Main Motorcycle: 2014 Rocket III Touring
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: 50 North and 40 West
Other Motorcycle: 100th Anniversary T100
As I mentioned in another post, I traded my 2008 R3T on a K1600GTL, and then after a 7 month 4000 mile test ride, traded the K1600GTL on a K1300S (my 3rd one and a bike I love). I missed my R3T so much, that when a 2008 R3T with the same color scheme, similar accessories, and lower mileage compared to the one I traded, came up for sale at an H-D dealer about 3 hours from my home, I went and bought it.
As I was loading the Triumph, several H-D employees came over and made the comment "I've never ridden one of those, but I had to move it the other day, and boy it sure feels like its got a lot of power."
When I came to the dealership, in spite of their incredible floor space, the R3T was not on the sales floor. I asked about it, and was told "We're a Harley dealer. Can't have Triumphs on the sales floor." We took an elevator ride to the basement, where the Triumph was parked with two other metric cruisers. Good for me, but not a brilliant plan for selling the bike. They said they were clearing out their non-HD inventory. Good for me again.
I've got the new to me 2008 up to snuff now, with fresh oil, final drive lube, coolant, and brake fluid. The tall windshield, heated grips, and light bar are on, and the Russell seat is being built and should arrive soon.
Aside from dealer network issues (Harley dealers are everywhere in the US, and they're often open 7 days a week, so tires, parts, etc. are readily available if you need help on a long trip), the R3T has a strong advantage over any competition. Of course, the dealer network issues are real, and a lot of people choose the H-D for that reason.
Last edited by Rocket XIII; 11-03-2012 at 11:00 AM.
Reason: fix typo