Rocket 3 Roadster - Harley Thoughts

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Harleytoo, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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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. :freaky
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  2. Harry Backer

    Harry Backer Ran when parked!

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  3. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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  4. cycleman2

    cycleman2 Been here awhile

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    I think the Rocket III suffers the same fate as Harley's VRod. Both fill a nitch market that is not going to give either manufacture a ton of sales.
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  5. CajunRider

    CajunRider Been here awhile

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    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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  6. Quedok

    Quedok Been here awhile

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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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  7. AZbiker

    AZbiker Crunkin' with crackers

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    jus sayin...:deal
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  8. wannaklr

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  9. concours

    concours WFO for 41 years

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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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  10. CajunRider

    CajunRider Been here awhile

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    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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  11. vicster

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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:D)

    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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  12. Quedok

    Quedok Been here awhile

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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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  13. Harleytoo

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    +2 on the Roadster. Pick mine up in Friday.
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  14. Quedok

    Quedok Been here awhile

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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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  15. wannaklr

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    Any decent throttle locks in lieu of a true cruise control?
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  16. Harleytoo

    Harleytoo Intrepid Adventurer

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    Good question I would like to know too.
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    davevv One more old rider

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  19. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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    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. :lol3

    Going to measure the Wee's handlebar now.
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  20. Superzoom

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    "Jason DiSalvo set a new AMA record and FIM land-speed racing record on board a Latus Motors Racing Triumph Rocket III. DiSalvo's average speed was 174.276mph for the flying mile and 174.880mph for the flying kilometer. The crazy thing about all this is that these speeds were reached mainly with a 240hp over-the-counter performance kit from Bob Carpenter. Fully streetable, this Triumph III is truly a monster that oozes horsepower."

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    What a cool picture. I don't think he's worrying much about vibration.
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