Gallery: BMW R NineT Racer S vs Triumph Thruxton R

Published: 26 April 2017

With the Thruxton R Triumph gave us a retro that not only looks amazing, but also rides exceptionally well. After riding it at the world launch in 2016 we said: "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 drawer thanks to excellent brakes, suspension and chassis balance. The electronics marry the whole package together." 


It had the retro class in the palm of its hand, and then BMW unveiled the R NineT Racer at the Cologne Show in 2016. We got an exclusive go on the Racer earlier this year, and it also impressed us, especially when it comes to long, fast sweepers.

To see how they two retro racers got on, you can pick up a copy of the April 26 issue of MCN, but we couldn't bring you a test of two of the most beautiful bikes out there right now without providing you with a gallery.

Triumph Thruxton R, £12,000

Power: 96bhp@6750rpm
Torque: 83ftlb@4950rpm
Engine: 1200cc 8v parallel twin
Suspension: 43mm Showa Big Piston Forks and twn Ohlins shocks, fully adjustable
Brakes: 2 x 310mm front discs with Brembo radial calipers. 245mm rear disc with twin-piston Nissin caliper
Tyres: 120/70x17 front 180/55x17 rear
Dry weight: 203kg
Seat height: 810mm
Tank capacity: 14.5 litres

BMW R NineT Racer S, £11,360 (£11,710 as tested)

Power: 110bhp@7750rpm
Torque: 86ftlb@6000rpm
Engine: 1170cc 8v flat twin
Suspension: 43mm forks non adjustable and single shock adjustable for preload and rebound damping
Brakes: 2 x 320mm front discs with four-piston calipers. 265mm rear disc with twin-piston caliper
Tyres: 120/70x17 front 180/55x17 rear
Dry weight: 220kg
Seat height: 810mm
Tank capacity: 17 litres


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