New Member, lurking to learn all I can before I bite the bullet and purchase.

LimeyinTX

.020 Over
Joined
Nov 17, 2022
Messages
12
Location
NW Houston, TX
As the post says, I'm ready to get back on two wheels.
My bike history is.
2000-2002 Honda CB600F Hornet - in the UK daily commuter between Gosport and Southampton. Cut my teeth on rides to Poole on a Tuesday night. At the time, Honda offered an advanced course with an ex-police rider on a Pan-Am. I still use road reading techniques to this day! Thank you, Sir!
2002-2004 Honda CB1300F - in the UK, some commuting in fine weather but mainly pleasure riding.
Bikeless due to living in Dubai (bad driving and too much sand)
2010-2012 BMW GSA 1200 - In the USA in Portland. OR. Daily ride in all weathers, weekends on logging roads, and one epic Route 101 Astoria to LA coastal trip.
Bikeless due to growing business and family.
2022 - Sees me living Northwest of Houston, TX. Busy family life will see me riding on Sunday mornings and the occasional Saturday. Why a Rocket?
1. Shaft Drive.
2. 6ft 3" and 225lbs.
3. It has Union Jacks on it!
4. Dealer is close.
5. Torque. As curves are not typical in this part of TX. It's more straight and then 90° corners off the highways, so I like the sound of blasting between each change in direction.
6. Naked. It keeps the top speed sensible, but acceleration from 20 to 80 is what it's all about.
I haven't taken a test ride yet, but I plan to in early December. Still undecided on R vs. GT.
I welcome your thoughts on the machine, Houston riding, and dealers for those who are local.
 

Guffer

.060 Over
Joined
Jun 11, 2021
Messages
198
Location
Fife, Scotland
Ride
2021 Rocket 3 R Black Edition
On your test ride, try and find a road with curves on it if there are any. The handling on the new Rockets is incredible (for their size).

I have the R and still get amazed how something so big can carve through the bends as well as it does. There's some kind of witchcraft going on there I tells ya!
 

TURBO200R4

stand up straight and grab the world by the a$$
Joined
Jan 24, 2013
Messages
8,154
Location
TUCSON AZ
Ride
07 rocket III classic
welcome from Tucson Arizona USA
we seen u lurking
good luck on your rocket take it easy till u get used to the beast.
looking forward to pictures.
 

LimeyinTX

.020 Over
Joined
Nov 17, 2022
Messages
12
Location
NW Houston, TX
On your test ride, try and find a road with curves on it if there are any. The handling on the new Rockets is incredible (for their size).

I have the R and still get amazed how something so big can carve through the bends as well as it does. There's some kind of witchcraft going on there I tells ya!
Thanks, Guffer.
 

baileegirl

100 Octane/or Better
Joined
Nov 15, 2022
Messages
18
Ride
2020 Rockett III GT
At 6ft 3" and 225lbs. you are a fairly good size rider. You can handle a R3. The R3 is unique amongst bikes as stated in most of the ads for these large critters and until you test ride one all recommendations are just that ! YOU are the only person capable of determining the viability of a R3. May I suggest that if you do test ride a R3 , you have the dealer put the "Beast" into SPORT mode. Providing you are very careful during the test ride , you will receive a response from the "Beast" that is almost indescribable by anyone using words.
 

MIG

Road Therapy...
Joined
May 26, 2014
Messages
2,755
Location
Tucson, AZ
Ride
"Fiona" my '14 R3T & "Delilah" my '16 V-Rod Muscle
WELCOME! to our R3 Family Forum... and that will be one tasty bullet when you get there.... Any photo's of your previous rides?
-MIG
 

LimeyinTX

.020 Over
Joined
Nov 17, 2022
Messages
12
Location
NW Houston, TX
WELCOME! to our R3 Family Forum... and that will be one tasty bullet when you get there.... Any photo's of your previous rides?
-MIG
You have to remember that much of my riding happened before digital cameras were on the back of our phones! I have none of the Hornet.
 

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MIG

Road Therapy...
Joined
May 26, 2014
Messages
2,755
Location
Tucson, AZ
Ride
"Fiona" my '14 R3T & "Delilah" my '16 V-Rod Muscle
You have to remember that much of my riding happened before digital cameras were on the back of our phones! I have none of the Hornet.
Awesome! Yes, I remember (and sometimes miss) those days...
-MIG
 
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