2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow vs. Triumph America [Video]

Prestige-brand cruisers that won’t crush your pocketbook

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And The Winner Is...

With MSRPs so close in proximity, the Harley and Triumph’s costs become a non-issue. A prospective buyer is then left to decide which motorcycle will better suit specific needs and desires.

I genuinely found riding the SuperLow a gas. Despite occasionally feeling like the SL’s cramped quarters would eventually grow old if I owned it, I still couldn’t deny the care and quality that Harley invested in this model, from its clean, simple styling to the undeniable “American V-Twin” character it possess. It is, after all, the original.

2012 Triumph America Harley-Davidson SuperLow

But my pragmatic side says the Triumph America just makes more sense for a greater cross section of riders because of its accommodating fit, big bike looks and feel, good overall performance and unique engine. I felt like I could live more comfortably day in and day out with the America than I could the SuperLow. But if you’re a rider that finds the Harley is an ideal fit, then you’ve found your cruiser.

In either case, with such low price tags for these quality motorcycles from venerable motorcycle brands, either choice is the right choice.

By the Numbers
  Harley-Davidson Sportster SuperLow Triumph America
Engine Type Air-Cooled V-Twin Air-cooled parallel-Twin
Displacement 883cc 865cc
Bore & Stroke 76.2 x 96.8mm 90.0 x 68.0mm
Compression 8.9:1 N/A
HP (BHP or Rear Wheel) 45.5 50.4
Torque 46.3 47.1
Frame Steel tube Steel tube
Wheelbase 59.3 in 63.6 in
Rake/Trail 31.1/5.7 33.0/5.6
Front Suspension 39mm Showa Fork 41mm Kayaba
Rear Suspension Dual Coil-Over Dual Coil-Over
Front/Rear Tires 120/70 x 18 & 150/60 x 17 130/90 x 16 & 170/80 x 15
Front Brakes Single, dual piston Single, dual piston
Rear Brakes Single-piston Single, dual piston
Seat Height 26.8 in. 27.1 in.
Wet Weight 563 lbs 550 lbs
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal 5.1 gal

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