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Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R are right up there among the most beautiful bikes of the season. And Triumph has just announced that you could get your hands on one for just a touch over £10k. Not bad, considering that the main rival, Norton Dominator, is priced at £19,950.

The OTR price for Thruxton 1200 has been confirmed as £10,400, while the Thruxton 1200 R is £11,700 OTR. There’s a metallic colour charge of £150 for the Thruxton, but not for Thruxton R.

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The base bikes look great but for a bit of extra cash you can really make them look great with the Triumph inspiration kits. For example the Track Racer inspiration kit costs £1,900 including supply, fitting and VAT. This will get you the beautiful sculpted cockpit fairing, single painted seat cowl, LED bullet indicators, lower clip-on handlebars, rear mudguard removal kit with compact light, Vance & Hines slip on silencers and a leather tank strap. (See all the optional inspiration kits below.)

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The Thruxton is powered by a 1200cc ‘high power’, eight-valve, parallel twin Bonneville engine, which delivers a claimed peak torque figure of 112Nm at 4950rpm (62% more than the previous generation). The claimed power output is 97Ps at 6,750rpm (41% up on the previous model’s engine).

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The Thruxton R will be available in dealer showrooms at the end of April, and the Thruxton in early May.

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Here’s all the details from Triumph itself:

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Out of all the members of the new Bonneville family, the new Triumph Thruxton
and Thruxton R have the most to live up to. Their name is about as legendary as it gets, even for an icon like the Bonneville. Back in the 1960s and ’70s it was synonymous with Triumph’s racing success across the world – most notably at the Isle of Man TT – inspiring a generation of teenage café racers and custom specials.

The all-new Thruxton and Thruxton R more than just look the part, they really
deliver on the road too.

The breathtaking new Thruxton returns the café racer to its heritage performance roots, with all the power, delivered by its 1200cc ‘Thruxton spec’ engine, and the handling, agility and capability to match its beautifully imposing and authentic styling.

The more contemporary Thruxton R is the most thrilling and full-blooded sports classic you can buy. Building on the capability of the Thruxton, the Thruxton R is equipped to a higher specification with Brembo monobloc calipers, Showa big piston forks, Öhlins rear suspension and Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres. The legend is back.

Together, their elegant and imposing lines are perfectly matched by the quality of design, detailing, power and performance, as well as the incorporation of contemporary technology to a ride that’s as poised as it is exhilarating.

This combination of head-turning style, spine-tingling performance and unparalleled heritage and character is what makes the new Thruxton the real deal and an ultimate modern classic café racer.

 

New ‘Thruxton’ spec. 1200cc engine 
The legendary character of the Thruxton comes to life through its 1200cc ‘high power’
8 valve, parallel twin Bonneville engine.  

This all-new ‘low inertia – high performance’ six-speed engine features a lighter crank, higher compression and unique airbox. With the pinpoint accuracy and instant throttle response of Triumph’s next generation ride-by-wire fuel-injection, fed by authentically styled twin throttle bodies, the Thruxton spec engine delivers a massive peak torque figure of 112Nm at 4950rpm – 62% more than the previous generation. With a high power output of 97Ps at 6,750rpm, 41% up on the previous model’s engine, the new 1200cc Thruxton delivers much more power lower down and across the whole rev range, with an incredible 68% more power at 4,500rpm.

Beautifully styled, with a very high level of finish and detailing, the new engine, exhaust and throttle bodies incorporate cues from the original racing Thruxtons, whilst carefully integrating contemporary components to maintain that authentic look.

Behind the new 1200 engine’s stylish exterior sits a cutting-edge liquid cooling system, carefully integrated to minimise its visual impact, whilst achieving cleaner emissions and enhancing fuel efficiency – 11% better than the previous generation. Combined with a new extended service interval of 10,000 miles (16,000km), this contributes to a reduced overall cost of ownership.

 

The unmistakable sound of a British twin

A pair of new twin upswept exhausts with reverse-megaphone end cans that deliver a thunderous, rich bass exhaust note to match their powerful presence and performance. Finished in chrome on the Thruxton and brushed stainless steel on the Thruxton R.

 

Dynamic Handling

The new Thruxton chassis and suspension is all about sharp handling that really delivers on its café racer looks.  With sporting ergonomics, clip-on bars, fully adjustable suspension and 17 inch front wheel, for stunning handling and agility, combined with Triumph’s signature ride dynamic of neutrality, agility and stability, the new Thruxton delivers a truly engaging and thrilling ride.

To deliver the high performance handling dynamic of its sports-orientated focus, the new Thruxton R benefits from cutting-edge chassis components and settings.

Including:
– Twin floating Brembo discs
– Racing Brembo monobloc callipers
– Brembo master cylinder
– Race bred, fully-adjustable Showa big piston forks
– Fully adjustable Öhlins twin rear shocks
– Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres

Modern capability 
The new Thruxton and Thruxton R feature a full suite of rider-focused technology to deliver advanced control, safety and enhanced rider confidence – sensitively integrated and without compromise to maintain its authentic Bonneville style and character.

Including:


ABS                                         Triumph’s anti-lock braking system brings

a new level of control to the Thruxton and Thruxton R.

