Saturday afternoon, I left the local Triumph dealer with their 2006 Rocket. The goal was for me to take it down to NC to a party that several HD guys were supposed to be. The fee for "borrowing" the bike... I had to detail it. No biggie.
For thos ethat do not know, the Rocket III is a 2300cc cruiser. 130+ HP and 145lb torque. Nasty machine for a cruiser (on paper).
Well, I rode it home from the dealer (about 15 miles) and pulled it into the garage. I then called a friend for a ride back to the dealer to get my car.
The impression of the ride to the house... nothing special. Lots of power on tap, but very docile for 145ft lb of torque. Overall ride, comfy or cruiser standards.
I bring my car home, roll the bike out of the garage and start cleaning. I had dinner obligation at 6:30, so i was cleaning quickly. My dinner company arrived and she thoguht taking a bike would be fun (as she had never been on one), so I gave her the option of bikes. She asked if i had to return the maroon one soon, i said yes, so she opted for it, knowing she could ride the "blue" one some other time. Off we went. My passenger if 5'1" and at most 100lb. If it was not for her holding on, i would have never known she was back there. Once again, docile and easily ridden.
This morning, my dinner date leaves about 7:30 am and I decide to ride the bike out to my parents. It is a bit chilly, but i dress for the weather and the ride starts off fine. I begin to notice 30 miles into it that the lack of wind protection sucks. Below 60, no big deal. Above 70 and you are hanging onto the bars. So I opt for back road riding, far more entertaining and less wind. I start playing with different gears comign out of corners. i found just under 4000 RPMs to be the sweet spot. The bike will "rocket" out of a corner if in that ball park. Suddenly the docile nature is turning to brute power.
The bike handles funny entering a corner. I attribute that to the 250 rear tire. I think looks won over functionality in this department. In a straight line it is super stable. I did not try, but I believe second gear wheelies are possible on this 800lb machine.
All in all, i put 140 miles on the bike. I am happy I rode it and i enjoyed it. however, I do not believe cruisers are really my style of bike.
If anyone has any particular questions, I would be happy to address them. being it is a cruiser, i don't really know where to start to give someone useful info.