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Triumph Rocket III Classic Tourer

Road Test: Honda vs. Triumph Rocket III

The Goldwing is Pillion or not it handles well, well, for a machine of such and weight, but the experience is far less for the rider. On the Rocket there’s a if crude connection between chassis and road below; on the the opposite is true, and direct becomes distinct detachment. the only time you’re aware there’s Tarmac you is when it grinds against the end of the

That’s not to say the Honda isn’t an and well executed package, it is, but the end for me is a little. sterile, almost

Trickling into the suburban of this lost little of the French Riviera, our mode of seemed ever more The French adore bikes of all and you never feel out of place or on two wheels anywhere in their but the Goldwing and the Rocket III Classic fit more comfortably into the of things down there.

In town centres, at traffic in petrol stations, on the péage and in lay-bys, the Rocket III turns like no other motorcycle. in isolation it’s the Goldwing stops people in their stood in the Triumph’s shadow, passers-by look straight the Honda at the Rocket’s gargantuan, bulk.

Next to the Triumph the appears understated and conservative, and not often you can say that about a Our bike’s gentlemanly burgundy hue helped it slip further the background next to the Triumph’s chrome and two-tone cream and That for many will be a thing. While a Wing’s abilities appeal to a range of buyers, there are those who are put off by the outrageous and very public of excess.

For them, any opportunity to in is a welcome one.

My appreciation of the Honda remained much the same from the of our trip to the end. The Wing is a accomplished device, but those were a known quantity at the The built-in sat nav was a new addition for me, and for the most it worked well (looking at the before we left would enhanced the Garmin set-up’s even further. ), but other that we knew what we getting and the Wing performed

It’s less of an involving than I generally prefer, but involvement in the business of making perhaps isn’t in the brief. It won’t be long before dispense with the Wing’s gearbox. So much of riding a appears to happen

automatically all, so why not changing gear

But the Triumph was a different matter, an quantity. Having never far on a Rocket before our trip, I was concerned it wouldn’t have the of a proper tourer and would us back over the journey. I was Only the awkward bend of the spoiled the package, so sort or somehow fit a cruise control, or do and I would be inclined to take the over the Wing for a repeat

No, the Rocket doesn’t have the luggage capacity, equipment, or its fuel range. But it’s the entertaining, outrageous, gobsmacking you can buy, and yet it succeeded at doing was asked of it, and doing it well. The most impressive thing has ever done is make the III so over-the-top and yet so easy to use, and the Classic is a further extension of

Parked between the marina and the piste in a pleasant seaside that reminds those know of St Tropez 20 years ago the riff-raff and moneyed wannabes en masse), both the Honda and the appear unexpectedly at home. men, old men and policemen cast glances and nod approvingly in the way only the do. Later, cruising gently the seafront before heading feels absolutely the right to be doing on these bikes.

Triumph Rocket III Classic Tourer

none of the hint of embarrassment or conspicuousness that can mar a similar in Bournemouth or Brighton or elsewhere in

The notion of touring by bike is a thing, and you absolutely don’t to buy bikes such as these to on a trip such as this. if you do have such bikes, under no obligation to take it other than takes fancy, as near or far as that may be.

But the Goldwing is as purpose built as any on the market, and to not embark on faraway two-up and fully laden, be putting its capabilities to waste.

The is a different matter. It’s not as a luxury tourer, and it’s no direct rival to the Goldwing. As the Rocket III Classic isn’t so equipped for distance work, and only with the outlay of a amount of money on extras it becomes as such (although the price is still way below of the Wing). Its intended purpose is clear cut, although very little you can do on the Rocket won’t raise a smile.

We touring, we smiled.

The undeniable is that a combination of lavishly appointed motorcycle and a far-off, destination make for a truly mix. Honda’s Goldwing devour any long distance and make the journey very indeed. But for me and my needs and my tastes made my choice and would the Rocket III Classic again, the wrist ache for the relentless given by motorcycling’s maddest in the most ostentatious package the sun.

And no, we’re not telling you exactly we went. Sorry. You can probably it out for yourself, but if we go public, heaven who will start turning up

Triumph Rocket III Classic Tourer
Triumph Rocket III Classic Tourer
Triumph Rocket III Classic Tourer
Triumph Rocket III Classic Tourer

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