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“Triumph Speedmaster”

Written on: 22/05/2014 by Darion118 (1 review written)

Love my Triumph.It caught my eye on a dealers forecourt in Plymouth and I had to have it. It was a 2005 and with barely 2k miles. I'm a tall rider 6'5" and find it low and long and comfortable. I rode this bike all summer and put another 3k miles on it. I laid it up during the winter and put it back on the road the following spring. One thing these bikes don't like is being laid idle. The bike's clutch stuck & developed a fault when riding one day. When accelerating up through the gears the… Read Full Review

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Trevesamuel's Comment

Written on: 22/05/2014

I had same problem and if you read the Triumph forums cush drive issues are common on newer bikes too inc standard Bonnevilles and other models. Easy fix and as you say fitting the Thunderbird cush drive which is tighter fit and heavily built inc the solid gearbox sprocket cures the problem. I was curious why Triumph fitted this set up. Apparently Triumphs idea was to give as smoother take up as you'll get using a belt drive? Hmm. Poor idea. Great bikes though.

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“A master Triumph”

Written on: 17/06/2012 by briananderson2001 (1 review written)

Had the bike nearly 2 years now and really like it. Had sports bikes before this and decided it was time to slow down and be more careful. Still enjoyable to ride, handles well, comfortable and fast enough for most. I have added the triumph off road pipes which make a big difference to the exhaust note, bullet indicators and a side mount licence plate which looks the business. I have also cut the rear fender to give it a more bobbed look and show more rear tyre which i think makes it look even… Read Full Review

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“These twins have had some serious problems. If you...”

Written on: 05/08/2010

These twins have had some serious problems. If you catch the starter clutch just right it recoils and smacks into the case and brakes its mounting point making the starter useless. With this happening to many in the US Market, Triumph decided to warranty the bikes whether they had existing warranty or not. I personally saw this happen to at least 6 including the Bonneville T100 model and America in both the 865cc version and 790cc as I worked at a Triumph franchise at the time. The only… Read Full Review

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 04/09/2011

This just happened to me. My bike has only 5K miles on it. I went to the dealer and they told me i will have to pay $4K plus labor just to replace the case. I don't know what to do now.

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 24/05/2012

I HAVE MORE COMPRESSION AIR/NOISE OUT MY RIGHT EXHUAST THEN MY LEFT EXHAUST, WHY?? ITS A 2007 TRIUMPH SPEEDMASTER WITH ONLY 871 MILES YES ONLY 871 MILES, I HAD TO CLEAN THE JETS WITH A NIDDLE/PIN THE GAS WAS LEFT FOR 4 YEARS IN STORAGE...

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Guest's Comment

Written on: 13/04/2012

There's probability the case can be welded. Find a good bike welder who can grind the mounting point of the starter drive gear shaft on the case down then build it back up with new material. I did this and turned out great. The welder even added material to make it stronger. I did have to replace the clutch side cover though. Total cost with my labor was around $300 USD.

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Spooknut's Comment

Written on: 13/10/2011

dms, i have had this same problem recently, who did you contact to aquire new reinforced cases?

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Written on: 13/10/2011

dms, my brother had this problem as well, who did you contact to get this problem fixed ?, i called triumph of america, and they told me they dont know of any such problem with the speedmasters

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“The stock mufflers had to go. Motor sounded like a...”

Written on: 25/07/2010

The stock mufflers had to go. Motor sounded like a sewing machine and I could not hear the exhaust. Long TORS with the last baffle drilled out improved the performance and the sound. Added dresser bars, Corbin seat with pillion, sissy bar and rack and a windshield. Accessories cost a bundle. Bike ran good and I enjoyed it. I had a carb rubber go bad and it had to go to the dealer and he replaced it and synchronized the carbs. It was like a new bike. Major power improvement and it told… Read Full Review

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Written on: 25/07/2010

I should have mentioned the question I have....Why does the factory put on such quiet mufflers? Nobody keeps them on the bikes. All you can hear is the busy sounds from the engine and nothing from the exhaust. This bike came with the original seat and it was designed by a woman. It is not made to fit my butt. After 20 minutes on the bike I wanted off as my butt was numb. The Corbin seat, although pricey, has proved to be the major improvement on the bike. I need to replace those inadquated rear shocks as they really pound me to death on nasty bumps. And I might also go for a set of those America handlebars since they appear to be more comfortable and they would let me lean back more in the seat.

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“Great blke for 52 year old rider just returning to...”

Written on: 13/04/2010

Great blke for 52 year old rider just returning to motor cycling after 30+ years.Great styling & an acceptable ride to be invited out with the Harley boys..Regularly cruise at 80 mph which it will do all day.Suspension could be improved hoe-wever it does the bjob on most avaeage road conditions.
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“Excellent ride, handles perfectly, acceleration when...”

Written on: 07/02/2010

Excellent ride, handles perfectly, acceleration when you need it and brakes are more than adequate. Always wanted a Harley, but when out to purchase this was the better machine, have now covered 2500 miles with no issues. Looking to put TOR exhausts on to improve the sound as stock pipes are a bit tame… Read Full Review

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“Ive owned the following bikes,kawasaki 600zzr,suzuki...”

Written on: 05/01/2010

Ive owned the following bikes,kawasaki 600zzr,suzuki 600 bandit,kawaski zr750s,triumph bonneville t100,triumph 955 st sprint,honda 650 dullville, honda vtr 1000 firstorm,harley davidson dyna 1584 glide,and many more. So i think i might be a bit of an authority on whats nice to ride. The Triumph Speedmaster (with America handle bars fitted) is by far the best of the above. It has pulling power, relaxed cruising ability, agility,just the right amount of vibration, Grip, holds a line, stopping… Read Full Review

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“I bought my speedy back in August after not having...”

