3 years and 10,000 miles later I cannot think of another bike that works as well for me. I wanted a b road bike and my licence needed me to slow down. I needed a machine that would be fun at real world speeds and that I could wring out flat out through the gears without risking a jail term. In other words I wanted a bike that makes 100 mph feel fast and not just somewhere you flash through between 2nd and 3rd gear. The Thruxton is that bike. In performance terms it's equivalent to a jap 400. In handling it's distinctly eighties and probably a match for an LC down a b road, but anything more modern would leave it for dead. So it defies comparison with anything made in the last decade. But with the almost obligatory noisy exhausts it sounds wonderful and delivers a wonderfully retro riding experience. So the good points? Reliable, despite my flat out riding style: nothing went wrong in 10,000 miles. It makes sensible speeds feel exciting, looks great and sounds excellent at full throttle. The Thruxton is also cheap to run and insure and (given that I had a Hayabusa before) the tyre life amazed me. It also depreciates incredibly slowly and is comfortable over a distance. The bad points? The styling may be pure 60's but the handling is stuck in the 80's. The suspension goes off within a few thousand miles if you hack around bumpy b roads. There are a couple of niggles. Where do Triumph designers live that they don't consider a lockable fuel cap a necessity? ..and if they are not saving weight perhaps they could fit a main stand. Otherwise a great ownership proposition as long as you prefer to ride without a pillion and don't mind dumping the race leathers for black ones and looking as retro as your bike.