Triumph Thruxton

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Triumph Thruxton 900

Road test by Adrian

Last year I was handed the to the latest model from and told ‘go out and enjoy it!’ Now was actually in the paddock at Mallory and I immediately went out on track for 10 laps on a bike I had never before. This was also a in amongst some of the fastest machinery from all the other so I was a little apprehensive at riding the new especially after just off a new ZX10!

My apprehensions were put to rest as I got used to the Thruxton a couple of laps. Why did I feel so at on this bike? This was one of the questions I asked myself as I around the fast Mallory track.

The Thruxton is essentially a of the standard Bonneville. It’s a move back into the café racer folklore and a change from all the cruiser that seemed to be squarely at the American market. Another change with the Thruxton is the in engine performance achieved by the engine size to 865cc.

But it stop there, Triumph added a higher compression, hotter cams, a couple of carbs and a pair of traditional megaphone exhausts, All this up to is a bike that gets an 8bhp and 9 more ft-lbs of over the standard Bonneville. Now doesn’t sound a great but get it on the road and you soon realise why triumph have done all work to the new Thruxton.

So I had ridden the for about 20 minutes on track and my impressions were that I more. The Thruxton wasn’t what I had expected at first, seemed like a quiet when I rode it across the turned out to be a snorting vintage racer out on the tarmac!

The riding position is quite with the clip-ons and rear-set and this together with one of the tanks made my knees against the cylinder heads, there are a couple of small mounted on them to stop you your knees! It is the classic stance and compared to most supersport bikes today far more radical.

A few months I got the chance to live with a for a few weeks and actually got to use it on the roads, and was where the fun really began!

I the Triumph from the factory up in on a bright sunny day and rode off for my real road ride on it, 100 miles down a combination of A5 and other minor roads. down the faster roads I began to see just why this was created, and why I had had so much fun on it the last With my toes planted on the rearset pegs and a riding somewhat like a TT racer of old I on through the bends and curves speed and more speed, it was bliss on a warm sunny The more I rode it like the more I grinned from ear to and after every bend I wanted more…

The speed of the Thruxton is quite as there is virtually no vibration the motor, and the exhaust note the standard somewhat strangled is rather quiet. On a straight I did manage to top it out at a rather meagre but in all fairness speed is not what bike is all about.

At that of speed you are doing around the mark which is just everything the motor has got, but the one I found out as I rode it mile mile is you really never to change gear on twisting Forget the power band of sports bikes, the Thruxton from about 2,000rpm all the way to the at 7,000rpm, but if you really want to the limiter will cut the bike out at a over 8,000rpm but you don’t a thing by riding way up there. So off I onward and upward with the curve of riding the Thruxton on the highways.

At some stage in the day I had discovered that all I needed to do was use 1st and 2nd in town traffic, after 3rd gear was the lowest I need to go as I out you could not only pull up the of hills in 3rd but at a measly 2,000rpm as Did I say that this bike had well it certainly has and the best way to full use of the lower power to you is to ride it on the torque curve.

I discovered that ‘short was the trick and the absolute best way to get the from the Thruxton. Riding it me a little of my first ride on an old 900 supersport, keep the power on and in a higher gear that you normally use and just ride it the corner, it will go and it will firmly on line. It takes a practice to get it just right but a while the riding pleasure seems to get better and better.

As I said before keep it in 3rd and from there shifting up the rather smooth box. The is a little stiff to move and require a ‘prod’ to change but the is smooth and never a false in sight!

I did like the Thruxton the I rode it, so did most other who saw it! In town it drew attention bikers and non bikers alike, on the it drew attention from the you just passed! Yes indeed one of these and you will go past modern supersports on the twisties and them look as if they are still, that’s just how this bike is at keeping up on the corners and long bends.

The thing I wished for the entire I had it was MORE NOISE!!

So is it a true racer or a mere copy of legendary bikes?

With the displacement motor there is more power and torque, but the is only half of the question, about the frame, a steel in the era of alloy beam frames, that a direct throwback to the of old? Well in all aspect the is the same as the standard Bonneville, but the is very different indeed.

The Thruxton has some modifications include a classic spoked rimmed 18” front (the is the same), and on this bike you get rear shocks. This up to a steeper front end and quicker helping you turn in the bike the narrow clip-on bars. The is nowhere near razor but what it does for you is hone skills and make you work a harder on getting your technique just right.

you do it rewards you big time though. All adds up to a bike with and in my mind the Thruxton is a true racer, just like my old Triton!!

On all but the bumpiest of roads the behaved well, the front coping well with surfaces. The suspension set up is somewhat in itself as the forks and the rear are adjustable for preload only. at certain times was I not happy the overall feel of the Thruxton.

On corners and especially at high there was a certain feeling of but I put that down to changing textures and mid corner bumps the nature of this fine

Triumph has given the Thruxton good front brakes to with the extra speed you can with this bike, the new disc setup works well with the twin calliper but a firm pressure is to haul it down quickly. The is the only thing missing it’s a little slow but you in good time whenever you it, I think I would go for a second if I had the chance though! The rear works just fine, no locking up and unlike most sports bike its not just for

So who is going to buy the Thruxton?

To me it’s a that I would use every to blow the cobwebs out and to sharpen my after a week of commuting. certainly a niche machine cries out to be ridden down country lanes, and woe is you if you take it out on the or try to ride it in traffic!

Riding it on the roads is not that bad when it to a riding position, at least at there is some relief by the wind supporting your but on the motorway it just doesn’t as you get buffeted around and its just so Now when it comes to riding it in then there lies the traffic is definitely painful, the riding position being so wrist heavy on the low slung and feet resting on rear-set at best I could say I got aching The Triumph is best on roads corners and speeds of more 50mph.

The Thruxton relies on its and Café racer heritage as its appeal. It’s not just its with those white dials, chrome headlight, side cases, shorty pollished alloy rims, and I go on! I took pictures of this and unlike many other just sat back and admired it

There are few bikes that I take time out to do that, but the is one of them and that’s what other onlookers said

Perfection in any motorcycle is rare and a opinion of the individual concerned, but the Thruxton Triumph have got it on’ and have managed to recreate a Café racer with the of some modern engineering. No task, I must say, but I them for building this of a motorcycle!

My initial ride on the was out on track at Mallory park, my riding was all done on open and country lanes around and Warwickshire, and what I can draw my second encounter with the is that I think I found true habitat, one far away the hustle and bustle of town and the mindless boredom of the motorway.

Yes the is at home and happy in and around the of the Costwolds and never a dual in sight, catch me if you can, I you!!

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