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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-24-2016, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Considering a Rocket... What do I need to know?

I currently ride a t120 and an America. Stepping up to something heavier has always been a little intimidating but I love the look of the Rocket. Was thinking about an 05 or 06.

What do I really need to know before I ride one? Is it a big adjustment to move to something this size? Or is this going to be like the time I had to own a desert eagle .50 cal... Took it to the range, fired 20 rounds, and sold it. Is this the desert eagle of bikes or is it really something I will fall in love with?

About me: relatively new rider (less than a year). I don't do a ton of touring. I just love to ride. And if I can't get a long ride in every day I will come up with a reason to take out a bike just to go around the block or to the coffee shop and back. I'm not a speed demon by any means. I'm 6'0" and 195lb-ish.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 08-24-2016, 02:08 AM
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If you buy an '05 to '07, make sure the trans has been upgraded, there were a few issues with the first models. '08 on is ok.
It looks like a big bike, but the R3 is surprisingly nimble for the size and not hard to ride, and a **** load of fun. As a new rider just be aware that the R3 is all horsepower, you turn that tap and you are going places, quick. Great bike, you wont be dissapointed, I am up for my 3rd R3 in a year or so.

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Oh man, I don't even know where to begin...

Now, my experience is with a new Rocket so I have no model specific information for the years you identify. But I will keep my observation general.

DAMN!!! That power!!!

Okay, I'm calm. Really, this beast is very powerful, and that is addictive. It is also far more nimble than it's heft would suggest. Once rolling, of course. Pushing it around the garage can be a bit of work. When I bought the Rocket I had hoped it would calm my inner hooligan that is so expressive on my Speed Triple. It failed to do so. That much power is simply too much fun to take advantage of.

I highly recommend the Rocket.


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I currently ride a t120 and an America. Stepping up to something heavier has always been a little intimidating but I love the look of the Rocket. Was thinking about an 05 or 06.

What do I really need to know before I ride one? Is it a big adjustment to move to something this size? Or is this going to be like the time I had to own a desert eagle .50 cal... Took it to the range, fired 20 rounds, and sold it. Is this the desert eagle of bikes or is it really something I will fall in love with?

About me: relatively new rider (less than a year). I don't do a ton of touring. I just love to ride. And if I can't get a long ride in every day I will come up with a reason to take out a bike just to go around the block or to the coffee shop and back. I'm not a speed demon by any means. I'm 6'0" and 195lb-ish.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

JD
It's a huge difference - over 300 lbs. I went from a Bonnie to a Rocket in 2004, after riding for 34 years. You may be ready to ride it after 1 year but you should at least test drive it before you buy. The Bonnie responds instantly when you turn it. The Rocket has a lot more momentum and you could find yourself powering into a turn and finding it's not turning as fast as you expected. You have to be really careful with the throttle until you get used to the power.
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Considering a Rocket... What do I need to know?

I currently ride a Bonnie and a liter sportbike, but previously also had a 2005 R3. The torque is incredible, but given the heft of the bike, the power isn't overwhelming.

Most of my riding is on country roads, and the Rocket is very nimble, even with that fat tire. I never felt that I had to muscle it in the turns.

I primarily bought it to ride two up, and when I did, the bike didn't even notice the added weight of my 135 pounds wife. The engine just pulls and the bike is so balanced.

I kept mine fairly stock except for a Corbin dual tour seat, which I highly recommend. I added a fly screen, but in hindsight, it wasn't worth it. Not that I was expecting any wind protection, I just didn't think it added much to the looks. But the hardware to attach it is the same for other screens that I thought I might use later.

One thing that has been an issue across several years is fried ignition switches. Many install the Eastern Beaver relay kit. If you do a search on this or other forums, you can read about it. It's a common failure.


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Around town it is a handful. It compares favorably to a Desert Eagle so all is dependent upon your personal taste. A 9mm is fun to shoot as it does not require an overabundance of concentration where the Desert Eagle does require a lot of concentration in order to achieve the accuracy of a 9mm.
The Rocket will perform similar to the Eagle . If you don't "concentrate" on riding , balance and control --- you could experience an undesired result. The "power" of the Rocket and the "power" of the Desert Eagle normally is the factor that attracts folks ! If you keep your hand and brain working together , both the Rocket and the Desert Eagle make a fine implement ! A second or two of allowing your brain and hand to become independent , with either , can result in an unpleasant experience !
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While I haven't yet had the opportunity to ride the R3, I can comment on moving up from a smaller bike (525 lb) to a large one...the Thunderbird LT (830 lbs fully dressed). It took me a while before I was comfortable with the weight and heft of the bike when going slowly. And, I dropped it early on making a slow turn on uneven grade because I was not used to that weight. But after a couple thousand miles of riding, the bike seemed to "shrink" and I was able handle it much easier.

It might be a good idea to do a test drive (or two) before deciding. But that R3 must be a total hoot to ride!
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I had a TBird before my 2nd R3. How do you like the LT. It looks super.
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I love the idea of excess... So I will have to get a rocket!

The hunt has begun... I love the desert eagle analogy!
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I bought a 2015 Rocket III Touring a week ago. Came from a 2013 America.

Biggest adjustment is weight. About 270 more than America.

The weight is when walking it in or out of parking space or when walking the bike in a turn to maneuver.

When it is moving weight is a non issue.

It has an easy to turn front end. Almost wants to turn itself into a corner.

It wants to right itself when exiting a corner due to wide tired and low weight.

Mine is all stock and I get about 36 mpg.

All kinds of torque. You can accelerate from slow to fast in any gear.

Mine rides comfortable. I do 110 miles round trip each day.

I was concerned about the massive engine and if I could handle it. It has been a non-issue. I have been riding about 15 months and have done well with it.

It is a machine that demands respect.

I am glad I got mine.

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