maximus vegetatorus: If anybody can help it would be much appreciated.
MPG/Tank range? Answers I've found on the web vary from 20-40+ MPG & a range of 120 - 200+ miles.
Rear tyre life? Again varies from 2k - 10k+
I know this all varies depending on how it is ridden, but would an average of 35MPG, 180 range & 5k tyre life seem about right?
Not worried about the cost so much as the practicalities of touring on it.
I've also read that they can be a bit of a handful on bumpy roads & can bump you out of the seat. Are they that bad?
I'm so tempted by one. I prefer the looks of the classic kitted out for touring, rather than an actual touring version, but am undecided at the mo.
Any help would be much appreciated
I've only had my Rocket for about a month now.
Not ridden since the early 1970's.
About 18 months ago bought a Bonneville America, it was OK but felt a bit light on the road, and I didn't like the front end, it felt like it wanted to drift all the time, the ribbed tyres seemed to follow all the lines and cracks in the road.
Early this year changed it for a Thunderbird, that felt a lot better, heavier but more stable, no front end wander, bit sore on ass on bumpy roads.
A month ago was passing local Triumph dealer and saw a Rocket on the forecourt. Asked to give it a test ride and did about 15 miles on B roads with very little traffic, so got the feel of it in the bends without worrying about anyone up me arse and having to look in the mirrors all the time.
It's a bit heavy and not so easy to change line once committed, but it's also very tame at low revs, I don't find it a problem around town, I don't bother too much about filtering anyway.
On the motorway Its very stable, gets you away very quick.
After 15 miles, I went back and put down a deposit.
The Bonneville felt OK after a long break from biking. The Thunderbird put a smile on my face. The Rocket, well for me it just got better
At the end of the day you just have to find one to try.
Only complaint so far, sore arse, got to get better shocks on the back its great on smooth roads, but does not like potholes, but then the roads are crap just about everywhere, had a £2800 quote to fix damaged front suspension on the car, worked out cheaper to trade it in.
Actually all three bikes were a bit hard on the back suspension on some of the roads around here.