Triumph Rocket III Having Engine Problems?

I received a message from a reader named Duane, who said his son bought a Triumph Rocket III last Spring, and that it has been in the repair...

Triumph Rocket IIII received a message from a reader named Duane, who said his son bought a Triumph Rocket III last Spring, and that it has been in the repair shop more times than it's been on the road.

He says it has a "phantom engine cutout problem".

He wants to know if any others have heard of this problem with the Rocket III.

Click on "Post a Comment" below if you do.

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  1. Mine has been perfect at 13,000.

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  2. I have had my Rocket for 2 days and it has cut out twice now.

    1st time I had a pillion and was lucky that we were slowing for traffic lights.

    2nd time was today, when it completely shut down and I shifted into 1st to get it to come back.

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  3. The only problem I have had is with backfire that kills the engine occasionally. It nearly lifts me off the seat!

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  4. No problems at all! That's a great bike.

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  5. 16k engine good trans squeels when shifting 1st to 2nd???

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  6. I have 2 Rockets '05 & '06
    The '05 was running just fine and i was on 295 towards Delaware. All of a sudden it was as if the bike cut off. no power, nothing. I coasted to teh side of the road and had it towed. I was initially told that it was water in the gas, that it was fixed and i could come get it. So i took the train from DC to philly and on the way back with the bike, it did it again, in the exact same spot. I had it towed again and then was told it was the "regulator-rectifyer" came loose. they fixed it. I rode the bike from Philly to DC w/o incident. Also, had the computer reset on the bike to clear codes.

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  7. I have a 2005 Rocket (3200 miles). I also have had numerous problems. First problem was the excessive noise from the timing chain tensioner. I had that replaced, (Much better). Now I have a problem with stalling, the bike will not idol properly. First diagnosis was bad gas, then dealer recalibrated the fuel system. I am now taking it back once again! Very discouraging!

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  8. My Rocket has 1100 miles and has a knocking sound in the engine at 3500rpm and above. The dealer can't figure it out. Thinks valves need adjusted...At 1100 miles??? No cut out problems as of yet.

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  9. 2005 Rocket III 18k on it since Aug 05. In that time I have experienced... water pump leakage, surges in idling especially when in hot weather, and now the temperature warning lamp goes on despite oil and coolant levels being where they should be. I think they should have kept this model in the lab a few more months before suckering the public like this.

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  10. I have a 2005 Rocket with 7000 miles,
    It always runs good never a problem,
    once it cut out on me after I started
    from a light in 3rd gear by misstake.
    The engine lugged a little until I
    got to speed (RPMS) cars were right behind me. It cut out at the end of the block. I naturally assumed it was
    from my bad start. I almost always run the bike full and hard, Like I
    believe it was designed to run.

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  11. I have a 2005 Rocket with 7000 miles,
    It always runs good never a problem,
    once it cut out on me after I started
    from a light in 3rd gear by misstake.
    The engine lugged a little until I
    got to speed (RPMS) cars were right behind me. It cut out at the end of the block. I naturally assumed it was
    from my bad start. I almost always run the bike full and hard, Like I
    believe it was designed to run.

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  12. Had my 11/05 Rocket now 2 mths and 460 klm's it cuts out slowing down in 2nd gear. Bigger problem won't start after sitting for three days or more!! Told bad fuel but it's not that!!!

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  13. Mine refused to start whilst on a touring holiday in France. It had been running fine then just would not start in the morning. Gave the symptoms of a flat battery even though the lights were good and bright. Had to jumpp start it off a mates BMW. The bike ran fine again for the rest of the trip 1900miles all in. The bike stood for 2 weeks, started okay was running fine then refused to start when I went back to it. Again giving symptoms of a flat battery. I had the electrics checked the first time around and was told everything was working correctly?

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  14. I have a 2005 Rocket that make a lot of top end raddling, like the valve cam is slapping. I think its the timing chain slapping the wall of the engine cover. This sounds like my old Isuzu engine timing chain problem. My bike has 1,100. miles on it, what's up with that??

