When Triumph decided to give their contemporary Bonneville line an American twist—appropriately named the Triumph Bonneville America—there were many who had their doubts as to how well an English cruiser-style motorcycle would compete with the likes of American and Japanese V-Twins. The Triumph America certainly won't lure the Harley-Davidson V-Twin purist to trade in their Sportster, but it does serve as a head-turner for motorcycling enthusiasts who possess an appreciation of all makes and models. That appreciation has also translated into impressive sales, and continuous advancements in design technology as the America has grown in popularity.
The 2005 Triumph America is based on the same power platform as its predecessors, as well as its Bonneville family members. The 790cc parallel twin engine is only slightly tweaked, with a 270 degree firing interval. This gives the Triumph America a distinct, American cruiser feel when idling, as well as a sound that is unlike the customary balance within a parallel twin engine. With the right exhaust, the Triumph America sounds meaner and more V-Twin-inspired than it actually is. Regardless, the 2005 America remains every bit Triumph, in terms of both performance and reliability.
For some reason, the Triumph America is classified as a semi-cruiser. There is little doubt many V-Twin purists had influence on such a categorization. Regardless of not being fully accepted into the cruiser class, this bike is every bit of a cruiser in look and feel. Triumph has taken the Bonneville chassis, stretched it out, dropped the seat, added beefy tires, a robust front fork, adjustable spring-loaded rear shocks, and enough chrome to fool the untrained eye. In this regard, the Triumph America is definitely a cruiser.
The five speed gearbox makes for enjoyable cruising through town, while also managing highway speeds with ease. Being less than 800cc in displacement, owners can also expect a very fuel-efficient ride. The 2005 America tested at 57 mpg highway, and averages more than 50 mpg. It is a ride boasting impressive style, and impressive economy.
Being a cruiser, the 2005 Triumph America is ready for rider customization through a variety of accessories: seat backs, sissy bars, saddle bags, windshields, custom mirrors, custom exhaust—the list goes on and on. Operators will find that there is plenty of gusto to carry a passenger, and passengers will enjoy the seat space and comfort.
The 2005 Triumph America serves as a great beginner cruiser. The engine offers adequate power for any riding scenario, provides great efficiency for daily commuting, and serves as a wonderful mode of travel for weekend adventures. Weighing in at less than 500 lbs., it is also quite maneuverable for riders of smaller stature. Experienced riders will find the America to be quite comfortable for a cruiser in the middleweight class.