Main Motorcycle: Norton Atlas '65
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Other Motorcycle: Enfield Bullet 500
Extra Motorcycle: 1952 Sunbeam S8
Lots of differences
You should spend some time carefully comparing an '08 / '09 rather than rely on one pager from Triumph on the spec. There are some fundamental differences - eg the tank is bigger on the '09 (Thrux anyway) and it looks wider, and better. Front guard is plastic, badges are plastic - the list goes on - probably best to go into a dealership and spend 20 mins going from front to tail just looking. Here is a Thrux summary I posted on the Cafe section which you might find interesting. Also waiting to see just how many mpg am getting with stock tune and Hyde pipes - some people seem to have issues with mpg. However it is raining here again, looks like it is set to rain for the next three months at least - hence it might be a while before I get to put more miles on it - currently standing at just 100.
Picked up my new Red 09 Thrux on Saturday after two years of Thruxtonising my Bonnie, which I traded in.
Me - short at 5ft 7". About 155 pounds. Slow and careful ish rider worried about damp roads, manhole covers and diesel, not to mention idiot drivers, my advancing years and fading competence. Having learnt on motorbikes with no mirrors, and cycled for many years without any mirrors either - I am always on radar for the fools on the road.
The bike - Red plus after market Hyde silencers, Hyde gear and brake set, Hyde horn, Ikon chrome shroud rear suspension, Dart screen, Jenks seat and cowl bolts. Also transferred Rentec rack from the bonnie (yes it fits the Thrux and allows one to carry stuff such as mobile phone, waterproofs etc and yes - I know this affects the line of the bike but at 60mph who notices and actually it works well the line is not that badly affected) and ordered Triumph Bonnie after market mirrors and Thrux centre stand (note - bonnie centre stand is NOT compatible with Thrux for those that want to transfer).
Pulls really well but still tight given that it is new. Stock tune gives an occasional pop on the exhaust, which I like. Am planning to get it power commandered at about 1000 miles - It looks the business, drawing admiring glances. Sounds great, if a bit quieter than the bonnie which had mototwin exhausts. Tracks a much better line. Love the new handlebars which makes it feel like a high powered bicycle. New rearsets much better as they have a larger footprint on the brake which aids control, and they look much much better than the stock kit. Shocks again are infinitely better than stock - had Ikons on the bonnie so I know they are a world apart. I feel comfortable, much safer than the bonnie, and have the assurance that it will punch on overtaking whilst leaving white van man well behind.
There is the occasional blind spot on throttle, and I do not like the sudden loss of power on throttle shutdown, but that is efi, and I will get used to it. Steering lock is tight so maneovering in the garage is a pain. The seat height is an inch too high, which means my feet only just touch the ground. That is not great at stops, and I am considering a lower seat. The bar end mirrors add 4 inches to the width - I have already hit another car on filtering through traffic, hence the move to put standard bars on , which will reduce the width of the bike and add to safe manoevering. There is also a bit of vibration at 65mph, which will be partly resolved by bar end weights after replacing the bar end mirrors with standard bonnie mirrors (the after market chrome ones on Bonnie and America).
Fabulous bike, well engineered, great engine, different, fast enough, tracks a good line, sounds great, is NOT A DUCATI.
Red Ducatis are ten a penny. Here, even in the UK, Red Thruxes are as rare as the Dandy Dinmont Terrier. If you go against the grain, resist being told what to do by the corporate and political world, detest conformity but love style WITH function, then you are a Thruxtonite.