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Old 02-01-2005, 11:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Since the Thruxton is garnering so much interest these days, and since potential buyers have found the site and have questions and concerns, I thought maybe we could post owner reviews in a standard format.

If cafetbird will allow, we could sticky it to the top of the forum so it will be easily found.

Proposed format:
Year:
Color:
Mileage:
Overall Rating:

Modifications:

Please include Carb Setup (by request) use the format below:

Main jet / Pilot jet / shims / Pilot screw / Air hole / If tested on Dyno


(optional): Owner Height/Weight (may be usefull when describing ergonomic issues

Problems / Resolutions

Owner Review:




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Old 02-01-2005, 11:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Year: '04
Color: Red of Course
Mileage: 4000
Overall Rating: Extremely Satisfied

Modifications:
Removed AI, IKON shocks, D&D mufflers

5'9 / 175 lbs

Problems / Resolutions:
none.

Owner Review:
I basically love this bike, It is exactly what I thought it was. It ain't sport bike fast, but it's quick & handles well for the level of suspension components you get with a bike for this price.

I haven't had any wheel/tire problems, there isn't any weight on either wheel, and I checked and didn't find any run-out on either front or rear wheel (just lucky I guess). While I don't love the front tire, it hasn't done anything to cause me to replace it yet.

Replacing the stock mufflers really freed the motor up & reduced the engine braking to a more comfortable level.

It took a little while to get used to the clip-ons, but now I wouldn't think of changing them.

I agree the stock shocks are no better than Pogo Sticks: severely under-damped. I bought IKONS and have cured this. Increasing the pre-load on the front forks to match the IKONS has damped it's tendency to wobble when upset in high-speed corners. For those who ride alot above 80 in the bends a steering damper would probably be a wise addition. Most of my riding is done in the twisties below 80 so not a requirement for me.

Besides the fact that this bike goes & handles exactly as I dreamed when I bought it, IT JUST PLAIN LOOKS FRIGGIN COOL!

Most all of us get the same questions & stories when we stop.

What year is that ? or

Man I used to have a __________ (some year Bonneville.. fill in the blank) wished I never sold it....

Bottom line: If you want it, buy it! You won't be dissapointed!

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Old 02-01-2005, 12:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Year: 2004
Color: Red!
Mileage: 2400
Overall Rating: 9 (1-10)

Mods: AI removed; EMGO teardrops; CRG bar-end mirrors

6', 200 lbs

Problems: None, so far.

The Thruxton is the first bike I've ridden in about 25 years. When looking for a bike, one requirement ws it had to look like a motorcycle- not a sci-fi movie prop. The Bonnies had it til I saw a Thruxton. Love at first sight! Riding, I can spend 4-5 hours on it comfortably. My only (small) complaint is the short range. With only about 125 miles to reserve, it would be nice to have a bigger tank!

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Old 02-01-2005, 12:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Year: '04
Color: Black of Course
Mileage: 5000
Overall Rating: Extreeeeeemely Satisfied

Modifications:
Removed AI, D&Ds, barends, shortened blinkers, gerbing heat, flyscreen, heritage badges, flipped mirror posts, cut down seat.

5'8 / 150 lbs

Problems / Resolutions:
NE winters/heated clothing

Owner Review:
I love everything about it. The ride, the sound, the look, the vibe. Every ride feels like the first time. What else can I say. I could've gotten any bike, but went for the Thruxton.


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Old 02-01-2005, 01:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Other Motorcycle: 05 Bonnie Cafe
Year: '04
Color: Started life as Red - now titanium/pearl black/pearl white.
Mileage: 19,000
Overall Rating: Extremely Satisfied

Modifications: Custom Paint, Hagons, F3 forks, Race Tech springs & goldvalves, bar end mirrors, Predators, Rejetted, 150mm rear tire, 110 front tire BT020's,Tomaselli 3 way adjustable clip-ons, Polished engine covers and fork sliders, K&Ns too many others to mention.

5'11' 155 Ibs


Problems: Trip meter not working. Don't care!

