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Old 10-15-2008, 07:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Rocket 3 gearbox problems

A friend of mine had some gearbox problems on his 2004 Rocket 3. Rearwheel suddenly blocked in second gear. He then had the gearbox repaired for around 4000- Euros ( 6000 US Dollars). The Triumph Shop have never heard about this problem before. I have just bought a 2004 Rocket with 8000 km on the clock ( 5000 Miles) . Do I have to worry?
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Old 10-15-2008, 12:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a 2004 Rocket with 38,000+ miles and have never had any mechanical issues. There are others who have though. I don't think it's so common that everyone should be worried, but it is something to be aware of.

Triumph didn't cover any of the cost? I know it's a 4 year old bike, but Triumph has been covering atleast the parts cost for similar repairs and they have an "upgrade kit" that addresses tranmission issues, a replacement lower timing chain gear, timing chain adjuster and other issues.
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Old 10-15-2008, 02:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Tbsrider is correct on all points. You don't say where you are, but I'd be greatly surprised to hear any Triumph dealer anywhere in the world claim to have not heard of this happening before. They should have contacted the factory or the importer for your region, in any case, before undertaking such a repair at the owner's expense. Their seeming lack of awareness would be a greater worry to me than the fairly low risk of encountering the mechanical problem itself.

And just for the sake of accuracy, you don't have a 2004 Rocket 3.

1. Although there were a small number of early production units titled as 2004 models, mainly in the UK, most of the ones built that year are designated as 2005 models. In most of the world, the tenth character of the VIN should be a digit signifying your model year, if you wish to double check.

2. Even if yours is titled as a 2004, it's still not a Rocket 3. Those haven't been made for three decades. The Rocket 3 was a BSA. Triumph makes the Rocket III.

And, I have no idea who would make the supposed Rocket 111 we see mentioned so often. Can you imagine the labor bill for checking valve clearances on a hundred and eleven tiny little cylinders?
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:09 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Rocket 3 gearbox problems

I live in Denmark and my Rocket 3 was registrated first time in June 2004, so I call it a 2004 model. Because of the missing oil leaks I am sure it is a Triumph and not a BSA. Cheers. No, Triumph did not cover the costs.

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Old 10-16-2008, 01:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Because of the missing oil leaks I am sure it is a Triumph and not a BSA.
: Yes, that's a clear sign it's not a Rocket 3 but a Rocket III (Triumph) instead.

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No, Triumph did not cover the costs.
That's why I expressed concern that your dealer seemed unaware of the history of the problem. It's up to dealers to press for repairs to be handled under warranty. If they were unaware that this is a known problem, they probably just assumed there was no warranty claim and did not ask Triumph to cover it.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Rocket gearbox locked in first gear

I have a 2007 R3 and the gearbox os locked when in first gear. This started after 3rd gear split in two at 50 MPH. The mechanics have replaced $4500 in parts but still has the problem. They say the clutch won't release, but the bike won't roll in first gear with the clutch in or out. Any ideas on this?
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This doesn't sound like the earlier model problems at all. If those were locked, they were locked completely. Is yours still under warranty? It really should be in the hands of a more competent shop, and they should be on the phone with Triumph daily.
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I'm with Diego 100% on this.
Find a good dealer, thats what makes all the difference, not only in quality of work, but also out of pocket expense to you.
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R3 clutch release

The mechanic had the clutch plates stacked wrong. It is OK now.
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Old 04-08-2009, 07:39 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Wow. Hard to imagine that happening to a pro (I could imagine it happening to me, but that's why I don't work on other people's bikes. ). Glad to hear it's sorted out now, though.
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