Time for a Rocket Ride

My life is slowly getting back to normal.  I got the cast off my foot a week ago, and while I still need a walking boot and crutches or a cane to get around, I’m at least a bit more mobile than I was.  It is still tiring, especially in the heat, and now that I’m trying to put some weight on it, there is a fair amount of pain by the end of the day.   Things are improving though, and I hope to be walking unaided by the end of the month; middle of September at the latest.

Despite what happened to get me into this mess, I’ve decided that I still want to keep on riding motorcycles.  I’ve gone back and forth a little on this, but I think I always knew that I wasn’t going to give it up.  I almost bought a bike a friend had for sale, then decided it was too soon and that I should wait.  My resolve lasted a couple of weeks, when I fell in love with the Triumph Rocket III.

Previously I have been riding a Suzuki Boulevard M90 (1500cc), and I really thought the only thing I would like more was a bigger Boulevard.  The M109 (1800cc) is a pretty cool looking cruiser and I was toying with the idea of waiting for the 2011 models to arrive and get one.  On a whim though I decided to check out the local Triumph dealer, and found a new 2008 Triumph Rocket III they still had in stock (this link goes to the 2010 model, but it is very similar).  It has to be one of the most audacious bikes I’ve seen, a 2300cc three cylinder beast with a very unique look.  At first I was worried that it would be too big for me, I mean it has a bigger engine than my car (literally). After checking the specs I found that it weighs 20lbs less than did my Suzuki, and had a seat that was less than an inch higher.  I read a ton of reviews where everyone marveled at how well such a monstrous bike handled.  And to be honest, I’m kind of an Anglophile (don’t tell my friends down at the Irish Pub). So, I decided to take the plunge and am in the process of buying this thing.  The dealer is going to hold it for a month for me, by which time I hope to be able to ride again.

I’m hoping to still be able to enjoy the fall riding season, and not be killed or maimed in a crash.

So, wish me luck, I’ll likely need it.