It was a beautiful day in Tucson yesterday so I went for a little jaunt on my Speed Triple. "Somehow" my bike just found its way to the local Triumph dealership. What perfect timing, it turns out! They had just put a Rocket 3 R on the floor (black, @dilligaf!) and there was a GT in the back having it's computer brain downloaded. Holy moly! This bike is even more gorgeous in person than in all the photos and videos I've seen. I was lucky enough to be the first customer to throw a leg over the R on the showroom floor. Ooooh, I am smitten. But there's no room at the Sandi T/Mr. Sandi inn unless I trade something else. Sigh........ A HUGE congrats and "way to go" to those of you on the forum who either have one of these babies or have one on the way. The paint on this bike is amazing and the fit and finish incredible. It is absolutely stunning. I am hopeful that my dealership will get enough of them that they'll set one up as a demo. I think I'm a capable enough rider to ride it. But then again, the stats are unreal in terms of HP and torque. My dealership buddy, Cody, who escorted me around on my Speed Triple test ride a year ago, said that he rode the R on a short "setup" ride and that it is truly a beast, like nothing he's ever ridden before. He also said that even with the fat tires both front and rear, the bike handles really well. Then Cody informed me that they had a GT in the back on the computer and invited me to go back there with him to check it out. That's Cody with the red beard holding the GT's seat. Interestingly, there was an older Rocket model in the service bay next to the GT. They look SO very different! My dealership salesman, Bruce, said that both the R and the GT have deposits down on them already so they are effectively sold. But evidently they have more coming in. I shared these photos with my riding buddies this morning over breakfast--particularly our friend who has a 2008 Rocket. I relish being a bad (or perhaps good?) influence. At my Triumph dealership the going price for the Rocket 3 R is $21,900 and the GT is $22,600. Sooooo tempting! But then, riding that beast might just be tempting...fate!