Rocket III vs Road King vs Vulcan 2k

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Celtic Curmudgeon, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. rauchman

    rauchman Been here awhile

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    Appreciate the info. Thanks!
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  2. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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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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  3. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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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. :deal

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  4. dochstader

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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.

    El Mur.
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  5. Anorak

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    Road Dog, it has as much bearing on the question as the Goldwing.
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  6. Ockrocket

    Ockrocket Long timer

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    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. :shog :shog
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  7. Andylaser

    Andylaser Heavy Metal

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    Ride the Rocket and let the grin decide your fate. :D
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  8. Chuck Pryce

    Chuck Pryce Been here awhile

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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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  9. Celtic Curmudgeon

    Celtic Curmudgeon Indiana Jones wanabe

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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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  10. JerryH

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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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  11. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    I had a pair of them, haven't particularly missed either one, in fact my ex had a pair of them, and I don't miss those two pain in my asses either. Despite at least 50,000 miles on that Ultra Classic.

    Not to mention that the used market is hardly unaffordable, in my area Sportsters go in the $5000-8000 range used, Dyna's from 8-10 softails the same and tourers 10+ used.
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  12. KingOfFleece

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    A lot will depend on where you ride. In the hills of PA the R3 can make all the passes while the buds on the RoadKings usually get stuck behind as they cannot make the pass in the small spaces we get to do so.

    This is a consideration worth noting if your conditions are similar. Yes, we have a 88 twin cam in the garage along with the others so I have some experience here. In the hills the 110's stay with the R3, the 103, 96, and 88 not so often. Getting stuck behind 3 semi trucks thru 30 miles of elevation change stinks.
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  13. coneye

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    I have the rocket 3 tourer ,, make note thats the tourer not the touring or classic , Its the one that comes standard with hard bags and screen .

    With the longhaul seat and backrest , its the most comfortable bike i've ever owned , the power is awsome , mileage i get 35-40 miles per gallon good for a big bike , once moving it handles very very well , now i'm used to it , it handles just has good has the road king in the slow stuff .

    Don't let anyone tell you these bikes don't handle well , i use mine mainly for 2 up and touring , , for day rides and playing in the hills , i use a v strom , which I can throw around easier , BUT when my mate is with me on his rocket i cannot keep up with him even in the tight twistie stuff ,

    The rocket will be able to handle ANYTHING the rider can throw at it , its only limited ny the riders skills .

    The road king is limited by clearance , the rocket has a lot more clearance .
    If you get a rocket , be prepared to talk a lot because every where you go people want to talk about them , Then again the touring model doeas look like a road king on steroids .....Good look with your choice . Oh by the way the problems they were noted for , not all bikes had them , and they were all ironed out by 2008 , so i would be inclined to go for a 2008 or later , i've had 50,000 trouble free klm .
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  14. Celtic Curmudgeon

    Celtic Curmudgeon Indiana Jones wanabe

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    I'm planning to look at a local 06 RIII that has < 3k miles. Living in S Florida, the riding is suited for cruisers,most of the roads are fairly strait and flatter than central Kansas. I like Harleys, but can do without the whole Harley subculture thing.. The way I see it, the RIII is ideal for a middle-aged bloke like me who is a former sportbike and ST type, ready for the comfort of a cruiser, but won't let go of that inner hooligan. It's also completely unique, youd don't see many of them.
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  15. eatpasta

    eatpasta Lawnmower Target

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    This isnt even a contest! Rocket III for the win with 150 hp and 160 ft.lbs of torque!! plus supposedly its good for 172 mph at Bonneville

    :dunno

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  16. 9990

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    I'll be the contrarian...

    I've test ridden the '13 RK and a friend let me ride his '10 R III Roadster.

    IMO, the R3 has (no surprise) the motor, but the RK is easier to handle. All the weight on the R3 feels like it's low and in front of you. On the RK it feels low but more evenly distributed front to back.

    The R3 is all about torque and power - it's a more is more bike. The RK is more of a pootle-along and enjoy the scenery bike. While I appreciate the R3, I wouldn't want to own one. The RK I would consider, paint-shaker hop at idle and all.

    If you want to go fast, get something else entirely.

    My $0.02
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  17. Bama67

    Bama67 Been here awhile

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    Holy shit! I don't really keep up with cruisers, but I never knew the Rocket put out that kinda power! yikes.
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  18. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    ...and that is way undertuned.


    Guys are changing the airboxes and retuning to pull in the ballpark of +170hp plus. Built engines are passing 200.
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  19. Bama67

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    Haha. insane.


    I don't see why it shouldn't, after all, it has more cc's than a good % of cars these days.
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  20. slipknot

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    I don't like pushing 800 pound anything to back up, especially in a campground or other uneven ground like the unpaved roads I venture down to find a secluded camping spot or outdoor toilet. :D There are at least three companies that sell reverse gearing kits for the Harley, Victory offers reverse as an option, but what about Triumph?
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