Thrux­ton vs Thrux­ton R

Con­tin­ued over

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As it turns out, con­sid­er­ably more than you might ex­pect! The ob­vi­ous dif­fer­ences are the fact the R has fully ad­justable Öh­lins shocks and a Showa BPF fork, whereas the Thrux­ton has a non-ad­justable con­ven­tional fork and only vari­able spring preload on its twin shocks. The R also boasts a Brembo ra­dial mas­ter cylin­der, Brembo float­ing discs and Brembo monobloc four-pis­ton calipers where the stan­dard bike has a con­ven­tional mas­ter cylin­der and two-pis­ton slid­ing Nissin calipers. Dig deeper and you spot the R’s sporty Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso Corsa tyres, while the Thrux­ton gets Pirelli An­gel GTS for a more re­laxed at­ti­tude. On the styling front, the R has a brushed alu­minium ex­haust sys­tem where the stan­dard model has chrome and the R gets a pil­lion seat cowl, pol­ished top yoke and metal stripe down its tank. Then there are the small dif­fer­ences such as the lack of rubber on the R’s foot­pegs, its nar­rower bars and sil­ver swingarm. The en­gine, frame and elec­tron­ics due to the torque re­ac­tion and has a real alive­ness about it. The Tri­umph twin, on the other hand, is far more civilised, more re­fined.

Bang the throt­tle open in the first few gears and the mo­tor picks up with real fe­roc­ity, but this is all tem­pered by the trac­tion con­trol sys­tem, some­thing the R ninet lacks. So where the BMW lifts the front, the Tri­umph’s elec­tron­ics only me­ter out the power the rear tyre can deal with. You can al­ways turn the TC off, but I sus­pect that most own­ers won’t. What the Thrux­ton de­liv­ers is a bike that has enough ac­cel­er­a­tion and torque to ex­cite you, but not enough to make you worry that it’s all go­ing to end in tears – it’s a re­fined ma­chine whereas the R ninet can be a bit of a brute. I also sus­pect the Thrux­ton’s tar­get au­di­ence would much rather have its lovely slick gear­box, vi­bra­tion free mir­rors, light clutch ac­tion and del­i­cate ride-by-wire throt­tle ac­tion. I’m not knock­ing the R ninet – I’m a huge fan of it – I just think the Thrux­ton is aimed at a slightly dif­fer­ent buyer who is more likely to ap­pre­ci­ate re­fine­ment. But it isn’t to­tally with­out fault. are the same be­tween the mod­els, al­though as the R’s shocks are longer as it has a more ag­gres­sive stance than the stan­dard Thrux­ton, with slightly al­tered ge­om­e­try and a 5mm taller seat height.

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