Main Motorcycle: 2012 Thruxton (black)
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Rhode Island
Other Motorcycle: 2013 KTM 690 Enduro R
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Glad you're OK, now have to ask - DD? Daredevil? Designated driver?
I had ridden the Thruxton for a couple years & then got a Guzzi V11 Sport (OK, not fast by superbike standards, but more HP than the Thrux). Shortly after getting the Guzzi I was riding across Eastern Oregon one spring evening...I'm zipping along at maybe 85 MPH & all of a sudden I realize as the shadows fall, I'm in big trouble if a deer jumps across the highway. I've cruised the Thruxton at 85 but my brain tells me: "you're going fast". Bottom line: I feel much more at one with the Thruxton, not the fastest, or the lightest, or the most powerful braking, but adding rear ohlins, after-market pipes & Sport Demon tires I feel more in control all while having a blast!
For me it was a toss up between the Ducati GT1000 and the Thruxton. The Ducati was about 5 grand more and required professional Ducati servicing every 12 months. Over all, the triumph seemed more true to what it used to be like in the day, and I can still do my own maintenance.
I found this comparison interesting:
Zoe, keep an open mind when sitting on the Thrux for the first time. It will feel pretty weird after getting off a bike like the 1198.
The tank is super narrow, which means that it's hard to grip it with your knees. The pegs are quite far back and the bars are reasonably high.
These bikes are so easy to customise though, so don't stress if you're not feeling comfortable the first time you get on one.
I'd find it very weird going back to riding a stock Thrux after riding mine around now.
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