Star Bolt vs. Triumph Speedmaster

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Super Sneaky Steve, Jun 10, 2013.

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Which bike should SSS buy?

  1. Star Bolt

  2. Triumph Speedmaster

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  1. Super Sneaky Steve

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    This is the poll of all polls. Choose wisely because my fate is in your hands! It's come down to these two bikes!

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    Lets check the tale of the tape:

    Handling - Bolt
    Fuel Capacity - Speed
    Controls- Bolt (I prefer mids)
    HorsePower- Speed
    Torque- Bolt
    Style- Tie
    Weight- Bolt (by about 10lbs)
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  2. BobbyLee666

    BobbyLee666 Been here awhile

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    Big question, whitch one feels better when you sit on it & ride it? I really don't like the air filter on the Bolt as it's right where my knee is when I sit on it. I also am not a fan of the large gap between the seat and the fuel tank.
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  3. GoonerYoda

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    No option for "neither".:D
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  4. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    While I would prefer the Triumph T-100, given the 2 choices available, the Speedmaster wins hands down. It's twice the bike the Bolt is, NOT a v-twin, should be a lot more comfortable, you can carry stuff on it, and it's BRITISH!!
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  5. Super Sneaky Steve

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    My local Yammie dealer won't get the Bolts till the R's come out, so I haven't sat on one yet.

    I have sat on a Thruxton and Bonnie way back, but not a Speed. I've never owned a crusier, but I think it's time for a change.
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  6. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    If it's made in Malaysia, is it still British?:ear
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  7. drhach

    drhach We can't stop here, this is bat country!!

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    Ouch! It was concieved in the U.K., does that count? I guess that would make me a 65 Chevy
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  8. GoonerYoda

    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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    Some Honda's and Toyota's are built here America and they are still "Japanese" vehicles.

    But I see what you're trying to get at.
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  9. Randy

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    I'd pick a 1200 Sportster. :D Better engine than either, and IMO, better styling too. Of course that is subjective. Aftermarket is plentiful, parts are cheap and easy to come by, and the dealer network is better than Triumph. Only fly in the ointment perhaps, is that the suspenders on your two are probably better stock. But that's pretty easily rectified, and with just a little money and time I think you end up with a better overall package. :thumb

    But since I'm limited to the two that you listed, and if that was all that was available in the class, I'd probably go with the Bolt. I don't care for the styling of the Triumph, and I don't really care for parallel twins either, although I've never heard or felt the Bolt's engine.

    Personally though, I don't buy a bike because of where it's built, or even always for what it does. Neither of these bikes are particularly practical or performance oriented, so I'd go with which ever one succeeded in stirring my soul the best whether it be just sittin in the garage gazing at it, or motoring down some back road somewhere, but preferably both. That's the ONLY reason I ride my Sportster now. :thumb
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  10. larryboy

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    Something just right about having trumpets on each side, nice balanced look like a motorcycle should have...I voted for the Speedmaster.
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  11. Super Sneaky Steve

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    The main thing that gives me pause is the 46hp from the bolt. I'm not looking for a really fast bike but that seems slow.

    The Speedmaster makes 60 something and it's still an air cooled twin, slightly smaller too.
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  12. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    In my experience a V feels stronger than a parallel twin. I like both bikes, belt drive is nice to have.


    I'd have to ride them both I think.
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  13. Randy

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    Really? 46? Wow! I didn't realize they were quite that low. I know some people that say that's plenty, and maybe for them it is, IDK. But, that was the only thing that kept me from falling all over the MG V7. Over the years I've learned that I don't need 140hp to be happy, but for me at least, something over 60 is necessary, with somewhere between 70 and 90 being just PERFECT. Of course the HP and torque curves do play a part in it all, but IDK, 46 seems a bit low, IMO.

    That's why I said 1200 and not 883. They are the same bike other than displacement and power output, so I don't see the point in the 883 personally.

    In light of this, I'd really have a difficult time picking either one then. Not crazy about the looks of either, but the Bolt is at least better in that regard to my tastes. But with that sort of power? Nah, I'd pass. If going that low I'd opt for the MG instead. It's much cooler looking than either, IMO, and has them both beat in the handling dept. too.
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  14. KingOfFleece

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    I put 14000 miles in one NE riding season on a 865 Triumph America. Fantastic bike.
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  15. motorat

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    if the speedy offered mid controls it would be an easier vote.
    i had a 06 speedy and liked it but with my stubby legs the foreward controls
    were too foreward. i replaced it with a bonnie se and like it alot.
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  16. Randy

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    It can't be retrofitted with mid controls? If not, then that would kill it for me completely. Forwards and me just do not get along at all. :puke1
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  17. MiniBike

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    Mids are available for the Triumph (aftermarket). Floorboards are also an option. As are several big-bore kits. There's just too much Sportster "me-too" in the Bolt for me. I am biased though, since I've been riding my America since '06.

    www.BonnevilleAmerica.com can provide lots of Speedy info.
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  18. Tilter

    Tilter Been here awhile

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    I voted for the Triumph, although I would prolly go with a Bonny SE or even Thurxton. I do the the MG V7 Special or Stone would be great choices to try out - I would also very strongly suggest the Honda CB1100F, which is kind of a lil bit of everything.

    Heck in your price range I'd actually just buy a lightly used Moto Guzzi Griso and just have it all...
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  19. Pokeyjoe

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    You're missing a big part of the equation: the weight of the bike. Both the Bolt and the Triumph weigh over 500 lbs. The V7 is around 400 lbs. You can get away with 50 on the V7, but you can't on the Bolt.
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  20. JerryH

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    I have a 34" inseam, and actually NEED forward controls on anything but a dual sport, where the seat is high enough to give me some leg room. I don't mean "highway pegs" out close to the front axle that leave your legs perfectly straight. Your legs have no support without some bend in the knees. So if your legs are short enough they would have very little knee bend even with stock forward controls, then I do see the problem. Since the OPs choices are both cruisers, I'm assuming he wants/needs the cruiser riding position.

    I still say the Triumph is the better bike, and by no small margin, wherever it is made. Many Japanese bikes are also made in Taiwan and Thailand, they are still Japanese designs. Harleys use a lot of non American parts, but they are still an American design. Many BMW parts are also made in Asia. They are still a German design. I find it sad that this situation exists, but my understanding is that it has to be done to keep prices down. I have one Kawasaki made in Nebraska, and a Yamaha scooter made in Taiwan. I have not had any problems with either.
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