I was blasting around, riding way too fast, not focusing on correct gear placement, and the Thruxton accommodated my every errant shift. I can tell you I didn’t find myself searching for a non-existent additional gear at 70 mph, a first for me on a Bonneville-based bike. Bumping to the “R” version gets you an upgraded, fully adjustable Showa “Big Piston” fork and Ohlins shocks out back. These are the first factory mirrors on one of Triumph’s Modern Classics that I would keep if this bike were mine. The power feels big and fat and comes on with a silky touch. I was much more comfortable on this bike than the previous version, something I wouldn’t have guessed with the revised clip-on bars and rear-set footpegs.
I like Triumph’s redesign of the “Amal” fuel injector bodies. While I only had a sparse handful of miles with the new Thruxton, it left me wanting more. While Garrett assured me that we would be able to get more time with the Thruxton for a proper review, my thoughts were already drifting back to the real reason I had come to Atlanta. Spending an hour with the hottest new bike in town is great, but getting to spend days on the road with virtually any bike will trump it every time.
I wonder how far I could make it before the police caught up with me and made me return it? To be clear, I showed up in Atlanta to pick up Triumph’s new Street Twin, not the Thruxton R.
” Let me tell you folks that Mama Dunbar raised me right.
It worked well to slow the bike down without unsettling the rider.
The redline has been lowered to 7,000 rpm on the bigger engine but it provides more power everywhere you want it.
Instead of focusing on top-end horsepower, the Thruxton’s power feels strong all through the rev range. I didn’t have the opportunity to make adjustments to the lever and I am curious as to whether that would help with overall feel.
Because of this, it is very forgiving about gear selection. I didn’t get to spend much time cruising down the highway, so I can’t speak much to the addition of a sixth gear. While I am sure the Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires had a hand in this (remember, Triumph updated the Thruxton’s rims to 17 inches to accommodate real sport rubber better than the old 18-inch wheels), the upgraded suspension was the star of the show. The overall fit and finish on this bike shines through.