How could this day get any better? Well, our good mate and well known SA musician Garth Taylor just happened to be there picking up another of our all time favourite bikes, the Triumph 1200 Scrambler. As you will have read about this time last year when we rode the Husky Pillens, Garth is an avid biker and decided to join us. Another good mate Lani, a mad keen Triumph fan with his previous gen Rocket 3 joined us on our shenanigans for the day. The plan was to head through The Cradle and then on to Harties for some lunch and then back to Triumph. A combination of good twisty roads and some nice long sweeping roads to test the touring capabilities of the all new Rockets. Two All New Rockets … Same but different There are two new Rocket 3 variants available, namely the GT and the R. So, why and what are the differences? We are not going to bore you with all the technical details, you find those all over the net, we are going to give you our experiences with these two hot and sexy ladies that are so different and yet - so much alike. What is the same? The chassis, the monster 2.5 litre motor, the suspension, the electronics (both the models we rode were fitted with the quickshifter option), fuel tank, seats, pillion foot pegs, (so neatly sculpted into the chassis that it took us a while to find them), wheels and tyres are common to both bikes which you might imagine would make the two Rockets pretty much identical in just about every way. Same Same? Why bother with two models we hear you ask? Well, thanks to bars and footpeg positions, they are very different in their application and riding style and you will really either love one or the other - or both. We all had very mixed and differing views after riding them. The GT’s bars are slightly taller and sweep back quite a bit. The foot pegs are mounted with a more mid to forward bias creating an almost ‘easy rider’ or touring sitting position. The R’s handle bars are straighter and lower with the pegs mounted more under the rider and putting the rider into a more sporty, aggressive street fighter type seating position. These differences just make the bikes feel worlds apart, especially when riding and shifting through the slick gearbox. Because your legs are more forward on the ‘GT’, you use your legs, (quadriceps), more to stabilise yourself under braking and the laid back position of the handle bars keep your shoulders in a very natural and relaxed attitude, ideal for for crossing continents. The ‘R’ however, with its more aggressive seating position has you using your core and your shoulder more when braking and dipping into corners, which is great fun in mountain passes and the like but it gets a bit trying on the long straight roads.