Originally Posted by robertrichhart
Sooooo, visited my local dealer yesterday. Been thinking about having the Big Bore kit installed...then, there it was, a new Rocket Roadster in Phantom Black. Now I'm torn over getting the Big Bore kit, or simply getting the Roadster. Anybody out there make the swap? wondering how that monster will handle in a parking lot?
Two weeks ago I traded my Thunderbird 1600 for a Rocket 3 Classic 2009 model.
Nearing 60, have not ridden a bike since the early 1970's, last bike was a Panther 650 single.
I bought an America, was at a dealer and was looking at the Thunderbird, salesman came over and offered me the keys. Took it out, came back and traded the America for a Thunderbird, this was March of this year.
The Thunderbird felt a lot more balanced, went around corners like its on rails compared to the America.
Two weeks ago was looking around another dealer, there was a Rocket 3 classic stood outside, took it for a test ride, and traded the Thunderbird for the Rocket.
I was surprised how tame the Rocket is at low revs, yes its heavier, but the Classic has wide bars and a low seat, it felt just right.
Done about 200 miles now, bit heavier on corners, but not the handful I was expecting, acceleration brilliant. All can say is to try one and see.
I did sit on a new Roadster, it felt higher, the bars felt different, and the peg were further back, the Classic has footboards and are further forward.
It's heavy if you park nose down, did that with the Thunderbird in a pub car park was a sod to get it back onto flat ground, did the same on the Rocket Saturday on gravel, I forgot to park in on the flat, a pain to move.
Slow maneuvering it not too bad, I can move it around parked cars in the car park, just keep easing the clutch and taking it steady.
As I said done about 200 miles on the Rocket, two up for all of those miles.
Only time been out on my own so far was the test ride, did about 10 miles on country twisting roads, then went up between two junctions on the motorway, about 7 miles. Acceleration brilliant, felt very stable at 80 mph.
What I did notice was I was traveling faster than I thought, accelerating from 30mph as I entered 50mph speed limit, by the time I had accelerated to what I thought was 50 and looked down to the speedo, I was passing the 65mph on the speedo.
I thought the ride was very smooth, almost silky, the Rocket and Thunderbird are both great bikes, for now I like the Rocket better.