Pete Brissette
by Pete Brissette
Coupla hogzillas here. 2010 Triumph Rocket Roadster and 2010 Star VMax.
It’s the VMax. What else do you need to know?
These ostentatious brutes are mostly about big muscle.
A rocket indeed!
If the VMax was good at only on thing, this is it. Of course, it does many things well.
Although the Roadster's final torque number is huge, its graph line looks like a blip on the radar next to the Max's. That's because the Rocket redlines around 6500 rpm; the Max around 9500. Yet again one of the many ways this pair differ.
If the Roadster ate beef we suspect it would take it on the rare side.
Although Mighty Max doesn’t initiate turns as fluidly as the Roadster, it otherwise provides sure-footed, confidence-inspiring handling.
Rocket III Roadster: Not afraid of a twisty road.
JPD billet rear brake rotor cover and exhaust tips.
Accessory windshield does an admirable job of deflecting wind while upping the Max’s appeal.
Our VMax test unit came to us decked-out in a plethora of bolt-on treats. The JPD billet engine case cover(s), camshaft covers, exhaust tips and seat backrest are but a few of the dress-up parts available from Star for Mr. Max.
With its roomy and open rider environment, the Roadster retains a strong cruiser-ish influence.
The VMax’s rider triangle keeps the rider in an upright position, yet is comfortable for hours on end according to new MO mule, Jeff.
If you think it’s difficult to make out the data on the Max’s LCD during the day in this photo, imagine trying to do so whilst riding.
Is this the one you want? We’ll take it if you won’t!
Despite the commonality of mondo engines, the Roadster and VMax are quite different. Each is a winner to us.
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