- Sep 15, 2021
excellent comparison. thank you for those videos.
The Rocket will get your heart pumping right out of the gate, no question about it. Don't know if you noticed how much the rider slows down in the turns though. not a canyon carver. He really only pushes it on the straights. I see this more as a 'bike night' bike, for buzzing around town for the adrenaline rush or commuting to work. It is more "raw" in a good way and makes you feel more engaged with the road. And there's the cache of having TRIUMPH on the tank. A bike with a heritage few other labels can match. If you have a "young" girlfriend (25 or younger), she might put up with being carted around and hanging on for dear life. Staying on with all that torque won't be an easy task w/o a sissy bar but that mars the appearance of this muscle machine.
The GW is incredibly smooth and it has all the power you could need but it doesn't have the adrenaline inducing torque and sound. It sounds meaner higher in the rev range. The bike will scream above 4,000 rpm which was a pleasant surprise for me. Remus makes a great pipe for it if you are willing to sell your first born child to buy it. It won't let you down, even in the twisties, but you may not be willing to sell a kidney to own one. And no one will come over and drool over it at bike night. It may not even get a glance. shame though. it really is a very fine machine. One plus is your bride won't be whining in your ear if you ride two up. She better not. there's nothing to whine about here.