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.