Last but evidently the most interesting bike or bikes of them all is the new Thruxton range. Representing the ‘Café Racer’ era, the Thruxton has taken a more retro approach than the Street Twin or the T120s. A slimmer profile tank with a Monza style fuel cap cover, retro looking twin-pod instrumentation, a triple clamp that looks like it was hand-made, single seat, bar-end mirrors and blacked out suspension bits make it appear exemplary.
However, visually, the Thruxton R looks more appealing to the eye. The gold anodised race-bred fully-adjustable Showa big piston front-end and fully adjustable Öhlins twin shocks at the rear give it a very distinctive look. Plus a seat cowl painted in the same shade as the rest of the body work, brushed muffler covers, four-pot Brembo monobloc racing callipers and twin floating Brembo rotors simply elevate the Thruxton R’s visual appeal from a café racer to a track tool.
Supporting this racy look is the same 1200 cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor from the T120. However, instead of 105 Nm, it produces 112 Nm at 4950 rpm, meaning you have to twist the throttle all the way to enjoy that fabulous amount of torque. The low-inertia crank coupled with ride-by-wire and liquid cooling helps the Thruxton be more efficient, smooth and lively however, I am eagerly waiting to ride this one before jumping the gun. Anyway, the Thruxton and the Thruxton R both look amazing and with that kind of specifications, I am sure that it will attract customers who want to indulge in nostalgia.