    Greg,

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  15. 2005 RKT 3
    broken clutch spring mounting post
    Leaking rad bottom corner
    all warrenty replaced

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  16. Have an '05 with 8,000 miles that has been serviced properly and treated well. At 30mph it cut out and refused to start. The dealership just called to say the bottom sprocket had broken and lots of top end damage was done as the engine had continued to turn after the timing chain came off. 2 months out of warranty and looking at least like several thousand to repair. Said a new engine, if it was even available, would be the best way to go. Can't express the level of emotion this has caused.

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  17. 04 RKT III 20 000 KMS
    rad leak bottom corner.
    clutch spring post broke at the bottom .All covered under warrenty.

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  18. 2006 model, 1500 miles, slow drip from top bolt on water pump, the bolt with the copper washer. why does this bolt have a copper washer?

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  19. have had my 2006 rocket 3 for 6 months done 5000k the only trouble i have had is a slight oil leak from the rocker coever dealer fixed by adding an extra washer (to give more crush to the rubber gasket i was told) would have prefered to have seen a new gasket on it apart from that not a trouble in the world with it has never stalled starts first touch of the starter and runs great.

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  20. People have mentioned the engine shutting down on the Rockets. Has anyone had a correct diagnosis on why this is happening? My Rocket III has over 30,000 problem-free miles until a few weeks ago when it suddenly backfired and died. It won't start up again. Would appreciate if anyone has found a solution.

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  21. 2006 R3 started running rough after 1500 miles, was told bad gas, then it quit and wouldn't start. Dealer found the line from fuel pump to regulator came off because it wasn't crimped correctly at the factory.

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  22. 11,000 miles on the 2005 rocket iii and it was working just fine until this riding season after the winter. As long as I keep the engine rev'd up past 1000rpms, the bike runs fine. As soon as it gets below 1000 or typically when I stop at a red light or at a stop sign, the engine just dies. I was told this was bad fuel. I drained the tank, added fuel injector cleaner STP type and put in fresh gas 95 octane. Still having problems. There are no triumph dealerships nearby. I would love to know what the problem is before I spend any money towards someone troubleshooting this issue. Obviously it is a known problem.

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  23. To the above commenter (theByrd), sounds like you have a bad stator.

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  24. After some serious searching on the net, I came across this other website forum for Rocket III or rocket 3 owners. This has a possible solution to the bad idle / bike stalling issue. It might be worth your time to check it out: http://www.r3owners.com/viewtopic.php?t=7111
    There are some really nice pictures of exactly where the adjustment needs to be made to fix most idle issues.

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  25. I have an 06 Rocket 3, have 2,0000kms on it, all broken in...and this thing does what I want, when I want it to..sounds great..still rushes adrenaline through the veins every time I twist the wrist, and no problems to date. Very happy with the purchases, except for eager passer-by's who want to ask question after question. What the hell is that thing?

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  26. Ante fr Finland wrote:
    Driven 16.000 km with my R III; When 11.000 problems with idle motion (engine stops with low rotation while driving)- Dealer/Service changed the "black box" - proble disappered for while. Again 15.000 km but now no help with "black box" change or updates of engine run program.
    Who knows what to do or do I have to drive with FJR of the dealer?
    B.R Ante

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  27. 06 rocket III bought in sept 06. had the idle stall problem, fixed three times and still didn't idle. i fixed it myself with the yellow screw under the over flow bottle. perfect ever since. had a slight tick at 1000-2000 rpm. took it local dealer. they kept it 3 weeks( thats right...3 weeks) and adjusted valves and installed new timing chain and tensioner. gave it back with a sudden and horrible rattle at 3500-4000 rpm. "it's normal" they said. no way. wasn't like that when it went in and shouldn't be now. i loved my rocket but im gettin rid of as soon as possible. way too many issues.

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  28. Yes having same problem twice. Once 11000 km (solved by changing the stearing box)other times at 15.000 km problem not solved due to changing of idle step motor and updated many times running program (been waiting two months. Motor stops very often when trottle off and runs badly when rotation under 2000 rpm. When managed to run by idle rotation varies fr 500 to 1000 rpm. Dealers services has not managed to solve the broblem. I wonder what is the manufacturers guarantee with bike priced as all bikers know well???
    Ante fr Espoo FIN.

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  29. 05' rocket 111 has 20'000K on it and rain or shine that bike has never given me a problem.

    Off to Sturgis again and expect no less from her!

