For 2016, Triumph launched two new Thruxton models, the base model Thruxton ($12,500) and the Thruxton R ($14,500). Both are huge improvements over the outgoing model Thruxton. The new 1200cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin produces gobs more horsepower and torque, the chassis isn’t the flexi-flyer it used to be, and modern electronics (R-b-W, ride modes, TC, ABS) bring a touch of modernity to a motorcycle steeped in nostalgia. For a complete review of the bike and its performance check out our previously published 2016 Triumph Bonneville Thruxton R First Ride Review.
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The most notable differences separating the base model Thruxton from its $2k more expensive counterpart is the R’s fully adjustable big piston Showa fork, fully adjustable twin Öhlins shocks, Brembo monobloc radial calipers, rotors, and master cylinder. Other subtle differences reside in the R’s polished top triple clamp, aluminum tank strap, and sticky Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tires. Triumph has created numerous accessories and performance upgrades, including a Performance Race Kit that changes the Thruxton from a street-legal canyon carver to a bonafide track day weapon. Check out the Thruxtons and new T120 Bonnevilles at triumphmotorcycles.com.