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Old 10-03-2013, 07:08 PM   #16
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i thought i read on another site the kawi uses a plastic oil pump gear
that can break and wipe out the motor.
http://www.vroc.org/faq/jopg/jopg.html
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Old 10-03-2013, 08:47 PM   #17
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i thought i read on another site the kawi uses a plastic oil pump gear
that can break and wipe out the motor. im in the same boat would love to add a cruiser to my garage .really want to demo the rocket touring
Only applicable to the 1500's before like 99 or something that I am sure is listed in the link provided blakebird.

Some 2000s have reported burning some oil. Most don't. Even those, don't have issues besides adding some oil. Very little drama, very powerful bike.

If you want the road king, get it for all it entails.

All good choices really. Mama should be happy on any one of those with a backrest and passenger boards.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:10 PM   #18
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Am curious too about the passenger comfort on the R3?

Two bad things about the R3, gas mileage and heat. Latter might be an issue for Boca Raton. I haven't ridden one so I'm just going on hearsay.
Stock passenger seat on the Roadster isn't bad, earlier ones not as good.

Gas mileage on my two Rockets ranged from mid 30s, to low 40s, not out of line for a big road bike. Tank range when touring was a reliable 200 miles.

Engine heat wasn't really an issue on either of mine. Certainly not as bad as sitting right on an air cooled big twin.

Be sure to test ride any pre '09 Rockets to make sure they don't pop out of gear under acceleration. Triumph offers an update kit if the example is so affected, but it's $$$.

I highly recommend you test ride a Rocket before making a final buying choice.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:28 PM   #19
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I highly recommend you test ride a Rocket before making a final buying choice.
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The Rocket carries its weight surprisingly well. Don't get me wrong its a BIG heavy frigging bike, but once its rolling it loses the feeling of being a huge ass bike unless you are trying to make it swap side to side.

Opposed to a Road King (now I haven't really spent time with the new frame) the Harley touring rigs won't let you forget they are a huge ass bike, everything happens kind of slow. For what they are they are very easy to ride, but its always there that you are on a huge bike.

The Valk I've no idea I've never so much as sat on one.
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:57 AM   #20
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I had a Rocket III Touring for a few years. In Florida. There's a good deal of heat coming off that monster motor. It was comfortable enough for all day riding. Handled well for a huge ass bike. I wouldn't have another one though. I've ridden a Road King a few times. A bit smaller and not as 'fun'.

For comfort and cruising ability, it would be hard to beat the RK. Some of the Japanese bikes are a good second choice.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:14 AM   #21
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I'm 6'1" and 185. I didn't mean to imply that the Road Star handled poorly, but given the weight difference between that and the Vulcan I was surprised that the Vulcan handled better.

Between the HD and the Vulcan, I would give a small advantage to the HD in handling, but not enough to sway my buying decision. However, for me and my passenger, there is much more room on the Vulcan than the HD and I had custom seats on both. It's just a lot bigger bike.

I have a Fatboy and was looking for an inexpensive 2nd bike for trips and after trying out a bunch (including a newer Ultra) I thought that the Vulcan nailed the bang for the buck better than anything else I tried.
Appreciate the info. Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:54 AM   #22
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I've ridden all three of these. The RK I rented for a week and put 1100 miles on out in the desert. The other 2 I rode in demos only.
The Vulcan 2000 , I have the least amount of time on and really liked the least. It seemed like a cartoon copy of a H-D with everything blown up in size by 15-20%. Big just to be big. It has some power , but, also a lot of weight.
The R-3 I demoed a couple of times, cause it's a fun time ! Sure it's big, but Triumph do know something about handleing and it works.
The 2nd demo ,I was talking to a guy that had ridden in on a 1200 Kawasaki 4. He told me the R-3 was a 6 cylinder and i set him right.Then I ended up behind him most of the ride, very timid. When I had a chance in a curve , where he balked, I nailed it , laid it over on the 240 and shot by. He later asked ,"How did you do that ?"
It's a motorcycle, you have to ride it.
Anyway,I bought a RK , cause my wife likes them and of the 3 it fits me the best.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:33 AM   #23
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Honda Goldwing GL1500

Six cylinders of torque and comfort, and they even handle very well for a big bike.

Made in the USA what's more.

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Old 10-05-2013, 04:56 AM   #24
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I bought a Road King (early one) - I took it back after one ride and threatened to replace the "Harley" sticker with a "Jawa" sticker, it was so damned slow!
Fast foreward a couple of years, I bought a Kawa 2000 - fabulous experience! Fast, powerful, trouble-free, I kept it 'till they quit selling them (Canada), and still miss it!
Made me a Kawa-man, and I continue to ride 'em.

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Old 10-05-2013, 10:57 AM   #25
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Honda Goldwing GL1500

Six cylinders of torque and comfort, and they even handle very well for a big bike.

Made in the USA what's more.

Road Dog, it has as much bearing on the question as the Goldwing.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:52 PM   #26
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Road Dog, it has as much bearing on the question as the Goldwing.
Damn!!!! That thing would be a handful and a half on a winding mountain road.

And sorry, was thinking "Road Glide", brain goes seriously out of phase sometimes.
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Old 10-06-2013, 04:45 AM   #27
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Old 10-07-2013, 07:16 AM   #28
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You wife tells you to get another bike,she likes the Road King that should answer your question.
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Old 10-17-2013, 07:07 PM   #29
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Thanks for all the replies. I looked a 2013 Roadster, $15K flat out the door, tempting, but way over budget. I've noticed that Vulcan 2k's seem to go pretty cheap in the used market, cheaper than smaller and slower Vulcan Nomad. Still looking.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:07 AM   #30
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Road King. Or some other Harley. Never pass up the chance to buy a Harley if you can afford one.
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