Refined Cycle FC17 Triumph Rocket III Roadster Forward Controls
As a tall rider, my current 60 mile daily commute to Manchester was occasionally marred by aches and pains brought on by riding in what was effectively a stress position for my stature – failed to notice potential difficulties on the test ride thanks to adrenaline.
To be fair to Triumph, at 6′ 4″ with a 36″ inside leg I guess I’m at the upper end of their ergonomic design range and even then, the position wouldn’t be that bad if my left hip was as flexible as the new right one. It’s more an issue with me rather than the bike (although personal preference and aesthetics featured in my decision as much as comfort).
The forward controls on the Thunderbird were beautiful – in an attempt to replicate the comfort afforded by that feet-forward position I had a look around for a suitable modification for the Rocket.
I found the ideal solution with Refined Cycle’s forward controls for the Rocket III roadster.
Initial thoughts on Refined Cycle forward controls
Moving from the Thunderbird to the Roadster was a pretty smooth transition, but I missed the laid-back feet forward riding position – it was just so comfortable and I can’t believe I’d left it so long to try that style of riding. These controls almost matched that level of comfort and were certainly significantly more comfortable than the stock pegs.
The Refined Cycle forward controls enabled me to slot comfortably into the sculpted seat and (mostly) straighten my legs instead of gripping the front edge of the pillion with my butt cheeks and sliding forward under braking; sat upright, feet forward, sublimely comfortable.
Stock setup on the Rocket III Roadster sees the right foot touching the Master Cylinder and left foot way behind the oil tank, so you can see just how far forward this mod moves those pegs (although it replaces rather than moves)..!
Refined Cycle FC17 forward controls flex (early versions)
The early versions of the right-hand side bracket suffered from a degree of flex. I’ve put over 6,000 miles on the clock since fitting mine and although it flexes noticeably it doesn’t look like failing.
Refined Cycle have now rectified this and for those customers unhappy with the early version have offered to either:
- Replace earlier versions on return of the original
- Provide a strengthening brace to weld on yourself
- Sell the stronger bracket and refund you (including postage) on return of the original
Of course, if you’re reading this now it’s not an issue as you’ll get the stiffened bracket as part of the kit. Nice to see that Refined Cycle pay attention to feedback, as evidenced by their comments below.
Rocket III Refined Cycle Forward Controls: Final Note
Almost everything ‘Custom’ I’ve got for my Triumphs has had to come from across the Pond resulting in long waits and taxes – two of my least favourite things. Also a long turn-around if you need to send anything back. In future I’ll make the effort to source kit at home.
At £366 including import duties (to UK) not the cheapest of mods, just wish I’d waited a few weeks and got the modified flex-free bracket instead of the bending one.
- The Rocket is surprisingly easy to throw around but these controls add a couple of inches to the width, on more than one occasion I’ve grounded them on roundabouts and tight bends; not a deal-breaker but something to be aware of – it’s the pegs that ground (and fold up if mounted correctly) not the brackets
- Had to remove the crash bars – a calculated risk, will try not to fall off too often