Motorcycle Reviews

2010 Triumph Rocket III Roadster Long-term Test Report

Written by  April 17, 2016

We bought this 2010 Rocket III Roadster new in 2009, and it has been used as an all-season commuter bike. While the Rocket is not a daily rider, we do use it regularly, even during the cold winter months.


Service and maintenance

Mechanically, the Triumph has been without a fault. With over 11,800 miles on the clock, we’ve had to do only the scheduled maintenance and also have replaced the tires and the battery. The new set of Metzler tires was the priciest replacement so far, as is to be expected with a 240 rear tire.

Accessories and creature comforts

Muscle bikes like the Rocket Roadster are not meant to have every bell and whistle of a long-range tourer. What they do good is accelerate hard and ride fast. The minimalism of features on the Roadster is part of its appeal, and we tried to keep in check our desire to add more stuff to the bike, so that we would not turn this wild beast into the cushy Rocket III Touring, which Triumph also sells.

To be fair, the bone-stock Roadster is by no means uncomfortable. The stock suspension is firm but not too firm, and even the rider’s stock seat is comfortable enough for several hours of riding. Still, we found several additions to be helpful without feeling extraneous:

Triumph Engine Bars. The Roadster is a massive bike, and having some protection seemed like a good idea. Luckily, we’ve not needed to test them out, but they do enhance the look of the bike and provide a perfect place to mount some extra lights as well as possibly highway pegs down the road.

Custom Dynamics Magic Bullet LED LightsThese cool-looking LED driving lights do wonders for visibility and fit the style of the bike.

Corbin Dual Touring Seat. While the stock rider seat is plenty comfortable, the passenger seat was rather minimal and not adequate for longer rides. The Corbin was a classy upgrade, and received high marks for comfort from our pillion testers.

Harley-Davidson hard leather bags. We wanted to add luggage for longer trips but have the option to remove it without leaving unsightly hardware hanging on the bike. We found these Harley-Davidson bags to have adequate size without being too large for the sporty bike, and their shape complemented the lines of the tank and the rear fender nicely. The Easy Brackets mounting system gave us the ability to quickly attach and detach the bags, leaving only small studs visible on the rear fender.

The one optional accessory we’ve pondered the most but never added was a windscreen. There are several factory and aftermarket options available. The stock Roadster does not come with one, and even though we did miss it on the cold and rainy rides, we rather liked the look of the bike without one, so we chose to suck it up and take comfort in looking cool.

Overall, this 2010 Rocket III Roadster has been a solid performer versatile enough for short commute in town as well as longer trips. Despite having had it on our garage for over five years, its 150 horsepower and 160 ft-lbs of torque are still guaranteed to give us a grin every time we roll on the throttle.


Total Miles: 11,850
Next Service: 20,000
Total Maintenance Costs: $1,454.11
Repair Costs: $0
Average Fuel Mileage: 34.3 mi/gal
Original Purchase Price - New: $13,990