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★★★★★

“The best bike I have ever owned”

Written on: 19/03/2014

I have a 2008 r3 standard black of course I have only ever replaced the detent spring which was done under warranty .i have ridden her as far north as port Douglas and as far south as eden.i have done 80'000 km,s and the bike has never let me down whilst being away from home .i ride every day to and from work and am about to change the cam chain . If you enjoy endless amounts of torque this is the bike for you .as far as I'm concerned the bike may not be the best at any one thing but a… Read Full Review

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“It's all about the Power”

Written on: 01/08/2013 by Goon9914 (1 review written)

After about 7,000 miles on a Triumph 2013 Rocket 3 Roadster I am still pleased with the power looks and ride of my beast. Gunna be needing tires soon but I expected that. Didn't expect a clutch problem though this soon. 5th gear slipping. Seems I'm told clutch free play needs to be monitored pretty closely. I suspect every bike has it's issues. Lesson learned. Overall I still love the bike. I'd like to think I'm out of the honeymoon phase and am being less bias, but who knows. I still… Read Full Review

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Ear55's Response to Goon9914's Review

Written on: 24/09/2013

Riding an 2008 R3T,( 4 yrs) just turned 30,000 miles.....last weekend on a trip, the clutch pin came disconnected at 65 mph in 5th gear.......no working clutch !! Thank God no accident occurred, bike towed to dealership 90 miles away.
Had planned to purchase the R3T 2013 with ABS.....but reading above comments...it appears, Triumph has NOT fixed the issue.
Awaiting Triumph's response to my situation.
Any other R3T owners with concerns ?
PS love the bike...........but this was / is extremely dangerous issue. michaeljohn55@aol.com

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★★★★★

“Nothing like it”

Written on: 31/03/2012 by zimtuff (1 review written)

Ive had my R3 for 2 years now and never get sick of it. Its the bike that keeps on giving. Ok ,its not much of a commuter,nor is it at home on the city streets,but out on long lonely highways it is truly the king of the jungle. There are faster bikes out there and bikes that handle better,but none can match the R3 for long distance at high speed fully loaded. In this regard ,it is truly in a class of its own. The leg room for taller riders is unmatched unless you spend thousand upgrading some… Read Full Review

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Badlymangled2002's Response to zimtuff's Review

Written on: 08/06/2013

how many miles do you think you could ride it in one day and not hurt when you get off of it?

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★★★★★

“Must be just mine”

Written on: 16/07/2011 by loony007 (1 review written)

Love the rocket 3 I'v had one for the last 6 years but only done 20000 miles HOWEVER at 11000 miles 4 gear decided to strip its teeth metal in the engine and a full rebuild £3000 NOW at 20000 miles it's stuck in first gear, Clutch works but that's about it, So is now going to cost about another £2000 to repair so that's about £750 a year running cost without mot,service and all the other things. So in my case not a good investment. Would i buy another ? Dont know would have to think long and… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“Well I've just sold it. I am glad I've had one because...”

Written on: 04/02/2011

Well I've just sold it. I am glad I've had one because it's an iconic bike. But not really my cup of tea. I had the full-fat 140bhp model, they are quite fast but don't kid yourself a 600 sports bike will kill it. The torque is something else though, world class! Sticking luggage and a screen on a big fat cruiser doesn't make it a great tourer though, there are better bikes out there for crossing continents. If you are into attracting a crowd and metal polish look no further, but watch the low… Read Full Review

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“I have ridden motor cycles since I was 15 years old...”

Written on: 11/03/2010

I have ridden motor cycles since I was 15 years old having a couple of years off to have family, I must have owned about 30 varied makes and models but the Rocket is the ultimate machine and one I highly recommend to anyone. It is easy to handle, fast beyond your wildest dreams, comfy (gel seat), the biggest crowd puller posing machine I've ever owned ( blue flame design. It stops well and feels so secure its incedible. My wife has never ridden with me in my life and yes you guessed it, she is… Read Full Review

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Written on: 29/05/2012

But the top speed is limited to 135mph which means that a VTX1800 or Yamaha Worrior on an open road will catch it and leave it as the VTX1800 can reach 140 mph to 145 mph speed!
actually i want to make sure that what i wrote above is right, or just a wrong thought! because im so surprised , 2300CC and 135 mph top speed! depressing!

