Escaping the grey, dreary skies of Great Britain in January is always nice. And it’s even nicer if you get to experience some sunshine in Portugal aboard the new Triumph Thruxton RS.

While the Thruxton has been a model name in the Hinckley factory’s line-up since 2004, it is only since the 2016 version was released that it became the real Bonneville model that actually deserved the name, and the new-for-2020 version – with the RS suffix – is the best yet.

Given that the original short-production version that held the name –the T120 Thruxton – was so-titled due to positive results in the field of motorcycle sport, namely thanks to Triumph’s success at the Thruxton 500 endurance races, and justified the title by becoming the first production motorcycle to lap the Isle of Man TT circuit at over 100mph, then it makes perfect sense for the modern Triumph to ensure that their Bonneville range has a bike truly deserving of a performance-oriented title.

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