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Old 01-18-2012, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Road king vs Rocket 3 touring ?

For long trip touring, which one ? Harley road king or Triumph Rocket 3 touring, any suggestions ?
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I test rode the Rocket 3 at the Triumph Demo days and that bike is amazing and feels SO much lighter than it is - Also, cool thing, Dealer told me to get rolling in 1st then shift it all the way into 6th and feel the low end - No stumble, no chug, just pull - I was havin a BLAST on that fat ass bike

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Yeah. I rode the rocket at the demo too. Very comfy. But i do like the road king better. Just couldn't get used to that wierd pull from the engine when sitting still.
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The power of the rocket is interesting ..... But handling and weight seem to go to
The Harley ......... Dealer network is definitely better for the Harley.

Overall ..... It's the road king.


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I am not sure the R3 is the right comparison to an air cooled V twin . I would think the Thunderbird is the right way to go .
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Kind of ......but a much smaller bike ......

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Kind of ......but a much smaller bike ......

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The T-bird is "much" smaller ?
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heres the thing. for touring, they will both be a ride great, bit one thing is very important. if you have a problem, your never far from a harley dealer that will have your back at all times if your traveling, they will pull whatever they have on the lift off, and give you priority service. good luck finding a triumph dealer.




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The T-bird is "much" smaller ?

Seems so to me .....



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Kind of off topic a little, but I never understood why these are call tourers. When I think touring I think Yamaha FJR, Kawi concours, Honda wing, BMW K and R series. Bikes with lots of protection from the elements, electric hook ups, long range tanks, storage, good in a straight line as well as windy country roads, etc.

Anyhow, between the two listed. Rocket would be way more exclusive but like Tony said the dealer network is a LOT smaller. On the other hand Triumphs are near Japanese quality now and do not need much pampering.

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Kind of off topic a little, but I never understood why these are call tourers. When I think touring I think Yamaha FJR, Kawi concours, Honda wing, BMW K and R series. Bikes with lots of protection from the elements, electric hook ups, long range tanks, storage, good in a straight line as well as windy country roads, etc.

Anyhow, between the two listed. Rocket would be way more exclusive but like Tony said the dealer network is a LOT smaller. On the other hand Triumphs are near Japanese quality now and do not need much pampering.
The road king is actually a pretty damn good touring bike. Floor boards, comfortable seat, large gas tank. Standard bags, comfortable seat for your pillion. Optional back rest for the pillion. If you attach the front windshield it has plenty of wind protection.

Alot of people feel the road king is the last Harley tourer that still feels like you are riding a motorcycle. After that bike you get into the 'glide models and all of those have the giant bat wing, and end up being HD's version of the goldwing. In other words a really nice 2 wheeled car.

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heres the thing. for touring, they will both be a ride great, bit one thing is very important. if you have a problem, your never far from a harley dealer that will have your back at all times if your traveling, they will pull whatever they have on the lift off, and give you priority service. good luck finding a triumph dealer.
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On the bat-wing fairing .....


Handlebar mounted bat wings with all the electronics and weight ...... SUCK !

Cross winds and truck blast steers the motorcycle, they are heavy to steer at slow speeds because of the weight.



If you are going to go full fairing / electronics, the Road Glide is the one .....
frame mounted fairing and electronics, light steering etc. Much better choice.

Downside to the Road Glides ..... is you have the fairing ALL the time .... this is a
big bike and feels like a big bike ...... like a wing ....... that might be your thing.


The Road King makes a better dual purpose bike IMO ..... around town, no wind screen it feels like a proper cruiser .....
with the screen for long highway rides it's protected without the weight of the electronics it still steers well.

Some effect from cross-winds on the tombstone shield .... not like the bat-wing.






Depends ( as always ) what you intend to do with it.



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On the bat-wing fairing .....


Handlebar mounted bat wings with all the electronics and weight ...... SUCK !

Cross winds and truck blast steers the motorcycle, they are heavy to steer at slow speeds because of the weight.



If you are going to go full fairing / electronics, the Road Glide is the one .....
frame mounted fairing and electronics, light steering etc. Much better choice.

Downside to the Road Glides ..... is you have the fairing ALL the time .... this is a
big bike and feels like a big bike ...... like a wing ....... that might be your thing.


The Road King makes a better dual purpose bike IMO ..... around town, no wind screen it feels like a proper cruiser .....
with the screen for long highway rides it's protected without the weight of the electronics it still steers well.

Some effect from cross-winds on the tombstone shield .... not like the bat-wing.






Depends ( as always ) what you intend to do with it.



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The only problem with the road glide is it is without a doubt the world's ugliest motorcycle.

With the possible exception of old Beemer's with fairings.




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There is definately good to be said about both bikes but the fact of having a dealer nearby almost anywhere you might go, the Road King wins hands down.
Long distance touring is an adventure but mechanical things do break down. If you're in Glacier Park Montana and you have a mechanical gremlin attack would you rather be on a bike where the nearest dealer is just outside the park in the town of Kalispell or possibly Denver? I love my Triumph but if I'm going on a 2 week plus trip to rural areas of the country, I'm riding my H-D.

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On the bat-wing fairing .....


Handlebar mounted bat wings with all the electronics and weight ...... SUCK !

Cross winds and truck blast steers the motorcycle, they are heavy to steer at slow speeds because of the weight.



If you are going to go full fairing / electronics, the Road Glide is the one .....
frame mounted fairing and electronics, light steering etc. Much better choice.

Downside to the Road Glides ..... is you have the fairing ALL the time .... this is a
big bike and feels like a big bike ...... like a wing ....... that might be your thing.


The Road King makes a better dual purpose bike IMO ..... around town, no wind screen it feels like a proper cruiser .....
with the screen for long highway rides it's protected without the weight of the electronics it still steers well.

Some effect from cross-winds on the tombstone shield .... not like the bat-wing.






Depends ( as always ) what you intend to do with it.



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nobody mentioned the honda goldwing or the bmw gtl k 1600?


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