Minichamps MIN122133401 2004 Triumph Rocket III Motorcycle - Graphite (1:12 Scale)
"German precision engineering at its finest!"
- The Motor Pool
The Rocket III is the biggest production motorcycle built in years. It is also the first production motorcycle to break the 2-liter barrier, hence its aptly named moniker. The Rocket III is not just another motorcycle; it's the ride of a lifetime.
As the name alludes and paramount among the cruiser fold, the Rocket III is powered by a triple cylinder engine, an engine format that Triumph has distinctively engineered for today's performance enthusiast. Its fuel-injected, longitudinally-mounted, in-line three-cylinder engine has a cubic capacity of 2,294cc - 140 cubic inches - and uses the same size pistons as the four-wheeled Dodge Viper.
The Rocket III produces more peak torque than any two production motorcycles combined. To be precise, a whopping 147ft.lb torque at 2,500 rpm, with 90% delivered at a mere 1,800 rpm. This stunning triple digit number means it should accelerate faster than just about anything else on two wheels, and pulling 1.2g in the process.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2004 Triumph Rocket III motorcycle in graphite. Comes packaged in a handsome presentation case. Now in stock!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Historical Account: "Rocket Men" - Triumph Motorcycles is an English motorcycle manufacturer, originally based in Coventry. A new company in Hinckley took over the name rights after the collapse of the company in the 1980s.
The company began in 1885 when Siegfried Bettmann emigrated to Coventry in England from Nuremberg, part of the German Empire. In 1884 aged 20, Bettmann founded his own company, the S. Bettmann & Co. Import Export Agency, in London.
Bettmann's original products were bicycles, which the company bought and then sold under its own brand name. Bettmann also distributed sewing machines imported from Germany.
In 1886, Bettmann sought a more universal name, and the company became known as the Triumph Cycle Company. A year later, the company registered as the New Triumph Co. Ltd., now with financial backing from the Dunlop Tyre Co. In that year, Bettmann was joined by another Nuremberg native, Moritz Schulte.
Schulte encouraged Bettmann to transform Triumph into a manufacturing company, and in 1888 Bettmann purchased a site in Coventry using money lent by his and Schulte's families. The company began producing the first Triumph-branded bicycles in 1889. In 1896, Triumph opened a subsidiary, Orial TWN (Triumph Werke Nuremberg) a German subsidiary for cycle production in his native city.
In 1898, Triumph decided to extend its own production to include motorcycles and by 1902, the company had produced its first motorcycle - a bicycle fitted with a Belgian-built engine. In 1903, as its motorcycle sales topped 500, Triumph opened motorcycle production at its unit in Germany. During its first few years producing motorcycles, the company based its designs on those of other manufacturers. In 1904, Triumph began building motorcycles based on its own designs and in 1905 produced its first completely in-house designed motorcycle. By the end of that year, the company had produced more than 250 of that design.
In 1907, after the company opened a larger plant, production reached 1,000 bikes. Triumph had also launched a second, lower-end brand, Gloria, produced in the company's original plant.