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Old 12-10-2012, 12:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I like the America so far over everything I've seen. I'm in California.
I'm pretty sure I want the America with the long TOR exhaust, sissybar, rack, bags, and maybe a light bar. Blue, two tone.

Just went to the Long Beach motorcycle show, bummed that Triumph wasn't doing any demo rides. But I did meet a dealer I think I liked. Has anyone had experience at the South Bay Triumph dealer? They are in Lomita. Curious if there are any opinions.

Next, does anyone else live by the ocean? I do, and I have a Honda right now, and the chrome (and anything else metal) rusts like crazy. I only have a carport and can cover it. How is the chrome and other metal on the Triumphs these days? I am lazy and hate cleaning.

The dealer has an '11 in stock and says that it has the brighter blue color over the now metallic darker blue, otherwise the same as all the new ones. I like the brighter blue color. Has nothing at all really changed since then?
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Even I got expirience with Sout Bay Triumph or Triumph Performans USA very known place...... u should ask on twin talk forum.........
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:48 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If I recall correctly, there were two versions of the America in 2011. One was the "Classic", and the other was the "new". The "new" version had a smaller front wheel, and the ergonomics were slightly different. I think the one with the brighter blue was the "new" version.

Personally, I liked the classic better, but that's just me. The smaller front wheel just didn't have the same visual appeal for me. Never rode one of the new ones though.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I think the significant change to the cruisers was in '11. They moved pegs and handle bars back and lowered the seat. Very easy to ride. There are modest differences between the Speedy and America (see recent thread). I'm lovin' the lighter, Caribbean blue two tone America.
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I think the significant change to the cruisers was in '11. They moved pegs and handle bars back and lowered the seat. Very easy to ride. There are modest differences between the Speedy and America (see recent thread). I'm lovin' the lighter, Caribbean blue two tone America.
america got 16 inch front wheel that year too...since 2011 they more different than ever before
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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So, it sounds like 11-on they're all the same aside from the paint now. That's what a dealer told me too. It's amazing what different people tell you, how much they really don't know.
One dealer told me the 11/12 were different, another dealer tells me 100% they're the same.
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What about rusty chrome? Anybody live at the beach or by salt air?
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What about rusty chrome? Anybody live at the beach or by salt air?
Sorry to tell you, your gonna have issues. My R3T is garage kept and I find the chrome keeps wanting to pit, so I do polish the chrome on a semi regular basis.

I RARELY do a full wash on either of my bikes (a Bonneville is my regular ride) but so clean the painted bits with something like plexus and polish the chrome. The Rocket is holding up fine, but the Bonnie is wanting a full wash. Darn dirt on the wheels.
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You asked about South Beach Triumph. They're also known as Triumph Performance USA. http://triumphperformanceusa.com/. They are one of the best places to get aftermarket parts and accessaries for a Triumph. Matt Capri is a well known engine builder and "go fast" guy, holding some speed records at Bonneville. I haven't delt with Matt personally, but when you deal with them by phone or email you'll be dealing with Carlos, and he is great to work with. He knows his stuff and will help you choose the right parts for what you want to accomplish.

Good luck in finding just the right bike. I have the two tone blue 08 America that I bought new and I still get a grin on my face every time I walk outside and see it sitting in my garage. The grin turns into a big smile the minute I sit on it and turn the key.
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