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Hello to all fellow big cube bike riders, its been a few years since i have posted and now its time to get the old girl ripping again with a few more horses. I transplanted the rocket 3 into my yamaha prohauler farm quad and she has been a blast , my boys and there mates just eat my dust everytime we go bike riding, she pulls the trailer with ease around the garden too. Throw a couple of paddle tyres on her and we are off to the dirt drags , turning many heads each time.
Well i just scored a turbo for her ,so now its time to get that bit more theatrical , hoping to pick some brains on the install as i know theres great minds and people on this forum .
I've looked through all the threads on this topic and it seems that everyone has found success but me. I started seeing a small drop of coolant after riding and after sitting overnight. Replaced the gasket not once but twice. Got jiggy with the gasket seal the third time. Still leaking same spot. Discussed the weap hole possibility and decided to replace the whole water pump. I thought I had beaten it but its still leaking. Local triumph dealer is scratching their heads. Meanwhile I'm considering three options: 1. Swap out the entire motor. 2. Sell the bike and get something Japanese. 3. Get something Japanese for daily riding and keep the Rocket as a novelty for limited use. There's also a funky idle. But we'll talk about that another time! ☺☺
I Rode my roadster from north of Chicago to Seattle and back last week. had to stop for a new rear tire on the way home. Had checked it and was lazy, didn't check entire circumference. A motorist saw me putt'n through Miles City Montana and told me he saw cord. lucky me, $400 extra in hotel and same day shipping charges. Metzler was difficult to obtain timely so on reading on this forum, got a bridgestone excedra max the next day. (As shown by my "talking speedometer" phone app) this tire's slightly greater circumference corrected my 4 mph optimistic speedometer reading to a near perfect correctness. (More tread helped I bet!). I wonder how much it will affect the abs braking in an emergency.
I was concerned that on warmup the transmission or final drive was so noisy. I even had a dealer ride it, they didn't know much more than I. I figured it hadn't got worse in thousands of miles, so I rode it back that way. It is still noisy as heck and I hate that clunky...
HI, I'm way up north in the town of Rouyn-Noranda in Quebec, Canada.
My wife has a 2016 BMW R1200GSA. We do about 10000 to 15000 miles a year.
This is my second rocket, I still have the first one for now, I've been to California and back on it.
It now has 100000 M (165000 KMs). Since we travel as soon as we can , I bought a new 2018 R3 Roadster. The dealer said that it was the last one in Canada.
I also like mustang, I have a 2007 Shelby and 1966 coupe.
See you on the road!!!
Been sitting in the dresser draw for the last few months. Tried to install it yesterday and do not like the way it idled. Prefer not to run it. No point on letting it just sit around and collect dust. Brand new to who ever needs one. Free no need to make a buck
PM me and it is yours.
I have always wanted a pair of nice half chaps and I ordered a pair from Chilhowee leather. Have not gotten them yet. I gave up on the equestrian style chaps, nothing in my size (19 in calves) but Chilhowee had them in my size.
I do not understand this biker whip thing but the Harley dudes around here have them. I just laugh, cause in an “emergency” I sure as hell won’t be using a whip. KNOWHADIMEAN?
Anyway, here is their website. Appears they make good stuff . . .
Motorcycle Half Chaps - Chilhowee Motorcycle Leather
For those who have installed alternate exhaust, and may not want the wrapped look, are there summer wear gear that might offer a heat shield on the right inner calf ?
Or, a different approach ?
I was sitting at a long light, so I put it in neutral and put down the kick stand. Being lazy, the extra angle allowed my leg not on the board to contact the pipe behind where I have a shield installed.
And while we're at, how to "clean up" the stained pipe ?
The weather forecast Friday night said for a good day Saturday, but heavy rain for Sunday.
So out to get some miles done, I left home about 1.00 PM headed North, then West, then South and across to Raglan by the sea.
Had a Jameson's at the tavern there, then headed East then South to Pirongia.
From Pirongia North to Taupiri, then South home.
All up about 250 Km's.
Usual story, not many photos as am too keen on riding, don't wanta stop.
All these photos taken at Manu Bay, Raglan.
And sure enough, Sunday was real wild, the weather man got it right for a change !
It really sucks owning a rocket where speeding is strictly enforced. Got out with a warning today. But then the cops like, without all that said, "what the heck is that thing? Triumph Rocket 3 . What size engine is that? 2300. What does that conver...? 140 cubic inches.(I cut him off) Dang that's bigger than my 103. I know . I about offered him a test ride.
