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Greg

Columbus, Ohio

Reviewed on 2010-09-03

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5.0
Well, as the title suggests, the first thing that really caught my attention while riding this bike is how well it handles. I only bought the bike a week ago so I don't have a lot of miles on it yet but I'm a very experienced rider and don't need a lot of saddle time to tell. This is, however, my first cruiser. I've owned dirtbikes, dual sports, supermotos, standards and sportbikes and none have impressed me this much this soon. True, I wasn't expecting too much from a cruiser but this thing rides great. Power is what is expected from a 845cc air cooled unit (keep in mind it's a lightweight by cruiser standards though). Anyway, it's an absolutely great bike, handles like a sport bike, very comfortable (even with the forward controls which was new for me) and I'd strongly recommend it to anyone.
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DR DELL

Kansas City, Missouri

Reviewed on 2010-02-14

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5.0
Went from a 2005 Harley Heritage built out to a new 2007 Triumph Speedmaster. I only changed the pipes to Sceptre pipes from England. It made all the difference in the world. Everybody has a Harley but I am one of a few with a Speedmaster. It takes me back to my early days in California. I really like it and it sounds great. Everyone asks me about it. It performs as good as my built Harley.
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Gearld

Phoenix, Arizona

Reviewed on 2010-01-26

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5.0
Ok, here's my story. I'm 50 years old, have ridden all my life, have had 44 motorcycles, all of them Japanese except for one '73 Harley Sportster, and one '66 Triumph Bonneville. The Harley was junk, and for the most part, so was the Triumph, but it had a charm to it that neither the Harley nor the Japanese bikes had. So, it was time for a new bike, and I wanted this to be my last new bike. I also did not want it to be Japanese. I checked out the Harley 883 Sportster, but it felt too small, plus the dealer wanted to add to many things onto the MSRP. Also, I just didn't get a good feeling from this dealer. Then I remembered the Triumph. I went to the only Triumph dealer in my area, sat on and looked at all the different cruiser models, and settled on the Speedmaster. It looked beautiful, and fit like a glove. And I loved the tubeless tires and air cooled engine. The icing on the cake was the deal I got on an '09 model. OTD for under MSRP. I wrote the check, and the deal was done. No turning back now. Understand I bought this bike without even riding it. I was almost afraid to ride it home, afraid I'd be disappointed. No way. I've owned many nice bikes, of all different types, but I immediately felt at home on the Triumph. I knew it would be comfortable, but I was amazed at the way it handled, at how it responded to control inputs, at how the controls felt. It was perfect in turns, shifted great, and the fuel injected engine (my first) has excellent throttle response. While I wouldn't recommend this bike for 2 up riding (look at the America for that)I've always been a solo rider. Though I only have a little over 1000 miles on it so far, I have already developed a bond with this bike that I never had with any of my other motorcycles. This bike may not be for everyone, but if you are looking at a Harley Sportster, or a Japanese cruiser in this size and price range, both the Speedmaster and the America are definitely worth more than a casual look.
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dan walker

woodland, California

Reviewed on 2009-11-14

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5.0
I moved from a Harley ElectraGlide Classic to the Speedmaster and couldn't be happier. I was tired of the bulk of my Harley, and went looking for the kind of motorcycle I rode in the 60's. I looked at BMW, and Ducati, finally settled on Triumph. Pound per pound I thought the Speedmaster offered the best buy. The bike was very comfortable and I felt good in the saddle. I put on a fly screen, leather bags, upgraded the muffler system, mirrors and some minor chrome parts, all Triumph accessories. I would like a bit more torque, but overall I love the motorcycle. I've done 2 long distance trips, and if your okay with cruising at 70 mph., or less, the bike is wonderful. In town and on back roads it is truly a pleasure to ride.
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Freddy

Chicago, Illinois

Reviewed on 2009-10-11

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5.0
This is a rigid mount engine, however, it's nothing like an older, pre- rubber mount HD. It's extremely smooth riding, and I highly reccommend leaving the stock pipes on if you like riding for long periods of time, because they're quiet and won't become annoying. I've recieved compliments from EVERYONE else on bikes, and even from non-bikers. Mine is the two tone black and white with the gold pinstripes (2009) which are hand - painted on, and it really is a stand-out look. I went the extra step and bought it with the touring gel seat and the foot boards, along with the triple light kit, and it looks very retro, and doesn't look at all like it's trying to be something else, it really does have it's own look. Every time I wash and/or detail it, I find myself spending just as much time staring at it afterwards as I spent doing the job. It's just plain gorgeous. It's also pretty darn powerful, yet doesn't feel like it will get out of control - PS - it handles more like a large sportbike than a typical cruiser, maybe that's the Metzeler tires doing their job, and I replaced both tires already during this 1st riding season. I would highly reccommend this bike to anyone whether they are used to sport-bikes or cruisers, it really does have the best of both worlds.
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