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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 05-20-2019, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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What do owners think of the Thruxton R?

I've been riding for 5 years now and have only owned two Daytonas. I'm now considering switching things up and jumping to the gorgeous Thruxton 1200R...

My question is: how do those who own them feel about them?


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What don't I like? Nothing
What did I wish for? Chromed mirrors (fixed), rear fender delete (fixed), V&Hs (part of the deal) with baffles removed (fixed)
What do I wish for? T120 primary and secondary sprocket for longer gearing
What do I like? Everything else

Blinding bike. I love riding it - and I love looking at it. I can never just walk away.
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I've had mine for 1.5 years and love it! It's a conversation starter for sure due to its unique look (not a ton of cafe style in my area) and plenty of power to get in trouble.

The one thing is I wish I can ride it over 150 miles discomfort free (this will vary by rider of course, I'm 5' 5" so while the peg position isn't an issue for me, due to my short arms, I lean more than most other = lower back, shoulder, and wrist discomfort after 100+ miles)

I've only had two issues that was taken care of by Manufacturer Warranty... fogging up clusters (I think only some 2016s had this issue..maybe 2017) and cluster cutting out due to tight wiring under the tank (both issues addressed and haven't had an issue since).

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What do owners think of the Thruxton R?

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What don't I like? Nothing
What did I wish for? Chromed mirrors (fixed), rear fender delete (fixed), V&Hs (part of the deal) with baffles removed (fixed)
What do I wish for? T120 primary and secondary sprocket for longer gearing
What do I like? Everything else

Blinding bike. I love riding it - and I love looking at it. I can never just walk away.


Awesome info, thanks! Yours is gorgeous by the way! That half fairing is a must have.


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I've had mine for 1.5 years and love it! It's a conversation starter for sure due to its unique look (not a ton of cafe style in my area) and plenty of power to get in trouble.

The one thing is I wish I can ride it over 150 miles discomfort free (this will vary by rider of course, I'm 5' 5" so while the peg position isn't an issue for me, due to my short arms, I lean more than most other = lower back, shoulder, and wrist discomfort after 100+ miles)

I've only had two issues that was taken care of by Manufacturer Warranty... fogging up clusters (I think only some 2016s had this issue..maybe 2017) and cluster cutting out due to tight wiring under the tank (both issues addressed and haven't had an issue since).


Awesome. Thanks for the detail on issues (although seemingly minor). I have heard that it's not particularly comfortable, but surely is not worse than a Daytona…


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The usual questions to answer:

Looks - almost everybody likes it's classic looks, many options out there to personalize it

Sound - As a 360 degree guy the 270 degree sounds good but it can be enhanced with Meerkat x pipes and different mufflers

Comfort - I'm 65 and the stock clip ons are pretty good especially on the highway, the stock seat is the limiter to me. Several saddle options out there including a gel pad. Normally a 300 mile day is not a problem.

Handling - smooth and tight in the turns, suspension can be softened for those under 170 pounds for around town.

Performance - I've got mine to run a 12.116 quarter mile corrected to 11.634, stock top speed 131 mph - Triumph quarter fairing and gearing change 136 mph timed a Bonneville. It will run faster with improved aerodynamics , I am doing this in August..

Economy - I've checked my a few times with stock gearing riding legally 52 mpg, 22 mpg at drag strip.

Reliability - No issues but bike has several recalls. I've had mine 2 years next month only about 6500 miles but I have several bikes. I've run mine down the drag strip 33 times and a dozen times at Bonneville at top speed for 3 mile shots with no issues at all.

I've been riding 50 years and this is the best all around bike I have ever ridden.
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I've been riding 50 years and this is the best all around bike I have ever ridden.

Ditto.... I have 50 years of riding and have owned a large number of bikes. My Thruxton R is a keeper.
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Only had 40 years of riding but also the best bike I've owned. Over the years have had faster bikes but the highest compliment I can give the Thruxton is it never scares me at speed on twisty roads. Always feel in control. I wish I could rotate the bars ever so slightly forward, but other than that it's a comfortable bike, never mind comfortable "for a sport bike".

Also wish it put out 100 hp at the rear wheel and came tubeless from the factory but the former is human nature talking and the latter can (and will be) addressed.
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Your question is "how do owners feel about them".
I think its important to emphasis the word "feel", because some of the things that I didnt like about mine, may not have been an issue for other owners.
The fuelling on a trailing throttle was disgusting - the motor hunted back and forth looking for more fuel - I had the tune checked twice including throttle balance, and it was all good - my Triumph service manager excuses it by saying its just a big twin with a lot of flywheel effect when you just have a bit of throttle on. It was so bad that it would upset my entry into a corner when I would be changing down through gears.
The design of the wiring around the steering head was always a problem waiting to happen - how did a premium bike leave a factory with such a poor design. Anybody on this forum would have prevented it from leaving the factory ,if they were in that position.
It had an oil leak that in my opinion was going to involve major engine work to correct - i hated the thought that this work would be done under warranty by a service department that demonstrated complete lack of care and experience after doing such a simple job as my first service. They would not listen to me when I proved to them where the oil leak was - its all about them going through their drawn out warranty procedure.
I found the top spec suspension too stiff for me - even on the comfort settings.
I was annoyed that I had tubes, but on the other hand I loved the polished alloy spoked wheels.
The things I liked:
It is the best looking retro bike even though I wasn't keen on the mix of gold and yellow colours on the rear shocks (easily fixed)
The performance is fantastic - because the torque is so easy to use and it just pulls so strong. (note : i am not confusing performance with fuelling).
You can get a nice exhaust note just by fitting a Meercat" - $300 Aus - thats a cheap exhaust note.
So, the above are just my feelings - all of those annoying issues were fixable - some with patience and some with money.
If i can suggest the most common advice given to people that are not sure which bike to buy - test ride as many bikes as you can - its not unusual to really like the feel of a bike, that you had not really considered before - only a good test ride can show this.
In my case - I sold my Thruxton R and bought a bike that is not even close to the Thruxton in specifications - but to me. feels like a better bike (in other words it suits me better) - this resulted from a good test ride.
Hope my experience helps you to look out for a few things if you purchase a Thruxton R.
P.S. when I walk into my shed I cant beleive I dont have a Triumph in their anymore - but at the end of the day you have to be comfortable with your ownership.
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The usual questions to answer...


That's quite a comprehensive review! Thank you.

Glad to know that the stock clip one aren't too harsh. I've heard multiple places that the seat is what will get you but there are a lot of options there.

I'm surprised that it's not a little faster in the 1/4 mile. My 2008 Daytona only had 10 more hp and half the torque of the Thruxton and it was capable of low 11s (maybe high 10s, I only went to the strip once about 6 mo after I started riding). But I'm assuming gearing and nearly twice the red line is a big factor there. Very cool that you've taken yours to Bonneville! Have any pictures of that?

I'm also shock that it manages over 50 mpg! That's killer. I only average around 40 on the Daytonas.

Thanks again for all the info! Glad you like yours so much.


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