Triumph's Thruxton carries on the spirit of café racer motorcycles by blending classic styling with modern, high-performance technical design. The new Thruxton RS builds on this platform, updating the engine for increased output, improving suspension and brakes, as well as offering a new two-tone paint scheme and loads of blacked-out components. The Thruxton RS is now the highest-spec model with the classic Bonneville silhouette.
The Thruxton’s 1,200cc High Power (HP) engine has modified to increase output by 8 hp, now up to 104, largely thanks to new high-compression pistons, revised ports and cam profile, and a long list of lighter-weight engine components. The engine has also been tuned to rev 500 rpm higher, while delivering peak torque 700 rpm lower than its predecessor.
Engine refinements and a lighter battery result in a total weight loss of 13 pounds when compared to the Thruxton R, improving handling overall. Showa big-piston fork, Öhlins shocks, Brembo brakes, and Metzeler Racetec RR tires also contribute to the race-inspired look and feel.
More than 80 accessory options are offered by Triumph for this model, so there is plenty of room to make this bike your own. The 2020 Triumph Thruxton RS price is $16,200, while the base Thruxton 1200 is $13,000. Having spent some time on the previous Thruxton R, we are looking forward the riding RS.