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  30. has anybody had problems with 1st gear engagemt. I was looking at buying one but the demo 07 mulbury colored r3 was a pig to put into gear in bumper to bumper traffic

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  31. Alot of the problems you guys are having are to do with service bulliten 385 poor idle quality. This is easy fixed by any triumph dealer. Its a simple ajustment of the idle stepper motor.

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  32. ^My 06 rocket has a slight chatter that sounds like a bearing in the lower end. Goes away when warm. After reading the other comments I suspect that it may be timing tensioner. Will let you all know what I was told when I turn it in.

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  33. I have the last post and found out after repairign the exhuast leak that the noise is less, want me to pay for 10,000 miles service early to pay for adjusting lifters. I will let you all know after I pick up the bike.

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  34. i had the problem with my 2005 rocket 3 which i bought new not idling properly it ended up being the throttle body sensor which was replaced under warranty.also had the main output shaft bearing replaced under warranty thankgod otherwise this rocket would be worth more than gold.anyway done 20,000 km now and aint had any problems.i have put madaz exhaust and few other things done since then there is only one problem left now is to keep my license.

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  35. I've had my 2006 Rocket III for 15 months and it's been in the shop for 3 month to date. Twice for transmission problems dealing with second gear. Now the thing misses and pops at 1500 RPM even in neutral!! If you get on it, it will go but when your rolling with the old folk it acts like it's going to die. The deal has had it this time from 1 month and counting but can't seem to figure it out. Suffering from buyers remorse!

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  36. Hi All, Just purchased a 07 rocket iii, it's a big mother, but when driving into those turns, it corners better left than right, I havent gone back to the dealer yet but wanted to get some feedback from you guys out there, is this bike balanced or not? it seems heavier on the left hand side, some feedback would be appreciated!
    Oh and to the chap who had issues with trying to get it into first gear, I also seem to have this issue, but I will have the dealership look at this on next service.

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  37. 01 FLHTPI was an escort bike for Yonkers PD.(did a bunch of 9-ll funeral escorts) I now have 40k miles on the bike with 0 problems. Engine bumped to 96" 4 years ago. Never had a problem with the bike at all. Change oil regularly and have put put 3 sets of 880's on it. Have the air ride solo and a pillion for my old lady and we are in the wind. thanks

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  38. I have a 2007 that I bought last August. Started riding a lil late this season and had a different type of problem w/ 2nd gear. It would pop out under excelleration. at first it was only about 10% of the time under pretty good trottle. But it worked up to about 90% of the time even easing on the throttle. I became affraid to ride it for fear I'd be hit or something else would break. My dealer's Tech said one other bike was doing it and he was fixing that guys bike. I called a week or so later and the "fix" did not work. re is researching it. In the mean time, one night I got the "itch" to ride and went for a lil ride to the video store(1.5 miles away) 300 yards away shifting to 2nd I heard a bad noise shifted towards 3rd, gone, 4th, gone. Taking bike to dealer today. A premier crusier with only 4200 miles should not do that!

    Anyone heard of this type of issue?

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  39. Bought an o5' new and I've had nothing but problems ... oil leaks, heated grips, clock, and transmission issues. I was planning on getting rid of it right after the warranty expired. But the damn thing locked up on me. It now sits in the garage until Triumph pays up for the lemon they dumped on me. This bike's had more problems than Rosie's had donuts.

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  40. I hope by this everyone has had the Idle problem fixed, By the reprograming of the engine map. This was one of the recalls that was done.I have just helped out a mate with a ticking noise at the output shaft, the last bearing in the gearbox had let go. The bear didn't even have a brand name on it so it was of to the bearing shop. Got a upgraded bearing for half the price, It should last alot better or solve the problem all together. The motor has to come out to chang the bearing so have a few mates over to give you a hand(a bit tricky). Ihope this will help somone out there.

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  41. I was seriously thinking of buying one, you guys have scared the crap out of me. I have a stock 2002 Harley Road King, it's not fast, but it is super reliable. Who needs this grief?

