3. 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 When you think of an Italian V-Twin with Ohlins suspension, forged pistons, forged wheels, dry clutch and gorgeous styling, it’s usually a Ducati that comes to mind. But don’t overlook the Moto Guzzi MGS-01. Only a handful of these machines were ever made, but the lucky few who own one […]
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3. Triumph Rocket III
At 2.3 liters, the Triumph Rocket III’s three-cylinder engine has a larger displacement than many cars on the road today. It is a big, burly and muscular cruiser able to rip your arms off at the twist of the wrist. And that’s why we like it.
For the record, the last time we tested the Rocket, the 2.3-liter Triple put down nearly 119 horses to the ground. While not a particularly impressive number, the torque figure of 136 ft.-lb. to the wheel makes the Triumph feel like it earns its name. The Rocket III shows the kind of statement a relatively small company can make when not hampered by the corporate bureaucracy of, say, a Japanese manufacturer.
Above all else, the gargantuan engine is the talking point here. It’ll be worth something someday.