Triumph Rocket III Roadster – I like it so much I bought another one
A rare accolade – I’ve owned 30+ bikes over the years and this is only the second model that I’ve bought twice. The first time being in the mid 80s when I fell for the Kawasaki GPz1100i (A2 Unitrack). There’s a picture of my second one somewhere on this site, complete with flames paint job.
But I digress… here’s Rocket III Roadster number 2. The number plate has been very poorly edited to my usual low standard (it’s not my strong point), but FFS actually is part of it. That clinched the deal for me. Very disappointed that Triumph have decided to cease manufacture (as of now). This is why I’m a strong believer in enjoying the moment – things change and not necessarily for the better. Thankfully the changes here are decidedly for the better…
I fitted new TORs as they actually suit this bike, K&N high flow filter, dropped a modified 20776 TOR tune that opens up the secondaries and richens the mixture just a little, and removed the awful alien head-shaped screen. The breathing mods let the engine run and sound as intended – truly Awesome. Silky smooth pickup and power delivery from anywhere in the rev range in any gear. Filters through traffic at low revs with not a trace of lumpiness or hesitation and takes off like a scalded cat when prompted.
Traffic still parts like the Red Sea before Moses – well… the sound of his Triumph was fairly loud too. The TORs are not antisocial, but deep enough and loud enough to ensure car drivers know I’m there. The Roadster has presence in abundance.
Think some work has also been done around the previously ‘heavy’ gearbox – this is definitely more of a ‘Schnick Vroom Schnick Vroom’ machine, although 1st from neutral still sounds like hitting the transmission with a sledge hammer (strangely reassuring).
You may notice I’m still using the FC17 forward controls (despite owning the early pre rigid-bracket version). They are really quite good, after 20,000 miles or so I guess I’ve grown used to the flexing. Damn comfortable though, especially fitted with the really solid flat Triumph pegs that were originally highway pegs on the (now removed) dresser bars.
Although now removed, the sissy bar is (was) so much better than my previous one, which looked like an afterthought and spend most of it’s time living in the Man Cave roof-space. This one really flows and sets the lines off nicely, a friend tells me it’s reassuringly solid and comfortable even under enthusiastic acceleration (much like myself). Thinking of getting it coated the same black as the radiator cover.