Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R - Prices and Pics

The motorcycle world is buzzing with the newly released prices and additional details for Triumph’s new Bonneville T120, T120 Black, Thruxton and Thruxton R.

This article will take a closer look at the new Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R with the new Bonneville T120 and T120 Black reviewed here. The large number of new and improved models could be considered a modern motorcycle British invasion of sorts and one of the definitive reasons there is so much chatter around this 2016 line-up.

To take this one step further, out of all the members of the new Bonneville family, the new Triumph Thruxton and Thruxton R have the most to live up to. Their name is about as legendary as it gets, even for an icon like the Bonneville. Back in the 1960s and ’70s it was synonymous with Triumph’s racing success across the world and most notably at the Isle of Man TT, and it inspired a generation of teenage café racers and custom specials.

To that end, the all-new Thruxton and Thruxton are powered by a 1200cc ‘high power’ ‘Thruxton spec’ engine, with immediate and exciting power delivery, the instant throttle response of Triumph’s next generation ride-by-wire system and a truly thrilling exhaust note, all which leads to it being called ‘game-changing’ by Triumph.

Aside from what’s at the motorcycle’s heart, both models feature beautifully imposing and authentic Triumph modern classic sports styling and all the poise, performance, braking and handling to live up to their legendary name.

These come together for the all-new Thruxton and Thruxton R to more than just look the part, but have Triumph promising they really deliver out on the road too.

If readers feel this is the usual flair of writing coming from a press release, Triumph can’t afford the two models to be anything less than what’s being described. Named after the legendary 500 mile Thruxton endurance race series and the Triumphs that dominated it, and which broke the first 100mph lap at the Isle of man TT.

With that history clarified, everything about the Thruxton and Thruxton R makes motorcycle sense, such as both a striking and imposing evolution of the iconic Thruxton racer with the same ‘flat-on-the-tank’ ethos and streamlined sports silhouette. This extends to the styling cues from classic Thurxton’s of the late ’60s and featuring an incredible level of detailing, including a uniquely beautiful new ‘flip top’ Monza-style filler cap. It should be noted, this cap is a first on any modern production bike.

Other features to reflect the racing past; an authentic bullet seat and stunning lightweight aluminum bar-end mirrors, wheel rims and swinging arm.


The Thruxton R also features a host of higher quality details with an additional painted seat cowl, amazing polished top yoke, aluminum tank strap and clear anodized aluminum swinging arm.

As with the classic racers of the time, as much attention is paid to how the motorcycle handles to how quickly it moves off the mark. With a dedicated chassis and fully uprated suspension for stunning handling and agility, and on the Thruxton R, a higher specification of equipment takes the ride to the next level.

This all adds up to the new Thruxton chassis and suspension being all about sharp handling that really delivers on its café racer looks. With sporting ergonomics, clip-on bars, fully adjustable suspension and 17inch front wheel, for stunning handling and agility, combined with Triumph’s signature ride dynamic of neutrality, agility and stability, the new Thruxton delivers a truly engaged and thrilling ride.

To deliver the high performance handling dynamic of its sports-orientated focus, the new Thruxton R benefits from cutting-edge chassis components and settings. The performance parts includes Twin floating Brembo discs, Racing Brembo monobloc calipers, Brembo master cylinder, race bred, fully-adjustable Showa big piston forks, fully adjustable Öhlins twin rear shocks as well as Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres.

Triumph feels this combination of head-turning style, spine-tingling performance and unparalleled heritage and character is what makes the new Thruxton’s ‘the real deal and the ultimate modern classic café racers’.


Triumph's Thruxton - Source Triumph Motorcycles

New Thruxton ‘High Power’ 1200cc Engine

The legendary character of the Thruxton comes to life through the 1200cc ‘high power’ 8 valve, parallel twin Bonneville engine.

This all-new ‘low inertia - high performance’ six-speed engine features a lighter crank, higher compression and unique airbox. With the pinpoint accuracy and instant throttle response of Triumph’s next generation ride-by-wire fuel-injection, fed by authentically styled twin throttle bodies, the ‘Thruxton spec’ engine delivers a massive peak torque figure of 82.6 ft.-lbs. at 4950rpm, an amazing 62% more than the previous generation.

With a high power output of 96HP at 6,750rpm, 41% up on the previous model’s engine, the new 1200cc Thruxton delivers much more power lower down and across the whole rev range, with an incredible 68% more power at 4,500rpm.

