10 Feb 17

Triumph Thruxton R Review

A Modern Classic

Modern and yet classic, stylish yet capable, the Triumph Thruxton 1200 seems to have it all; and it comes in the nick of time with retro being the current trend in the market. It is beautiful and stylish enough to turn heads, but combines it with matchless performance that simply does not allow any bike enthusiast to keep it off the roads. For Retro Bike lovers, Triumph prepared a veritable visual feast with a design that transports one back to the 60s and 70s and yet has retained the modern touch – sculpted tank, brushed aluminum-finished engine, shiny polished triple clamps, analogue clocks, wide-open cradle frame, a highly practical hidden lock – no wonder bikers fall over themselves just to get a look at it.


Thruxton carries a high power 1200cc parallel twin engine with eight valves and a SOHC. It also boasts of a liquid cooling system that remains well hidden. The lighter crank helps to rev quicker. The engine delivers an amazing torque of 100Nm at a low 2500rpm and the maximum torque is 112 Nm at 4950rpm – a cool 62% more than the older generation Thruxton! Joined to the new 6-speed gearbox, Thruxton can turn from a silent beauty to a racing cheetah at a moment’s notice. The power has also increased by about 41% compared to the previous Thruxton and stands at 96Bhp at 6750rpm.

Moreover, the power delivery is so consistent as to make one appreciate the traction control. The T120 had a compression ratio of 10.0:1 while for the Thruxton it is 11.0:1. The 17-inch lightweight wire-spoke wheels are wrapped with Pirelli Diablo Super Corsa tires that look beautiful but works even better adhering well to the road surface. Add the spectacular Brembo monobloc brakes and a super fine suspension, the Thruxton is a roadster worth riding. When it comes to the modern parts, the Thruxton R has fully adjustable 43mm Showa big piston forks at the front and Ohlins twin shock absorbers at the rear that are also fully adjustable.


Thruxton R has a choice of three riding modes – Road, Rain and Sport: an electronic ride-by-wire system that enhances throttle control and responsiveness. In addition, the switchable traction control gives the rider the chance to make optimum use of the powerful torque delivery. With the riders singing its praises in a single voice, it seems as though Thruxton 1200 is simply too perfect. Well, not quite. The only murmur has to do with the seating; for those who want to put in long hours of riding, the seat can seem stiff and slightly uncompromising to the back. Yet, with all the other factors in its favour, most riders feel that it is a small price to pay for the kind of ride Thruxton provides.

Thruxton R is priced at 10,400 pounds and comes with a warranty of two years and unlimited mileage. The seat height is medium – 810 mm and the color options are Diablo Red and Silver Ice.

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