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  42. i have an 07 rocket this bike feels great but this bike is junk seat lock cable pops off,chrome peeling off plastic,wheels are not clear coated,speedo stoped woking for a while,reseal front master cyl 3 times before finally replacing for fluid leak occasanlly stalls on exhuast pop slowing to stop,3 recalls,engine bolt covers and triumph lables falling off engine and the best part with 300 miles heel toe shifter broke trying to shift into 2nd with traffic behind took back was told it is normal to grind and be hard to go into 2nd they fixed 500 miles it was not right they said it was, 1150 grinds into 2nd and bangs into full engagment unsafe almost wrecked on a turn they removed engine from bike replaced 1st gear and shift fork and other things bike was great for 200 miles smooth shift then started to act up again was told again nothing wrong so i rode it until it was not ridable anymore
    wont shift into 2nd under load, grinds and bangs several times after engagement
    so f@#$%ed up they cant tell me its normal take it back at 3200
    now they tell me triumph said we do have problem with 2nd on some bikes and there is a huge kit of updated trans parts that need to be installed to correct it so the engine must be removed and dissassembled again at 3200 miles bike has been in shop for 7 months fought with triumph for lemon law and they said there lawyers will fight it so i say f@#$ triumph i will never buy another bitish made piece of crap in my life and i hope they go bankrupt again

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  43. Oh Boy, I loved this bike from first sight, being new to the Two Wheeled life it was something to aspire to. Wow how can Triumph let the same problems continualy arise and put there head in their hands. These sort of REAL LIFE experences must cost them hundreds of thousands in lost sales and totally rubbish 2nd hand prices. I'll stick with my Bony until they get their act togeather!

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  44. Bought a new '07 Rocket III in April '08. Runs great but won't shift into first without letting out on the clutch. Dealer mechanic called Triumph at 500 mile check-up. Was told to put a few thousand miles on it, trans not broken in yet. I don't buy it. Every other new bike shifts into first with no problem. Hope to resolve it before the warranty runs out.

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  45. For those having the engine cut out problem, call the dealer and ask about the recall.

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  46. Dr. Keith G. Ashness4/07/2009 12:38:00 PM

    Yes, welcome to Triumph engineering; you are getting exactly what you've paid for. I have lived with Triumphs all my life; Cubs, T110's, Tiger 90's, Tiger 100's, Bonnevilles and compared with BMW and the Japs the company doesn't have a clue where engineering design, materials and manufacturing quality is concerned. Reporting knocking, rattling and destroyed engines at under 5K miles supports my point. I tested a Rocket and wasn't surprised to find the same old clatter, rattles and clunks but I wasn't daft enough to buy one.
    Dr. Keith G. Ashness.

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  47. Not happy in El Paso I purchased a 2007 Triumph rocket III and was left stranded on the side of a busy road when the bike overheated and suddenly shut down. I had it towed and its been in the shop for a while and the mechanics don't know whats going on. No help from headquarters in located in georgia. Cant wait to get it off my hands. Should have gotten a Harley.

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  48. I wasw seriously considering a Rocket 3, but after reading reviews, i can not. I am 4 hours from a dealer so a reliable bike will be purchased instead.

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  49. the rockets that are cutting off! most of the time its from water entering the key hole ignition if the bike gets wet and it messes with the electrical system spray some WD-40 in the key hole turn the key on & off 20 or so times and see what happens. taylor made choppers inc

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  50. the rockets that are cutting off! most of the time its from water entering the key hole ignition if the bike gets wet and it messes with the electrical system spray some WD-40 in the key hole turn the key on & off 20 or so times and see what happens. taylor made choppers inc

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  51. I bought my Rocket 11 weeks ago it has 1450 miles on the clock. I was initially very pleased with it. However since I took out the cat & changed the pipes Iit pops & bangs when I close down then last weekend the clutch shaft broke in half when I pulled up at traffic lights. I am now awaiting RAC to collect it & return it to the dealer. Other than that a fantastic machine (so far).

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  52. Had an '07, no problems until I parked it under a Montero on the highway. I now have an '08 with 2200 miles on it, no issues so far. I know a few other people with RIII's, none have mentioned any significant issues.

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  53. I've got a 2008 Rocket 3 with 8500 kms on the clock. No probs yet but the engine cut out on me for no reason today. Either it's shit in the fuel or something really annoying. The Triumph dealer is on notice. I recommend putting dealers on notice if the bike is still in the warranty period.

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  54. My rocket started shutting off when in 1st gear and breaking, or idle, and would occationally backfire. I thought it was bad gas and pumped out and replaced but prob still there. Tool it in and dealer said fuel pump was bad. It should be pumping at 3 bars pressure and it was only at 1. Let dealer replace it and filter for $450 but you can buy pump on ebay for $140 and do it yourself. Its in the tank with the rest of the assy and easy to get to.

