RIDEFAST SEPTEMBER

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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.

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