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Opinions on a triumph...

Friend of mine is interested in the Triumph Rocket III Touring bike.

http://www.triumph.co.uk/usa/2009%20...ring_9824.aspx

Anybody got any experience with the bike? Opinions?

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Big, Heavy, lots of HP. Buy a Harley instead.




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Power in any gear. If you are in 6th and want to pass, crack the throttle, don't bother shifting. Remove and reinstall on the rear tire is a pita.
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No idea, but you might try www.triumphrat.net for rider opinions. In general though, Triumphs are extremely reliable machines... the 1L triples are known to last into the 80,000-100,000 mile range with little to no real work being needed.

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I've heard nothing but good things about this bike. I'm not really into the look but I sat on one a few times and it felt nice. All the controls seem high quality, the whole bike seems really high quality actually.

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I don't like cruisers all that much, but I LOVE the Rocket III. The I prefer the touring over the standard model. It has a few changes to make it more nimble. I've had the good luck to be able to tool around quite abit on both.

Sure its heavy, but it doesn't feel like it AT ALL when its under its own power. (pushing them around the showroom is another story alltogether) The weight of the big I3 motor is situated very low in the frame, thanks in part to the dry sump motor.

They are remarkably reliable and need very little in the way of maintenance. Shaft drive and nearly 6 qt oil tank. The were rarely in the shop for service when I was there, and many of the customers had racked up serious mileage on them without a hitch. The downside is that oil changes are somewhat spendy, but the manual spec is 10K in between.

Each of the 3 cylinders is 4" across. HUGE torque. It's not even fair to compare it to a Harley.

If he's serious, have him call MCC once the weather gets nicer and schedule a demo ride.

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This is exactly the type of feedback my friend is looking for, as always...YOU GUYS ROCK!

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Get a Harley 883 or nightster, I love the blacked out look of em both. One of the only Harley's I would even consider riding/owning.

http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/C.../model/xl1200n
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this video will give you some insight on a pretty interesting motorcycle.
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Get a Harley 883 or nightster
Boooo

Put a turbo on the Rocker III like these fellas. I love the sound of a blow off valve on a bike.



Or go and play with a 'busa.



FWIW, I am very happy with the 675. If I had the extra $$$, I would be at a track this spring.

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I rode one at our advanced school felt like you could lean about 10 degrees before scraping everything. A straight line is about all that I would say it's good for.
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My buddies HD Roadking is like that too. I think the floorboards really limit its lean angle.
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Get a Harley 883 or nightster, I love the blacked out look of em both. One of the only Harley's I would even consider riding/owning.

http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/C.../model/xl1200n
http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/C...#/model/xl883n
we had a nightster come in on trade. Beautiful bike, but I didn't care to how it rode. Not even the same universe a rocket iii, though. 2300 v 883 Better comparison would be the triumph 900 parallel twins.

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Rocket III is a solid big-bore multi cruiser.


Power ..... fantastic motor ...... I ridden a bunch of HD stuff ( even two of the
new-chassis 09's !) and owned several Honda 6 cyls.

the Rocket three is a better motor than either.
Two up it will spin the rear on the throttle in second gear...... nice.


Nice solid chassis .... better than the GL1500 or any of the old HD's although the
new 09 HD chassis is so much better than the 08 it's unbefuckinleievable.


Riding position on cruisers is not my thing period, I can't hack the feet out thing
so I'll just say...... if you find it comfortable...... well OK then.


Triumph quality is very good now and LOCAL dealer support is very good.
For a touring bike I might worry a little about a mechanical in Tennessee or
North Dakota....or ...... not sure how strong the dealer network is.


It's a big heavy bike.... no doubt...... but quick and fun.



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Thanks for all the advise,and opinions> I do value them greatly , Well now to find one that I want ,and a good price,
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Get a Harley 883 or nightster, I love the blacked out look of em both. One of the only Harley's I would even consider riding/owning.

http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/C.../model/xl1200n
http://www.harley-davidson.com/wcm/C...#/model/xl883n
That's like someone asking for opinions on a gsxr600 and recommending they get a goldwing instead...

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I've test rode a Rocket lll like three times at demo days and they are pretty cool. They are heavy at first, but once you're moving you don't feel the weight. TONS of torque and I liked that. Plus it's different!

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When I sit on my FXRS-Sp and hoist it off the stand as I prepare to ride...it's heavy. you feel it. When I rode the Rocket III it astounded me how light it felt compared to my HD as I started out on my ride. It has more cornering clearance than my FXR, and my FXR does NOT have floorboards.
I don't own a Rocket III, don't know if I ever will, but I like it. My '05 T100 Bonneville is the best handling, smoothest running motorcycle I've ever had and has been stone reliable and that's saying ALOT...Triumphs are good motorcycles, and less expensive than others as well. I still enjoy my HD...but I love my Triumphs, old & new!

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