Yak Butter Makes A Motorcycle Smooth and Fast
The ads from most motorcycle manufacturers are generally dry affairs which follow predictable paths to the goal – relieving your of your disposable income and getting you on top of their machines.
The gents at Triumph, on the other hand, go off the rails once in a while and get all ‘Benny Hill’ on a brother.
It looks like this little piece of tongue-on-cheek humor was produced in-house at Triumph Motorcycles, and it purports to explain how the Men of Hinckley go about testing, designing and manufacturing their bikes.
Some of this stuff is a little less than politically correct like, say the idea that they program the Rocket III by attaching it to a woman’s brain to make it possible for the bike to “change direction in an instant.” Other less controversial quips involve applying a beautiful finish to each bike by polishing them with “yak butter,” lining up the motorcycles so they can watch DVDs of comedy clips from the ’70s so they can “absorb fun by osmosis,” and testing the brakes to help out pedestrians who have dropped their badgers along the road.
|TRIUMPH ROCKET III – TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
|Liquid-cooled,DOHC, longitudinal in-line 3-cylinder, 12 valves
|Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
|Digital– inductive type – via electronic engine management system
|Tubular steel twin spine
|Alloy 5-spoke, 17 x 3.5in
|Alloy 5-spoke, 16 x 7.5in
|43mm upside down forks
|Chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable pre load
|Twin 320mm floating discs, 4 piston calipers
|Single 316mm disc, 2 piston caliper
|25liters (6.6 gal US)
|PERFORMANCE (MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020)
|140bhp at 5,750rpm
|147ft.lb at 2,500rpm