I agree. That bike, with all that power, looks useless for actual riding.I like the more traditional look of my past 2012 Rocket 3 Roadster. I'm not much into that naked/ missing rear fender look.
Triumph is now marketing to the younger generation, and even middle aged guys going through their mid life crises and joining the hipster crowd. For the past few years, Triumph has been turning the dealerships into boutique stores, I've seen this first hand at Tampa Triumph, even the middle aged guys trying to look like hipsters. I'm also on their email list that advertise what they're doing. They are catering to that hipster crowd with lounge areas with leather sofa's and recliners, offering custom cappuccino's and frappe lattes, local custom brews from the local micro breweries and even vaping areas. They sell hipster clothing and riding gear, they organize rides catering to the young and hipster crowd. Triumph has discontinued many of the bikes that cater to the older generation, their touring Triumph Trophy SE and the Thunderbird traditional cruiser and now a new Rocket that has no appeal to most of the older crowd. Even their retro line of the Bonnevilles and Speedmaster's are being marketed to the younger crowd and the hipster market. Those bikes still appeal to the older generation too.I agree. That bike, with all that power, looks useless for actual riding.
No place for saddlebags or luggage. Every bit of dirt on the road thrown
all up the back of your clothes.
That bike is for going bar to bar.
The earlier Rocket 3 was beautiful.
I wonder how far it can go with the ever increasing engine size. I am old enough to remember when a 450cc bike was considered "big", and easily enough for a planned cross country road trip. When the Goldwing went from 1200 to 1500 c's some said that this was a ridiculously large engine for a two wheeled bike. At 2500 it would seem to be reaching the outer limits of what can be done, at least until bikes have self stabilizing gyroscopic suspension to hold all that weight up and not require a weight lifter to handle the bike. When I think that my first car had a 1300cc engine and that was enough (barely) to keep up Interstate speed at the time, with two adults and a full load of luggage. But just like the folks that buy a S&W 500, the 50 caliber revolver, so that they can say they own the biggest caliber handgun made, some will want this new Rocket just to say that they ride the biggest engine on two wheels.