A legend is revived
IN the new Triumph Bonneville family, the Thruxton and Thruxton R have the most to live up to.
The names are about as legendary as it gets, even among Bonnies.
Thruxton was synonymous with Triumph’s global racing success — most notably at the Isle of Man TT — 40 and 50 years ago, inspiring a generation of teenage cafe racers with custom specials.
The Thruxtons really deliver out on the road too, returning the cafe racer to its heritage performance roots. Power comes from a 1200cc engine, while handling, agility and capability match the imposing and authentic styling.
The more contemporary R is equipped with cutting-edge chassis components and settings. Among its higher specification are Brembo monobloc brake calipers, Showa big piston forks, Ohlins rear suspension and Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres.
The latest technology delivers a ride that’s as poised as it is exhilarating.
An eight-valve, fuel-injected parallel twin Bonneville engine takes the “low inertia-high performance” route, combining a lighter crank, higher compression and revised airbox.
There is instant response thanks to Triumph’s ride-by-wire fuelinjection tech, funnelling fuel via authentically styled twin throttle bodies.
In Thruxton spec, the engine delivers peak torque of 112Nm at 4950rpm — a healthy 62 per cent more than the previous generation — which is put to the road by a sixspeed transmission.
The engine is characterised by a high level of finish and detailing.
Internals of the 1200cc engine include cutting-edge liquid cooling, carefully integrated to minimise visual impact while assisting with cleaner emissions and enhancing fuel efficiency.
Taking cues from the original racing Thruxtons, the pair of upswept exhausts with reverse- megaphone end cans deliver a thunderous exhaust note to match their powerful presence. The pipes are finished in chrome on the Thruxton and brushed stainless steel on the Thruxton R.
The Thruxton chassis and suspension are all about sharp handling. Sporting ergonomics are enhanced by clip-on bars, fully adjustable suspension and a 17-inch front wheel.
The new Thruxton gives purists an engaging ride and the R takes it to a higher plane again.
Inspiring: Triumph Thruxton R