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★★★★★

“Had the bike for a year now had problems with the idle...”

Written on: 11/02/2010 by andthehand (2 reviews written)

Had the bike for a year now had problems with the idle but the boys at North City Triumph sorted that for me. After being used to nakeds and sports bikes this was a new style of riding and its been great. Where I used to chase every body now I just sit and smile (getting older). I also like the fact that I now am statsified that I ve found a bike that I am content with and have stopped dreaming of other bikes. I have a problem with rubbing things and this is the ideal bike for me as there's… Read Full Review

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“It's no wonder the Rocket gets so many 5 star ratings...”

Written on: 17/01/2010

It's no wonder the Rocket gets so many 5 star ratings above, you just can't wipe the silly grin off your face when things are going okay, and it kinda spoils the fun when you have to moan about stuff that really shouldn't happen when you buy a new bike. I can only give a very muted thumbs up unfortunately, because although things seem to be okay now, I've had no end of hassle trying to get my Classic Rocket running properly under the guarantee!!! It was in the dealer for nearly half of the… Read Full Review

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Written on: 18/08/2009


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Re Triumph Rocket 3 - running speed problems.

I live in the UK in London area.
I have now owned my Rocket III since I bought it new in May 2004 .
I have put on about 20,000 miles since new and primarily while touring France and Spain in the earlier years.
Within about one year from owner ship I had Cat converter manifold modification to the exhaust note by a Triumph dealer. A summer screen, backrest and heated grips were also added to make long distance touring more tolerable and… Read Full Review

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Rocket Roge's Comment

Written on: 04/07/2010

hope you have got the idle problem sorted by now but if not ive had the same problem where the idle would rise to about 2000 rpm aand then be ok next time i start it.
<br/>the problem turned out to be the throttle position sensor,it cost about &pound;100 for the part and fitting but no probs since.

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★★★★★

“What a beast. Smooth and powerful. Triumph Rocket 3...”

Written on: 29/06/2009

What a beast. Smooth and powerful. Triumph Rocket 3 is My favorite bike ever. Started with sprint st, then rode tiger, kawasaki z 1000, speed triple. Rocket has power of sport bike ergonomics of cruiser… Read Full Review

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“The Rockets never ending power leaves me gob smacked...”

Written on: 12/05/2009 by lozzas (1 review written)

The Rockets never ending power leaves me gob smacked ,Ive owned my Triumph Rocket 3 for over 12 months now( 7000kms) it is the perfect toy.
Mechanically have had no problems ,the quality of the bike is up there with the best… Read Full Review

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“I've just bought the Triumph Rocket 3 in January 2009...”

Written on: 13/03/2009

I've just bought the Triumph Rocket 3 in January 2009 and it's spent more time with the dealer for warranty claim on the transmission than riding, which they have laso several other bikes with the same problem.

The performance can't be knocked and the price in Australia. The service of their dealers can be knocked and very hard as the bike has been in the shop for 5 weeks and the issues still not resolved… Read Full Review

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“I spent three months trying to talk myself into buying...”

Written on: 09/03/2009

I spent three months trying to talk myself into buying a V-Rod but I just couldn't get excited with the bike. I had never seen a Rocket, only heard about a little about them so out of curiosity I checked out the local Triumph dealer. Am I ever glad I did. They had a 2006 Classic on consignment with a Jardine exhaust and the airbox was replaced with three K&N filters on the throttle bodies. It had been dynoed at 158 H.P. and 156 ft. lbs. of torque. I asked the salesman to fire it up and when… Read Full Review

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“I will just start by saying the Triumph Rocket is...”

Written on: 18/12/2008 by Bikersid (1 review written)

I will just start by saying the Triumph Rocket is PHENOMENALLY AWESOME. I am a mature professional rider of some 25 years standing and have had 30 plus machines, both owned, tested and job provided, under my butt, so to speak. So, I'm not easily star struck. I began planning my retirement from law enforcement in November last year by taking a fully loaded Rocket 3 Classic for a test run. I was given free reign by the dealer to travel as far as I wished in the allotted 8hrs. My other love duly… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“The bike is great, everything I wanted and more. The...”

