Main Motorcycle: 2013 Thruxton
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Michigan, USA
Other Motorcycle: I wish!
Endorsing most the the comments above, I was going back and forth between the two but totally love the classic cafe racer style, even though you are giving up some comfort. I had to make some adjustments to the bars by flipping and rotating them, and now all is well, although most of my riding is shorter runs (less than two hours), plus commuting to work in the warmer dry weather.
So ultimately, depending on your use and your size, one may be better than the other. The beauty about these bikes is you can do so much modding to make them suit you and your needs, so you won't go wrong with either. At about 6 ft and 180 lbs I went for the Thruxton and no regrets. Also be aware nether has ABS, so you are being steered wrong! And it's impractical to try to add it....believe me I've looked into it!
As has been suggested, be sure to take a drivers education class and take it easy until you get some experience on how the bike handles and what to expect in the many conditions you will encounter. Drive defensively, and assume every vehicle, moving or stationary, is going to do something silly, or has simply not seen you. Not wanting to discourage you, but it's the only way you'll survive without an incident.
Best of luck, ride safe, Thruxty.
2013 Thruxton: Hagon 2810, Ricor Intiminators; STS; AI & O2 removed; 2>1 baffle remove; airbox snorkel and restrictor removed; TTP; Tail Tidy; Eastern Beaver Relay; LED Indicators; Tubeless Rim Conversion; Pirelli Angel GTs 110/80-18, 150/70-17