This bike is a blast to ride. I highly recommend for anyone! After reworking the suspension to fit me and opening up the exhaust and intake flow, I can't get enough riding time in.

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Old 02-01-2005, 01:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Location: San Francisco, CA USA
Posts: 84
Year: 2005
Color: Black
Mileage: 350 miles
Overall Rating: 9 out of 10, for pure fun factor and quality of product compared to price

Modifications: Staintune canisters, AI removed

Owner Height/Weight: 6' 0" 195lbs. I find it the ergos just fine and comfy, coming from the perspective of a former GSXR owner

Problems / Resolutions: So far no problems at all. Other than getting distracted by the cuties blowing me kisses as I drive by. I haven't found a resolution for that yet (Volvo perhaps?)

Owner Review: I like my Thruxton a lot. I've owned many bikes, all sport-bikes, and this one is most fun bike I’ve owned. Now to a more substantive review:

The fun factor is high, and that is hard to quantify, you’ll just have to trust me. It does what it was intended to do well.

I’ve never owned a Triumph before and I’m pleased with the quality of their product; similar to the quality of the Japanese bikes I’ve owned.

After my first ride, what I noticed most was the strange position it put you in. You’re leaned over more that I thought you would be, similar to sport-bikes. But your feet are much more underneath you. The bike is pretty thin, and it is low because of the suspension. It is a strange feel, but I really like it. At low speed, I find it to be much easier to handle than the taller, with their larger tires, sport-bikes.

The engine is strong and smooth, and has a very cool classic look. However, the power isn’t going to blow you away if you just got off your buddy’s R6. The torque is nice, and it always pulls me where I’d like to go. I’d like more of both, HP and Torque, but if I didn’t get it, I’d still be perfectly happy, as the stock power is still very fun.

Suspension is well… cheap. But this is an 8,000 dollar motorcycle, and I’m sure if they made it 10,000 it would have had nicer suspension bits. It’s not bad, and I have no problem keeping up with people in the twenties. But I’m not going to kid myself and say the suspension is great. However, people have had great success with aftermarket rear shocks and re-valving and new springs for the forks (as well as F3 forks). So with a minimal investment I bet it does pretty well; as I don’t think it’s the frame, but the shocks and forks.

The brakes work, but they’re not great. But this is a classic bike, with dual shocks, wire rims, tiny tires front and back, and a single rotor up front. So I don’t want to give the wrong impression of its performance. You will blow away the cruisers, but you have to work at keeping up with the sport-bikes.

Where’s the toolkit? Really not sure why there isn’t one, as I found room for my home made one. There is no storage on this bike, so if you are use to having an under seat place for your water and hat and such, you’ll be disappointed.

I didn’t notice not having a fairing much, as the wind isn’t too bad. I see no reason to add a fly screen, unless you like the looks.

Lastly, it is ***** pretty. If you say otherwise you are blind, or you drive a Volvo.
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Old 02-02-2005, 01:04 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Year: '04
Color: Black
Mileage: ~5500

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Modifications:
Suspension work all around. Big bore kit, etc. I also did lots of cosmetic personalization. (There is a great after-market product line for the bike).

Owner Height/Weight:
5'8 and 175lb

Problems -- Resolutions:
(1) Suspension -- No resolution possible.

I upgraded the shock, forks, added a steering damper. Had it set-up by a professional tuner with improvement to the wobble like handling I was getting on the freeway, but the Thruxton will never handle like a sport bike.

It's nimble, fun, and pretty darn comfortable, however, so good for around town and shorter rides.

(2) The bike came lean and took a while to get warmed up first thing in the morning. Also blued my headers something ugly! -- I fixed with new black coated headers and Predator pipes, and got her tuned perfectly.

(3) Limited fuel range of ~100 miles to reserve -- No fix but it does get high 30's mpg.

Owner Review:
I really miss the handling of my sportbikes. The suspension and geometry of the thruxton isn't great in the twisties and will buck with imperfect freeway surfaces; you can go fast, but you have to be willing to stand on your foot pegs and ride out the wild undulations.

