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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-14-2019, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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2016 Thruxton R vs 2019 Thruxton R

Is there any reason to go with the 2019 Thruxton 1200 R instead of going for the cheaper 2016 Thruxton 1200 R?
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Sexy green?
I haven't heard of any updates Just the colours I think

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Well the 2019 will be new and the 2016 will be old, but depends if the 2016 has been used or has miles on it, in the start of 2018 I brought a new 2016 Thruxton S old stock and saved $3,500 as well a fairing kit was also fitted, I was happy to get a good deal for a older model, in my mind its still new and the new model at the time had no changes from the older model, so it depends on how much you want to spend or how much you want to save.
Being retired now and carefull with money I have no problems buying new old stock but only if its a good saving and I got a great deal the way I went, my Thruxton still got its 2 year warranty and its insured for what I paid for it and I have no intension in selling it, this is the last new bike I will buy, but then I said that last time lol.

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Well the 2019 will be new and the 2016 will be old, but depends if the 2016 has been used or has miles on it, in the start of 2018 I brought a new 2016 Thruxton S old stock and saved $3,500 as well a fairing kit was also fitted, I was happy to get a good deal for a older model, in my mind its still new and the new model at the time had no changes from the older model, so it depends on how much you want to spend or how much you want to save.
Being retired now and carefull with money I have no problems buying new old stock but only if its a good saving and I got a great deal the way I went, my Thruxton still got its 2 year warranty and its insured for what I paid for it and I have no intension in selling it, this is the last new bike I will buy, but then I said that last time lol.

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Was there anything you wish you had on your S that the R came with?
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That's what I figured it didn't seem like there was any major updates from 2016 to the current year. No need to spend 3-5k more just to have a 2019 when the 2016 is the same bike.
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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.

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I think the newer models have a different side stand that doesn’t have the shrink wrapped magnet for the side stand sensor. I guess there have been cases of the magnet coming loose, which then disables the bike from running once in gear because it thinks the side stand is still down. Otherwise, I bought a leftover S 16 two years ago in May 17 and have been following for updates and haven’t noticed anything of note.

As for the upgraded suspension, it looks like the new Speed Twin has the same suspension as the Thruxton S. That should be an indicator the S suspension is more than adequate. I am sure there is benefit to the upgraded suspension on the R if you are pushing the bike to its limits or racing it on track, etc., but for street riding, even spirited street riding, the S suspension has worked perfectly well for me.

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IMHO, if it has a motor, always buy (gently) used. Bikes, cars, boats, planes. Plenty of bikes out there with less than 2k miles on them. For 30% less than new.

No real difference between a 2016 and a 2019 that I know of, other than colors..
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IMHO, if it has a motor, always buy (gently) used. Bikes, cars, boats, planes. Plenty of bikes out there with less than 2k miles on them. For 30% less than new.

No real difference between a 2016 and a 2019 that I know of, other than colors..
I haven't rode since 2010 and I'm coming from a Honda CBR 600RR, how many miles can you expect to achieve on these new Rs in terms of per tank and the life of the bike?
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3.8 gallon tank, if you are light on the throttle you can get 150 miles before the gas light comes on.

As far as reliability? Canít say but if you maintain them I can see them lastly many, many miles. In my case, probably more than I will ever put on it.
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