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Old 01-13-2013, 10:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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NEED HELP DECIDING on a Cruiser

Just went to International Motorcycle show in Minneapolis yesterday, I have a 07 T100 and had it since new. I do love the bike and I would like to add a Cruiser. Have any of you had the t100 and gone to America or Speedmaster, I would like to know how you would compare as far as handling and overall performance. How about ride on highway and twisties. Also are they as smooth as a t100. I have not had a chance to ride the bike nor do I know anyone who has one to talk to. I'm in Minnesota so it would be a while to test one. I do like the looks of both Speedmaster and America and they both are comfortable for me to sit on. any help would be appreciated... thanks
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Old 01-13-2013, 12:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Since you already have the thrill of the "smaller" parallel twin with the T100, how about something different for a second bike. How about a t-bird or rocket?

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Old 01-13-2013, 12:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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go for it you will not regret... they are good on highway and really good in twisties...scraping pegs not too difficult
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Old 01-13-2013, 01:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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After having the America and trading for a T-Bird Storm, I can't imagine why anyone would not prefer the Bird. It has plenty of power and handles superbly.


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Old 01-13-2013, 03:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Had an XV1900 for 4 years , and just got fed up with draggin such a large bike about , so sold it and bought a 2012 speedy and love it. Its put the fun back into riding .
The mrs has a t100 so lets compare the two.
both handle well and are comfy , the t100 is slightly quicker on exeleration but the speedy has taller gearing,
also the staggered crank gives the speedy a V twin feel , a relaxed ride with the torque and lower revs . as for the twisties both bikes are on par with each other . but when out together im afraid to say the t100 draws more attention.
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Just picked up a TBird Storm about a month ago. Can't stop riding every chance I get despite the winter weather. The bike looks bad, rides great!
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have a T100 but have taken test rides on the Speedy and America. I preferred the America slightly over the speedy. Both ride well, peppy, good handling. They have similar power out put to the T100. I'd be happy to have either in my garage.
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azrat, the best advice is to try out them out. With the Bird your first inclination might be that it's too big. But IMHO, it's a much easier handling bike than the Speedmaster and America.


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Old 01-13-2013, 07:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have a 07 T100 and had it since new. I do love the bike and I would like to add a Cruiser. Have any of you had the t100 and gone to America or Speedmaster, I would like to know how you would compare as far as handling and overall performance. How about ride on highway and twisties. Also are they as smooth as a t100.
I had a Bonneville and loved it riding around town. But couldn't seem to find comfort after ~ 45 minutes. Sat on an America wondered why I hadn't liked the forward foot pegs a year before. Had both for almost 2 years. Found myself riding the America most of the time. Sold the Bonneville as I just couldn't afford to keep them both.
The Bonnie (carbed w/cut away airbox, pods, TORs & a good dyno-tune) was quicker, had a higher top speed, a tighter feel to the steering (shorter wheel base?) and better at parking lot speeds.
The America (EFI, high flow air filter, cams, 904BB, modified TORs and a good dyno-tune) is pretty quick, torque is different (not necessarily more or less), much more comfortable to me, goes faster than I will ever need, handles very well and is almost as easy to maneuver in a parking lot.
Both great machines. I like the size and weight. The Thunderbird is another great machine but just a bit bigger & heavier than I want.
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Old 01-13-2013, 08:16 PM   #10 (permalink)
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it sounds like the America would be a good choice. there's one that I know in black that is a 2012, just over 1.000 miles and asking $6900, problem being sounds like a good deal but I have never had a chance to ride one. I have rode a lot of Triumphs but not that nor a TB. I'm kind of thinking to make a lower offer and Spring comes if I don't like it I think I could get my money out of it. opinions please, don't forget I'm in Minnesota and it is only 12 degrees right now....
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