TRI­UMPH THRUX­TON R £11,700

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FUEL 14.5 litres @ 49mpg = 149 miles WEIGHT 203kg (dry) SEAT HEIGHT 810mm POWER 95.6bhp TORQUE 82.6ftlb THE RIDER Si­mon Relph. 41 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, both on and off road. HEIGHT 6ft 1in WEIGHT 98kg si­mon.relph@motorcyclenews.com When I spot­ted MCN Se­nior Road Tester Michael Neeves rid­ing an al­most iden­ti­cal Thrux­ton R to mine on the orig­i­nal Pirelli Di­ablo Rosso Cor­sas, I jumped at the chance to com­pare them to the Met­zeler Road­tec 01s I have been us­ing. The dif­fer­ence was quite con­sid­er­able when rid­den one after the other. The Pirellis were more ag­ile round corners and felt very sporty but at the cost of the feel for grip, even when warmed up a bit. How­ever nice the sporty feel was, I would have to go for the Met­zel­ers, purely for the to­tal con­fi­dent feel they give me, and the sheer amount of grip they of­fer on a cold wet day. I think I will save the Pirellis for the sum­mer.

Brace of Thrux­tons? Can’t be bad

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