Although the reborn Triumph showed its first models at the Cologne, Germany, show in 1990, it wasn’t until 2001 that it resurrected the Bonneville, the storied marque’s best-known model. Later that year, Triumph introduced its first purpose-built cruiser, the America. They shared an engine platform—an air-cooled, carbureted 790cc parallel twin—but little else. The Bonneville’s 360-degree firing order was changed to 270 degrees on the America for a more loping cadence, and for a proper cruiser look, it featured a raked-out front end, a lower seat and feet-forward pegs.
Over time, displacement grew to 865cc and electronic fuel injection replaced the carbs (the throttle bodies are disguised to look like CV carbs to maintain a classic look). In 2014, two versions of the America were offered: the base-model ($8,299; it returns unchanged for 2015 except for a $100 price increase) and the new America LT ($9,499), with a tall windshield, pullback handlebar, leather saddlebags, passenger backrest, floorboards and heel-toe shifter. The two-tone Pacific Blue/Sapphire Blue paint scheme returns for 2015, but the price bumps up to $9,799.
The Triumph was the horsepower king on Jett Tuning’s dyno. It made 56.0 horsepower at 6,700 rpm, but torque was the second lowest—49.7 lb-ft at 3,600 rpm. With the second-best fuel economy (49.8 mpg) and second-largest gas tank (5.1 gallons), the America LT also had the second-best range at 252 miles.