2005 Triumph America
The need to ride lies deep within the human soul. The open road beckons, waiting to be ridden and the America is the passport to freedom. With its wide bars, forward-set 'highway' pegs and relaxed, twin cylinder power the America cruises the streets, mixing classic British engineering with style from the highways of the USA.
And it's a blend that works superbly. The America has proven a very popular bike, especially in the States, the spiritual home and birthplace of the cruiser-style motorcycle.
Based as it is around the polished Bonneville the America builds on a fantastic package. The basic architecture of the America's 790cc air-cooled DOHC eight-valve twin-cylinder engine is as the Bonnie but a 270° firing interval - rather than 360° - gives a loping exhaust note and a mellow power delivery that's big on easy-going drive and heavy with character.
Spinning a fat, 170/80-section rear tyre (crowning a meatily-spoked 15-inch rim) through a five-speed gearbox the engine fires its heartbeat out through a pair of deep-chrome slash-cut mufflers. Heavy duty, wide-set telescopic forks add substance and a solid look to the America's raked front end, as does the 18in front wheel, shod with its 110/80 tyre. Disc brakes matched to twin-piston calipers take care of the stopping duties.
The America's built to cover ground and its relaxed riding position, with forward set 'highway' pegs, wide raked-back handlebars and low 28-inch seat height aid rider comfort and control, perfect for those long days in the saddle.
But this bike's also built to be admired and from its slab-style top yoke to chromed shock absorbers the America is the very essence of cruiser chic. Centrally mounted above the teardrop-shaped 16.6 litre fuel tank is a deep-chromed instrument console matching classic-style Triumph tank badges. A white-faced chrome-bezelled speedo sits rakishly above the single headlight and with a nod to the past, the pillion footrest hangers echo the lines of the trademark toolboxes of pre-war Triumphs.
Two-tone paintwork, with hand-applied coach lines tops the America with a choice of Goodwood Green with Silver infill and, new for 2005, Mulberry Red with Graphite infill. For those prefering simplicity, a stylish single-tone Jet Black option is also available.
Cruising is all about the essence of freedom and individuality and the America provides both. It's also ready to further personalise, with the simple addition of luggage and extra chrome work. There are also entire custom-painted body kits to mark out a personal identity.
To some, the America is just perfect as it rolls out of the factory. To others it's simply the starting point.
Engine Type - Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 270º firing interval
Capacity - 790cc
Bore/Stroke - 86 x 68mm
Compression Ratio - 9.2:1
Fuel System - Twin carburettors with throttle position sensor and electric carburettor heaters
Ignition - Digital - inductive type
Primary Drive - Gear
Final Drive - X ring chain
Clutch - Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox - 5-speed
Frame - Tubular steel cradle
Swingarm - Twin-sided, tubular steel
Wheels - Front, 36-spoke,18 x 2.5in, Rear - 40-spoke, 15 x 3.5in
Tyres - Front, 110/90 18, Rear - 170/80 15
Suspension - Front, 41mm forks, Rear - Chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload
Brakes - Front, Single 310mm disc, 2 piston caliper, Rear - Single 285mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Length - 2420mm (95.2in)
Width (Handlebars) - 960mm (37.8in)
Height - 1170mm (46.1in)
Seat Height - 720mm (28.3in)
Wheelbase - 1655mm (65.2in)
Rake/Trail - 33.3º/153mm
Weight (Dry) - 226kg (497lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity - 16.6 litres (4.4 gal US)
Performance (MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020)
Maximum Power - 62PS (61bhp) at 7,400 rpm
Maximum Torque - 60Nm (44ft.lbf) at 3,500 rpm
Colours - Jet Black, Goodwood Green / Silver, Mulberry Red / Graphite