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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Friendsville, TN
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VL800 vs. Triumph America 2011
I've ridden older Americas. 2011 marked some changes. I rode the similar speedmaster? The solo version, yesterday. In the rain.
So today Ms. G and I took off on the VL800 (running fabulous with Dynajet tweaking) to the dealer in Knoxville.
The 2011 America has the controls pulled back a little from their previous way forward position. I like. And a larger front tire. Maybe I like, I'd have to compare.
Overall, they're the same sorts of bike, wheelbase, geometry, weight about in the same ballpark.
The America simply rides great. It's an Americanized Brit bike. Moderate reving, moderate torque, moderate HP, chain drive, old school suspension. Transmission works great, nice crisp throttle response, smooth but not soft ride. Two up, plenty of power, likes to rev up, steady and smooth into corners, very comfortable. I was impressed. Keep the rpm up, don't lug, use the gears, look through corners and lean effortlessly. Very nice with only a faint bit of bar buzz on the Interstate.
We like. Very much. I could easily envision with hard bags, trunk, batwing, highway bars. Intuitive.
Back on the VL800, whole different experience. low end torque, wide power band, not as zippy, but very solid feeling, takes more push to get into the corners, not as smooth. All together a more rugged, gutsy ride. I like that, too.
But I really like the Bonneville better.
Educational test ride.
Friendsville, TN - 25 miles from the Dragon
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