Beautifully styled, with a very high level of finish and detailing, the new engine, exhaust and throttle bodies incorporate cues from the original racing Thruxtons, whilst carefully integrating contemporary components to maintain that authentic look.

Behind the new 1200 engines stylish exterior sits a cutting-edge liquid cooling system, carefully integrated to minimize its visual impact while achieving cleaner emissions and enhancing fuel efficiency – 11% better than the previous generation. Combined with a new extended service interval of 10,000 miles, (16,000km), this contributes to a reduced overall cost of ownership.

Clutch and Chrome discusses the interesting road of the liquid-cooled choice taken by Triumph in our review of the new Bonneville T120 and T120 Black. We also rode through the four years of development and design undertaken by Triumph motorcycles to bring this round of bikes to the showroom floor.

It was a process that reached every part of the British manufacturers motorcycles, including their sound

A pair of new twin upswept exhausts with reverse-megaphone end cans that deliver a thunderous, rich bass exhaust note to match their powerful presence and performance. Finished in chrome on the Thruxton and brushed stainless steel on the Thruxton R.


Triumph's Thruxton R - Source Triumph Motorcycles

Modern Capability

While the Thruxton may look back for its inspiration, the motorcycle definitely lives in the modern riding world. The new Thruxton and Thruxton R feature a full suite of rider-focused technology to deliver advanced control, safety and enhanced rider confidence, sensitively integrated and without compromise to maintain its authentic Bonneville style and character.

This rider-focused technology includes ABS, Triumph’s variable anti-lock braking system bringing a new level of safety and control to the Bonneville. A Ride-by-Wire feature offers enhanced throttle responsiveness, safety, feel and fuel economy. Taking advantage of this feature, a switchable traction control system offers increased and optimized control.

What would any modern motorcycle be without riding modes? Triumph agrees with the Thruxton models offering three selectable rider mode options, road, rain and sport, all providing greater control and safety, and, in 'sport' mode, a more immediate throttle response.

A Slip Assist Clutch brings a lighter touch and feel to the clutch to make it easier to ride, and ride longer.

Another standard of modern motorcycles, LED lighting. Incorporating the latest in accent lighting these two models enjoy a distinctive signature light pattern and enhanced power efficiency for long term durability. This includes a LED Rear Light built into the classically inspired tail set-up, bringing a distinctive rear light pattern and power efficiency.

To keep the modern rider charged and happy, both models include an under seat mounted USB socket provided to charge up essential devices. Further placing the Thruxtons firmly in the modern motorcycle category, an engine Immobilizer transponder is integrated into the key.

Keeping track of all these gadgets as well as all the other information every rider needs at hand is the beautiful 3D dial faces, which cleverly incorporate a digital menu system, stylish twin clocks as well as the speedometer and rev counter.

The information that can be accessed in this instrument cluster are;

Rider mode settings: road, rain or sport

  • Gear position indicator
  • Odometer
  • Two trip settings
  • Service indicator
  • Range to empty
  • Fuel level, average and current MPG
  • Access to turn off traction control and ABS features
  • Clock

Additionally riders can add accessories, which would also then be accessed via the clock display. Including: heated grips and cruise control which is only available on the Thruxton.

These new eye-catching rides enjoy a range of colors. The Thruxton comes in three exciting color choices: Jet Black, Pure White, with a black tank stripe as well as Competition Green, with a stunning metallic gold tank stripe.

The Thruxton R comes two exciting color choices; Diablo Red or Silver Ice.

What will this modern take of a classic racer cost riders?

The Thruxton has a MSRP of

$12,500 (Jet Black)

$12,750 (Pure White, Competition Green)

The Thruxton R

$14,500 (Diablo Red, Silver Ice)

Understanding riders like to make a motorcycle ‘their own’ Triumph is ready with racing accessories.

The original Thruxton racers inspired a generation of stripped-back and hand built ‘one-off’ café racers. With the launch of our new Bonneville accessories range, featuring over 160 accessories for the Thruxton and Thruxton R alone, it’s never been easier for riders to create their own special. This includes a garage full of custom inspired parts, including: sculpted cockpit fairing, exhausts from Vance & Hines, rear mudguard removal kit, lower clip-on handlebars and beautiful compact bullet indicators.

And for the very first time a Performance Race Kit will be available for the Thruxton R. The Factory Race kit, for competition use and closed circuit racing only, takes the standard engine performance to an even higher level, with more power, torque and lower overall weight.

This includes

Stainless steel “de cat” headers

Stainless steel open silencers with removable dB killers

Race specification cam shaft kit

Race specification washable air filter

Clip-on handlebars

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