2016 - 2018 Triumph Thruxton 1200 / 1200 R

2016 - 2018 Triumph Thruxton 1200 / 1200 R
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  • Triumph Thruxton 1200 / 1200 R
  • Year:
    2016- 2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Parallel-Twin
  • Displacement:
    1200 cc
  • Price:
    13000
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For The Classic Cafe’ Racer, Thruxton Is Hard To Beat

Triumph has been busy as of late, expending vast energies and resources reinvigorating the venerable Bonneville range. The Thruxton family got some lovin’ in 2016 and the new incarnation certainly had big shoes to fill considering the fame and glory associated with the Thruxton name from back in the ’60s and ’70s, a fact not lost on the designers. A brand-new engine drives the range, and a whole host of modern, race-tastic features brings the old-school cafe’ racer look to the table with contemporary performance and features that make it less like just a tribute piece, and more of a modern machine with real-world relevance.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Thruxton 1200 and Thruxton 1200 R.

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Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Lightweight, lightly powered motorcycle optimized for speed and handling. And all about the ’70s

Racing on bikes from café to café before a song could finish was the most therapeutic thing to have happened for motorcyclists in the ‘70s. Inspired by this culture, people and manufacturers started building motorcycles with minimal components to take them the distance in the shortest time. It embodied the classic café-racer cues taking us back in time with modern design bits and sophisticated packaging.

Here is our list of the best ten motorcycles of 2018 that remind us of that ‘70s. Round headlights, debonair half-shell fairing, humped seat, rear seat cowl, extended wheelbase, and the low-slung handlebar, it’s all in each one of these machines:

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2016 - 2018 Triumph Thruxton 1200 / 1200 R

2016 - 2018 Triumph Thruxton 1200 / 1200 R

For The Classic Cafe’ Racer, Thruxton Is Hard To Beat

Triumph has been busy as of late, expending vast energies and resources reinvigorating the venerable Bonneville range. The Thruxton family got some lovin’ in 2016 and the new incarnation certainly had big shoes to fill considering the fame and glory associated with the Thruxton name from back in the ’60s and ’70s, a fact not lost on the designers. A brand-new engine drives the range, and a whole host of modern, race-tastic features brings the old-school cafe’ racer look to the table with contemporary performance and features that make it less like just a tribute piece, and more of a modern machine with real-world relevance.

Continue reading for my review of the Triumph Thruxton 1200 and Thruxton 1200 R.

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Buying a Thruxton R? You can now get a $2500 worth Cafe-Racer kit for free

Buying a Thruxton R? You can now get a $2500 worth Cafe-Racer kit for free

There is a catch though. And you need to be quick on your feet

We all love the very beautiful Triumph Thruxton, don’t we? Over the last many years, the Triumph Thruxton has been giving us the unadulterated essence of motorcycling with its simplistic café racer stance and smooth power delivery.

Making the timeless design further enchanting is the ‘Track Racer Kit’, a genuine accessory kit provided by Triumph worth $2500. And now, until December 31 this year, Triumph is giving away this kit to every new owner of the Thruxton 1200 R for free of charge.

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2014 Triumph Thruxton

2014 Triumph Thruxton

Have I mentioned lately how much I love it when a manufacturer reproduces a classic look while blessing it with contemporary technology? Well, I do, so you can imagine my delight when I laid eyes on the 2014 Thruxton 900 from Triumph. From the bullet front fairing, across the knee-dent fuel tank to the tail fairing, this bike embodies the 1960’s cafe’ racer vibe, and Triumph furthers this historical connection by naming this model after the famed Thruxton Race Track. Best of all, the retro good looks are backed up by subtle improvements, such as the fuel injectors hidden in the ’carburetors’ and disc brakes instead of the old drums, among others that I will touch on later. Overall, the factory designed this bike to serve as a daily commuter/weekend burner with a liberal dose of nostalgia added.

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Handbuilt Motorcycle Show To Showcase Two Celebrity Custom Bikes

The Austin leg of the 2015 MotoGP season is shaping up to be a huge event this weekend. We already know that the race will be held at the Circuit of the Americas. We also know that some of the world’s best motorcycle riders will be competing in the race. Now comes word that the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show, also scheduled this weekend as part of the off track festivities surrounding the race, will host the unveiling of two custom Triumph motorcycles built specifically for Hollywood A-lister Ryan Reynolds and TV personality Jessi Combs.

California-based Kott Motorcycles will be responsible for showcasing the custom Triumph Thruxton it built for Reynolds, who actually had a hand in designing the bike. According to Kott Motorcycles’ owner Dustin Kott, the man who will be playing Deadpool in the Marvel movie of the same name was largely responsible for infusing a “mid-1960s” look on the Thruxton, complete with a cinnamon red paint finish with a matching pewter striping on the cafe racer.

Meanwhile, Triumph of Westchester in New York will also showcase a custom Bonneville at the show. Instead of actually using a brand new Bonneville, the shop decided to use Combs’ very own 2012 Bonneville for the build. It’s the same bike that Combs was riding when she figured into an accident last October 2014. Instead of having insurance repair the machine, Combs decided to just donate the claim reimbursement to South Dakota-based non-profit organization Helping with Horsepower. Turns out, Triumph and Castrol caught wind of this and reached out to Combs to help fix up her tattered Bonneville. It took a few months to get the work done, but with the help of Carpenter Racing and a few other aftermarket shops, Triumph is now ready to showcase Combs’ 2012 Bonneville at the show this weekend.

Continue reading to read more about the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show.

