Was there anything you wish you had on your S that the R came with?
I took the R for a test ride and found the suspension to be very harsh, great for racing etc but for street riding and long traveling I went for the S plus I wanted the green, I have set up my bike for traveling, it handles great the Nissin brakes work good and I can do long miles in the saddle, the only things I have done is get rid of the low clip ons and put the stock bars on, did a Meerkat decat and open up the stock mufflers, duel seat a rack on the back and saddle bag surports for my throw over saddle bags for traveling.
What I plan on over time is a set of Ikon shocks on the back and some Racetec springs in the front and that is all the will be needed so far everthing is working great.
At the time I was buying the Thruxton R was $22,400 on the road, the Thruxton S was $20,300 on the road and my old stock with the fairing fitted was $17,990 and when I looked at it I asked for today price cash and the dropped another $1,000 of it, so after buying old stock I am still way ahead in savings and even spend another $1,000 on suspension I am still way ahead in what I saved.
So really the S is the same bike as the R just different suspension and brakes and with the Ikon shocks and Racetec spring up front it will handle as good as the R.
I have a mate with a R and he finds it hard to do the miles comfortably as what I can do my my S, I can keep with him in the tight twisties, but most of the timeIam in front of him and thats with stock S suspension, and I paid $5,000 less than him and he didn't even get a fairing kit lol.