TRIUMPH THRUXTON 1200 (2016-on) Review

Published: 09 March 2016

Triumph’s big-capacity sports retro goes as good as it looks

TRIUMPH THRUXTON 1200  (2016-on)

Triumph’s big-capacity sports retro goes as good as it looks

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Triumph has produced a Thruxton worthy to carry the name to the next generation of owners. The styling and attention to detail lavished on the Thruxton is second to none. The parallel twin engine is slightly lacking in character but nothing that a set of loud pipes wouldn’t rectify and many owners favour refinement over character anyway. The R’s handling is right out of the top draw thanks to excellent brakes, suspension and chassis balance. The electronics marry the whole package together. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The Thruxton models have the same geometry and wheelbase as the Speed Triple, which shows you how dedicated Triumph has been to ensuring they handle properly. These are no style queens, it’s all go as well as show. The R version adds Ohlins shocks and Showa BPF to the party with Brembo brakes for even more sporting prowess. The clip-ons are a little uncomfortable over distance and the seat is firm but acceptable for a cafe racer.

Engine 4 out of 5

Triumph’s 1200cc parallel twin is a very quick engine and spins up rapidly thanks to a lightened crank when compared to the T120 models, but it is refined and calmed down thanks to a good electronics package. This is no brute, it’s an elegant motor with bags of refinement rather than pure brute force.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Triumph has lavished huge amounts of time and effort on the Thruxton and the level of detail and finish is excellent, especially the little touches such as the seat’s inbuilt stand that stops you scratching the paint when it is removed. The motor’s service intervals have been extended to 10,000 miles, which is also good news.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The standard Thruxton is good value, but the Thruxton R is incredible value for money when you look at its spec list.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The R is the higher specification bike but both models get traction control, three power modes and ABS as standard. The dash includes a gear indicator and fuel range as well as the usual information. A pillion seat and pillion peg hangers are an optional extra.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH THRUXTON 1200 (2016-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your TRIUMPH THRUXTON 1200 (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

They Nailed It

06 August 2017 by jenksPJ52

I had a new 2004 "Series 1" Thruxton when they came out and over 4 years spent far to much on it, trying to make it the bike I wanted, but never got there. My 2016 model Thruxton R is the bike I was trying to make, and a whole lot more. Triumph... Read more has captured the look, the feel and the soul of a 1960s Cafe racer, yet delivered it in a bike that handles as well as a Street Triple and with a glorious paralel twin. What is not to like?

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The ride quality is, when compared to the stock 2004 model, as different as night and day. Other than my Tiger XC I've never ridden such a comfortable bike.
Engine
5 out of 5
Ride by wire throttle controls can be less than smooth, especially at small throttle openings. This one is good: not perfect, but good. I have V&H US Specification cans. they sound glorious with the db killers in, with them out a bit on the noisy side.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The black plastic ring round the Ohlins body has, at 3200 miles, become scored and looks unsightly. Triumph replaced the rear shocks, without argument, supplying new 2017 model version that doesn't have this plastic collar.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Heated Grips: work, and elegantly integrated into the controls. Fly-screen: reduces wind load well between 50 and 80 mph. Essential.
Buying experience

Bought as a 12 month old used bike from the dealer.

5 out of 5

24 May 2017 by Simon

Amazing, brakes, suspension and engine. Surges forward from 3000rpm. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Changed the suspension to the comfort settings which improved ride and handling on typical winding roads. Brakes are excellent and very reassuring.
Engine
5 out of 5
Love the instant surge of the low revving high torque engine. Plenty of power for wheelies and flying out of corners.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Excellent materials and beautiful touches. So far survived the February salt and responds well to cleaning.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Still under warranty.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Heated grips are excellent. The dual comfort seat could be more comfortable for a passenger.
5 out of 5

Classy Thruxton R graces the roads of South Wales.

