Top 10 Affordable Modern Classics

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3. Triumph Rocket III

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.

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  • k3ith

    If you’re going to include a scooter why not use the Morphous that looks like something from the jetsons but was only made for 1 year or the big Ruckus which is sortof the SUV of scooters (and a hell of a fun ride offroad).

  • David Siebert

    I would have to say that you should have included the ZX-11. It was the fastest motorcycle for a very long time and IMHO a classic and they are available cheap.