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Well, got there about 9:10 am and the sign up for the Speed Trip was full until 3:30 pm - The 10:30 was the first with an available bike so I rolled the Rocket3 Touring and all I can say is that damn 800 lb, 147 fpt and 140 hp couch of a bike was fuckin sweet - From a planted foot position, the bike does not seem heavy one bit and the center of balance is spot on - Once we rolled out a bit, that bike is BUTTER SMOOTH and as comfortable as your couch - Gave myself some distance when we got to the 355 to 290 on ramp, rolled on it a bit and she is PLANTED at lean and the roll on is AWESOME - At one point in the ride, I found myself asking "if I sold both the Duke and the Harley, could this be my only bike??" - It comes with Hard Bags, Floor Boards and (2) Wind Screens - I could not go the "Massive Cruiser Only" route just yet but GOD DAMN that fuckin "truck of a bike" was fucking sweeeeet - To quote Ferris Buehller, 'If you have the means, I HIGHY recommend picking one up" - Flame all you want but for a guy with a bad back and more years on two wheels then some of you have been alive, I LOVED that fuckin ride - Not ready for it yet but that thing left me with a smile from ear to ear and I NEVER thought a cruiser could do that

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Did the Rocket Three a couple of years ago. Think I dislocated my shoulder. LOL
It did pull like a freight train and never once did I find the bottom of the Torque Curve in ANY gear - Never bogged once - Just rolled on !!

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It did pull like a freight train and never once did I find the bottom of the Torque Curve in ANY gear - Never bogged once - Just rolled on !!
I don't think its possible to bog it. click it into first and let out the clutch - no throttle at all - and it just torques along.

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The biggest blast to ride was the Scrambler.
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The Scrambler is big-fun. So easy to ride.

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Good to see you up there Bug. I told you that you would like the Rocket. I rode it a couple of times last year and it is a very cool and different bike.

I rode the Speed Triple today to compare it with my Tuono since they are in the same class, and it was just OK, even a little "boring". I didn't know what to expect, but it didn't impress me like I thought it would. The one I rode even had an Arrow pipe on it. Then again, the test ride was pretty lame. We never got above 55 MPH.

My notes on the Speed Triple comapred to my Tuono:

- Engine note was average even with aftermarket Arrow pipe. There's nothing like the sound of a big twin!
- A little more aggressive seating position than mine. More weight on wrists.
- Engine was a little weak in lower RPM's and a little buzzy. My right hand went numb during the short demo ride. 25 minutes
- It was very easy to ride and seems it would be forgiving. The power doesn't come on as strong as mine.
- Suspension seemed soft, but it turned into corners very easily.
- Not as "exciting" to ride for me.
- Fit and finish were very good.
- Killer styling, especially the Special Edition they had in the showroom.

Overall a very nice bike. If you were coming from a 600 and got on one of these it would seem very powerful. However, coming from my bike to this one it seemed underpowered, especially in the lower RPM's, and the suspension wasn't as tight.

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- A little more aggressive seating position than mine.
I think I go made fun of for saying the same thing????

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~30.

The thing is such a torque monster that you never really have to rev above 3K, and that helps

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The thing is such a torque monster that you never really have to rev above 3K, and that helps
I had no idea what I took it to as it had no Tach - The Triumph dude told me that if I bought it, I could open up a "Stump Removal" business and wright the Rocket3 off as work equipment - I did enjoy myself there for sure

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I had no idea what I took it to as it had no Tach - The Triumph dude told me that if I bought it, I could open up a "Stump Removal" business and wright the Rocket3 off as work equipment - I did enjoy myself there for sure
Yeah, the tourer doesn't have a tacho. The standard model does. The Tourer is tuned for even more low end though. 154ft-lbs at 2k. ([email protected] for the standard) Stumps would be no match.

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Yeah, the tourer doesn't have a tacho. The standard model does. The Tourer is tuned for even more low end though. 154ft-lbs at 2k. ([email protected] for the standard) Stumps would be no match.
Rob I REALLY did enjoy my time (ever so short though) on that thing - I am kinda looking forward now to getting old (well, older) so I can rock that fucker someday, PROPER

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Rob I REALLY did enjoy my time (ever so short though) on that thing - I am kinda looking forward now to getting old (well, older) so I can rock that fucker someday, PROPER
likewise.

I'm looking forward to the day I can pick one of those up. Totally different kind of riding that its meant for. The idea of a nice comfy touring bike is really growing on me. Demon runs and blasting through the twisties is great, but lately I've really been diggin slow, leisurely rides out in the middle of nowhere where I can take in all the scenery going by.

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I'm looking forward to the day I can pick one of those up. Totally different kind of riding that its meant for. The idea of a nice comfy touring bike is really growing on me. Demon runs and blasting through the twisties is great, but lately I've really been diggin slow, leisurely rides out in the middle of nowhere where I can take in all the scenery going by.
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"come to terms" - sounds like you've just been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Cruisers aren't that bad, are they?

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I have my next two bikes lined up. Next bike is a slow one, and the one after that even slower. I rode the Rocket3 and loved it. I got a magazine from Triumph yesterday. Some cat put a Rocket3 engine in a bobber style frame. Made is a single sided swingarm for both front and rear. Then attatched a rotor to the driveshaft for real braking, keeping the wheel clean looking. I'll scan it tomorrow and post up pics. It's sick.
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I have my next two bikes lined up. Next bike is a slow one, and the one after that even slower. I rode the Rocket3 and loved it. I got a magazine from Triumph yesterday. Some cat put a Rocket3 engine in a bobber style frame. Made is a single sided swingarm for both front and rear. Then attatched a rotor to the driveshaft for real braking, keeping the wheel clean looking. I'll scan it tomorrow and post up pics. It's sick.
I think that guy was at MCC today. He had a damn turbo on it and a exhaust from a tuner car on it.

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but lately I've really been diggin slow, leisurely rides out in the middle of nowhere where I can take in all the scenery going by
Hence why I love my HD - BUT, the butter smooth and GOBS of Trqe that R3 produced was intoxicating - I am serious when I say that I was thinking if this could be my only bike????? - Not ready to hang up the wheelie and twistie boots just yet but knowing that bike exists makes the fear of becoming even older, just that much tolerable

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Hence why I love my HD - BUT, the butter smooth and GOBS of Trqe that R3 produced was intoxicating - I am serious when I say that I was thinking if this could be my only bike????? - Not ready to hang up the wheelie and twistie boots just yet but knowing that bike exists makes the fear of becoming even older, just that much tolerable




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After watching that vid I am convinced he and I are on a similar skill level and I am destined to wheelie the R3 - I will then quietly mutter (4) little words, "get it off me" and hope for a nearby hospital

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I think that guy was at MCC today. He had a damn turbo on it and a exhaust from a tuner car on it.

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This bike was a one off bike, it wasn't it. It did not have a turbo. The tires were huge, maybe 20", it's fucking stellar. I'll scan the pics tomorrow and post up.
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Will you need a 12 o clock bar for all those sweet wheelies you'll be pulling? I'd like to see a cruiser with a 12 o clock some day...
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My bro-in-law has a Rocket 3 and loves it. Just ordered the Corbin fairing for it. Cool bike.
Didja stretch and chrome the swingarm on it? Did the driveshaft make it harder to stretch?
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