Just depends on what year Rocket you are considering. I think the newer ones from like year 2012 are more reliable than the early models. I had a 2006 Rocket SE that I bought new and put about 40,000 miles on it before I traded it in. I did have a problem with the TPS and the ignition switch had to be replaced. The earlier models 2004-2010 had a problem with the trans jumping out of second gear under heavy acceleration but I didn't on my 2006. It was a beast though and loved the bike.
Back when I was healthier I came real close to purchasing a cream and black..what dealer called a rocket 3 tourer...but lucky for me they sold while I was back stroking... ....back in the day had a 1969 Bonneville...rode the chit out of it...oil,gas and tires was all it ever needed.....good luck
Phil...(72)”Nobody told me I die at the end” 2006 (bought new)...1300R Candy Black Cherry,DARKSIDE,foots mod.. ..
I have ridden some. I cam so close to buying one more than once but the dollars just wasn't available to make it financially comfortable.
For a big motorcycle I was very impressed with the slow speed parking lot exercises. On the road it is like my old Lincoln Town Car: smooth, powerful, and comfortable. Reliability I do not know first hand but go to the Rocket Three forum.
My VTX as used on Race Tech site.I'm70 rode 07 Black Cherry VTX 1300R to 49 States+DC & 11 Provinces, 140,000mi+Yamaha RSV,42,000mi,both w/aux tank & Race Tech SuspensionIBA:Mile Eater Bronze &Silver,SS3000,3xSS2000,EclipseSS1000Gold, 20SS1000,6xBB1500,3TX1000,NPT 29/76; Lake Superior Circle Tour 15 to 20K per yr between the two MCs