Written on: 02/12/2009

I bought my speedy back in August after not having ridden a bike for 25 years. No test ride - I wanted it so I bought it - it is better than I expected and it brings a smile to my face everytime I ride it - Awsome… Read Full Review

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“I've just got my new 2010 speedmaster and let me tell...”

Written on: 03/11/2009

I've just got my new 2010 speedmaster and let me tell you all that tyhis is the best decision I've ever made. I have been riding with a couple of friends that have their Harleys and my speedmaster is much better in all aspects I can think about over their Harleys. I am so happy with this bike.
I recomed it very much over Harley, Suzuki, Honda or Yamaha… Read Full Review

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“Awesome allrounder for me,the more milage i do the...”

Written on: 16/10/2009

Awesome allrounder for me,the more milage i do the more i like it.Have fitted aftermarket pipes which are great as cars can now hear me plus i like the improved sound,particurly at 5000+ revs.
Perfect bike for me as 52 y/o returning to biking after 30 years.Excellent value for money.
Only negative so far is the rear suspension which could be improved.
Would recommend to all… Read Full Review

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“ive had my triumph speedmaster a month now and its...”

Written on: 08/08/2009

ive had my triumph speedmaster a month now and its rained most of that so havent covered that much mileage. ive owned various bikes since 1975 from fire blades, ducatis to harleys. i find the triumph one of the most enjoyable to ride. fitted short tor exhausts from purchase and the fuel injection remaped. now covered 140 miles engine feels strong and barks nicely, with a low burble and pops and bangs on the over run. the breaks are excellent for a bike of 504 lbs i only have to one finger… Read Full Review

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“Bought the Speedmaster after 23 years off bikes and so...”

Written on: 07/08/2009 by steviet (1 review written)

Bought the Speedmaster after 23 years off bikes and so glad I chose this bike. Handles, goes, stops really well. Sure it will be plenty fast enough for me once it's run-in. I put the slash cut silencers on it and it sounds great, motorists can hear it coming! The bike gets loads of appreciative comments and looks - mostly I hear 'look at this Harley' but when peeps see it's a Triumph they are amazed. I love the look of the bike and would recommend it to anyone looking for a middleweight cruiser… Read Full Review

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“This Triumph Speedmaster bike is set up for people who...”

Written on: 06/07/2009

This Triumph Speedmaster bike is set up for people who want to chill. But it can go. Ride on the torque all day or just relax, its great at both. Well balanced, easy to ride, brilliant to chuck around. Great brakes, and now its got America bars on its even better… Read Full Review

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“I've been riding since I was 14 now 71+. I started...”

Written on: 06/06/2009 by ken haller (1 review written)

I've been riding since I was 14 now 71+. I started with a Cushman Eagle. When I got a bit bigger I had BSA, Suzuki, Yamaha 2 cycles up to 360cc. There was a dry spell as the kids were being raised. Then a new Yamaha 535 Virgo, Harley Sportster 1200. The previous bike was Kawasaki 1600 Meanstreak. I put 12K miles on it in 4 years. I consider myself a knowledgeable motorcycle enthusiast. The Harley I just never got it to run right and I had massive warranty issues. The Kawasaki was super… Read Full Review

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“Excelent bike and if you put a set of 5 inch pullback...”

Written on: 20/12/2008

Excelent bike and if you put a set of 5 inch pullback risers on instead of the standard ones which you can just do without changing the cables it makes it more comfortable in my opinion anyway… Read Full Review

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“This is my first 'proper' bike, my last having been a...”

Written on: 19/10/2008 by The Pheonix (2 reviews written)

This is my first 'proper' bike, my last having been a 50cc step-through some 15 years ago.
Picked up my 2009 model the day I passed my full test and I am amazed at how easy it is to ride.
I had 40 miles to ride home with the bike, and after getting out of town can count on one hand how may times I had to change down out of 5th.
The bike has the Triumph short pipes and lower spoiler fitted - both of which are excellent. The tone of the pipes is spot on and the spoiler does exactly what I had… Read Full Review

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“I like it. Riding position is great. I have been used...”

Written on: 13/10/2008 by JapsEye (1 review written)

I like it. Riding position is great. I have been used to upright models Yam XJR1300 etc. but the speedmaster is more laid back. Feet forward is without doubt the best ever riding position - I like it. Build is not quite as good as Japanese, but it definitely has something. It is throaty. Need to keep in a lower gear when going slower than you do with a big four cylinder. Really nice styling. Some quaint things about it… Read Full Review

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“I bought this bke new in 2003 it has 15,000 miles on...”

Written on: 06/10/2008

I bought this bke new in 2003 it has 15,000 miles on it with no problems. no cruiser under a 1450 will outrun it… Read Full Review

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“I have ridden from Longisland to Nova Scotia with no...”

Written on: 24/09/2008

I have ridden from Longisland to Nova Scotia with no faults. Not
A touring bike and maybe a touring seat would have been nice.
I now have 10,000 miles and only had a faulty $18.00 oil pressure switch… Read Full Review

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“This is my second Triumph Speedmaster, I bought my 1st...”

Written on: 17/09/2008 by Chris Morgan (1 review written)

This is my second Triumph Speedmaster, I bought my 1st one which was a 790cc after suffering from a damaged right foot from a previous bike accident. I rode it over to Spain for the Moto GP, it never missed a beat and never had any aches whatsoever. Then I went back to a Honda VFR800 as I thought in my weird way that I wasn't ready for this style bike, I went to Assen again for the Moto GP and then decided who am I kidding. So I sold the VFR and purchased my 2007 model Speedmaster. I have found… Read Full Review

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