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  55. I have 05 Rocket 111. 40,000 miles. Periodically after a long ride or the weather is hot my RPM's will stay at a higher range between 1000 and 2000. I can pull over, turn off ignition for 5 or 10 minutes, usually when restarting, everything goes back to normal. Any help out there? I've had it to 2 different dealers, hooked up to anaylsis computer, checked throttle, cables etc. No help.

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  56. ROCKET 111 AN EXPERIMENT IN TERROR--IF YOU BUY-- TO RIDE-- PARK THIS ONE BECAUSE-OUT ON THE ROAD ITS HEAVY AND BRITISH-JUST LAYS THERE-WONT DO ANYTHING--REAL BIKES ARE SORTED BETTER ON PROVING GROUNDS-AND HAVE MOST OF COMPLAINTS SORTED-THIS ONES JUST PUSHED OUT THE DOOR AND-- WELL --GOOD LUCK ---SUCKER

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  57. Thank you to every one taking the time to log their complaints. These read exactly like British bikes of old or the Jaguar dealer of today. I was considering one of these Rockets; fascinated by the size and power. What good is power if it won't start, doesn't run or grinds and clunks along? I had a Velocette in 65' and have no wish to repeat the experiance.

    I've had 5 Hondas in a row and I understand reliablilty. I don't need any of these english tinker - toy problems.

    Thank you again riders! I'm done.

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  58. I have a rocket 3 2007 with 13000 miles and no problems at all.

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  59. Have 05 R111 26,000 MIles. Have had poping or back firing due to loose air inlet clamps. As far as stalling,a trip to a dealer for up grade program took care of it. A timing tentioner,guides up grade helps if you like to let the demond out alot. P/S I have 160 HP at rear tire dynoed last fall.

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  60. I've had an 06 Classic since Dec. 06. Currently have 22,000 miles (approx.) on the machine with none of the issues identified above other than a tune they installed some time ago. Have had on two very long trips (over 2,500 miles) with no problems. Rode older Triumphs in the past (71 and 77 Bonnevilles), both were "unique" in their own way. Only other bike I have ever owned was a Honda. Now, you want to talk about a piece of junk! I've had extremely good service from my local dealer, I let them do everything as far as scheduled maintenance on the bike is concerned. I have found out that alot of after market shops claim they know alot about the machine but they don't know crap. Like I said, I love my Rocket. Sure humbles the other bikes I see on the road, especially the Harleys.

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  61. i am thinking of getting a rocket 111 and trading my vl 1500 lc but after reading this lot i am thinking not to bother.are they that bad as a bike for breaking down

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  62. My buddy and I have rocket III's-WE ride a lot.My 3 has 13500 miles his has 11000 miles.Both are 2007 and we don't have any problems.You can have all the others bikes,I will keep this one.2007 seems to be the year they worked out all the bugs.

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  63. I hjave a rocket touring on a 2009 plate done 16700 miles without a problem, ever missed a beat. Its all down to how the dealer wants to look after you. On the flip side I had a harley fatboy and it broke down every month - when I took it for a service at 14000 in a year they would not honour the warrenty on the chrome, gearbox and fittings as it was in excess of what a harley should do in a year, typical yank crap!

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  64. You guys need to get off the rockets problems and look at all the other bike owners!The number one thing you must know about the rocket is that it's not made for drag raceing.It's power is there for highway riding.Your bike is only as good as it's rider.If you want to race get a hot rod.This bike is the best highway bike I have ever owned.Yes you keep your honda gold wing.This bike will run the honda in the ground.

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  65. I have an '06 with 18,000 miles and the only problem I have had was with the idle (recall) and it was fixed by the dealer.
    There have been problems with the cam chain tensioner with earlier models but Triumph has been quick to rectify the problem.
    Best Bike I have owned!

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  66. I want to say this one more time for you HARD HEADS out there in Rocket Land! Get away from the older models of the rocket 3's.After 2006 they got out the bugs in 2007.The only thing that is bad is the stupid clocks that they offer.I have had to change mine 2 times and my riding buddy has changed his four(yes) I said 4 times,they only offer I'm sorry a lot.Enough said!

