TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 Ace (2015 - 2016) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Thruxton itself was introduced in 2003 as the café racer version of the retro roadster Bonneville twin that broke cover three years earlier. Customisers have been showing us for years how much more special it could be with a few tweaks and now Triumph has finally done it themselves. Essentially the Ace is a last gasp, limited edition, cosmetically-tweaked version of the popular Thruxton – and a fairly simple one at that. It’s sweet, stylish and useful.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Again a little basic and old school thanks to budget suspension and twin loop, twin shock frame, but café racer stance gives the Thruxton more attitude and presence than basic Bonnie and it handles sweet enough. Still no hardcore scratcher though and a little ’dinky’ for some…
EngineNext up: Reliability
69bhp air-cooled twin is unchanged from latest Bonnies and more pussycat than wildcat, but it does the job, is pleasant enough, reasonably engaging and easily uprated with louder pipes and the like
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Again, donor Bonnie/Thruxton is a little on the basic side with few frills but it’s at least solid and this limited edition version is a significant improvement.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The base Thruxtopn has always been fairly good value and intended as a ‘bike for the people’ and, although pricier and a limited edition, the Ace is no different. All the goodies listed added just £500 to the price when new and, what’s more, being a limited production run, it should hold its value well.
Stock Thruxton is a little on the budget, basic side but this limited edition version gets a decent amount of extras, namely black and white livery featuring Ace Café logos on the tank, side panels and seat hump; a custom, ‘oxblood’ seat; authentically retro, polished alloy, bar-end mirrors; a detachable seat hump and a limited edition plaque mounted onto the top handlebar clamp which all lift it above the average.
|Engine type||air-cooled, DOHC parallel twin|
|Frame type||Steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||16 litres|
|Front suspension||Preload only|
|Rear suspension||Preload only|
|Front brake||320mm disc|
|Rear brake||255mm disc|
|Front tyre size||100/90 x 18 in|
|Rear tyre size||130/80 x 17 in|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||45 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£5,500 - £7,000|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two years unimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||69 bhp|
|Max torque||53 ft-lb|
|Top speed||115 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||13.2 secs|
|Tank range||150 miles|
Model history & versions
2015: Model introduced
Triumph Thruxton: Standard version has proved a solid seller
MCN Long term test reports
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Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 (2015 - 2016)
1 owner has reviewed their TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 (2015 - 2016) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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The bike I was expecting. Great look, not too fast, no to slow. Handles well. People on the streets keep looking at the bike all the time. When you go fast the wind blows in your face, but I think nobody buys this bike to go fast.
Works great. If you want better performance you can always upgrade suspension, exhaust.
No problems so far.