making it a proper riders bike, but once you get used to the handling dynamics of the R and your low proximity to the tarmac it is hilariously fun to ride and it was all the other guys could do to get me away from the curves and head for the horizon on straighter roads. After the lunch stop Glenn had to arm wrestle the keys, (FOB, keyless - AAARGH!), away from me so he could find out what I was grinning about like a Cheshire cat. I will however concede that I would possibly still opt for the GT on a long road trip, but on a weekend burn down to ET for the twisties, I would definitely go with the R. In parting … tyre saving traction control and surprisingly good fuel economy: On our way back into town we tried a few robot to robot drag races and in all instances I had forgotten to put the big beast into ‘sports mode’ and ended up bogging down and almost falling over when the traction control kicked in as the back tyre lit up, great for saving tyre life on a 220nm bike, not so great when dragging racing your mates off the line. By the way, lani›s old gen Rocket ended up sideways more than once - no fancy electronic nannies there. Then we stopped to top up the tanks. Both bikes were really close in fuel usage - each used just on 12 litres of fuel on a 250 km trip - riding with some vigour, giving us about 25 kays per litre … if our maffs is correct. That›s not bad at all for such large gals! Glenn says … I rode Triumphs first Rocket when it was first released way back when. A bike like this simply did /does not make sense until you ride one. I could not get my head around this giant engine in a looong frame - but it works. Astonishingly well. Riding Lani›s older gen 3 is still massive fun - even though it is now what is considered old tech. We understand completelly why guys who own rockets are reluctant to sell them. Fast forward a generation or so and Triumph is still at it - but they have kept the Rockets so fresh and up to date with all of the latest tech from brakes to electronics and suspension. Just go and have a look at one sometime - it is a thouroughly modern machine with some very cool features. Its certainly not an old fuddy duddy›s bike or your traditional tractor like cruiser. These are performance muscle bikes of some note. For those of you (and there are a lot), who have not ridden a Rocket - we will use a cliche - You need to ride one to understand. And by the end of this ride - each of us understand full well why this bike has so many passionate fans. A full day of riding and shooting the breeze on this British muscle passed in a blink. We live in a great country with awesome biking roads - and so many cool little spots to visit. On the Rocket, you can take your time and enjoy the scenery - or you can twist the big girls ear and really get your heart pumping through the corners. Given half a chance - one of them would certainly be parked in our garage... But we all differ in opinion about which model it would be. What cool, innovative motorcycles. Not everyones cup of tea for sure - but go and pay them a visit JHB side in Kramerville - or you can kuier at the new CT branch (check the news section for more info). And do try to ride one. You›ll understand. Triumph South Africa - www.triumph-motorcycles.co.za The R makes you want to hooligan around. The GT is just so chilled and comfortable.