The 2016 Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R made the biggest splash when news of Triumph’s new classic range of motorcycle broke. Triumph have yet to release the full specs, but the ones they have shared are looking pretttttty spectacular.
Both the Thruxton and Thruxton R are powered by the same “high power,” eight valve 1,199 cc motor, which Triumph is claiming has a performance boost over the one in the T120. Claimed horsepower has yet to be released, Triumph claim the Thruxtons make a whopping 82.6 foot-pounds of torque at 4,950 rpm - a 62% bump over the previous Thruxton.
It also gets a six-speed transmission, as well as a lighter crank, unique airbox, and higher compression. Like the other updates to the classic line, the Thruxton gets ride by wire fueling, traction control, a slipper clutch, and selectable rider modes.
The Thruxton’s chassis has also been designed with more performance in mind. It has 17 inch wheels and fully adjustable suspension front and back. As with previous iteration, clip ons move the seating posting forward and lower for a sportier feeling.
The Thruxon R swaps for Brembo brake rotors, callipers, and master cylinders. It also gets a fully adjustable Showa big piston fork and fully adjustable Ohlins rear shocks, as well as Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires.
The Thruxton has always been my least favorite of Triumph’s Retro Classic line, because it’s always been a Bonneville with a seat cowl, rear sets, and clip ons. Now that Triumph is taking that sportier aesthetic more seriously, I think this actually could be my favorite.
Assuming that the rumors the little birdies are telling me are true, and the new Thruxton weighs the same as much as the outgoing model (which is still too much, but not as bad as I was expecting), this could be a great competitor to the BMW r nineT.
No word yet on official weight or pricing, but that should be announced at EICMA. Until then, here are some more pics.