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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 11-06-2019, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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Why not a sport touring 1200?

Well I was hoping the RS Thruxton might be a sport touring bike. This motor is perfectly suitable for being doing sport touring.

I wanted a sport touring bike with comfortable ergonomics (bar, seat, pegs), nice long distance seat. Some sort of adjustable wind screen.

How about cruise control, heated hand grips, and a center stand. We don't want to forget some 30 liter hard bags and perhaps a tank bag.

I'd like the Thruxton R suspension and brakes.

How about a two tone glossy paint job with original Triumph script. I'm thinking that paint job would be like the old BMW R90S.

Keep the classic dials and maybe put an analog clock in the middle....no TFT.

Well if they can make 3 or 4 versions of a model why not one for me?
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Isn't the discontinued Triumph Trophy that was produced from 2012-2016 pretty close to what you suggest?

As far as cruise control is concerned I think it is pretty cheap of Triumph not to make that standard equipment since the bike is ready for it with just a new switch and mapping. That could be standard for a very low cost on their part versus what they charge to add it after the fact.

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He wants a touring Bonneville, not that tank of a bike, the Trophy wannabe BMW RT.
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Something like that?

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Yeah the Trophy a size too large. I'm thinking it would lean toward 525 pounds tops maybe 550 if this result of a larger gas tank.
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Interesting idea. I find my realistic range on my unfaired Bonnie is about 400 miles. After that it starts to feel like work.

Although Iíve installed the factory cruise control, which is a tremendous help when covering distance, I canít help but wonder what a faired version might be like. Still retro, so sort of like the BMW R100RS from back in the day?

Not a bike that looks like the R100RS, but one with that same ethic, on a Bonneville platform.
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Interesting idea. I find my realistic range on my unfaired Bonnie is about 400 miles. After that it starts to feel like work.h

Although I’ve installed the factory cruise control, which is a tremendous help when covering distance, I can’t help but wonder what a faired version might be like. Still retro, so sort of like the BMW R100RS from back in the day?

Not a bike that looks like the R100RS, but one with that same ethic, on a Bonneville platform.
I like the direction you are going.

If BMW has and still does build a sport touring bike with a boxer engine then why not Triumph? The 1200 Triumph engine is a peach - excellent performer, reliable, superior fuel mileage, and makes a great sound.

Maybe Triumph figured (if they thought about it) that a 1200 sport touring would take sales from the Tiger? Both Triumph and BMW have so many models overlapping other models in their lineups, at least this one has some real differences.
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Coming of an FJR ( with Heli riser / triple clamps) I agree it was a great do everything ride , just too big and heavy

I'd go for a Thruxton ST for sure
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Why not put a screen and some luggage on a T120 or a Speed Twin? The Speed's engine is comparable to the new Thruxton RS's. Or the OP is interested in a more-encompassing weather protections and a taller seating position, i.e. something like the BMW's F-series ADV twins?
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Speed Twin can probably fit the bill with these add-ons:

Seat -- I have Corbin on my Speed Twin. It is not any softer and does not immediately feel more comfortable that the stock seat, but, after a 2-hour ride I felt no lower back pain, which I did with the stock seat.

Screen -- there are some screens that are larger and more effective, although not as hip. Parabellum and National Cycle come to mind.

Luggage -- I believe SW Motech has dedicated mounts for their Legend bags.

The Speed's engine is easy. Good power but no urgency. Great for relaxed 90 mph multi-hour trips. Tank is somewhat small. 150 miles max before refueling. I don't have a screen or luggage at the moment, but will probably add them at some point. Unfortunately, I can't take long vacations to go cross-country touring, so I use it for commuting.
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