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Main Motorcycle: 2010 Triumph Speedmaster
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Sydney, Australia
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The fundamental difference between the two is the handlebar set up, and this obviously has a huge effect on the riding position.
Everything else is cosmetic.
If you find a good America for sale then you could always fit new bars and risers.
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Its a very personal decision. When I was considering buying a new bike in 2011, I sat on the America, Speedmaster, and Bonneville. For me, the seating position on the America was by far the most comfortable. I ended up buying a 2011 America Touring model (with the windshield, leather bags, passenger backrest and luggage rack) which is set up like the 2010 model. The wider handlebars, for me, is more comfortable and feels like it makes turning easier than the more tucked in newer handlebars. I do agree about the stock windscreen, which created unacceptable (to me) wind noise and turbulence, but after upgrading to a Clearview screen I was happy. Performance wise there is little difference I believe between the America and Speedmaster since they share the same engine and basic set-up. This is my first Triumph and I have been extremely happy with it. I worried about power from this smallish engine, but I have no trouble getting away from stoplights ahead of all the cars, and can comfortably ride the highway two-up at 75+ so I am satisfied.
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