2009 Triumph America Review


Whether you’ve ridden motorcycles for decades and long for a bike that reminds you of the first bike you rode back in the 1960s, or you are a new motorcyclist looking for a solid first bike, the Triumph America might be exactly what you’re looking for. The 2009 Triumph America is one of the Hinckley, England company’s entries into the classic cruiser market. Mix a healthy dose of traditional cruiser styling with modern engineering components, and you get the Triumph America. The America is the type of bike that will appeal to a wide range of riders, making it suitable for a first bike, or a last bike.

With classic lines and a clean profile that are the hallmark of Triumph’s cruiser motorcycles, the America looks like what you would picture if you looked up the word ""motorcycle"" in the dictionary. With low swept, side mounted exhaust pipes, spoke wheels, a wide handlebar, and a great looking tank above the British parallel twin engine, the America epitomizes the image of a classic cruiser. Available in Phantom Black, and the two-tone color combinations of Pacific Blue/Aegean Blue and Pacific Blue/New England White, the Triumph America is sure to be an eye-catcher.

Triumph’s 865cc parallel twin engine powers the America. Triumph is known for their parallel twin engines, as well as in-line triples. On the Triumph America, the parallel two-cylinder generates a respectable 54 horsepower, and 51 ft. lbs. of torque. While the America doesn’t have the raw acceleration of the Rocket III, this is enough power to pull away from cars at stoplights, or to cruise highways in style at 80 mph.

The Triumph America proves to be surprisingly nimble for a cruiser bike. Due to its relatively light weight for a cruiser and the balanced design, the Triumph America handles the twists and turns better than might be expected for a cruiser bike. It's no sport bike, but it provides an excellent ride down a road like Pacific Coast Highway. A tubular steel cradle frame provides great stability at highway speeds. 41mm forks in front and chromed spring twin shocks ensure good ride quality over city streets, or long highway stretches. A hydraulic disc on the front and rear wheels supplies sufficient stopping power for the America.

The 2009 Triumph America works great as a commuter bike, due to its superb ergonomics. With a comfortable and natUral upright riding position and a very comfortable seat, this is the kind of bike you could enjoyably ride for hours. The dual seat is comfortable for the passenger as well as the driver, making the America a perfect bike to take on a road trip for two.

Triumph offers a wide selection of accessories for the America. Customizing your bike for your individual needs or tastes can be done with Triumph’s official accessories, or through a healthy aftermarket for Triumph’s classic bike line. Aesthetic upgrades available from Triumph include a host of chrome parts, while other popular aftermarket upgrades are exhaust and muffler modifications. The Triumph America is the type of great all-around bike that can take you to work on a daily basis, take you on weekend rides along twisting roads, or give a comfortable ride on a long road trip.

New For 2009

  • There were no significant changes to the 2009 Triumph America compared to the previous year's model.

2009 Triumph America Specs

  • Model: America
  • Engine Type: Parallel Two-Cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 90 x 68 mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.2 :1
  • Valve Train: DOHC 4-Stroke
  • Induction: Fuel Injection
  • Ignition: Electric
  • Transmission: 5-speed Gearbox
  • Final Drive: X Ring Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.1 gal
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: 45 mpg Combined
  • Brakes (Front): Single 310mm Disc
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 285mm Disc
  • Suspension (Front): 41mm Forks
  • Suspension (Rear): Chromed Twin Spring Shocks
  • Wheelbase: 65.2 inches
  • Seat Height: 28.3 inches
  • Curb Weight: 550 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 110 / 90 – 18
  • Tires (Rear): 170 / 80 – 15


  • Chrome Wheel Kit
  • Leather Saddlebags
  • Roadster Screen
  • Chrome Silencers
  • Mufflers - Chrome
  • Alarm System
  • Sissy Bar and Rack
  • Summer Screen
  • Light Bar and Light Kit - Chrome
  • Footboard Kit
  • Fabric Saddlebags
  • Touring Seat
  • Luggage Rack - Chrome
  • Solo Seat Kit
  • Engine Dresser Bars
  • Tacho
  • Fly Screen - Chrome
  • Front Spoiler Kit
  • Teardrop Styled Mirror
  • OVal Styled Mirror
  • Rear Footrest Hangers - Chrome
  • Rocker Gear Lever Kit - Chrome
  • Seat Rack - Chrome
  • Cam Cover - Chrome
  • Sprocket Cover - Chrome
  • Foot Control Bar - Chrome
  • Chain Guard - Chrome
  • Highway Pegs Logo - Chrome
  • Battery Box Cover - Chrome
  • Short Highway Peg Mount
  • Battery Optimiser
  • Adjustable Highway Peg Mount
  • Single Seat Finisher
  • Disk Lock
  • License Plate Frame
  • Axle Nut Covers - Chrome
  • Engine Mount - Chrome
  • Lifter Arm Cover - Chrome
  • Number Plate Bracket - Chrome
  • Clutch Cover Insert
  • Rear Brake Reservoir Cover - Chrome
  • First Aid Kit
  • Leather Embellisher - Chrome

Key Competitors For The 2009 Triumph America

  • Kawasaki Vulcan Classic
  • Star V Star 960
  • Harley-Davidson Superlow