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Triumph Rocket III

The Overkill Motorcycle from Britain

The weather is simply For the last few days it’s mostly sunny with bright white clouds lazily across the sky.

The has ranged between 65 and 72 degrees on any given day. The pavement, to the previous few weeks of constant has been washed clean and is optimal. This past was one of the finest meteorological stages set for getting out and cruising on two wheels.

I most of it lying on my back at the ceiling, and none of it riding. The and root cause analysis of my injury is fodder for a funny (for those of you who are not feeling my to be told at a later date.

I crawled out of bed, spent an and a half instead of my usual 30 getting ready for work, and in excruciating pain to the Dodge R/T for the drive to the office, tortured by the weather and the fact that I a gorgeous 2300cc monster of a being neglected in my garage.

been pining for years to own bike, and I always told anything that was dependable, had two and would reach 100 mph would do.

I ended up with the ultimate cruiser, and with only one road trip under my so far I’m missing the best weather you could ever for in the Texas prairies and lakes due to a badly injured trapeze in my back.

Might as well a review of the Triumph Rocket III I can’t ride.

Back in May of year (2009), Robin and the government both made regarding cigarettes. The feds that they were again hiking taxes on sticks, and Robin announced that was the last straw. She me that smoking had become so we would be able to afford a if we both gave it up.

One condition: I had to six months smoke-free under my before I could purchase a

That was 28 weeks and 2 days and that’s how long I’ve smoke free.

If Robin had to her conditions, I would be buying a in just under 15 days now. Fortunately for me, Robin in to my pleading when I stumbled a great deal at EuroSport in Fort Worth.

But let me back up and explain how I ended up at British bikes in the first (queue weird cyclical and special visual of a spinning wheel to let the viewer know we are back in time):

The day Robin and the made their announcements I scouring the web sites of Harely-Davidson, and Yamaha.

Harley-Davidson because it would be unpatriotic not to consider the iconic American motorcycle of all time, especially when for a cruising bike.

Victory they are new kids on the American block and have some unique bikes of reputed quality.

Yamaha because the Japanese piano company both my first loves it comes to two-wheeled mechanical My father’s RD350 two-… and my own four cylinder XS1100. The seemed like a giant back when I and my brothers learned to ride; today it almost comically tiny to the bikes I’ve grown to. The speed and torque of the little were always impressive for its

My old Yamaha XS1100 probably lit the of doom for my first marriage (I and hauled her home from without consulting my wife at a when we could barely formula and diapers), but the mutually relationship I had with the that (we tried to dismantle each multiple times) and the ease which the front wheel levitate off the pavement like a 747 down the runway will have a special place in my

In my quest for test rides I Rick Fairless’ Strokers of ; a Harley, Victory, and custom shop. I let Robin know I had a test ride on a Victory Ball cruiser for later week.

Robin was discussing my for a motorcycle with a good co-worker, and former boss of the following day, a fellow Tom.

Tom is fond of spaghetti

When I say fond of spaghetti I mean Tom has multiple operable parked in his garage. I believe Tom has multiple Ducatis stored in and parts in his garage as well. idea of a relaxing Sunday ride is dragging one knee or the in a perfect arc for a few hundred yards a 45 mph posted farm to market curve at 160+ mph somewhere in the of Justin, Texas.

This I have seen my own two eyes while I lumbered hopelessly on a rented low-clearance Fat Boy with its foot pegs scraping the pavement in the slightest

I digress. Robin was trying to what brand of motorcycle I had her I was going to test ride. she told Tom the brand name had to do with being a winner he asked Triumph? since fanatics will always motorcycle quizzes must with Europeon brands.

Of Robin said, Yes,

Well, said Tom, Tim to go see Tony at EuroSPort Cycle in Worth if he wants to look at And tell him to let Tony know I him.

That afternoon relayed the information to me, but by that she had somehow reverted to the correct name of Victory.

I have of plenty of Harley-Davidson/Triumph dealerships, so I it wouldn’t be too awful strange for a shop to also carry I went to the Eurosport Cycle web and started browsing.

I fond no there, but what I did find I thought must be a hoax.

All years I had assumed Triumph was barely hanging on producing a few each year with a set of paint schemes and accessories. I had no they’d gone utterly and built the largest muscle ever made.

The pictures of the III were simply too large for I did more research and found a marketing video about the of the Rocket III. which reinforced my suspicion that the didn’t really exist.

I Tom and told him I wanted to test the thing. fully expecting him to and tell me I’d fallen for a myth. Instead, Tom told me the Saturday Eurosport was having a big day and I could ride over to Worth with him to try one out.

arrival that Saturday I out of Tom’s pick-up carrying a he’d loaned me. I made my way to the under the pavilion and signed up to ride the Triumph Rocket III. A had just left, so over the 45 minutes I browsed the rest of the the shop had for sale.

Ducatis, Benellis, Moto Aprilias, and of course a full of Triumphs including super bikes and the latest incarnations of the lineage, the America and Speedmaster.

the time for my demo ride As I swung a leg over the black III demo bike my hands trembling and my heart was pounding. The audacity of the machine was intimidating. I had weeks earlier ridden a again (that rented Fat Boy) after a ten year

Here I was about to ride a hosting the largest mass bike engine on earth. I knew I would end up dumping it.

