A RETRO TRACKDAY?

Motorcycle News (UK) - - ROAD TEST -

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

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