TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE AMERICA LT (2014-on) Review

Published: 12 November 2014

A small bagger with a big heart

TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE AMERICA LT (2014-on)

A small bagger with a big heart

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Though by definition a ‘smaller bagger’ it’s not really a small bike. It’s manageable, yes, but is sufficiently full sized to carry two and luggage and tour hundreds of miles with ease. The LT also has enough style, comfort, performance and practicality and yet is still a doddle to get on with as well.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

This low and reasonably light (for a Bagger) middleweight is easy to manouevre and is a joy to ride smoothly and sensibly. Push on and it all gets a bit wobbly but this is a bike you want to sit back on and enjoy the scenery.

Engine 4 out of 5

The familiar Bonneville twin is a reliable puppy of a motor, pulling away easily, revving freely and consistently, bounding happily enough up to 80-or-so and always being soft, pliant yet useful. There’s no shocks or scares here.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

In some areas the LT comes over as a little cheap or ‘budget’. The single dial speedo carried over from the base model looks crudely ‘tacked on’, like the aftermarket clocks you’d find on s streetfighter; there’s only one colour choice; and, perhaps inevitably, it also lacks the extra riding lights and chrome, white walls and more that help make the Thunderbird version so desireable.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The LT (with LT standing for ‘Light Touring’) is essentially the first of a new breed of ‘baby baggers’ – mini Road King-style touring cruisers defined by their plexiglass screens and (usually soft) panniers.
Based on the America its timing looks set to capitalise on the introduction of its big brother, the 1600cc Thunderbird LT, earlier this year. But how much of the ‘big bagger’ experience do you get with the smaller, cheaper version? And who’s it for?

Insurance group: 10 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

If you like the style, you’re getting a temptingly decent amount of bike with the new America LT. These are all the extras you get with the LT...

Screen - Tall, plexiglass affair is similar to that on its recently-introduced Thunderbird LT big brother in being easily detachable via a pair of spring-loaded levers at each side of the screen.

Panniers - Leather, retro-styled panniers are claimed to be showerproof and cleverly fasten with quick release plastic clips underneath the cosmetic metal buckles.

Back rest - Or ‘sissy bar’, to use the correct, US vernacular, is again similar to that on its Thunderbird LT big brother and adds comfort and security for any pillion passenger.

Footboards - To complete the ‘bagger’ style the LT gets full-sized footboards, complete with a heel-toe gearchange on the left, in place of the bog America’s footpegs. Ground clearance is reduced a tad, but on the whole they improve comfort.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE AMERICA LT (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your TRIUMPH BONNEVILLE AMERICA LT (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Suprisingly stable and low revving at highway speed.

10 April 2016 by Bob

Best features: handling and high speed stability, Passenger comfort. worst feature: rear shocks are stiff, low quality. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Brakes are acceptable for a cruiser. Ride quality is generally smooth, however it is harsh at the rear when subjected to poor road conditions. Recommend upgraded rear shocks.
Engine
5 out of 5
Best horsepower in its class.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Stone reliable bike.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I do my own oil changes, etc.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Replace the original rear shocks.
Buying experience

Triumph dealer was fast, and no bull at time of sale.

Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £7,999
Used price £6,000 to £12,000
Warranty term 2 year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 10 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £100
Performance
Max power 60 bhp
Max torque 53 ft-lb
Top speed 125 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 200 miles
Specification
Engine size 865cc
Engine type Air-cooled 865cc DOHC parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 19.3 litres
Seat height 690mm
Bike weight 270kg
Front suspension 41mm KYB forks with no adjustment
Rear suspension Twin KYB shocks with preload adjustment
Front brake 310mm disc with four-piston Nissin calipers
Rear brake 285mm disc with four-piston Nissin calipers
Front tyre size 130/90 x 16
Rear tyre size 170/80 x 15

History & Versions

Model history

Bonneville engine used.

Other versions

There is a basic America which uses the same engine but has none of the 'Bagger' accessories.

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