Tri­umph Thrux­ton 900

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> £5000-£7500 > 2005-2015 > 856cc par­al­lel twin > 69bhp > 205kg If you want that au­then­tic café-racer vibe, you can’t go wrong with a Tri­umph: after all, Bri­tish par­al­lel twins pow­ered the orig­i­nal café-racer craze. While the 900 Thrux­ton has less ur­gency than the 1200 that re­placed it, if any­thing it has even more char­ac­ter. It is, after all, a more au­then­tic air-cooled en­gine, styled to look like a pre-unit lump.

But be­hind the achingly ac­cu­rate retro lines is an ef­fec­tive mod­ern road­ster. The stan­dard ex­hausts are dis­ap­point­ingly muted so don’t be sur­prised to find af­ter­mar­ket cans adding a touch more char­ac­ter to any used bike. The rid­ing po­si­tion is a proper com­pact sport­ing crouch — tough on taller rid­ers — but the han­dling is set for com­fort rather than clip­ping apexes, as the soft sus­pen­sion is ba­sic, with only preload ad­just­ment.

The big ace in the Thrux­ton’s hand is that there are plenty of de­cent, rel­a­tively low-mileage ones around for not too much money. Prices are stronger for the fi­nal years of pro­duc­tion (2014-15) when it was pro­duced in only lim­ited num­bers. How­ever, as it didn’t change in the full run of pro­duc­tion, it’s safe to go for an early one in­stead, buy­ing on con­di­tion and ser­vice his­tory to save a few bob.

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