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April 5th, 2011 Comments off

Excerpt from an article in Motorcyclist Magazine, March 01, 2011
By Joe Gresh
Photos from Triumph.co.uk

The following was tacked on to the end of an article about the 2011 Thunderbird Storm. It nicely described why the America and Speedmaster are still great motorcycles in their own right and not necessarily just “entry-level” bikes, despite what the new marketing regime at Triumph would have you believe.

Excerpt:

Triumph calls its 860cc Speedmaster and America models “entry-level” motorcycles. These are rorty, 60-horsepower beasts weighing 550 lbs., mind you. I remember when you ascended the performance ladder cubic centimeter by cubic centimeter, and the rungs were indexed exceedingly fine. But these days all that knuckle-dragging before you can walk nonsense is gone, and if you want to get your feet wet without straying from the Triumph cruiser lineup, the new Speedmaster or America are your only options.

2011 Triumph Speedmaster

2011 Triumph Speedmaster

Neither bike is new, but both have had their bars, seats and pegs repositioned to make them more welcoming to a wider range of riders. The Speedmaster is the more chopperish of the two with a big, 19-inch front wheel and skinny tire. The bars are farther away and it feels clumsier during parking-lot maneuvers, but the floppy feeling goes away a couple miles per hour into the ride. I didn’t measure anything, but the seat height feels pretty low on both these bikes. Suffice to say that if you’re over 5 feet tall, you’ll have no problem reaching the ground.

The Speedmaster’s styling is classic bad-boy cruiser. Squint your eyes and a mid-’80s Yamaha XS650 Heritage Special might spring to mind. The Speedmaster is a pretty motorcycle that would not look out of place parked in front of a honky-tonk while you’re inside beating up the patrons. Nor will it break a sweat running with your V-twin-riding buddies on the highway.

2011 Triumph America

2011 Triumph America

The America is the Britbike that rocked my world. With its religious adherence to fat-fendered orthodoxy, I figured it would be boring. Oddly, the heavy-looking bike steers better than the light-looking Speedmaster. This is a bike that I would not hesitate to ride cross-country or rumble down a graded dirt road. I hate to say this, because it reveals more than I care to reveal, but the America felt like it was custom-built just for me. The controls, as the cliché goes, fell readily to hand.

Both twins have plenty of power. They shift wonderfully, rev up quickly and handle confidently. The pegs will drag every time you go around a corner and the rear suspension is painfully stiff, but if you’re lucky enough to begin your riding career on either one of these so-called “entry-level” motorcycles, you may never need another.

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2011 Triumph America and Speedmaster Launch Video

January 28th, 2011 Comments off

Produced by Triumph Australia with the assistance of AMCN and Bikesales.com.au, this video showcases the fantastic new 2011 America and Speedmaster cruisers.

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Australian Triumph Speedmaster & America Launch Report

January 22nd, 2011 Comments off

Triumph Speedmaster & America Launch Report ~ Trevor Hedge www.mcnews.com.au

2011 Speedmaster and America

2011 Speedmaster and America

Triumph’s Speedmaster and America models tread a slightly different path to cruising to the traditional v-twin layout. At their $13,990 price point it is impossible to evaluate these models without comparing them to Harley’s Sportster line-up, so we’ve done exactly that.

Triumph’s well established 865cc air-cooled parallel twin provides the motivation and spins quite freely in comparison to the competition. With the optional high-flow chrome silencers ($549) both Triumphs sound quite sporting.

Despite all the PR guff saying that the 270-degree crank layout gives a v-twin feel, in reality it doesn’t. But that’s not entirely a bad thing. Read more…

2011 Triumph Speedmaster

January 21st, 2011 Comments off
2011 Triumph Speedmaster

2011 Triumph Speedmaster

  • Comprehensively updated for 2011
  • All-new styling with traditional stripped custom look
  • Low seat, light weight and revised ergonomics for even easier riding experience
  • 19″ cast front wheel with single disc enhance aggressive design
  • Authentic British parallel-twin brings unique experience to cruiser sector
  • Two-year unlimited mileage warranty as standard

The new-for-2011 Triumph Speedmaster features a host of updates to deliver an improved riding experience and an even more aggressive appearance.

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2011 Triumph America

January 21st, 2011 Comments off
2011 Triumph America

2011 Triumph America

  • Updated model for 2011
  • Lower seat height and improved ergonomics for easier ride
  • All-new styling for classic cruiser look
  • Traditionally British 865cc parallel-twin powerplant
  • Wide range of official accessories available to create an individual look
  • Standard two-year unlimited mileage warranty

Heaviliy updated for 2011, the 865cc Triumph America offers an even more accessible entry point into Triumph’s cruiser range, delivering an authentic cruising experience but with a distinctive Triumph twist.

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