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I’ve been riding bikes since I was about ten years old. It all started when my parents started gliding, so I spent most of my weekends at the airfield where us kids always has some form of 2 wheeled motorised transport we put together in the workshop, (or at least our parents did)! I had a break from bikes for about four years at the age of 41, then my best friend decided to take his bike test, so I bought an old BMWR1100RS to keep him company.
That bike bought back my love of motorbikes.
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Recently a group of seven of us decided to plan a trip to Barcelona, travelling down through France and Andorra into Spain. I thought I’d change my bike for something younger.I have owned most of the modern Triumphs over recent years, and after a rather uninspiring visit to a BMW dealer, decided to take another look at this famous manufacturer. I had seen a few Rocket 3 bikes around and loved the way they looked.
I had never ridden a cruiser before, so when the dealer offered me a test ride I jumped at the chance.
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The bike is a Rocket 3 Classic, which means slightly more swept back handlebars and foot boards, as opposed to pegs, with a heel and toe gear change.Sitting on this machine was initially a bit intimidating. Everything was big! However, turning the engine on gave that Triumph signature sound – a slight burble from the three cylinders and slight whine from the cams.I gently let out the clutch, noticing how big the levers were under my fingers, and gave it just enough throttle to keep the engine just above tick over.
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I decided to ride it around and between the three rows of parked second hand bikes on the large forecourt. The bike rolled forward.What I noticed immediately, given that I could only go slowly around the parked bikes, was how incredibly well balanced this bike is. With its massive 2.3 litre engine to the right and the five speed box to the right, Triumph has done an amazing job putting this altogether under the tank.The first thing to get used to was the bars.
I am used to crouching forward and just leaning in the direction I want to turn. With this bike, and I guess any large cruiser, you have to actually turn the bars at first. I found this a little unnerving, expecting to turn my face into the concrete below more as the bike turned over.
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Fortunately this did not happen, but I am still getting used to the throttle response and finding the balance between turning the bars and feeding in the power to get turned and upright again.The next thing to get used ton were the foot boards and their position. Being a cruiser the foot boards are set forward, so I waved my feet around quite a bit at first when pulling away, feeling for the boards.
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One soon gets used to their position however, and then there’s the heel and toe gear change to master.At first I simply used my toe to change up and down, but the main drawback with this approach is that neutral is much harder to find. Using your toe and trying to lift the gearshift from first to neutral often results in missing neutral and shifting into second. However, shifting down to first gear and then using your heel engages neutral easily.
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Mastering the heel and toe does not in fact take long.The best thing about this bike is its power delivery. Unlike say, a Blackbird, where the power comes on quickly and builds, the Rocket is very easy.
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