Written on: 06/11/2008

The bike is great, everything I wanted and more. The only downside of the purchase was the dealership I bought it from in Perth Western Australia. I had it in for a small warranty job, an oil leak from the head, after 3 weeks and numerous phone calls I picked it up only to find the oil tank badly scratched, both side covers scratched and the fuel tank scratched. Dont by a bike from them… Read Full Review

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“The Triumph Rocket 3 has a very comfotable to ride...”

Written on: 26/10/2008 by ajc5839 (1 review written)

The Triumph Rocket 3 has a very comfotable to ride long distances compared with more cramped sitting position, any one intrested should book a trail ride with a distributor, however there is no turning back from that point as you will be hooked… Read Full Review

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“I have had my Rocket Classic, for 14 months, and I...”

Written on: 05/10/2008 by Dan66 (1 review written)

I have had my Rocket Classic, for 14 months, and I have almost 20,000 miles, not a hiccup yet, just replace the tires. The rear tire lasts about 5000 miles. This bike is a terrific cruiser, just goobbles up the miles, in comfort too. Love the bike. Dan66… Read Full Review

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★★☆☆☆

“I put 25,000 miles on my Triumph Rocket III in the...”

Written on: 21/09/2008 by y2khonorsgrad (1 review written)

I put 25,000 miles on my Triumph Rocket III in the first year under continuous problems of idle speed, backfiring, dying, rough idle, and hesitation to accellerate. Throttle body assemblies, ignition coils, and several computer program reloads were done but the problems always came back. The second year I only put 11,000 miles on the bike. Same problems but now mechanical problems came into the picture. Both bearings on the dampening output shaft went out and a spring washer in the clutch broke… Read Full Review

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Bikersid's Response to y2khonorsgrad's Review

Written on: 17/12/2008

Hey y2khonorsgrad, I read your review with interest as it is the first I have seen that slates the Rocket. I have a Classic on order for the end January 2009. During the course of ordering the machine/ accessories I was advised by the salesman to have the manifold upgrade but stick with the OE pipes (cost reduction advice).<br/>However, later advice from a Triumph mechanic at the same outlet contradicted the former. Apparently, they can't map the EMU with that set up. It's either full upgrade (sport map) or remain with OE exhaust system or you can just upgrade the mufflers with the standard manifold.<br/>I was just wondering whether your idling problem may have something to do with the former advise I received?<br/>Thanks.

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Cammy1100's Response to y2khonorsgrad's Review

Written on: 22/01/2009

I think the reference to the manifold upgrade should be removing the cat upgrade along with the sports pipes. I had problems with my rocket - tickover dying when coming to lights etc. There were two recalls carried out at the british dealers which seem to have eradicated the problem. They were both to do with ECU remaps and the bike now ticks over slightly higher.
<br/>I have ditched the standard pipes and added Jardines, imported from the States. Good pipes, crap finish, not made for our weather here. Added in all about another 20-25bhp. Full tune, carried out with Tuneboy, gets rid of all restrictions, and thats when this baby becomes very interesting. Despite initial problems with tickover, which were resolved under warranty, the Rocket is the business.

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Y2Khonorsgrad's Response to y2khonorsgrad's Review

Written on: 08/01/2009

The Rocket remained stock the whole duration of the warranty period except for a car horn in place of the beep-beep horn.

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★★★★★

“Well built cruiser made for long comfortable relaxing...”

Written on: 04/09/2008 by Lib Palmieri (1 review written)

Well built cruiser made for long comfortable relaxing rides. Only one critisism - would have liked more equipment as standard for such an expensive machine i.e. alarm, hazard warning lights… Read Full Review

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“This is the very best motorcycle ever build from...”

Written on: 07/05/2008 by elabadn3 (1 review written)

This is the very best motorcycle ever build from Triumph. Been riding motos since I was a young boy, but this is the big shot from triumph.Ease to handle, to fast, good looking also. Im 62, and very proud of my Triumph. This is like school girl, great history… Read Full Review

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