THRUXTON QUESTIONS ANSWERED
1When can I buy a Thruxton R?
It will arrive in dealers by April 23, but you may have to wait for a while to get your hands on one. Dealers are asking for a £250 deposit to secure an R, however most have already sold their initial allocation and the next delivery won’t be until September. Some dealers will have R models as demos on April 23, others will just have the standard Thruxton.
Can I buy a standard Thruxton instead?
Like the R, most dealers have already sold their initial allocation of the standard Thruxton, however they are expecting a new batch of bikes to arrive in August, shortly before the next batch of Rs land.
Why doesn’t the R have an Öhlins fork?
According to Triumph, the performance of the Showa BPF was more than good enough. Fitting Öhlins would have mainly been a fashion-pleasing move.
How much power does the race cam give?
Triumph won’t confirm how much the ‘Performance Race Kit’ will cost, or how much more power it will produce, however as it is for competition use only fitting it will probably invalidate your road warranty.
Can I switch off all the electronics?
Yes, both the ABS and traction control are switchable on both Thruxton models.
Can I fit Thruxton R parts to the Thruxton?
Most of the accessories and upgraded parts on the R are interchangeable between the models and so are the Öhlins shocks. Fitting the BPF with their radial brakes is not possible as the ABS tune is unique to the R.
What accessories are there for the Thruxton models?
The official Triumph Café Racer inspiration kit brings naked café racer styling for £1295 while the Track Racer kit is more sports inspired and includes a half fairing for £1620. All the component parts are available separately and there are around 160 extras such as the V&H exhaust silencers, quilted seat and various bolt-on accessories. All accessories can be fitted to either model.
Is the Vance & Hines exhaust offensively loud?
That’s a subjective issue, but the exhaust is available in a roadhomologated specification with removable baffles if you don’t want to upset your neighbours too much. And a full de-cat (race only) one if you do!
When did you start the 1200 project?
MCN SW About four years ago, however there was an awful lot of discussing beforehand about what the bikes needed to be. The Bonneville and Thruxton names are a big part of Triumphõs heritage and they will play a major part in its future.
BMW steered clear of too much technology on its R ninet, why did Triumph choose to embrace it?
MCN SW It is a contemporary motorcycle, and if you donõt notice itõs there whatõs wrong with having it? Look around the 1200s and try and find the technology, it is very well hidden. We arenõt making a fuss of it, but we know people will appreciate it working in the background to improve the ride.
Why was the capacity increase necessary?
MCN SW There was always a group of riders who found the 900 too small, so we made a larger capacity machine that is packaged
The R model’s twin Öhlins shocks are fully adjustable and the preload’s C-spanner is located under the rider’s seat. And despite the Öhlins-alike gold tubes, the front end is actually a Showa Big Piston Fork (BPF), and is also fully
The Thruxton has a tubular steel frame that uses the engine as a stressed member, increasing its rigidity. The R’s wheelbase of 1415mm and its 22.8-degree rake and 92mm trail are in the same ballpark as modern sportsbikes, and its wheelbase is shorter than
the Speed Triple’s.
The all-new 1200cc parallel twin has a 270-degree crank with a single overhead cam that operates finger followers rather than a bucket and shim valve train. The motor is fully water cooled, but has fins on its cylinder to improve cooling and also give an authentic
appearance. The Monza fuel cap cover hides a lockable fuel filler, the single headlight has daytime running lights within it, the rear light is all LED, the key has a built-in immobiliser (there is also a unique Thruxton R key), the twin clocks have LED displays for gear, fuel, fuel
range, mpg and time.
Triumph say the Thruxton R is a contemporary machine so have given it traction control as well as a rideby-wire throttle system. It has three fuel modes – Road, Rain and Sport – which keep the same power but
vary the throttle’s response.
The Brembo monobloc calipers are linked to a Brembo radial master cylinder by steel braided lines and grip Brembo fully floating discs. The ABS is switchable. The base-model Thruxton gets twin-piston Nissin sliding calipers and fixed discs
backed up with ABS.
If you pick the Thruxton over the Bonneville you know what you are getting into. This is a cafž racer-style bike with a sportier stance, and so you have to accept the fact the seat is a touch hard, pillion pegs are an aftermarket option that also requires a new seat to accommodate a passenger, and after a while the clip-on (or more accurately clip-over) bars are hard work on your wrists. Itõs a cafž racer, what else do you expect? IÕM over 6ft tall and although I didnõt feel cramped on the Thruxton when riding it, I did get continually frustrated that I kept sliding forward on the seat and into the back of the petrol tank. But my biggest gripe is with the sidestand.
I know this may sound petty, but the fact that the knobble you flick with your heel is totally inaccessible when you are wearing race boots drove me crazy. Every time I stopped I had to physically lean down and flick the stand out by hand Ð which is not cool. Did it detract from the overall experience? No, of course not, but it does make you look like a plum every time you stop.
So, have Triumph produced a Thruxton worthy of carrying the name to the next generation of owners? I would certainly say so. The styling and attention to detail lavished upon it are second to none. The parallel-twin engine is a little lacking in character, but nothing that a set of loud pipes wouldnõt rectify, and many owners favour refinement over character anyway. The handling is top drawer thanks to excellent brakes, suspension and chassis balance Ð and the electronics marry the whole package together. And thatõs the key to the new Thruxton R Ð itõs a well thought-out complete package, not just an assembly of trick parts like so many cafž racer specials.