A RETRO TRACKDAY?
Although not really designed for the circuit, the Triumph and BMW can mix it in the fast group.
The Thruxton R is a capable companion here at Cadwell Park. Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres are grippy (once you’ve got heat in them), brakes superb and the suspension controlled. Fun, especially when you turn the traction control and ABS off.
It can get a little flighty, but nothing gets out of control and the short-revving engine demands you swim around in its midrange.
You’d expect it to have the beating of the BMW here, but it’s the Racer that actually impresses the most. Front-end feel has all the hallmarks of a well-sorted race bike and the big-lean stability that impresses so much on the road can be used to the full. Ground clearance can be an issue unless you hang off and you’d be wise to avoid Cadwell’s high kerbs with those big cylinder heads poking out.
Unlike the Triumph’s sporty rubber, the BMW’S has Metzeler Roactec Z8s. But they can easily contain the Racer’s 110bhp and while those on race tyres were crashing on the early laps, the BMW’S rubber is good to go after a few corners.
As well as offering sportsbike thrills you’re in a win/win situation on bikes like these – they’re faster and betterhandling than they look, especially that BMW which is a wolf in a 70s sheepskin coat. Q Thanks to MSV trackdays: ww.msvtrackdays.com
Pegs go down but front feel is great