Then have you ever tried to keep it at 55 mph after just getting pulled over? It's like trying to run with a short rope tied around your legs... after being good the whole time afterwards and keeping at 58 mph on my way back, this stupid car slammed on its brakes so they didn't miss their turn. So I cleared them and gunned it again. I swear right after that exact moment I passed that same trooper again. Thankfully he didn't turn around.
For those interested in doing it yourself, or who are nowhere near a dyno, I figured I'd show how I do it and how you can adapt the bike quickly.
o If at any time you see AFRs in the 15.5:1 or leaner range that's a problem, stop, add fuel to that RPM/TPS area of the table in PC-V, about 10% and start again.
o The more power you make, the harder this is to do! It's very very difficult to do on my bike, for example, at the 70% and higher TPS values I'm either accelerating very quickly, or, I'm traveling at go to jail speeds if using 5th gear.
o Use high octane gas, and if you have it, add 6oz of Torco Accelerator to a full tank of fuel to end up with 95/96 octane. This will prevent most knocking while the engine's at it's highest risk, during early tuning efforts. More Accelerator is not necessary so do not go dumping the whole can in lol.
o I am a HOBBYIST and my methods are MINE. They're what I've come up with that works for me over the years on various vehicles....
While transporting my R3T in a moving truck, the kickstand was left down without my knowledge when it was strapped in. At the first stop, I checked to make sure the straps were still tight and discovered the kickstand was down. I reset the straps with the stand up. However, when it came out of the truck, it appeared the kickstand bracket had broken and the bike was leaning way over. Tonight I was going to replace the bracket and discovered it was not the bracket that was broken, but where the bolts attach to the crankcase that had broken. Pictures below.
The last two pictures show each piece held in place by the bolt.
I am wondering if I used JB Weld epoxy to attach the pieces to the crankcase if it would work? I am thinking of wrapping the bolts with teflon tape so the epoxy won't attach to the bolts and after the epoxy sets, I would then be able to back out the bolts. I might have to use some washers between the heads of the bolts and the crankcase pieces to press the...
This ugly thing has been bugging me since I got it.
Looks like it has been painted at one time.
While messing in my garage I got an idea..
1/4" Drip Tubing I use in my sprinkler system.
A 3/8" piece would work better. Might keep an eye out for a bit of that in my Ace Hardware travels.
It's gotta be ten years at least since I last posted here. In fact, the software didn't recognize my name or password so there must have been some changes. I was one of the original R3 owners, bought 'Big Red'in July 2004,helped organize many of the early 'Salvos' (gathering of Rockets), etc, etc.
Anyway,still own the Big Guy but am drooling over the prospect of the 2500 cc production model hopefully coming in 2020. Anyway, hi to y'all. Two questions"
1) anyone heard when the production models (not the TFC) will be available, and
2) if the TFC is going out at $29,000, what will the production beast sell for?
Thanks for any input and ride safe guys.
When installing this kit a few years ago on my bike, it occurred to me that the TTS instructions that come with the kit are a bit out-dated, and completely missing the stage 2 bits (intercooler and smaller radiator), hydraulic clutch and supercharger oil circuit installation instructions.
Also, the website etc fails to mention a few “practicalities” that you should know before you buy.
So I documented my install experience with lots of notes, photos & videos with the intention of posting them up as a guide for anyone interested.
So here we are, 3 years later and with all the TTS question posts lately I figured it’s about time.
Also just a note – my TTS stage 2 is more like a stage 3, since I have internal work already done with the Carpenter 240hp kit. Some photos will show things that the standard TTS kit doesn’t have.
TTS say allow a good day to do the install – I say allow a good month lol.
What you need to know before ordering the kit
Ø You will need to cut up...
I would just like to thank everyone who keeps this community alive and maintain the website. I specially would like to thank Scott (Warp 9.9) for helping me taking my bike apart and put it back together after a transmission failure/upgrade. His knowledge about this bike’s mechanics and technical area is second to none.
Had a deal that i was working out of New York city but dealer sold the bike for $12,000. Waited to long and had the rug pulled out. Stayed home today and made several offers on bikes throughout the country. To my surprise a 2017 Matt black Roadster brand new is being offered. Made cash offer and waiting on reply. Found two Rocket X's for sale but not interested. Believe the X's were both under $10,000. Low mileage on both. The closer it gets to the release of the new Rocket the better the horse trading. Have made up my mind next bike is going to be one of the same. Rocket Roadster number two.
Rights guys and gals The Burt is on again less than 6 months away.
I am heading down again on the Rocket for the 3rd time.
I'm thinking of getting away From Christchurch on Sunday the 2nd heading down the West Coast.
Tenting at a few towns in the way.
I hope to get a few rides to some of smaller towns around the district.
Anyone in New Zealand keen to meet up on the way or at the event.
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