Well last Saturday I took a thruxton for a jaunt to Richmond from Hobart, a big thank you to the people at the triumph shop in Hobart who allowed me to take part in such a journey in fact this was my second test ride aboard a thruxton and this time I actually had a good look at it objectively and boy was I TORN because disappointing journey definitely was as the bike disappointed me, let me explain the reasons why.
OK so the grips are fat, despite the fact my right hand fell asleep on the way out of town the fat grips assisted in this and you certainly do not get the feel of a fine tuning fork through them in fact the bike feels obese due to the grip size and considering the great expense of this bike this was disappointing.
Also due to the nature of a café racer the rider utilises the full length of the saddle depending of the situation so town riding I'm up against the tank and when on the high way I tend to stretch out and move far back in the saddle now in doing so the inside of my gusset was saw when riding in town because where the seat terminates at the tank the two seams, on either side of the saddle where they terminate at the tank specially on the left hand side seam there seems to be no padding and only hard plastic under the seam and this becomes super uncomfortable in my crotch and certainly does not represent good value on such an expensive bike I thought so again I was disappointed once more.
Now this Issue I am not so sure is as simple to fix but when you commit to a corner and are leaned over the machine feels like it resist's lean angle change and therefore resist's you from changing your line mid corner and therefore not flick able, so disappointing was I to discover this it is going to be a bitter pill to take if you are going to unload 20 casino's for a 1200 thruxton.
So therefore I definitely feel that "I am not sure this bike represents good value" as these items I have mentioned could be remedied but at my expence and this to me at least seems unsatisfactory.
The most disappointing day as I was hoping I was going to take one home .
The guy's at the triumph shop in Hobart I could not hope for a better bunch that is for sure, I will be coming back in the future to sample the next chapter as I have tested the 900 thruxton in the past and I really felt triumph had it in the bag with this one (1200) as only the power output was my only hang up with the (900).
in the meantime I think a monster S4RS weighs 50 Kg's less and has 30 hp more as well as more torque and I know it is definitely more flick able than the new thruxton and also the monster lends itself to fitting a fairing like thee the new thruxton has on offer and at about half the cost I recon i'm in. I am sorry but logic has to prevail in my garage.
PS the guy's at the triumph shop in Hobart, super cool cats a more terrific bunch I don't think you'll find in a hurry .
life's too short have a twisty!