2011 Triumph Speedmaster Review


For what it’s worth, the 2011 Triumph Speedmaster is a lot of bike for its price. With an old-school cruiser feel, the 2011 Triumph Speedmaster is a throwback to the 1960s. This medium-sized cruiser may be smaller than other cruisers, but it is powerful and has been given a new chopper look, appealing to different customers in this new age of bikes. The vehicle brings back a retro 1960s cruiser feel, but comes with a variety of upgrades to give riders a newer, smoother, and more powerful riding experience. Heavy cruiser riders can now have the advantage of taking a medium-sized cruiser out for a spin and will still get the feel of a big bike. The Speedmaster is a good mid-size bike that is easy to adjust to, whether a rider has been riding on a heavier or lighter bike.

The 2011 model of the Triumph Speedmaster’s ergonomics have been improved and altered to appeal to a broader range of riders. The controls of the bike are now located closer to the rider to avoid any unnecessary movement while riding. The engine, an 865cc dual overhead camshaft, remains unchanged since 2005 when Triumph upgraded their engines from 790cc to 865cc. The front wheel of the bike has been made taller and skinnier, and is now accompanied with a smaller, newly-designed headlight. The back wheel has been widened and now comes with a shorter rear guard. The seat height has been lowered along with the footpegs which have also moved further back. The 2011 model is a marvel of upgrades and power, and it definitely does not disappoint. The ergonomics improve the rider’s experience and handling of the bike.

The idea behind Triumph’s 2011 Speedmaster is a stripped-down, more-powerful version of the Speedmaster models of the past. The Triumph Speedmaster first appeared in the market around the early 2000s. The mid-range size cruiser was able to make its mark, distinguishing itself from other bikes, such as v-twins or larger cruisers. Triumph took the low-slung retro feel of the cruisers back in the day and converted them into modern machines which are now known as Speedmasters. The middle-weight, British-made bike decided to spruce up a classic in a unique style and they have come a long way from where they started. This bike provides convenience both in the city on the highway. However, to enjoy its true power and handling, it has to be taken on a long route because it offers great revving capability and speed on undulating road.

New For 2011

  • A new 19-inch high cast aluminum front wheel with single disc brake and thinner tire accompanied by a new headlight design.
  • The rear wheel is wider and is a 15-inch height cast with shorter rear guards 865-cc parallel twin engine, 270 degree firing interval and twin slash cut pipes.
  • Ergonomics improved with a lowered seat, wider handlebars, and lower footpegs for an easier riding experience.
  • Blacked out engine cases, tear drop tank, minimalist mudguards.
  • Twin rear shocks with pre-load adjustments, new rev counter in fuel tank.
  • Two color options available in phantom black and cranberry red.
  • Two-year unlimited mileage warranty as standard.

2011 Triumph Speedmaster Specs

  • Model: 2011 Triumph Speedmaster
  • Engine Type: 865-cc, air-cooled, four-valves-per-cylinder, four-stroke, parallel twin
  • Bore and Stroke: 3.54 inches x 2.68 inches
  • Compression ratio: 9.2:1
  • Valve Train: Dual overhead camshaft
  • Induction: Air
  • Ignition: Digital-inductive type via engine management system
  • Transmission: Five-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.10 gallons
  • Fuel Economy: N/A
  • Brakes (Front): Single 12.2-inch disc with twin-piston Nissin caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 11.2-inch disc with twin-piston Nissin caliper
  • Suspension (Front): 1.61-inch Kayaba fork, non-adjustable
  • Suspension (Rear): Twin shocks, adjustable for preload
  • Wheelbase: 63 inches
  • Rake: 33.4 degrees
  • Seat Height: 27.5 inches
  • Curb Weight: 550 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 100/90-R19
  • Tires (Rear): 170/80-B15


  • Range of saddlebags that provide utmost comfort
  • Screens
  • Alternative seats to meet preferences of individual riders
  • Analog speed with inset LCD display
  • High beam and oil warning lights set into chrome surrounds of the fuel filler

Key Competitors For The 2011 Triumph Speedmaster

  • Honda VT750S
  • Yamaha XVS950A
  • Kawasaki VN900
  • Harley-Davidson 883 Sportster Super Low
  • Victory Cross Country