The Triumph Thruxton is one fine-looking motorcycle, a beautiful café racer with rich heritage and history. In essence, café racers are stripped down, bare basic motorcycles which were actually meant for zipping from one café to other and for other quick, short rides. But that was 50 years ago. The 2016 Thruxton R that we have here is much more than that. We rode this café racer for a decent bit and definitely believe that it is the epitome of cool.
Getting to the modern bits, Triumph has kitted out the Thruxton R with some delicious equipment such as big piston 43mm Showa forks upfront and twin Ohlins shock absorbers, both of them fully adjustable. Next is the 310mm twin floating Brembo discs with 4-piston radial monobloc calipers at the front and a single 220mm floating disc with a 2-piston caliper. It doesn't end here. The Thruxton R also gets ride-by-wire tech and 3 riding modes to choose from, which are Road, Rain and Sport and then there's the standard stuff which is the ABS and traction control that can be switched off. The IP is a twin-pod affair with analogue meters for speed and RPMs and two small digital readouts for other information. Readability on a bright, sunny day though, isn't the best.
As is with all café racers, handling is precise and delightful to say the least.The Thruxton R doesn't shy away from corners at all. It will match all the moves of a proper sportsbike without batting an eyelid. There's solid grip coming from the sticky Pirelli Diablo Corsa Rubbers as well. A slight twist of the wrist and you will leave all the vehicles on the road in your wake. Should you feel the need to grab a handful of brakes, the Brembo unit takes care of it with utmost ease.
The ride, well, is stiff, but is no torture test. For daily riding, you can always setup the suspension according to your liking. The riding posture is committed and forward biased. One will need strong shoulders and a solid core in case they want to put in long hours on the saddle.
(Photographs: Surya Karan)