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  67. 7000 miles and the driveshaft bearings failed, what is up with this???

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  68. I visit the Triumph dealer a couple of times a month, usually spending a 1/2 hour checking out the Rocket 111 cruiser(s)on display. Time to replace my 01 Yamaha Venture that's miled out at 110,000K. I've been on rides in the range of 10K the several summers...usually alone. Recent comments on the 07 and newer Rocket models are encouraging but I can't see trusting my fate to a fickle machine when I think of the number of times I've rode in mountains or desert without a seeing living soal or catching a cel phone signal for hours at a time. But I gotta say, the prospect of performance has me thinking about packing a tent and a couple of cans of beans and taking my chances. Has anybody out there challenged their newer model Rocket 111 with the type of riding I am used to? I need a feel good story or two to keep the faith....

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  69. I have 2005 rocket3 about 2weeks my battery was dead. So i jumped it when i put the cables on it my elec fan came on with no key in it. thats what killed my new battery.But now the elec fan wont even come on it will over heat now.Im thinking coolant temp sensor.I have already tested the elec fan it works.Im a mechanic trying to do it myself because this bike is not under warranty and it has been back and forth to dealer for recalls or running promblems.If anyone has had this promblem or knows what it is let me know thank you

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  70. I bought a 2006 rocket.Have just had an extended warranty(or goodwill triumph call it)engine gearbox repair.2nd gear kept jumping under acceleration,this is apparently caused by incorrect assembley at the factory.the output shaft bearing also failed,this was not installed correctly at the factory.Only took 5mths to get the bike back with a new engine essentially.The idle problem is curable at a decent dealer.The timing sprocket falls of because of poor assembley once again.www.r3owners.com is the best site about these bikes.Mine now done 60000 kms,no more probs i hope.

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  71. First gear engagement never gets better,you just have to let clutch out a bit while pushing down on lever.The straight cut gears are the reason for this.

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  72. I am really surprised to hear all this, well I have a 2007 Rocket III - not one bug -- so far! well let me knock on wood reading all this! Beautiful ride, can not wait to take it out tonight again...

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  73. I have a 2005 Rocket with 15,000 miles. Has been reliable since new. Only gripe is the straight cut gears in the transmission making shifting more deliberate and clunky. Clutch engagement problem possibly bue to warped clutch or failing clutch parts. Was wondering if there were upgrades to the cluch after 2005? This is the best highway bike I have ever owned.

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  74. I live in the UK and have heard all the faults you have highlighted in this forum, I find that if you can find a dealer with a good mechanic that can use the diagnostic tools the bikes can be set up to run perfect without multiple trips back to the dealer. this bike has only been on the market from 2004 every new concept bike has its problems, take Harley's for instance, who long has the bikes been on the market really without much change and few drivers can put their hand on heart and say they have never had trouble. Its a great bike just riding it is what its all about, it makes you smile.

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  75. Gday,I bought my rct second hand 42000 ks,all was great till oil started seeping from the rubber boot at the gear box end of the drive shaft. (gear oil from the smell) this lead me to research the replacement seals etc.THERE ARE NONE,NON SERVICEABLE ITEM...REPLACEMENT COST 5,300 AUSTRALIAN. ANYONE GOT ANY IDEAS.

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  76. sounds like oil from the final drive is leaking thru,but dont know how that would happen.The engine and gearbox is lubricated by the same oil and it dont smell like gear oil.What the hell are triumph talking about,that is extortion.Mind you a new cylinder head costs around $7000 NZ from what I was told by the dealer,so nothing is a suprise really.gd luck I hope u get it sorted.Be gd to know the outcome.

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  77. referring to the query about clutch upgrades,when i got my rocket back after the goodwill warranty repair,the clutch pressure was notably higher,the dealer said that stronger clutch springs had been fitted as part of upgrading.

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  78. a bit more rocket 3 stuff.The rocket has an adaptive learning computor,ie,if you punish it(the bike)the computer wakes up and comes to the party with more grunt,but if you ride around like a slug the performance drops off.The 12 minute tune(as per the manual which i have)can help overcome sluggishness.start the bike,dont touch the throttle,wait til the fan comes on,then time exactly 12 minutes,then turn off.you have just done a tune up.Try it,it might improve performance a tad.this adaptive learning is not a unique property,been around a while in many cars,not talked about much tho.

