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2011 Triumph Speedmaster Review: sporty cruizer

Motorcycle: 
Year: 
2011
Color: 
black
Review Summary: 

Cool Says it all, almost.  This was and is my first bike.  I bought it brand new after much reading of motorcycle reviews.  I am a tall skinny bean pole of a person.  I wanted a bike that was somewhat light weight, would be sporty, but also could cruise the interstate, had good range of mileage before fill ups, a nice warranty, didn't cost an arm and leg compared to comparable bikes.  It meets all of that, but the only down side I have had with it is trying to accessorize it.  There are not many after market parts for it, thus one tends to pay for the accessories.  Customization is difficult.  It can be done, but will take much more effort than other bikes.   

What I didn't like about the bike was the seat selection they had for it.  After much research, I finally found out that British Customs had a seat for it that actually had some lower back support.  I bought it for $600.  After getting the seat and using it for awhile, I found out that it was a Saddleman seat that I could have bought with drivers backrest for about $400.  Trouble being is most sites don't list the Triumph Speedmaster as being a possible fit.  Once I got the seat that raised me up 2 inches, it was so much nicer to ride.  

Will I trade it off for another sometime.  I doubt it.  It handles fairly nice in the twisties, has good acceleration, getting 45mpg in town, 50mpg hiway, Tradeoff, not as comfy as a Goldwing, but then again it is $15000 cheaper.  

Best Features: 
All noted above
Improvements: 
Definitely change the seat.
My Overall Rating: 
4
Power : 
4
Looks: 
5
Handling: 
4
Comfort: 
5
Quality: 
5
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
tall
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
2
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
4,000
Owned: 
currently own
Riding Style: 
around town, commute, short trips, long trips
Customized: 
some accessories
Customizations: 

small hard saddlebags and trunk,  accesories (windscreen, floorboards, engine crash guards, hiway pegs, brakaway cruise control)