The Thruxton is one of the most famous Café Racer, we had to speak about it! It was named after the Thruxton 500 event, an endurance race popular in the '60s. In 1959 Triumph released a batch of "Thruxton specification" Bonneville T120 which could be seen as the birth of the Thruxton. In 1965, Triumph started to produce Thruxton Bonneville, dominating the Thruxton 500 for five years. Triumph even won the Isle of Man with its Thruxton in 1967.
After the reborn of the Triumph Motorcycle factory, Triumph launched the Thruxton 900 model. Its an air-cooled 360° twin derived from the Bonneville, with "café racer" spirit, hence the rear-set footrests, the analogic instrument and reverse-cone exhaust silencers. Overall, it was well-received, Triumph succedding its bet to blend retro style and practicality. Another good argument is its affordable price.
In 2016, Triumph freshens the Thruxton line with the Thruxton 1200 and Thruxton 1200r. Keeping the main idea of a modern classic: retro look and modern features. The Thruxton Racer of 2016 seems heavily inspired by modern-day Café Racer, and of course, is used as a base for a lot of projects. It possesses a two 270° water-cooled engine. The attention to details is really remarkable and this bike is definitely stylish!
As we already pointed out, the general look of the Thruxton is one of its strength. Hence the fact that we like to personalize it a bit! A lot can be done with the Thruxton like removing its big factory rear mudguard, rising the handlebar or changing the seat. Many parts are available for it on the market! If you need your imagination to be a bit more stimulated, here a little selection of beautiful Thruxton
A beautiful Thruxton from Triumph GB Motors 94
The Thruxton R from Triumph Factory Custom
This beefed-up T120 Thruxton R was made by Triumph Germany
The Thruxton is definitely a mythical bike. Loved by many for its style and potency. Everyone looks back at you when you're riding one of those beasts. This motorcycle definitely has character and charm.
To continue on our little Triumph review. On the next article, we are going to talk about the Triumph Scrambler, another little gem from this manufacturer.