Thruxton vs Thruxton R
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.