The Triumph America is much longer and lower than the regular Bonneville. It’s surprisingly nimble around town and competent to quite rapid speeds on back roads – certainly capable of outpacing its rivals. Rear shocks are a little bouncy and can transfer big bumps to the rider.
The Triumph America engine is lifted from Triumph’s Bonneville but with a 270° 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 and sound. Claimed power for the five speed America is a modest 61bhp but the bike is relatively light (for a cruiser) so it’s quicker off the mark than many of its 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.
Good value if you can find one. Obviously designed squarley at the American cruiser market it's a relatively rare bike in the UK. Find a Triumph America for sale
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The Triumph America's handlebars are wide and swept back, the seat height is a low 720mm. The single clock white faced speedo is mounted above the slab top yoke and chrome headlight surround looks classy. Foot pegs are forward mounted in the cruiser style but it's still possible to stand up to absorb shocks when hitting larger bumps.