‘It’s tai­lored fit ver­sus forced’


The Thrux­ton R looks, feels and rides as if it was des­tined to be con­verted into a café racer while the XSR900 is bril­liant bike ru­ined by its ill- con­ceived bolt- ons. It’s the dif­fer­ence be­tween tai­lor­ing the bike from its de­sign stages to be cus­tomised into an al­ter­na­tive style and at­tempt­ing to force an ex­ist­ing model to be­come some­thing it isn’t.

The half-fair­ing and slightly low­ered bars, not to men­tion the beau­ti­ful ex­haust note, makes the Thrux­ton’s rid­ing ex­pe­ri­ence far more en­gag­ing and evoca­tive of yes­ter­year – which is what you yearn for in a mod­ern café racer. On the XSR the overly low bars cramp the rid­ing po­si­tion and make for an un­pleas­ant and un­com­fort­able ride that only con­jures up men­tal im­ages of the next fuel stop and a chance to shake life back into your aching wrists and dry your wet arse.

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