I had to choose between a America and and speedmaster recently.
My new speedmaster arrived about 15 hours ago.
The reason for me was simple as both are pretty much the same bike, but comes down to my personality more than any technical aspects.
Neither can ever be considered a sports bike, so lets say that from the start.
The speedmaster has :
been designed to look a little more sporty.
less Chrome (look at the engine).
double disk brakes (on your model)
Different shape wheels.
Tacho (rev counter)
There are a few other tweeks, but in my case these were the deciders , but my later model does not have double disks.
The sum of it was I wanted a Bike that was not heavy on Chrome on the engine, but had enough on the bike to be eye catching.
So my advice would be ask your son or think if he is into Bling over stealth?
WIll his mates love the chrome or smirk (for some this is important)?
My other thoughts on your options are if there is :
any warranty (google the company as some are rubbish)
any restrictions based on age and miles on bike.
receipts from past services and repairs (good owners will keep them)
lots of resipts can be a good thing as it can show a bike that was looked after (unless they are for crash damage)
No receipts would make me wonder, as Triumph owners tend to be ones you would expect to keep them.
My head would say get the newer , less miles bike.
But for me, I would not have wanted the extra chrome, i Know its not much , but with bikes which are only variants of eachother it will always be down to the detail (the devil is in the detail).
Last edited by TKLondon; 11-24-2012 at 12:40 AM.