2006 Triumph America Review


The 2006 Triumph Bonneville America (most often referred to as the Triumph America) offers classic cruiser styling to the classic Bonneville chassis. The power train of the 2006 America is based on the same foundation of the 2006 Bonneville, yet the rides are completely different. Remaining consistent between the Bonneville models (and throughout the Triumph line), riders can rest assured that they""ll mount quality when taking the controls of any Triumph. When comparing the 2006 Triumph America to the classically-inspired Bonneville T100, it""s all about aesthetic preference.

The 2006 Triumph America is appropriately named. It serves as a direct competitor to the entry level, all-American cruiser, the Harley-Davidson Sportster 883. When the popular British motorcycle manufacturer began offering the America in 2002, it immediately turned heads of Triumph and cruiser enthusiasts alike. Unlike competitor models from Harley-Davidson, as well as the popular Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, Triumph was able to offer something unique to riders looking for a new experience: a cruiser boasting the powerful and performance-rich Triumph engine. Like its Bonneville brother of the same year, the 2006 Triumph America is powered by a capable, 790cc, air-cooled, dual exhaust, smooth running, parallel-twin engine.

The slightly stretched, leaned-back seat position of the 2006 Triumph America will satisfy riders who enjoy the classic cruiser riding position. The robust fenders, beefy front fork, and single headlamp all offer signature cruiser style. Triumph adds an iconic stamp above its parallel-twin with a beautiful cutaway tank, which is unmistakably Triumph. The driver and passenger seat offer the capability to accessorize and modify with seat backs, and sissy bars. Add a windshield, saddle bags, and rear luggage rack, and the 2006 Triumph America is ready for the open road.

Even with its brawny look and feel, the 2006 Triumph America is nimble within an urban environment. It has no issues working through traffic, or accelerating smoothly away from it at any stoplight. With impressive fuel economy (47mpg city), the America serves as an excellent daily commuter option. Additionally, at less than 500 lbs., this cruiser serves as an excellent option for riders looking to join the cruiser crowd. The near 800cc engine displacement on the Triumph America will be excessive for some inexperienced riders, but for responsible rookies who are patient and willing, the 2006 America is a top-quality first ride.

New For 2006

  • There were no significant changes to the 2006 Triumph America. It is a carryover from the 2005 model.

2006 Triumph America Specs

  • Model: 2006 Triumph Bonneville America
  • Engine Type: 790cc parallel-twin, 270 degree firing interval
  • Bore and Stroke: 86 x 68mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.2:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC
  • Induction: Twin carburetors; Throttle position sensor; Electric carburetor heaters
  • Ignition: Digital, Inductive
  • Transmission: 5-speed
  • Final Drive: X-ring Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 4.4 gal.
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 48/57mpg city/hwy
  • Brakes (Front): Single 310mm disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 285mm disc
  • Suspension (Front): 41mm Telescopic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Spring twin rear shocks, adjustable
  • Rake: 33.3 degrees
  • Trail: 153mm
  • Wheelbase: 65.2 in.
  • Seat Height: 28.3 in.
  • Curb Weight: 497 lbs.
  • Tires (Front): 110/90 18
  • Tires (Rear): 170/80 R 15


  • Saddle Bags, Tank Bags, Luggage Accessories
  • Windshields
  • Performance and Dress Accessories
  • Sissybar, Backrests, Rider Comfort Accessories

Key Competitors For The 2006 Triumph America

  • 2006 Suzuki Boulevard
  • 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883