- Oct 6, 2020
- Benbrook, TX
- 2015 Triumph Rocket III Roadster
Looking for a little advice from you experienced RIII riders out there. 2020 was a hard year for me with bikes. I started the year with a 2004 Honda Rune that I'd had since 2007 (only owner). It was totaled in an accident in May 2020 when a driver cut me off. I then bought my first RIII, 2005 Red, the most purely enjoyable ride I've ever had. I took a long ride on it in October (600 miles or so), and was left sore for days. I thought, perhaps it's time for the "old man" bike, and traded it, title for title, for a 2003 Goldwing. In less than 2 months, I was unsatisfied with that, and the other guys was likewise unsatisfied. We've both posted the bikes for sale on FB (he doesn't want to just trade back). In the meantime, though, I have 2 local used options at dealers that I could just trade for, rather than working through trying to sell and then buy again, a 2013 RIII Touring (2013 Triumph Rocket III Touring Two-tone | European Cycle Sports Ltd) and a 2015 Roadster (2015 Used TRIUMPH ROCKET III ROADSTER NICE UPGRADES!!! at MJ Sales Cycles Serving Fort Worth, TX, IID 20467780). With the Roadster, I would end up eventually putting hard bags on it, likely Corbin's bags, which I also had on my Rune. I typically use a bike as my daily driver, depending on weather - I'm in Fort Worth, TX. I take 1-2 long rides per year, anywhere from about 600 miles up to about 2000 miles. The wife says I can only have 1 bike at a time. I will never afford a Rune again (I was active duty Army when we bought it, and I'm now retired from the Army and a local pastor here in TX). The RIII is really what I want to ride long-term. Looking for some input, if you have any. Thanks for your experience and advice.