makes “more than 235 hp”, and has a top speed in excess of 205 mph. Both bikes will have to meet a new minimum weight standard, which has gone up a few pounds in comparison to last year.