A leg­end is re­vived

The Advertiser - Motoring - - TWO WHEELS - PETER BARN­WELL

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

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