Triumph has unleashed its all-new Thruxton and out of all the members of the new Bonneville family, it’s this motorcycle that you see here that probably has the most to live up to. Since 2004, the twin-cylinder Thruxton has found many takers across several markets, thanks to its hallmark cafe-racer genes including clip-on handlebars, a small windscreen upfront and reverse cone exhausts at the rear.
The new Thruxton, then, follows the same tradition albeit with several modern-day upgrades to keep it fighting fit among the current crop of café racers and alike. Triumph, in fact, is even offering a more desirable Thruxton R that gets higher spec hardware including Brembo monobloc calipers, Showa big piston forks, Ohlins rear suspension and Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres.
The highlighting element of the new Thruxton is at its heart wherein you will find a new 1200cc, parallel twin engine. This all-new 8 valve motor features a lighter crank, higher compression and unique air-box.
Triumph hasn’t given the power figures for the bike. But, this 1200cc, liquid cooled, fuel injected motor which runs a ride-by-wire throttle does develop 112Nm of peak torque and at friendly 4,950rpm.
The Thruxton’s engine has the period look complete with dummy carburettors and fins for air cooling. But, underneath it’s all modern hardware, then be it the engine’s internals or the nice sounding exhaust.
Like the old model, the new Thruxton gets a pair of twin upswept exhausts with reverse-megaphone end cans that are finished in chrome on the standard model and brushed stainless steel on the Thruxton R.
Besides a different engine that makes a lot more grunt than before, the new Triumph Thruxton also gets improved clip-on bars, modern suspension, racier rubber shod on 17-inch wheels and uprated brakes.
There is a full suite of riding aids on the 2016 Triumph Thruxton from ABS, to riding modes to traction control. This has been possible because the bike now is a completely new, from the ground-up design.
Also on offer is Slip assist clutch (for lighter action); daytime running lights; LED taillights; and riding modes with three settings: Road (for normal), Rain (when slippery) and Sport (for all out riding).
Instrument cluster is part period, part modern. It has the traditional twin pod design, but with readouts befitting new motorcycles. Besides the speedo and rev counter, it has a detailed digital menu too.
The instrumentation on the new Triumph Thruxton offers two trip settings, a gear position indicator, odometer, distance-to-empty reading, service indicator, real time fuel consumption and a clock.
As ever, the 2016 Thruxton continues to impress with its tight lines and an imposing stance. It features a long fuel tank with a Monza type fuel filler cap, single piece café racer seat and bar-end mirrors.
The Triumph Thruxton will be available in three colour choices – Jet Black, Pure White with a black tank stripe and Competition Green with a metallic gold tank stripe. But, customisation options will be plenty.