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2011 Triumph Speedmaster Review: can it be a touring bike?

Motorcycle: 
Year: 
2011
Color: 
black
Review Summary: 

When I bought my 2011 model, I sported in the back of my mind that it would be able to be fast enough for interstate travel.  I'm only 140 lbs, thus in town and on the open road it will get out and go.  Have had it up to 95 mph and wasn't throttled out it.  Can it tour though.  Yes.  I just finished a 4000 mile trip from Medford, OR to Gregory, SD.  I had probably around 70 lbs of gear packed on it.  I pushed it 75-85 mph on the interstates.  When passing though at 70, would need to down shift into 4th to get the umph going then shift into 5th once it kicked in.  It ran flawlessly whether it was 44 degrees F in the am or 95 degrees in the afternoon.  No problems going over 8500 foot pass.  The only drawback is that it has trouble with strong crosswinds since it only weighs 550 lbs.     It cruises the best between 65-75 mph for 50 mpg +, pushing 75 mph +, the mileage drops down to 45 mpg.  Over the course of 4000 miles, it averaged right at 50 mpg.  I doubt any big bikes are doing that mileage.  It's a tradeoff, want less vibration and not fight wind as much but less mpg, then get a big bike.  Want good mileage, sporty cruiser for back country mountain roads, and an occaisional long trip, then this bike will do you.  Also made the day for a 7-8 year boy at a rest stop who had his hands over his ears thinking my bike was a "loud, noisy bike".  I told him it was a quiet one.  He smiled and dropped his hands once I started it up.

Best Features: 
good mileage, handles well in curves, fairly easy to move around
Improvements: 
The kickstand needs to stick out more to kick it down. It has just a small knob to get your heel on it. I'll be fixing that by finding a good welder to modify it some. Triumph could have more variable accessories for it.
My Overall Rating: 
5
Power : 
4
Looks: 
5
Handling: 
5
Comfort: 
4
Quality: 
5
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
tall
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
2
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
8,100
Owned: 
currently own
Riding Style: 
around town, with passenger, short trips, long trips
Customized: 
some accessories
Customizations: 

Put a saddleman seat on it which helped tremendously.  Floorboards, hiway pegs, engine bars, wind screen, hard saddlebags and trunk, brakaway cruise control, front riding lights