TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 Ace (2015 - 2016) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 69 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Medium (507 lbs / 230 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £5,500 - £7,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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…

Engine

Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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 quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Specs

Engine size 865cc
Engine type air-cooled, DOHC parallel twin
Frame type Steel cradle
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 230kg
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 -
New price -
Used price £5,500 - £7,000
Insurance group 13 of 17
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

Model history

2015: Model introduced

Other versions

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.

Review your TRIUMPH THRUXTON 900 (2015 - 2016)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
5 out of 5 Great look
25 February 2016 by Demet99

Version: ACE

Year: 2015

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Works great. If you want better performance you can always upgrade suspension, exhaust.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No problems so far.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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