The rocket would probably be a lot more comfortable for long distance trips and who can beat a cruiser that pops power wheelies in 1st and 2nd gear? It also goes like stink without trying and handles amazingly well.
ZX14......I might sell speedy one day to get one. All black of course with some nice after market alloy wheels and a Ti 4 into 1 Add PCIII and remove the butterflies and its a monster. 100 MPH 3rd gear roll on wheelies. Its also a larger bike that suits my size. The Rockets a tank, im not into fat girls :-D
[ This message was edited by: Dobieman on 2007-01-03 07:45 ]
The Rocket's cool for a cruiser, and I wouldn't say no if someone offered to give me one, but I like my feet underneath me, thank you very much, and if it was my own money I was spendin', I'd get the Ninja.
Yeah, it's porky, but it's light compared to the Rocket, and whether you want to admit it or not, it's faster.
What I REALLY want as an adjunct to Trippy is the Concours 1400, but that'll have to wait until the van's paid off.
It all comes down to your taste. I on one hand think the rockets are ugly. Well on that hand so are the zx14's. But out of the two I would buy a zx14 although the rockets insurance would be way cheaper (for me anyway) SO I would say screw it and buy a Yamaha Warrior.
The Rocket III seems cool and I'll bet that engine is really a pleasure, but I find cruisers very uncomfortable on long rides. Also, I'd be worried the Rocket III doesn't have enough cornering clearance. So, despite its looks, between those two bikes, I'd get the ZX-14.
I am considering something that would be good for longer distance two-up with plenty of power and fun to ride. I have looked (but not ridden) the ST 1300, FJR, R1200 or K1200, new Concours, and R3 and Sprint. I will look at the new Tiger when it comes out. The Concours or the R3 seem the most compelling at the moment. The sad thing is, all I want is more passenger room; I don't want more plastic, or radios, or foot massagers, or even a windshield. I agree the R3 is ugly. I would have liked a more Rune or Street Rod look. But frankly, none of the above are on my list of beautiful bikes.
[ This message was edited by: Goffe on 2007-01-03 13:29 ]
good feedback guys, here is my uniquely American dilemma:
I love my bikes but like 'Dobieman' mentioned in his post, I'm a tall guy and do lament that I dont have a 'big' bike that more appropriately suits my size, and sometimes I just want to putt around and smell the roses and have a highway/interstate friendly bike for looong distances (more a reflection of ergonomics rather than horsepower..doesnt explain why I keep putting clip-ons on the S3 btw).
I've promised myself that if/when I get another bike, it has to be a 'big' bike. (Not looking for a "true" sports tourer either... I'm not there yet if ever)
I've been snooping on the Rocket forums, the bikeland zx-14 and even the bmw K-bike forums. I'll admit to liking the K1200s but there is one dealer in this area, it's about 30-miles away and that bike seems so stuffed with gizmos-cool as they are I dont want issues or to be blindsided by repair/maintenance costs that snatches all my stripper money. I could have a misconception regarding BMW motorcycles and probably do. I like the modern ones but they seem pricey and laden with pricey parts to fix/repair. If it were to be my 'second' bike then maybe, but as a third mouth to feed and mod (Modding is a disease I declare) I dont want my pockets and "decadent" lifestyle compromised..heh..
No suggestions about doing major services myself, I'm too lazy and a little to "Americanized" in that aspect and worry about compromising my warranty to do "the big stuff".
The Rocket and Big Ninja are ugly, sure but one thing is for sure, their owners have nothing that even hints at buyers remorse. I like the idea of getting a bike and holding onto it for a good while and it being a joy to own the whole time. They are both powerful but I would say that their power is kinda a welcome but secondary benefit as the size and scale of the bikes are the first. I suppose I'm looking for the ultimate all rounder for a big (tall) guy, (Limey, if they bring the new 'Busa out, you better believe it'll be in the mix).
I also never thought I'd ever look at a cruiser but there is something about this Rocket that has never gone away...and who's seen the pic with the Zard exhaust (image below)?? It's a bike you can keep for 10 satisfying years it seems, big bore hyperbikes also seem to have a good long shelf-life also unlike repli-racers.
So what am I gonna do! I'm trying to puzzle this thing out, check and recheck finances, project cost of ownership (upkeep, maintenance, etc) and I am for sure keeping my present bikes. Getting the third is not a sure thing but I cant stop thinking/planning for it, that is usually an indication thats it's more likely going to happen than I'm willing to admit to myself yet.
A few pics to tease the eyeballs with, they can be prettied up it seems..:
Jeeeeezus, that Ninja's a big azz bike. So's the rocket, for that matter.
I'd have to go with the rocket. I'm already looking at getting a **shhhhh, don't repeat this*** cruiser for my wife and me.
But I fuggin hate Harley's and LOATHE jap cruisers. They're just cheap japanese knock off's of already horrible bikes. So that kinda only leaves me with one option: European. Now, I'd hate to dump 10+ grand into the pompus, self righteous european economy but they do make good bikes. And as I can't afford a BMW, MV's suck, and Duc doesn't make one, that leaves one option, a Triumph.
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