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.
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.
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.
During 2016 MCN ran a Triumph Thruxton R on the long-term test fleet, and found it a comfortable, reliable companion.
The standard Thruxton is good value, but the Thruxton R is incredible value for money when you look at its spec list. Its main rival is the BMW R nineT Racer, but also goes up against the Ducati Scrambler Cafe Racer and at the budget end of the spectrum, the Suzuki SV650X.
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.