I had time to get a grip on my nerves we were off, a band of two bikes of various styles and me near the back of the group to twist the throttle. The Rocket III upright easily, with tail braking and clutch as I negotiated the slow-speed turns out of the lot and the street.

In the first few hundred I was convinced that for its size the III was finely balanced. It complied with my every desire via the and throttle.

After the first I gained a little confidence and the throttle a bit more experimentally as I into second gear. The launched instantly forward as if from a catapult, and I felt it could easily stretch my to twice their length if I the throttle more than a The massive triple produced so tangible power I was sure it was some sort of physical residue on the pavement behind me the trailing ectoplasm from a poltergeist.

My brain submerged in a sea of fear and I eased off the throttle, simultaneously for the test ride to be and to never end.

Arriving at the dealership, I only had a vague memory of riding the Triumph III. But the impression that stayed me, and grew over the next few to overwhelm everything else, was the strength of the machine. The Rocket III was the I had to have.

Over the next few weeks I diligently for a used Rocket I spent most of my lunch haunting the Triumph dealership in and various other used shops in and around the Las Colinas where I work. It became a routine for me to call Robin (my hot of finance) and request concurrence to a low-ball offer on some Rocket I would come in these treasure hunts.

time the dealers would flat out. I discovered there just weren’t a lot of machines available, and resale was not far behind new retail. The dealers refused to counter offer.

Triumph Rocket III

I trying, knowing that if I strike the right deal would let me purchase one early of the savings.

Some days I make the drive to EuroSport in Fort Worth just to myself with the impossible of buying a brand new Rocket I would marvel at the turbo-charged R3 that was parked in front of the and ponder the response Tom had given I told him I couldn’t imagine why would be compelled to add turbo to a Rocket. Well, Tom replied, you don’t have the right

Typical Ducati owner It’s all about the go fast to guys.

On one of those seemingly journeys I walked into the to behold a large green taped to the windscreen of a new 2008 III Classic. It was a sale tag that I had a time believing.

After with Tony for a bit to ensure done my due diligence in the grand tradition of haggling over the of a big ticket purchase, I called to inform her that I had discovered the deal we were ever to find on a new Triumph Rocket III. a R3 no less, which included a thousand bucks worth of I illustrated to her my fear that at any someone would likely in and buy this bike right out under me.

I told her how the same would likely cost of dollars if we waited until to purchase one. This was the of a lifetime, but we had to act now.

Robin I was exaggerating, but she also knew I was onto a pretty good

I was utterly shocked when she me to go for it. By 6 PM on July 17, 2009 I was the proud of a Triumph Rocket III Classic and like Homer Simpson a new doughnut flavor in anticipation of delivery. I spent a sleepless imagining myself blasting the highway on that stellar

The following evening Robin and I up at the dealership to sign the final and I rode my new bike home for the time. I was no longer nervous the size or power, having various owners forums and as well as morbidly studying bike crash I could on Youtube to refresh my memory the stupid mistakes you can make on two along with the devastating

As I traveled home I knew I had the right decision. The trip was peppered with the jealous and drooling of car and pick-up drivers who along the highway beside me. I in the warm glow of their

With it’s sheer and the added sparkle of chrome pipe covers, a huge bear claw over the and the unique triple silencer the bike was a pure head-turner.

the next several weeks I had to get to being held up for impromptu about it when I was mounting or I was approached by strangers who said used to own a Triumph, people who they’d never seen a and people who thought my bike was custom built machine. conversations almost always an estimate from the inquirer the price of the machine that was the reality.

The Triumph Rocket III straight out of the box with a 100% score on looks, performance, and The realms of disappointment were the of sound (she’s way too quiet she should be growling like a Titan) and a minor failure in I discovered as I was adjusting the mirror one day on my to work. It came off in my hand, to my discovery that the stock not only look like ears and seem to not fit the bike’s they are made of cheap plated plastic.

A set of Kurakyn mirrors resolved that and eventually a set of performance pipes give my precious the throaty she should have had from the

The only other issue from my familiarity with the angle of every other on the planet while on a kickstand. The III doesn’t lean much it’s on its kickstand, I discovered to my one afternoon as I was washing my bike in the As I leaned against it to dry off the side on the opposite side I managed to her right off the stand.

I had time to curse my own stupidity for not having it in as the beast rolled forward a few and fell onto it’s Again, that is fodder for yet story that will be funnier in the telling than it was in

Damage was minor, and I’m loving every moment I get to scraping the foot boards in the or just blasting straight the slab on this British inhaler.

Recently Triumph the Rocket line’s new 2010 III Roadster with more on sport configuration including of the forward control position. The is set to be the only available option in the III model line up other the Triumph Rocket III Touring It will be available in two colors: or blacker.

Gloss or matte.

The III standard and classic are now out of production, means resale value on my should be well maintained for at the near future. There are some new 2008 and 2009 left if you want one.

hurry, though. I’m someone is on their way to Tony’s to buy right out from under

Tim is a freelance blogger and creative living in Grapevine, Texas. He riding his Triumph Rocket III, and making his Grandson, Jade, He and his wonderful wife, Robin, ha. profile

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