The Triumph America is much longer and lower than the regular Bonneville. It’s surprisingly nimble round town and competent at modest to quite rapid speeds on back roads – the Triumph America certainly capable of more pace than most rival cruisers. Rear shocks are a little bouncy and can transfer big bumps to the rider more than some cruisers.
The Triumph America engine is lifted from Triumph’s Bonneville but with a 270 degree crank rather than a 360 one. This means one of the pistons is a quarter of a cycle in front of the other giving a pleasing V-twin like feel. Claimed power for the Triumph America is a modest 61bhp but the bike’s light (for a cruiser) so it’s more nippy than many competitors.
The Triumph America's 790cc twin cylinder engine’s very under stressed and has no recurring reliability problems. Build quality is well above average. Triumph understands the British winter and road salt better than most manufacturers so the Triumph America is quite durable. It still won’t run through winter untreated and clean up like new come spring – but no motorcycle will.
Not cheap when new but more reasonable on the used market. You can buy a new entry level 883cc Harley for the same money as a Triumph America or a Japanese copy for less. The Harley’s a wise choice as it handles well like the Triumph and depreciates less but the Triumph America's still an ok buy – if you can find one. They’re designed for the American market and rare in the UK. Find a Triumph America for sale
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The Triumph America's bars are wide and swept back enough for comfort but not a ridiculous amount. Seat is low and suits most backsides well. Clocks and warning lights are minimal. Front mounted foot pegs, so you can stand up to absorb shocks when hitting bumps. Triumph offer quite a few extras for the Triumph America and aftermarket companies add loads more choice.