Saturday, 7 June 2014

Cruisin' - I knew I'd love it...

As you will no doubt know (if you have read previous posts) owning a Harley is pretty much top of my list. Strangely I have never actually ridden a cruiser. Yes, I sat astride a Breakout at Leeds H-D but due to the wretched legal stuff re my damaged head stretching on and on I haven't actually seen the point in booking a test ride yet.

Yesterday though, I took my old Triumph to A1 Moto for a service and its MOT (for my foreign friends that's the annual roadworthiness test as required by law). I knew I was getting a courtesy bike (last time I had one it was a Triumph Street Triple which I did an earlier post about). You can imagine my delight when the guy told me I was getting loan of this little sweetie...

...a Triumph Speedmaster.

As you can see it is very much in the Harley style with drag bars and forward pegs. The after-market exhausts provided a lovely loud growl with plenty of crackle and pop when I eased off the throttle. I had great fun and I now absolutely know that cruiser style biking is for me (as if I ever actually doubted it!). 

The Speedmaster is built with quality and gives more than a nod to its heritage. The engine is an 865cc parallel twin, fuel injected and water cooled. However the injection system is hidden away in casings that are designed to look like carburettors and the radiator is small enough to be hardly noticeable. It was a joy to ride. A well balanced machine. Suspension was a little hard and the drag bars probably had me reaching too far forward, as with the Breakout in my earlier post, it would benefit from a handle bar swap for some that sweep back a little. But these are only minor critisisms. The bike was so much fun the smile never left my face.

Of course I'm not going to change my mind about buying a Harley but I certainly wouldn't mind having one of these in the stable too. It costs about nine grand less than the Breakout too.

To cap off a great day the old Triumph passed its MOT with no problems. Hoorah!


  1. Fun! Hubby had a Triumph America (cruiser) before he bought his Tiger and loved the bike. Still misses it some days.

    Glad your biked passed too. Fingers crossed you'll get your Harley one of these days.

  2. You can count on knowing about it the same day when I do!!!

  3. If your mind is set on the Harley, go for it. I went on a test ride once, and was hooked instantly. Nothing else will produce similar sound and vibes. I love my belt driven Sporty, and it needs no more than lubricants, a refill and the occasional wash. I will be watching you as things (hopefully) unfold for you.

  4. Thanks Sonja. It's interesting how import duties make Triumphs so expensive abroad and Harleys expensive here. I guess with Harleys there's quite a mark up as well. Enjoy Germany, I lived there for seven and a half years in the 70s & 80s and loved it. The roads are generally brilliant. The Black Forest must be brilliant for biking.