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Old 03-08-2013, 12:11 AM   #16
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The very best thing about modern (Hinckley) Triumphs is their superb engines. They are great bikes and in my expeience of Triumph ownership 33k miles over 4 years I would have no hesitation in reccomending one.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:24 AM   #17
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Welcome to 1972, my friend.
Yeah, but if those longhairs would stop puffing on the cheeba long enough to do some maintenance, they could ride to Montrose from Downer's Grove without so many breakdowns.

Biggest problem I have is getting my bell bottom pantleg caught in the chain. Ok, maybe I have trouble kicking it after a few pull tabs are on the ground, but it's not my fault the Anals need to be tickled so precisely! Stupid piece of junk!


The Speedmaster is a great bike, dude. I have a hankering for one right now, in fact. I'm trying to resist and hold out for a Honda, but it's oh so difficult. Those bikes are a little odd on the used market and come in at bargain pricing with low miles and farkles. They have a great attitude, and the engine is practically faultless, except that it doesn't make 150hp and 75mpg. But that's advrider for you.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:28 AM   #18
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Thanks for all the replies I appreciate the input. She is definitely getting that bike as her first then. Now to choose between the America and the speedmaster.
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Old 03-08-2013, 04:56 AM   #19
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Just curious

How old is your dad ?

My 69 Bonny is a pain in the ass but it never made me walk and it's still in the garage.
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Old 03-08-2013, 06:18 AM   #20
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I had a '66 Bonnie, it only left me stranded a couple of times, but there were no cell phones back then. I always carried plenty of tools and the spare parts I knew it would need, and learned how to fix it beside the road. Harleys of that era were the same.

But not now. Newer Triumphs and Harleys are some of the best built bikes in the world. If only BMW had the reliability record of modern Triumphs and Harleys. They are the only mainstream brand I would highly recommend staying away from. I prefer the look of the standard Bonneville to the America or Speedmaster, but mechanically they are all the same.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:12 AM   #21
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Had a 2010 America, really enjoyed it.
It had a bad cam chain tensioner (was told by the dealer that there was a bad batch of tensioners) and waited SIX weeks for the replacement part. It had to come from England. SIX weeks is unacceptable, as was the bullshit that came in the explanation for the delay.
I will never own another Triumph.
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:20 AM   #22
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Thanks for all the replies I appreciate the input. She is definitely getting that bike as her first then. Now to choose between the America and the speedmaster.
Ah, you didn't mention it was a first bike. I'd recommend getting something cheaper, smaller, and used for a first bike. Something better suited for learning on, then moving up to the bigger bike in a year or so.

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Old 03-08-2013, 07:35 AM   #23
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Triumph continually raises their market share worldwide,they have no relaitionship to old Triumphs except the name.
Triumph has gained 25% market share while most japanese makers were holding tight and doing nothing trying not to go broke.

I ride a 99 1200 Trophy around,its a blast!
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Old 03-08-2013, 07:37 AM   #24
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20,000 miles on a Bonneville in the past two years... only tires and oil...

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Old 03-08-2013, 07:45 AM   #25
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Ah, you didn't mention it was a first bike. I'd recommend getting something cheaper, smaller, and used for a first bike. Something better suited for learning on, then moving up to the bigger bike in a year or so.

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Yah,many bikes bought "for the wife" end up sitting dusty and unused,best to some how make sure they want it to ride and not just a whimsy thing. A speedmaster is a heavy bike,like most all the Triumph twins they are kind of a styling excersize.
I had an 07 Scrambler,got sucked in by the vintage look,too slow,too heavy,poor brakes,poor suspension,no ground clearance,didnt hold much gas,didnt get good mileage,it was an "image" bike I figured out after a while.
It did look neat sitting outside a burger joint though.

Many are infatuated with them, and they would be ok for a starter or extra bike.
Probably run a long time,built well enough,sound neat with pipes.
38 HP on a dyno didnt seem right for a near 900cc bike that weighs over 500 lbs.
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Old 03-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #26
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Thanks for all the replies I appreciate the input. She is definitely getting that bike as her first then. Now to choose between the America and the speedmaster.

Get whichever you can get the best deal on. There aint spit difference between the two.

I rode my Speedmaster to Michigan from Alabama with the missus on the back. Had a great time with zero problems.

By the way. budget for a seat. It sucks. Something other than a Corbin, because it sucks almost as much.
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Old 03-08-2013, 11:07 AM   #27
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Yah,many bikes bought "for the wife" end up sitting dusty and unused,best to some how make sure they want it to ride and not just a whimsy thing. A speedmaster is a heavy bike,like most all the Triumph twins they are kind of a styling excersize.
I had an 07 Scrambler,got sucked in by the vintage look,too slow,too heavy,poor brakes,poor suspension,no ground clearance,didnt hold much gas,didnt get good mileage,it was an "image" bike I figured out after a while.
It did look neat sitting outside a burger joint though.

Many are infatuated with them, and they would be ok for a starter or extra bike.
Probably run a long time,built well enough,sound neat with pipes.
38 HP on a dyno didnt seem right for a near 900cc bike that weighs over 500 lbs.

It will be her first owned bike.
She has been riding mine and we have rented Harley's from the local eagle rider several times she has probably close to 1k miles on a bike so far so i don't see her letting it sit.
so far she has ridden : my 08 FZ6, Honda Shadow RS, Harley Iron 883, Suzuki S40, tested a Speed master. so I don't think it is a passing fad or that the bike will get away from her.
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Old 03-08-2013, 12:35 PM   #28
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30,000 miles in two years (nearly to the day!) on my bonneville mag wheel. burns no oil, goes all day, never gives me any problems. change the oil every 6k miles, check valves every 12k miles, and i ride it every day.
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Old 03-08-2013, 01:00 PM   #29
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I love the look of the Speedmaster but couldn't get past the forward controls. Mid-control bikes like the Bonnie/T100/Scrambler would probably be more comfortable especially on long rides.

I've put a couple of 500+ mile days on my Scrambler and it's done well. My only comfort issue was a crick in my neck that I think was caused by having to crane my neck upwards because of the high seat and the low bars. I resolved the issue by putting a lower seat (stock Bonnie seat vs. the Scrambler's thicker seat) and raising the handlebars with a pair of 1" spacers.
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Old 03-08-2013, 02:59 PM   #30
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Don't confuse the historic triumph brand with the current Hinkleys. The only connection between them is that Mr Bloor bought the rights to use the name.The current Bonneville twins are as reliable as any other Asian assembled bikes.(Enfield excluded)
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