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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-12-2009, 06:20 AM Thread Starter
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Speedmaster vs. America


what's the difference between Speedmaster and America?
Is it only the second Disc Brake, Seat, Handlebar and rims? Why different Models only with this parts?
Thanks in advance 4 your answer.

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Speedmaster vs America

Also: different wheels, Speedmaster has tach, America not, different stock seats. Test ride each one, then decide. I went with Speedmaster for my style of riding: Double discs up front big advantage, like the flat drag bars much better (handling), tach a must for me, plus I like the look of the bike better. Comes down to riding style and personal preferences.
If into riding with passenger a lot and into more cruiser look and not concerned about braking power, America would work for you.

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The other big difference is that the Speedmaster has a lot less chrome to clean . I really like the riding position on my Speedy

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I appreciate of the blacked out engine. Speedmasters don't reqiure a lot of cleaning time and always look good. The dual disc was what made me go to the Speedy and I had the dealer put on the America seats.


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I kicked out the extra cabbage for the disc up front as well as the lack of chrome just like most of the other Speedy owners.

It does come down to a test ride on both. I liked the seemingly more nimble ride of the speedmaster compared to the america. The wife hates the speedmaster stock seat.

I think you'll be good with one or the other.

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post #6 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 08:14 PM
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You can add a tach to the America for about $160. Good luck deciding.

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I just liked the feel and looks of the Speedmaster, the drag bars and the black engine components. Dual disc brakes on the front end are always impressive if stopping is your goal even if it isn't they look sharp.
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post #8 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-13-2009, 11:49 PM
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Another vote for the Speedmaster. I went in to look at the America and took the Speedmaster home for all the reasons that everyone has already mentioned. Good luck.
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Well someone has to stand up for the America.

I have just bought one with real low K's on it and love it.
I did get the Speedy seat with it and Short slash cut TOR pipe's.
And a few other bling bits.

To me the tach was not in a place that was easy to read and a Clock to check the time was more important to me.
As when I start riding I do not know when to stop.
And to help me get to where I have to on time.

I have found that the single disc stops the bike just fine.
And makes it easier to clean the front wheel.
And most cruiser's only have one disc.
And only have one pair of pads to replace instead of two sets.

I have not had a bike with this much chrome and do not find it to hard or to long to clean.
A quick rub and wipe and its done at every clean.

I like the wider bars as well as it gives good leverage.
But the Speedy one do look good.

Both are good bikes and I would be happy with either.
And was going to buy a Speedy.
I test rode a 2nd hand America to see if I would like a Triumph cruiser and like the America so much I bought it.

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post #10 of 40 (permalink) Old 04-14-2009, 04:14 AM
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One more for the Americas

Chalk another one up for America. Mines an 08 and I added a tach, floorboards, windscreen, handlebar clock and when the wife is ready to be my passenger, adding a sissy bar and rack.

It all comes down to personal preference, just like why are you considering a Triumph and not a HD or Japanese bike?

You can always change a seat or bars or add a tach or even a clock!

Good advice was test ride them both and then decide.
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