There are very few things you can improve on a motorcycle that already produces a colossal 221 Nm of torque at 2750 RPM. But to mark 10 years of its production existence, Triumph has announced the Triumph Rocket X limited edition. Only 500 of these will be available globally and 15 of these have been allocated for India. The Triumph Rocket X limited edition has been priced at INR 22.21 lakh ex-showroom Delhi and bookings have already started. So the question remains how does the Triumph Rocket X limited edition differ from the original 2,294cc Triumph Rocket III?
For starters as expected each of the 500 units will be numbered, with the numbers mentioned on the side panel. The overall paint job is done by the 8 Ball team who are the best at custom work, known for their attention to detail and professional craftsmanship. With upto 5 days and 6 layers of lacquer applied, the end result is a deep jet black that few other paint jobs can match and a unique ‘grinded’ polished metal stripe. The black theme carries on to the exhaust system as well, which receives a temperature resistant paint to maintain the all black look. The black treatment also continues onto the handlebars, mirrors and all levers. The 5 spoke aluminium alloys also are all black but receive a hand painted pinstripe to highlight the wheels. A new tinted windshield is also added at the front. There are chrome highlights thrown all over to provide the rich premium finish as well. Apart from the side panel featuring the number, the Triumph Rocket X limited edition also receives a CNC machine made custom Rocket X badge.
Launched in 2004, the Triumph Rocket III with its 2,294cc in-line triple cylinder engine still remains the largest capacity production motorcycle. The sheer acceleration that the motorcycle provides even with a kerb weight of 367 kgs gives the rider a rush few other man made creations can match. ABS comes as standard and much needed although we wish Triumph added traction control and ride modes as well. But then, too much to ask from a cruiser?