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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys. New on this forum. We are looking at 2 different bikes as a possible purchase. A 2005 Speedmaster with 9,800 miles, newer tires, great shape. The other is a 2008 America with 3,700 miles. Like new.
First time Triumph purchase for my son, a first time rider.
Any pros or cons to either model? Anything to look for?
Both are stock with no mods. Whichever he picks he is going to want it louder than stock. Any suggestions for a normal upgrade? Mufflers, systems, jetting?
Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-23-2012, 11:57 PM
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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.
Service history
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).

adopt me.

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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 01:25 AM
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Isn't the 2008 america fuel injection and the 2005 Speedmaster carb. I would go for EFI before the carb.
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 06:58 AM
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I have a 2007 Speedmaster,and my Dad has a 2008 America. Ive road both and like my Speedmaster more.
Plus less chrome to clean and i like the look more.

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Oh and my Dad bought mine too!
My first road bike and love it!

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 12:36 PM
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Both beautiful bikes. If you like the chrome go for the America. Probably the America would be EFI as opposed to carbs. Personally I just bought a new Speedie and can't wipe the grin off my face.
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 01:11 PM
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Was looking for an America about a month ago and ran across a used 2011 Speedmaster and I couldn't be happier. Looks great, handles great.
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 01:55 PM
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I bought an '11 speedy last year. I traded it 11 months later. I liked that bike a lot.. but on test ride on a new t-bird.. and it was all over for me! I now have a '12 Tbird.

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 02:33 PM
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Ride them both. I'd say go with the EFI if both are equal in comfort & ride. I got the Speedmaster mainly because it was a bit more comfortable for my short legs -- the America seat was a bit wider. And, I preferred the position of the handlebars on the Speedmaster. But, what will work or you depends on your own ergonomic fit. Again, if both feel about the same, go with the America EFI.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-25-2012, 12:14 AM
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I went out looking for a speedy.I came home with a 2007 America.Couldn't be happier.

Try them both,then get whichever one suits you.

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