 

Ride-by-wire                            Enhancing throttle responsiveness, safety and feel.

Traction control                       Taking advantage of the ride-by-wire system,

                                                the switchable traction control system offers increased flexibility


Slip assist clutch                     Bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch,

making it easier to ride.

 

Rider modes                            Linked to the ride-by-wire system three

selectable rider mode options – road, rain and sport –

provide greater control and safety and, in ‘sport’ mode, a more immediate throttle response.

 

LED DRL headlight                  Incorporating the latest in daytime running lights

(DRL) to deliver a distinctive signature light

pattern and enhance power efficiency for long term durability (where legislation allows).

LED rear light                          The classically inspired tail set-up brings

a distinctive rear light pattern and power efficiency. With an integrated number plate light.

 

USB charge socket                  Headstock mounted USB socket provided so riders

can charge up their essential devices. 

 

Engine immobiliser                 Transponder integrated into the key.

 

Stylish twin clocks                  Feature-packed clocks (speedo and rev counter) with beautiful 3D dial faces, cleverly incorporating a digital menu system.

Key features include:
– Rider mode setting – road, rain or sport
– Gear position indicator
– Odometer
– Two trip settings
– Service indicator
– Range to empty
– Fuel level, average and current MPG
– Access to turn off traction control and ABS features
– Clock

Additionally riders can add accessories which would also then be accessed via the clock display. Including: heated grips and cruise control (available on the Thruxton only).

 

Switchgear                               New elegant switchgear presents simple fingertip controls for easy access to the key features on the new twin clocks.

 

Café racer styling
With all the brooding presence and poise of the original Triumph racers, the all-new Thruxton and Thruxton R take the modern classic sports bike to a new level with tighter lines and an imposing stance.

 

Beautiful detailing

Both feature a unique fuel tank incorporating a ‘flip top’ Monza style cap (a first on any modern production bike), authentic bullet seat and stunning lightweight aluminium bar-end mirrors, wheel rims and swing arm.

The Thruxton R also features a host of higher quality details with an additional painted seat cowl, amazing polished top yoke, aluminium tank strap and clear anodized aluminium swinging arm.

 

Colours

The Thruxton comes in three exciting colour choices:
– Jet Black
– Pure White, with a black tank stripe

– Competition Green, with a stunning metallic gold tank stripe

The Thruxton R comes three exciting colour choices:
– Diablo Red
– Silver Ice

– Matt Black

 

Building your own Thruxton special
The original Thruxton racers inspired a generation of stripped-back and hand built ‘one-off’ café racers. With the launch of our new Bonneville accessories range, featuring over 160 accessories for the Thruxton and Thruxton R alone, it’s never been easier for riders to create their own special. This includes a garage full of custom inspired parts, including: sculpted cockpit fairing, exhausts from Vance & Hines, rear mudguard removal kit, lower clip-on handlebars and beautiful compact bullet indicators.

To make it easier, we’ve also created a set of three exciting ‘inspiration’ kits to use as the starting point for customers to design their own custom, or to have fitted as a complete set – from the full-on Track Racer kit, to the Café Racer kit and a thrilling Thruxton R performance race kit, specifically developed for closed-circuit competition.

 

The Track Racer inspiration kit

Bringing the final touches to the Thruxton or Thruxton R, the Track Racer
kit features a host of competition-inspired accessories.

Including
– Sculpted cockpit fairing
– Single painted seat cowl (where not fitted)
– Authentic LED bullet indicators

– Lower clip-on handlebars
– Rear mudguard removal kit with compact light
– Vance & Hines slip on silencers
– Leather tank strap

The Café Racer inspiration kit
Bringing the full-on café racer style to the Thruxton of Thruxton R.
Including:
– Rear mudguard removal kit with compact light
– Vance & Hines slip-on silencers
– Single painted seat cowl (where not fitted)

– Authentic LED bullet indicators
– Signature Triumph rubber knee pads

– Leather tank strap

 

And for the very first time…

Performance race kit for the Thruxton R
The factory race kit, for competition use and closed-circuit racing only, takes the standard engine performance to an even higher level.

Including:
– Stainless steel ‘de-cat’ headers
– Stainless steel open silencers with removable dB killers
– Race specification cam shaft kit
– Race specification washable air filter
– Clip-on handlebars

 

Pricing

Thruxton 1200 £10,400.00 OTR

Thruxton 1200 R £11,700.00 OTR

Thruxton metallic charge £150.00 including VAT

(No colour charge on Thruxton R)

Thruxton Track Racer inspiration kit £1,900.00 including supply, fitting and VAT

Thruxton R Track Racer inspiration kit £1,800.00 including supply, fitting and VAT

Thruxton Café Racer inspiration kit £1,400.00 including supply, fitting and VAT

Thruxton R Café Racer inspiration kit £1,300.00 including supply, fitting and VAT

Performance race kit £TBC  including supply, fitting and VAT

 

The Thruxton R will be available in dealer showrooms at the end of April, and the Thruxton available in early of May. 

 

With more performance, more poise and more pedigree, the new Bonneville Thruxton and Thruxton R are the real deal modern classic sports bikes with authentic café racer styling, a serious engine and the handling capability to live up to their legendary name.

 

 

Tony Carter

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