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Offline N/a

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Rocket 3
« on: November 09, 2016, 12:08:48 am »
Been looking at the rocket 3 any members ever ride/own one? If so how did you like it?

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Re: Rocket 3
« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2016, 04:23:46 am »
Demo rode one that was triked
Awesome torque Run 70 in second gear motor wasnt even stressed
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Re: Rocket 3
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2016, 10:52:28 pm »
I had an '09 touring model, the one with hard bags. I loved it, but it was really heavy. More than once I had to have help to back it up, even on level ground. Embarassing.

These days I find myself leaning toward lighter, smaller bikes. Even the Connie is often too big, too heavy. But for 600 mile days, you can put up with big and heavy I guess.
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Re: Rocket 3
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2016, 08:19:54 pm »
Highly recommend the Triump Thunderbird Storm 1700.  Beautiful powerful bike and does not feel big at all.  I traded my 2009 Concours with a lot of farkles for a 2011 Storm with 4700 miles on it and also a ton of farkles including Mustang seat, chrome floorboards, sissy bar and crash bar.  My Concours was worth about $8300 storm was valued at $9200.  I love it.  Torque monster but not too loud with the stock pipes.  It makes 120 lbs torque!!!!  Beautiful build quality. Wife says passenger accomodations WAY better than the Concours even after I put on a $500 Baldwin seat.  I plan on keeping this Triumph a long time!  Never really loved the Concours.....never felt like a real motorcycle although the SiSF Flash did make a huge improvement.  Hell the guy even threw in some very nice leather luggage that goes over the sissy bar but I doubt I'll ever use it much.

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Re: Rocket 3
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2016, 08:33:33 am »
I've got a 2014 Rocket 3 Roadster and absolutely love it as the ultimate cruiser for me.  Significant difference between the Roadster and Touring models in power as they come from the factory.  The Touring has been detuned for its intended purpose but can be brought back to the Roadster power by a suitable reflash.  The Touring is a "light" touring package, lacking cruise control and some other amenities on more focused touring bikes.  It is actually a great bike but I just prefer the power of the Roadster and the huge 240 rear tire.

I always get compliments on its appearance and performance.  The torque is incredible and when I twist the throttle, the guys I ride with tell me the bike just seems to jump!  It's not a sport bike but it handles the twisties quite well.  It is incredibly smooth and the power comes on quickly, even from low RPMs.  It is a heavy bike but most of the weight is centered in the engine which is mounted low.  As soon as you start moving, any feeling of heaviness is gone.

I started rising bikes with a 650 Bonneville back in the day.  I really love the Roadster and it is not going to leave my bike corral while I still have a pulse...
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Re: Rocket 3
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2017, 03:36:02 pm »
Bumping this one up a bit:

Besides two C-14s, I currently own two Valkyries - one Tourer and one Interstate. I've owned as many as five of them at one time, and have always looked at possible replacements.

Test-rode the R3s several times over the years at Mid Ohio Vintage Motorcycle Days and was very impressed with the bikes. Given my I/S is pushing 900lbs, a heavyweight ain't no big thing.

If I ever wear the Valkyries out or have reason to sell them, a Roadster and an R3 Touring (w/ power upgrades, trunk and fairing) will probably become my new cruiser rides. One question I have regarding the motor: Around the 2005ish time frame, there were reports of the crankshaft cam chain sprocket going wonky and taking out top ends. Was this problem ever resolved by a design or supplier change?

That would be the ONLY fly in the ointment for me.

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Re: Rocket 3
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2017, 08:51:35 am »
Awesome bike! As already mentioned, tons of torque. Maybe too much? I was with a group at a demo ride in Marne Iowa a few years back, right when the Rocket III was introduced. I was on a Speed Triple, and some dude, (I did not know him), was on the new Rocket. He must have thought he was getting into a corner too hot and (he says) he just "chopped the throttle" and the rear tire locked up and he spun off into a ditch. Brand new bike too. All bent up and muddy. Like I said, I did not know this dude, so he may have been a rookie, or a tool, or he may have been a seasoned rider. Don't know. Just be aware of the awsomeness of that huge three-banger!

Good luck, and have fun!
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