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Old 12-12-2012, 11:43 AM   #61 (permalink)
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[QUOTE=CA_NJ_USA;2383545]I guess I will point out the obvious then lol

the front fork and wheel are different on the two. Both are "chunkier" on the America

and just an update the 2011-12 speedmasters have single disk up front. I was a little bummed on that. like why go from 2 disks to 1?
But you know I find the braking suffficient for this bike and the riding I do.

I bought a brand new 2011 Speedmaster and put the short, lockable and removable windscreen on it. The low quality and poorly designed Triumph saddle bags were panned in favor of a set from Spider Den, Very stiff high quality leather bags that I customized to my taste. I bought the instant lockable on and off combination lock unit that they also sell. I put a Triumph center stand so that I could change oil easily. I put a set of Triumph's own brand of off-road pipes on it and immediately gained some high end grunt. I also changed the stock air cleaner to a K&N using the stock intake bellmouth. The custom bellmouth does not fit with the K & N on my 2011 Speedmaster. I tried a rack but it did not look right and did not fit. The bike has been great at everything I have asked it to do and I get many more compliments on the bike than I ever did with a Sportster. I still get great fuel economy and there is great power with the bike set up in this fashion and tremendous cornering and reliability as well. The two total disc brakes are plenty to stop the bike and the alloy rims are the best looking stock rims in the business. The Speedmaster provides a little bit of everything while doing many things well and some of them outstanding. The risers are plenty for me as my riding position is perfect, "stock."
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:51 AM   #62 (permalink)
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My Speedmaster has the 865 engine, and my boyfriend's 2005 America has the 785.
in 2004 Speedmaster had 790 engine...865 came from 2005
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:17 AM   #63 (permalink)
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in 2004 Speedmaster had 790 engine...865 came from 2005
Thanks for letting me know. I'd always heard that the Speedmaster has basically the same engine as my 2007 T100 (which I loved but had to sell due to my shoulder injury). However, this Speedie has more torque than the America - plenty for me.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:42 AM   #64 (permalink)
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I like the handlebars on the America better. They are more like the old Triumph Tiger bars I had in the 70's. Otherwise both bikes are very similar. The position of the clutch rod though on both is stupid and irritating. I have never seen a bike with this arrangement. The rod is exposed and catches on boot straps or anything else near it. The kick stand also is hard to find and much to flimsy. They both ride great.
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Old 12-13-2012, 10:51 AM   #65 (permalink)
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Not sure about earlier models but 2010 and 2011 Americas are 865cc. I also read a while back that both of the early models reved high RPMs on the interstate, so some folks changed out sprockets. I just know that I can punch my 2011 America at 75 mph and the front wheel comes off the ground. And at 90 it's a smooth ride.
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I just know that I can punch my 2011 America at 75 mph and the front wheel comes off the ground
No way!!! mine doesn't.....with biger HP and torque
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:25 AM   #67 (permalink)
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Not sure about earlier models but 2010 and 2011 Americas are 865cc. I also read a while back that both of the early models reved high RPMs on the interstate, so some folks changed out sprockets. I just know that I can punch my 2011 America at 75 mph and the front wheel comes off the ground. And at 90 it's a smooth ride.
I have a 2008. The last one with Carbs. It seemed very anemic until I rejetted it and cord the pipes. I should probably change the sprockets also I dont get that high end acceleration I used to get on my 1972 Tiger. Very nice ride though.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:59 AM   #69 (permalink)
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Thought I would put my 2 cents in as well. I have a 2010 America that I love. Being only 5' 4" it was a challenge at first to get used to the ride. Bought the Rivco pull back risers and had the seat modified slightly and I am very happy with the ride. A guy on EBay makes a kit to move the forward controls back a little if needed. I may try that next spring. I picked the America over the Speedmaster for the longer rear fender and the chrome. Seriously, I love the look of chrome. Added a few more chrome goodies, but not too much to make it sick looking. Black against chrome looks awesome to me. Anyway you look at it, the America and Speedy are great bikes. Pick the one you like most and detail it to make it your own. You won't be disappointed!
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:02 AM   #70 (permalink)
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Hey, Insanity. I've named my bike Sanity (2004 Speedmaster). I'm glad you're doing well with your America. I see the Speedies and Americas on equal footing. My boyfriend has the America, and I have the Speedie named Sanity. He keeps me sane. What made you name your Insanity? Or, is that your name instead of your bike's name?
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