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Hi,

what's the difference between Speedmaster and America?
Is it only the second Disc Brake, Seat, Handlebar and rims? Why different Models only with this parts?
Thanks in advance 4 your answer.

Walter
 

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Speedmaster vs America

Also: different wheels, Speedmaster has tach, America not, different stock seats. Test ride each one, then decide. I went with Speedmaster for my style of riding: Double discs up front big advantage, like the flat drag bars much better (handling), tach a must for me, plus I like the look of the bike better. Comes down to riding style and personal preferences.
If into riding with passenger a lot and into more cruiser look and not concerned about braking power, America would work for you.


Ride and Enjoy!
 

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The other big difference is that the Speedmaster has a lot less chrome to clean :). I really like the riding position on my Speedy
 

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No one mentioned price tag?

I kicked out the extra cabbage for the disc up front as well as the lack of chrome just like most of the other Speedy owners.

It does come down to a test ride on both. I liked the seemingly more nimble ride of the speedmaster compared to the america. The wife hates the speedmaster stock seat.

I think you'll be good with one or the other.
 

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Speedmaster

I just liked the feel and looks of the Speedmaster, the drag bars and the black engine components. Dual disc brakes on the front end are always impressive if stopping is your goal even if it isn't they look sharp.
 

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Well someone has to stand up for the America.

I have just bought one with real low K's on it and love it.
I did get the Speedy seat with it and Short slash cut TOR pipe's.
And a few other bling bits.

To me the tach was not in a place that was easy to read and a Clock to check the time was more important to me.
As when I start riding I do not know when to stop.
And to help me get to where I have to on time.

I have found that the single disc stops the bike just fine.
And makes it easier to clean the front wheel.
And most cruiser's only have one disc.
And only have one pair of pads to replace instead of two sets.

I have not had a bike with this much chrome and do not find it to hard or to long to clean.
A quick rub and wipe and its done at every clean.

I like the wider bars as well as it gives good leverage.
But the Speedy one do look good.

Both are good bikes and I would be happy with either.
And was going to buy a Speedy.
I test rode a 2nd hand America to see if I would like a Triumph cruiser and like the America so much I bought it.
 

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One more for the Americas

Chalk another one up for America. Mines an 08 and I added a tach, floorboards, windscreen, handlebar clock and when the wife is ready to be my passenger, adding a sissy bar and rack.

It all comes down to personal preference, just like why are you considering a Triumph and not a HD or Japanese bike?

You can always change a seat or bars or add a tach or even a clock!

Good advice was test ride them both and then decide.
 

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One for the Speeeeeeeedmaster

All of the above.

Black engine.

Twin disc front brake.

Low bars.

FrankW
 

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+ 1 for the America. LOVE the chrome, blue/ white paint and aluminum spoke wheels. Gets compliments everywhere we ride (Wifes almost always with me loves it too). Brakes work excellent.
Added a set of superbars with no cable changes for a more aggressive riding position much like the SM, small windshield now keeps the wind out of my eyes. Stock seats are about as comfortable as you will ever find.
9000 miles in 8 monthes, mostly all day rides in the montains and still do not want to stop riding. Purchased new with TOR's, Tac backrest and rack. This has to be one of my most favorite bikes I have ever owned in over 27 years of riding full time.
Purchased a 2008 Suzuki M50 around the same time last year and sold it last week with 1100 miles because we just never rode it.
I like the SM well enough but for me and mine, the America wins hands down.

 

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Another America here.07 blue and white.[
if I can figure out how to downsize my photos to the size required,I'll post them lol]
I like the seat and the single disc stops the bike fine for me.I was looking for either Speedy or America,when my America popped up.The right colour,Tank shape,wheels, and price.So I went with it.:):D:)
 

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America For Me!

I tried both, and would have been happy with either, but I ended up with the America because it fit me better (the bars) from the get go. I actually liked the looks of the Speedie seat better, but I can update my bike with the Gunslinger seat, or I have been thinking of going solo and removing the pillion and installing the rack like some have done. The great thing about these two bikes is that you can have the Speedie look on the America, and vice-versa.

When it came down to money, Triumph (or maybe it was the dealer) had a promotion offering the Roadster windshield and Triumph leather slant bags included in the price of the America, so that was another reason that I went with that over the Speedie.

Lastly, and this is on a heart level only, the model name "America" had a certain appeal - the concept of a British bike with a nod to the American cruising style was appealing to me.

But both bikes are fantastic!:D
 

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Hahah..... My decision to which one I should buy is easy. A SM was up for sale on Craig List, so I bought a SM.

Now I understand why the rich folks have more headache than the poor. :D
 

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Hahah..... My decision to which one I should buy is easy. A SM was up for sale on Craig List, so I bought a SM.

Now I understand why the rich folks have more headache than the poor. :D
That's how I did it too.I was leaning towards a speedmaster but the America came along first .Either would have been fine for me.:D
 

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Now I understand why the rich folks have more headache than the poor. :D


But the rich and famous do not appreciate the compromises we have to make!!! :D:D:D
 

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Now I understand why the rich folks have more headache than the poor. :D


But the rich and famous do not appreciate the compromises we have to make!!! :D:D:D
That rich and famous part doesn't apply to me! I had to wait until I got one at the right[ultra cheap]price.
 
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