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  79. futhermore,since power is limited by the computer in the lower gears by about 7 percent,you can fool the computer into thinking that that the machine is in 4th gear,and thereby achieve a bit more grunt.this is achieved by fitting a certain value resistor(approx 100 ohms) in the gear position selector wiring that feeds back to the computer.Dont do this if your bike is under warranty.

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  80. I'm in the UK and I've got a 2006 R3 bought it second hand with 9000 miles now got 15000 miles with no probs what so ever stops/starts goes/ handles fine,got the de-cat and open pipes it does pop on the over run...i love it..

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  81. A little bad English are here, hoping that it can understand.
    My Rocket has gradually started to go hack unevenly and may alternately high idle (2500 rpm)
    I get to me that it can draw air in the blowing and perhaps from the three rubber intake.
    I spray with Start throttle and get me to the increases in speed.
    I press them and the increase in speed.
    Branch pipes are overheated and I was wondering if there is a common problem on 2006?
    Could it be the second leak that causes it?

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  82. I have an 07 Rocket. No issues with stalling or shifting. I was on a trip down the Baja, ran great all the way down, coming back the oil light came on before I could get it off the road it completly shut down, engine was siezed. Rented a van a hauled it back home.
    The oil pump drive chain failed according to the mechanic. Took 3 months to fix but Triumph replaced every part including all the updates. Bike ran great. Next years trip was great except it started missing badly, turned out to be loose wiring .
    Ihave no complaints about the bike, dependability being the only thing, and thats a really big thing especially in mexico

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  83. uk rider here,been running a honda valkyrie for seven years not one problem encountered in 31 thousand miles,want a second bike the one i really wanted was triumph rocket three,the comments i have read so far are enough to make me stick with the valk,the rocket looks awsome but i need reliability,dont want two of the same bike but i have started looking at another big honda,shame as the triumph was the number one on my list,dont know which way to go now.

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  84. I was considering what i thought was a great deal on an 05 model, but after reading this i think i will stick with my trusty 01 Electra Glide. its not fast, but she gets me there, and the ladies like it.

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  85. I have an 07 having idling problems it will die at stop lights getting worse taking it to Tulsa Oklahoma to be checked out. Sure hated to see the dealer in Little Rock go out of business.

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  86. Hi,
    first rocket 05 gear change problems faulty return spring,second rocket 04 fantastic bike so thought buy a new one 09 lasted three months 3500 mls gearbox smashed locking up rear wheel at over 70 miles per hour triumph replaced with new bike, this replacment bike now in having new gear box fitted at 8500 mls, three out of four rocket 3s with gear box problems cant just be bad luck, come on triumph put your hands up do the decent thing do a recall and put this problem right, why should i loose over £2000 pounds when i sell my bike because i dont trust it anymore rocket 3s have tried to kill me twice thats enough. no more triumphs for me.

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  87. Jeff in N.E.Georgia10/01/2010 01:50:00 AM

    I own one of the first 200 to arrive in the U.S., I have over 30,000 miles on it,, the only problem was/is with the computer map concerning the idle,, it would adjust itself to a very high RPM,, i was told not a warrenty issue,, I unhooked the throttle positioner wire, re-set it, (the idle), manually and have been running the dog s#@t out of it ever since,, eat up a v-rod in a heartbeat ! It is hard on the tires,,

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  88. Has anyone out there had trouble with a 2008 Rocket 3 front brakes locking up?

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  89. Where is the Battery on my Rocket 3 touring?

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  90. Hi just a quick catch up on last post 9/29/2010.
    have made contact with triumph customer services and they deny any problems with gearbox on triumph rocket 111 even after giving me a replacment rocket after gearbox jamed up also under no cercumstance will they give me a extended waranty on my 09 rocket and will not put anything in writing to say that they have replaced the gearbox on both of my rockets come on triumph take me to court for telling the truth your bikes are crap

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  91. Here in the UK.Has anyone anything good to say about the 2010 tourer? I had one for a few days,bit of a whine in first - third and a bit clunky,though I was the ride out of the showroom at 0 miles on the clock.I've no experience over my 800 Intruder so thought this may be due to being brand new.I was seduced by the sheer power of the thing.I am about to order a 2011 tourer with ABS on Saturday,But maybe not.Tell me your thoughts ASAP.