05 June 2016 by Phil Jenkins

The engine is strong and refined, making it easy to access the power on tap. It also sounds great, particularly during acceleration and overrun; a very evocative sounding British twin. The handling is sharp and stable at all speeds. Pirelli corsa... Read more tyres add good adhesion to the road surface. Most of all, it's just about the best looking bike on the road.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Great handling and brakes, drops into corners with ease and the Pirelli tyres do the rest. The motor needs about 3000 revs to start pulling strongly but at that point it really comes on tap. This feels perfectly matched to the handling of the bike, which when combined with those powerful Brembos, just inspires confidence in myself to use the full potential of the bike. That confidence has led to me beginning to explore the out reaches of tread on the sidewall of those super sticky corsa tyres.
Engine
5 out of 5
Very smooth and enough power to win the traffic light drag race. The motor sounds great, just like an old fashioned British twin, with plenty of crackle and pop on overrun. The standard pipes are fine but would potentially sound even better with updated cans. I'm looking forward to riding the bike after it's first service when I can push the motor into the upper reaches of it's rev range. Early performance from the motor, up to about 4000rpm suggests to me that it has a lot more to offer; can't wait.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Only had the bike for two weeks, so early days yet.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
No servicing costs or repair costs yet, only two weeks old. I'm getting well above 50mpg and with service intervals at 10,000 miles the bike will be cheap to run. Insurance was also good value at £224 for fully comp.
Equipment
4 out of 5
The switches are all in the right place and easy to use. Having three engine modes helps on occasion. Self cancelling indicators would be useful; being old I keep forgetting to cancel them. I added a small fly-screen to the front, a dual comfort seat, for my old butt, and of course rear pegs to go with the dual seat. (The dual seat looks good - honest). the "Info" button is easy to use and toggles through all the information about the bike that you'll ever need to know. I just keep an eye on the speedo to be honest. The clutch lever and brake lever have good adjustment, for different sized mitts. The Olins & Showas offer infinite adjustment to the suspension, combined with Brembos for only and extra £1300 over the standard Thruxton; great value!
Buying experience

I bought Mike bike from Drew at Bevans Motorcycles,Triumph dealership, in Cardiff. A great bike shop with really decent and helpful staff. My sincere thanks to Drew.

5 out of 5

Early thoughts on the 2016 Thruxton R

29 May 2016 by Nick

Combination of handling, brakes and modern elactonics serving a wonderful engine. I'd recommend a test ride, as my requirements will be different from anyone else. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
I could ride this bike as a commuter, or for a sunny Sunday run. At a stretch you could tour no problem. Limiting factor is the low fuel light at around 120 miles.
Engine
5 out of 5
Lovely engine, smooth with a nice burble on the standard exhausts. Even pops a little on the over run! Lovely.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
The bike is only 2 weeks old, with 250 miles so far too early to tell. However the components look top spec, and well finished.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Good on fuel, shows 57 mpg during running in!
Equipment
5 out of 5
My bike is standard at the moment. The best texture is the ability to change mode on the fly.
Buying experience

Having placed a holding deposit in November 15, I was lucky to be one of the first to receive my bike in mid May 16. The dealer was helpful, and the whole process easy and quick (PCP)

5 out of 5

The best motorcycle I have ever owned.

14 May 2016 by David

This is the best cafe racer on the market. Handling is agile, braking is excellent, and power output is strong. Seating and ergonomics are just about right for 5'9" - 5'11" rider. The bike may be the best looking on the market. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Dual Brembos up front are spectacular. The bike does not come with a pillion seat. It is an option which I will not buy. I usually commute to work about an hour each way. I have never felt uncomfortable. The riding position is aggressive but not torture.
Engine
5 out of 5
This engine pulls hard. It may not have the highest HP in its class, but it has tons of usable torque, which makes power usable in daily riding situations. Traction control, ABS, and three rider modes also make for exhilarating rides.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
The quality and build is excellent. Well approaching other european bike manufacturers. The only issue I found was a tendency for the bike to stall during the break-in period.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
The 500 mile service is free. The next scheduled maintenance is a at 10,000 miles which is about 3 years for my riding.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Awesomely smooth. Tons or torque. The bike pulls. It will wheelie. I am thinking about the Vance & Hines slip ons since the stock pipes are a little on the quiet side for my tastes. The grips are a little small for my hands but this is easily upgradable. The only thing I don't like about it is the seat. There is a stitching across the back of the saddle which makes it uncomfortable to slide back into a full tuck.
Buying experience

Purchased the bike from Triumph of Philadelphia. They are a knowledgeable Triumph dealership. The bike came in at the end of April about two months later than originally scheduled. There was a huge demand for these.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £10,400
Used price £9,000 to £12,500
Warranty term 2 years unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £170
Performance
Max power 95.6 bhp
Max torque 82.6 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 1200cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 14.5 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 203kg
Front suspension 41mm conventional, non-adjutsable fork (Showa BPF on the R, fully-adjutable)
Rear suspension Twin shocks, adjustable spring preload (Ohlins on the R, fully-adjutable)
Front brake 2x310mm two-piston calipers (four piston Brembo monobloc on the R), ABS
Rear brake 220mm disc, two piston. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 R17
Rear tyre size 160/60 R17

History & Versions

Model history

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Other versions

Thruxton R – the ultimate factory cafe racer, costs £11,700

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