Torque addict

Supercharged
Joined
Feb 14, 2012
Messages
295
Location
Everett, WA
Ride
'05 R3 w/Aerocharger turbo
Hi. I joined this forum about a year ago and have done a lot of lurking but have never posted until yesterday. I'm considering buying this bike. I've already started a thread about that here Still looking for any input regarding this potential purchase.

Just wanted to say hello. If I don't buy this Rocket it'll be another eventually. I have an '83 Honda Magna that's a good runner but basically a project bike. I have a beautifully newly painted gas tank to put back on it and the infamous 2nd gear issue to fix.

I also ride an '05 Yamaha Warrior with stage IV kit and a bunch of other goodies. It 's pretty quick but still does not have enough low end torque for me (note my user name). The only thing that's going to quench that is a Rocket or a V-8 motorcycle, which I can't envision owning anytime soon.

My wife rides an '05 250cc Honda Reflex scooter. The thing actually goes a GPS verified 70 MPH!

I test rode a Rocket last summer and knew I just had to have one. Hoping to still keep my Warrior. It's an awesome ride. I posted some pics in my profile.

Looking forward to being part of the discussions here once I buy a Rocket and meeting up for rides with anyone in the great Pacific Northwest.

Brent
 

TURBO200R4

stand up straight and grab the world by the a$$
Joined
Jan 24, 2013
Messages
6,984
Location
TUCSON AZ
Ride
07 rocket III classic
for soon to be owner

hi Brent
i watched ebay for a long time and finaly found one for a good price in reno about 900 miles from tucson az. me and wife flew up bought the rocket III and drove it back to tucson. froze the first 600 miles and roasted the last 300. but it is something we will never
forget. i am 67 and my balance is not real good and the rocket being top heavy i have managed to let it fall over a few times.
good luck on finding a rocket.
herman

sorry mistake. should have said craigslist.
 
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Wetrudgeon

Supercharged
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Feb 6, 2010
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Location
Ellis County Texas
Brent:
That is a nice looking ride, but the asking price may be a bit high. We bought a '11 Roadster last summer for about that same $$$. Roadster had about 10K miles. If you buy, keep us updated on your impressions and how she behaves. Ride safe.

We trudge on.
 

Wetrudgeon

Supercharged
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Feb 6, 2010
Messages
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Ellis County Texas
Brent:
Disregard previous transmission. Did not catch the turbo, which adds considerable value (for those so inclined). Let us know how it goes.

We trudge on.
 

datona paul

.060 Over
Joined
Apr 25, 2011
Messages
196
Location
Dalton, Georgia
welcome brent !!! :d i remember picking up my new rocket in issaqua (i-90 motorsports) rode to lynnwood , then north to hwy 2(monroe) n heading back south on i-5 the infamous flippin' rain clouds at everett.... 2 inches standing water.. Good times!!!;) i digress... Lmao:d
 

nolton

Living Legend
Joined
Aug 17, 2009
Messages
4,707
Location
Florien, Louisiana
Ride
2009 black standard
Looking forward to being part of the discussions here once I buy a Rocket and meeting up for rides with anyone in the great Pacific Northwest.

Brent

Welcome from Louisiana.
Do your research before you pay for a used Rocket III. Ask the right questions about mods and upgrades.

i am 67 and my balance is not real good and the rocket being top heavy i have managed to let it fall over a few times.
good luck on finding a rocket.
herman QUOTE]

At your age you are allowed to drop it a few and smile. She is a heavy beast. :D
 

Rocket Scientist

Grand Exulted Poobah
Joined
Sep 27, 2009
Messages
6,489
Location
Spring Lake, Michigan
Ride
Black 05' Rocket III standard
Hi. I joined this forum about a year ago and have done a lot of lurking but have never posted until yesterday. I'm considering buying this bike. I've already started a thread about that here Still looking for any input regarding this potential purchase.

Just wanted to say hello. If I don't buy this Rocket it'll be another eventually. I have an '83 Honda Magna that's a good runner but basically a project bike. I have a beautifully newly painted gas tank to put back on it and the infamous 2nd gear issue to fix.

I also ride an '05 Yamaha Warrior with stage IV kit and a bunch of other goodies. It 's pretty quick but still does not have enough low end torque for me (note my user name). The only thing that's going to quench that is a Rocket or a V-8 motorcycle, which I can't envision owning anytime soon.

My wife rides an '05 250cc Honda Reflex scooter. The thing actually goes a GPS verified 70 MPH!

I test rode a Rocket last summer and knew I just had to have one. Hoping to still keep my Warrior. It's an awesome ride. I posted some pics in my profile.

Looking forward to being part of the discussions here once I buy a Rocket and meeting up for rides with anyone in the great Pacific Northwest.

Brent

I have some experience with early V65 trannys. The up-grade replaces 1st 2nd and 3rd gears as i recall. Your basically just buying the gears they started putting in the 1985 models. Same gear ratios just less (but heavier) teeth. One thing to remember, you have to buy the little collars that fit inside the new gears. The old ones won't fit in the new gears. I ordered all the stuff to do one for a guy. Had his bike a ripped down then found out I couldn't use the old collars. Had to wait another week for those to come in.
If your not sure what I'm talking about I can post a pic of the collar. One thing I can tell you is once you do the upgrade you can beat that tranny like a rented mule and you won't break it again. I know cause my crazy riding buddy Lawrence had his fixed and I've never seen anybody abuse a motorcycle the way he can !
 

Torque addict

Supercharged
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Joined
Feb 14, 2012
Messages
295
Location
Everett, WA
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'05 R3 w/Aerocharger turbo
Thanks for all the welcomes guys. I am buying the Rocket I mentioned in the other thread I linked to. Will probably pick it up in 2 or 3 weeks. After speaking with the shop that just tuned it and put a new clutch in I'm convinced it's set up properly and will be awesome.

Rocket Scientist, I have a whole used "like new" tranny for the Magna. Gears, forks and shift drum should be a direct swap. Guys on the V4 forum I'm on have posted how to do it without splitting the case. That's what I'm gonna do. Going to sell it immediately after fixing it.
 

R3Tex

Living Legend
Joined
Dec 4, 2012
Messages
3,758
Location
Houston, TX
Ride
'13 Rocket III Roadster
CAUTION!!! Rockets are addictive, and according to my spouse expensive. I'm sure she's referring to the fact that I can't leave well enough alone with anything but continually have to tinker with stuff to make it my own, but one never knows. Good luck with the new ride
 
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