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  92. Hope you ordered it! Absolutley great bikes, can't fault them!

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  93. Problems with your Rocket contact Safer car.gov.I reported trans.output bearing on my rocket they said they don't know of any other problems with the trans.

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  94. Man o Man, I had my heart set on a 2007 Triumph Rocket, but now I just don't know.....I looked at Harleys, very pricey, I rode my Buddies suzuki 109, and it was really smokin, but not my style. I hear there is nothing like the power and feel of the rocket, but 10 grand for something I'm not sure of in a bit much. Got my eyes on a 2001 Valkyrie with low miles, any advice?

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  95. 2nd attempt to post this... I own a 98 Valkyrie Tourer and an 08 Rocket Tourer. I Average 10,000/year between them. I love both bikes, but the Honda is truly superior to the Triumph when you talk quality and engineering. The Valkyrie is very reliable and has quality parts that will continue to preform and look good long after I replace the cheaply made parts on my Triumph. My Valkyrie has a better top-end, but the Rocket will get you up to speed real fast. The Valkyrie handles better than any other big bike that I've had the pleasure to ride. However I can sit on the Rocket for days! Very surprising how much I enjoy riding this bike, even coming off the Valkyrie. The Valkyrie is best for the twisting and turning that I love. The Rocket is awesome for long distance and highway riding. I NEVER had a problem with the Valkyrie. I have several small issues with the Rocket: Oil leaking out from the head, rear brake issues, sensor issues, tire recall, finding neutral issues, poor gas mileage, and battery issues.

    If you want a keeper, go with the Valkyrie. twelve years later, and she looks and runs like new - minus a warn out suspension. Corrosion will be an issue on the Rocket if it lasts that long. However, it's a great ride till then.

    To answer an earlier question... Rocket is heavy on the left. I don't like that very much.

    I'm considering the new 1600 6 cylinder BMW.

    I hope that this helps!

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  96. I have a 2006 Rocket111 Classic and would not even trade it in when I decide to buy a newer one. It is one of those things that you just want to keep. I am looking at three big rides coming up on it to key west fl. daytona bike week and then in june either a 3300 mile ride or a 12000 plus ride. to date the only thing tha I need to have checked out is the idle problem that so many talk about, I have have several stalls and when contact A DEALER WAS TOLD THERE WAS NO RECALL ON MY bike according to the VIN#. Talking to another dealer was told to bring the bike by to be checked out. Will post results of this and if the recall repair is needed I will be contacting the first dealer for sure and even sending a letter to John Bloor directly who by the way is the sole owner of Triumph. Word is he does not like unsolved problems.

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  97. i own a 2007 rocket 3. build date of may 2006. i have put 34,000 hard miles on it and no real problems. recall took care of the fuel remap. i later installed jardine exhaust with correct fuel map. never a problem.

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  98. Haave an 05 w/ 22,000 I bought in 99 had a problem at 9500 miles the final drive bearing came apart. I put in an aircraft turbine engine bearing cost about $350 but should outlast that cheeeeesy bearing the factory used. cut out problems are only when I redline unless I have let it set out in the rain too long then water gets into the fuel.I have changed the factory exaust to headders and have a problem with back fire when i let off throttle. I have the chip and have tried several tunes cant seem to get rid of the POP. But great bike. NO Harleys will touch it.

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  99. Have a 2005 Rocket 3 with 19,500 miles, CATs removed, no problems at all, tires are even lasting nearly 10k. I keep waiting for some kind of performance problem, still waiting!

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  100. I Have an 05 Rocket. It was popping during compression slowing. The dealer did a 'new' computer upgrade in April 13, it doesn't do it anymore. The bikes very fine @ 22K. I hope they have parts if it breaks! I'm doing 10K on tires, my new ones are Bridgestone, they are the best handling.

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  101. I purchased a 2008 Standard rocket 3 with 8,000 kls. on the clock about 5 months ago, I've now got 15,000 kls. on it and love the beast. I removed the cat. converter and built 3 into 2 exhausts, fitted a Power Commander plus a few other bits. I've owned many other makes over the years but this is the only one that puts a smile on my face every time I ride it and yes I do ride it hard !

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