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Old 11-05-2012, 05:12 PM   #46
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I'm surprised nobody so far mentioned Rocket Touring version - do you guys not get that model on your side of the pond? That would really surprise me, I would have thought it was made especially with the American market in mind...

I thought of it straight away as it comes already equipped with hard bags and touring screen and with its single headlight it might be visually more appealing for some tastes. It might be also more acceptable to the HD rider community?
Almost a perfect bike... but they should NOT have done the gas tank gauge thing, and they should NOT have done away with the dual headlights.

And with that much low end torque... an overdrive gear would have been nice.
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:40 PM   #47
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After riding mine I feel there is no need for an overdrive. At freeway speed it criuses at 2500 rpm. Overdrive would just lug it down a bit. With so much torque on tap, 5 speeds are all it needs.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:23 PM   #48
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One of my biggest regrets is NOT buying the Rocket III when it first came out. Lack of air suspension for two-upping did it. Every time I open the throttle on my ordinary cruiser, I wish I had the Triumph. If you're a guy that rides a cruiser at parade speeds.. well, then, all that power will be a waste. If, however, you're a seasoned veteran with big balls and a penchant for power, the Rocket satisfies like no other.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:37 AM   #49
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How about a cruise control?
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:09 PM   #50
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Oh, I know. I researched the hell out of accessories. It was not a decision I made lightly. At the time, (2004) there was only one model Rocket, and I had to make it a two up tourer. $1800 for hard bags... http://www.corbin.com/triumph/tr3bag.shtml $600 for air shocks, another $800 for a Russell Day-Long seat... the numbers got silly! Instead, I compromised the engine to get a cruiser with hard bags, quick removable windshield, air susp. etc.. standard.
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:52 PM   #51
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After riding mine I feel there is no need for an overdrive. At freeway speed it criuses at 2500 rpm. Overdrive would just lug it down a bit. With so much torque on tap, 5 speeds are all it needs.
Everywhere I look, I see reports 3000 rpm at 80 mph. I also see a lot of reports about engine vibration at and above 3000 rpm.

Am I going to be dealing with vibes when I'm running interstate??? 80% of the riding I do???

I just don't see the need for that much rpm... many vehicles can run 75/80 at 2000 rpm without lugging.
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Old 11-06-2012, 07:29 PM   #52
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Myself and others report our Roadsters glass smooth up to about 72mph, a slight not bothersome at all increase in vibes up to about 95mph where it smooths out again. Vibration's never been an issue even in those times I've had to use the Interstate. (Like when I've only got an evening and a day for the 800 miles to Laguna for MotoGP)

My particular Roadster with a smallish bar mount shield really is spooky smooth and quiet at 95. Really wish I'd had this bike back in the days of no speed limit in Montana.

Cycleman2, I agree about the Roadster remaining a niche bike for now. That may change as more people become aware of the inherent sweetness of a huge standard. Personally, I hope it only sells just enough that Triumph continues to make it and no more.
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Old 11-06-2012, 08:46 PM   #53
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Hey Vicster,
Thanks to your reccomendation on trying a Rocket before I bought the Thunderbird Storm, I now have a new Rocket Roadster. All I can say is this thing is sure fun to ride. And you are right, very smooth at freeway speeds. I'm so happy with my choice. No regrets at all.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:34 AM   #54
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Hey Vicster,
Thanks to your reccomendation on trying a Rocket before I bought the Thunderbird Storm, I now have a new Rocket Roadster. All I can say is this thing is sure fun to ride. And you are right, very smooth at freeway speeds. I'm so happy with my choice. No regrets at all.
+2 on the Roadster. Pick mine up in Friday.
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Old 11-07-2012, 04:54 AM   #55
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Harleytoo,
I know you'll enjoy it. Just remember to hang on when you pass someone.
Congratulations!
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:54 AM   #56
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Any decent throttle locks in lieu of a true cruise control?
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:59 AM   #57
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Any decent throttle locks in lieu of a true cruise control?
Good question I would like to know too.
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Old 11-07-2012, 08:27 AM   #58
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Go Cruize works well.
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Old 11-07-2012, 11:30 AM   #59
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Yep, I've used them for a couple of years. Inexpensive and highly functional. This link has a demo video http://www.2wheelride.com/throttle_pro.html
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:43 PM   #60
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Yep, I've used them for a couple of years. Inexpensive and highly functional. This link has a demo video http://www.2wheelride.com/throttle_pro.html
Oh hell. I imagined that thing sat under my wrist. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how it would be comfortable.

Going to measure the Wee's handlebar now.
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