Where the thruxton really shines is for around town. She is very nimble and the power is perfect. With my cosmetic mods I think she is uber beautiful.

I also use it to commute and it does great. Good enough gas mileage. Wind in the shoulders is there, but under 70 mph it is OK for rides < hour.

If you haven't been riding for a while, want something more chill as a second bike, or are just looking for a fun, nimble, cool looking motorcycle, the Thruxton is a great choice.


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Old 02-02-2005, 01:04 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Join Date: Jan 2005
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Posts: 383
Year: '04
Color: Black
Mileage: ~5500

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Modifications:
Suspension work all around. Big bore kit, etc. I also did lots of cosmetic personalization. (There is a great after-market product line for the bike).

Owner Height/Weight:
5'8 and 175lb

Problems -- Resolutions:
(1) Suspension -- No resolution possible.

I upgraded the shock, forks, added a steering damper. Had it set-up by a professional tuner with improvement to the wobble like handling I was getting on the freeway, but the Thruxton will never handle like a sport bike.

It's nimble, fun, and pretty darn comfortable, however, so good for around town and shorter rides.

(2) The bike came lean and took a while to get warmed up first thing in the morning. Also blued my headers something ugly! -- I fixed with new black coated headers and Predator pipes, and got her tuned perfectly.

(3) Limited fuel range of ~100 miles to reserve -- No fix but it does get high 30's mpg.

Owner Review:
I really miss the handling of my sportbikes. The suspension and geometry of the thruxton isn't great in the twisties and will buck with imperfect freeway surfaces; you can go fast, but you have to be willing to stand on your foot pegs and ride out the wild undulations.

Where the thruxton really shines is for around town. She is very nimble and the power is perfect. With my cosmetic mods I think she is uber beautiful.

I also use it to commute and it does great. Good enough gas mileage. Wind in the shoulders is there, but under 70 mph it is OK for rides < hour.

If you haven't been riding for a while, want something more chill as a second bike, or are just looking for a fun, nimble, cool looking motorcycle, the Thruxton is a great choice.


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Old 02-02-2005, 01:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Year: 2004

Color: Black (only color a bike should be)

Mileage: 952

Overall Rating: Better than free CineMax. Rides like it looks. This is no Ducati 999R and will never be. While suspension work may make the ride a little more comfy, the geometry is the real limiter on handling.

Modifications: TORs, Gaiters, Tank Pads. Napoleon Bar-end mirrors.

Owner Height/Weight: 6’2”/200

Problems / Resolutions:

1) Oil leak – overfilled by dealer (this caused the seal for the shifter to unseat)

2) Wife found out that seat cowl comes off-looking for new solo seat.

Owner Review: Great bike if you like the old school look and don’t mind the comfort associated with clip-ons and rear sets. If you don’t like the clip-ons get a Bonnie. If you want a sportbike don’t get a Thruxton. If you want a cool looking, nice riding, attention getting ride that makes your hands and back hurt but reminds you of when you were a kid and rode an RD 400 (my opinion)
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Old 02-02-2005, 01:35 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Year: 2004

Color: Black (only color a bike should be)

Mileage: 952

Overall Rating: Better than free CineMax. Rides like it looks. This is no Ducati 999R and will never be. While suspension work may make the ride a little more comfy, the geometry is the real limiter on handling.

Modifications: TORs, Gaiters, Tank Pads. Napoleon Bar-end mirrors.

Owner Height/Weight: 6’2”/200

Problems / Resolutions:

1) Oil leak – overfilled by dealer (this caused the seal for the shifter to unseat)

2) Wife found out that seat cowl comes off-looking for new solo seat.

Owner Review: Great bike if you like the old school look and don’t mind the comfort associated with clip-ons and rear sets. If you don’t like the clip-ons get a Bonnie. If you want a sportbike don’t get a Thruxton. If you want a cool looking, nice riding, attention getting ride that makes your hands and back hurt but reminds you of when you were a kid and rode an RD 400 (my opinion)
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