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Triumph Bonneville 900

Triumph Thruxton Motorcycle Ride

First ride on nostalgic, hot-rodded Bonneville motorcycle. From the June issue of Motorcyclist Magazine. By Brown.



SPECIFICATIONS MSRP: $7999 type: liquid-cooled parallel Valve arrangement: do

I was tearing with the English winter whipping through my black jacket. Hunched over my throttle hand wound it was easy to imagine myself on a burn-up in the early 1960s: my knees was a hard-revving Triumph twin, before me were a of white-faced instruments, ahead of me a of riders on similar bikes.

we weren’t a gang of Rockers, but privy to Triumph’s new Thruxton And our destination was not a seafront brawl scooter-riding Mods, but the Thruxton Still, my cafe-racer fantasy more vivid when a ahead caught roadside and crashed (unhurt, thankfully).

No further drama awaited us at the but the Thruxton 900 does a pretty job of recreating the feel of Britain’s heyday. With its semiaggressive position, tuned engine, chassis and that all-important on the gas tank, Triumph built the with an eye toward extra and a nostalgic twist.

Thruxton is the name for a souped-up Bonneville. in the early ’60s, the Thruxton was the site of one of Britain’s biggest the Thruxton 500. Triumph’s T120 Bonneville won there in and the Meriden factory responded a special model, the T120

That original Thruxton was one of the bikes of its time. Hand-built special parts, it squeezed out 53 and revved above 7000 Only 50-60 were built, but many Bonneville created their own Thruxton

The new Thruxton 900 is a very different Although mass-produced at Triumph’s factory, it retains some of its streetfighting attitude. The centerpiece is an built on Bonneville’s air-cooled, eight-valve blueprint and 360-degree

Modern modifications begin a 4mm larger bore (90 x 68mm) for an increase of 75cc.

Go-faster include bigger carbs, cams, 10.2:1 compression the standard bike’s 9.2:1) and exhausts. The result: a peak of 69 horsepower at 7250 rpm, with the Bonneville’s 61 hp at 7000 and more performance throughout the The bike gets retro including polished engine and a checkered stripe that down the fuel tank and the passenger-seat cover.

Triumph the Thruxton’s chassis on the Bonnie’s steel frame, but most parts are new. Suspension is at both ends. The 41mm gains adjustable preload, and the are one inch longer to sharpen Replacing the standard Bonnie’s front wheel with an also helps steepen by two degrees (27 degrees) and reduce by 10mm (97mm).

The single front brake is larger at 320mm. The Thruxton is a motorcycle, especially with its accessory flyscreen. It felt good from the rider’s too.

The combination of alloy and rearset footrests give a feel, though the riding is not radical by current standards.

So so retro#151but modern reality when you hit the starter button. The comes to life not with a parallel-twin bark, but with a twitter from those megaphones. Triumph can’t do about modern emissions but how do Harley and Ducati manage to their air-cooled bikes so good?

Anyway, after initial disappointment the Thruxton got and better.

After a static session at the revived Ace Cafe in London (the most of the Rockers’ old rendezvous), the test with a few laps of the Thruxton Despite the damp surface, the new extra performance was immediately

Given the motor’s modest boost, I wasn’t expecting in the way of speed, but the difference between bike and the standard Bonnie was With its more aerodynamic position, the Thruxton was far more It cruised effortlessly at 80 mph and kept to 120 mph.

Just as impressive was the rider-friendly nature. Peak is higher at 53 foot-pounds. It arrives at rpm, much higher the Bonneville’s 3500 rpm, but doesn’t mean low-rev is reduced. The motor felt and flexible, pulling from 2000 rpm in top gear.

Midrange was good, and there was a slight right above 5000 And the balance-shaft-equipped twin was smooth all the way to its redline.

This Triumph is not a bike, but after the Bonneville’s bland performance, the Thruxton is Although the twin’s unchanged dry of 451 pounds is high, the Thruxton and stopped well enough to it fun despite the damp weather.

By late afternoon, the roads drying out. Even generous grip from its tires, I didn’t manage to use all the increased cornering clearance. The at both ends was firm and keeping everything under

The big single front disc lots of bite, and the rear was welcome in harder stops. My real complaints: The moderately low were uncomfortable after than an hour and the mirrors too narrow to be of much use. the unfaired layout wasn’t on a cold day, though the flyscreen gives some

Accessories include a grabrail, a seat, chromed side and a centerstand, plus the louder pipes that would a much more satisfying us at least.

Unfortunately, without that Thruxton twin exhaust the motorcycle fails to truly the ’60s cafe-racer character. In respects, however, the modern lives up to its famous namesake.

You have to remember the glory of the Ace Cafe to enjoy riding the 900. It looks good and has punchy performance#151and it is competitively In many ways it’s the the new Bonneville should have all along.

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