Triumph has brought out another modern classic motorcycle and, once again, hasn’t skimped on the performance. We liked this trend in the Speed Twin, and we applaud its continuance with the Thruxton RS. You get your vintage style, your upright riding position, and your smile-inducing handling. Then add to that the slight bump in horsepower, but more importantly, internal upgrades and weight savings that results in a claimed 20% reduction in rotational inertia. These updates allow the RS to spin more freely throughout the entire rpm range. Oh, and you get a 500-rpm higher redline. Woohoo!
Triumph continues its tradition of putting premium components on its RS models. The brakes come in the form of a Brembo radial master cylinder coupled to a set of Brembo M50 four-piston radial-mounted calipers all squeezing 310mm discs. Then there’s the suspension. Showa provides the fully-adjustable 43 mm big piston fork. Out back, fully-adjustable Öhlins twin shocks with piggyback reservoirs complete the equation.
Triumph tells us it has sold more than 16,000 Thruxtons since 2016 and over 40,000 since 2006. With the changes to the 2020 Triumph Thruxton RS, we think dealerships will sell a bunch more.
Let’s see what Ryan has to say about the bike.