The Triumph America is quite a unique machine. It was part of the 2007 model year that involved the end of the Triumph Bonneville as a bike with a 790-cubic centimeter (cc) engine displacement. However, the America was the model released exclusively for the North American market, with a few changes.
The Triumph America, just like its other Bonneville counterparts – the bottom-level Base, black-colored and aptly labeled Black, and the top-tier T100 -- marks part of the bike’s third production cycle, after production spells in 1959 to 1983 and 1985 to 1988. Also, the Triumph America was released at a time when its manufacturer, British company Triumph Motorcycles, halted Bonneville production at Hinckley, Leicestershire. Manufactured since 2001, the third generation of Bonnies had an engine displacement of 790 cc, but Triumph increased it on the 2007 version to 865 cc.
What sets apart the 2007 Triumph America from the other 2007 Bonneville models is its larger physical dimensions. The 2007 America has a length of around 95 inches, width of around 38 inches, and height of around 46 inches, with a wheelbase estimated at 65 inches and a weight of 497 lbs. By comparison, the other models of the 2007 Bonneville have measurement and weight figures as follows: length of 88 inches, width of 33 inches, height of 43 inches, wheelbase of 59 inches and weight of 451 lbs. Also, the seat of the America model is set lower, at 28 inches compared to 30 inches on the other models.
However, the aluminum wheels on the 2007 Triumph America are smaller. The front and rear wheels measure 18 inches and 15 inches, respectively. The ones on the other Bonneville models are 19 inches and 17 inches.
The engine itself is a four-stroke double-cylinder engine: with four valves on each cylinder, and a bore and stroke of 3.55 and 2.68 inches. The engine powers the 2007 Triumph America with 61 horsepower at 6,800 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 50 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque at 4,800 RPM. By comparison, the other models have an engine with 62 horsepower at 7,400 RPM and 44 lb-ft of torque at an RPM of 3,500. The 2007 America engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. Peak fuel capacity is measured at 4.4 gallons.
Each 2007 Triumph America has all-wheel disc brakes, employed for better braking than a disc brake on the front and drum brake at the back. The two-piece vinyl seat on the 2007 America can handle up to two people – a driver and a passenger. The digital dashboard up front contains a trip odometer, tachometer, and speedometer. Halogen headlights and rearview mirrors are included for lighting and visibility when driving.
Like the other models of the 2007 Triumph Bonneville, the America retains the retro styling of the bike’s early years, particularly in the ‘60s. Finishes are available in two-tone Pacific Blue/New England White, Phantom Black/Sunset Red and Phantom Black/Tornado Red; or simple Phantom Black. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the 2007 America is $7,999.