Back Then Triumph Motorcycles would be my last choice for taking any ride of distance, unless I had a pit crew or people riding with me to back me up...LOL !!!!!.....UNRELIABLE???...A DEFINITIVE UNDERSTATEMENT.
They had Lucas Electrics which went bad all the time and were "fondly" known as the "PRINCE OF DARKNESS"......lol.
My, how things have changed.
I have been the proud owner of several Rocket 3's...2005 and up. What a machine in every sense of the word. Triumph Motorcycles were always considered to be at the pinnacle of handling when it came to street bikes. Nothing has changed with the new Triumphs except the reliability question is no longer an issue. They are trustworthy..as much so as the famed japanese bikes which have always had a reputation for getting the job down without issues.
I think the only issue I have with the Triumph Rocket 3 Line is that in 2008 when Triumph came up with the very nice "Tourer" model, they decided to lower the horsepower and raise the torque. This truly made no sense to me. I loved the horsepower of the Rocket 3 and there was more than enough torque on any of the earlier bikes to tow a semi-trailer. So why lower the horsepower? Don't get me wrong, the 2008 is no slouch by any means, but I preferred the power characteristics of the earlier ones and wish they had left that alone.
Below please find links to some of these amazing bikes I have had the privilege of owning.
Although I had many earlier Triumphs of the 1960's and 1970's, I have limited my links to Triumphs I have owned to the 2000's.
I am a middle aged guy and my initial reaction I had when I used to think about Triumph Motorcycles was "Prince Of Darkness" aka Lucas Electronics...lol. Triumphs always handled good but were always unreliable. Well, now I'm the proud owner of a 2008 Triumph Rocket 3 Tourer and have nothing but praise for this motorcycle. What do you think??...Tell us your story of ownership...your relationship with your Triumph Motorcycle. We would love to hear it.