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2013 Triumph Thruxton

2013 Triumph Thruxton

With its classy lines, big headlight and the refined fuel tank, the 2013 Triumph Thruxton is certainly an eye catcher that will appeal to those who are searching for a classic looking café racer.

Once on board you are met by low rise bars and a spacious seat which combine to offer a pretty sporty riding position. Other features worthy of being mentioned include the aluminum-rimmed spoked wheels (18 inch front and 17 inch rear), megaphone style exhaust and front and rear disc brakes.

The 2013 Triumph Thruxton is built around a modern 865cc parallel-twin, air-cooled, DOHC engine which rewards you with a maximum output of 68 hp at 7400 rpm and 69 Nm of torque at 5800 rpm. The engine’s power is kept under control by a five speed transmission which offers an average fuel efficiency of 50 mpg.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Triumph Thruxton.

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2012 Triumph Thruxton

2012 Triumph Thruxton

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Triumph Thruxton is a true connoisseur’s bike, having been inspired by the Bonneville-based café racers of the 1960s and named after the Hampshire race track where the bike maker enjoyed so much success.

In terms of design, the Thruxton is about as classically designed as the word can get. The low slung handlebars exude an old-school attitude that belies its all-world, new-school performance. The central racing stripes are also a picture of design genius, as does the classic spoked, alloy-rimmed wheels and the overall cafe racer-inspired styling of the bike.

At the heart of the Thruxton is an 865cc eight-valve DOHC parallel-twin engine that has been tuned for peak performance, delivering an impressive 68bhp, thanks in large part to a revised camshaft profile and high-compression pistons. Make no mistake, motorcycles are designed to evoke emotions, and no motorcycle creates a bigger emotion than the Triumph Thruxton.

Then there’s its handling capabilities, to which the Thruxton holds a back seat to no one. 41mm forks and chromed twin shock absorbers adjustable for preload, all deliver a tailored, sporting ride to match the looks. A fully floating 320mm front disc brake equips the Thruxton with far more stopping power and assurance than the 1960s bikes it pays homage to.

All told, you won’t find a more evocative, retro-styled bike than the Triumph Thuxton.

Find out more about the Triumph Thruxton after the jump.

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Greymouth, a very special way to Triumph

Greymouth, a very special way to Triumph

Although the paintjob on this café racer makes it look like a Norton, this is actually a very special Triumph Thruxton that pulled the lucky card when ending up in the hands of Austrian Triumph dealer Jurgen Schnaller. The ‘Greymouth’, as it is called, gets upgraded engine and chassis components enhancing the sporty side of the already great British bike.

The engine, which now features high compression pistons, ported and polished head and high lift camshafts while being fed through new flat side Keihin carbs and fitted with a Raask exhaust, is claimed to be 26bhp more powerful than on the stock bike. On the chassis side, the upgraded Wilbers front and rear suspensions are meant to cope with the extra performance.

You decide if the Schnaller Thruxton is worth €18000 ($24,340) as we can’t help but wonder how it feels when ridden.

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2010 Triumph Thruxton / Special Edition

2010 Triumph Thruxton / Special Edition

Take a first glance at the new Triumph Thruxton and you’ll have troubles spotting the essence of the 2010 model year not only because the bike looks just like it did in 2009, but also because the fuel injection system is beautifully camouflaged in a pair of carburetors and so retains the Thruxton’s legendary racing look.

The racing bike from Triumph’s glory days, now a combination between the café racing style and modern engineering, the 2010 Thruxton is a direct hit into any nostalgic’s sensible heart. Let’s see what more.

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Triumph Thruxton café racer by Pure Triumph

Triumph Thruxton café racer by Pure Triumph

Take a look at what started life as a 2009 Triumph Thruxton and you, as us, will most likely come to the conclusion that almost all British bikes can be transformed into café racers as long as someone is willing to pay the buck. This unique bike right here was built by Pure Triumph and it features all the possible changes and aftermarket parts that a demanding rider could wish for. To begin with, we’re talking about upside down 50mm Showa forks and competition spec Bitabo multi adjustable shocks, which together with the 17-inch wheels (please note the 180 section of the rear tire) make sure the bike is able to go very fast around corners, just like a café racer should. Also, twin four-pot Tokico calipers and radial master cylinder won’t make a rider hope for the best during emergency braking.

As you may have noticed, the frame remains the same and it is the other chassis parts that upgrade the overall product. Same thing with the engine: the internals remain unchanged, while the thing now gets an independent fuel-injection system.

Stylistically, an alloy T140 tank, an Alcantara leather seat and a ‘68 style rear section make every café racer fan crave for such a therapist, but we’re sad to announce that this precise one recently sold out. Yet, the Triumph dealer doesn’t stop here and plans an even better version.

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2008 Triumph Thruxton

2008 Triumph Thruxton

If things in motorcycling had gone the way that Triumph anticipated to, this is what we would be on today, and still going strong. In fact, the Thruxton is many people’s option and I can understand why. The bike captures the very essence of an era long gone and brings it back for us to enjoy its wonders once again.

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2007 Triumph Thruxton 900

2007 Triumph Thruxton 900

THE ESSENCE OF A MOTORCYCLE

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2006 Triumph Thruxton 900

2006 Triumph Thruxton 900

The past is a glorious place to visit, for a brief time at least. But the past can also teach us much and one lesson has stood the passage of time - that the raw essence of motorcycling transcends all technology. And all that’s really needed, for many, are an engine, two wheels and a pair of handlebars.

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