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Old 03-29-2012, 09:19 PM   #1
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triumph thruxton

i saw this bike and i absolutely love it, ive never had the chance to ride one as of yet but im strongly considering making the purchase. Anybody have good or bad things to say ? Reliable ? Comfortable on long rides ?

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Old 03-29-2012, 09:24 PM   #2
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I had a bonneville SE (same motor/frame) that I put 20k on in one year. I rode it all the way to Denver, then to Moab and on to Las Vegas. I loved it, it was a gas and oil bike for me so pretty reliable.
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The Thruxton has a more aggressive riding position than the Bonneville. Probably more fun to ride, but somewhat less comfortable - depending on your preferences.

Personally, the cafe style of the Thruxton makes it very drool-worthy. I've never heard anyone say something negative about the classic line from Triumph.
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:06 AM   #5
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They're nice bikes. There are a few guys that go to Ton Up night regularly that ride them and I have not heard anything bad about these bikes. If you want something sporty but maybe a little more comfortable then a Speedmaster might also be worth looking at. There was a really nice one on CL last week with under 10k miles for $2,900 it was a 2003 model...carbs/790 cc engine. The I think in 07 or 08 they switched to EFI and an 865 engine.
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Depends on what you want to do with a bike. On long freeway rides, it ain't very comfortable, in the twisties, it will eat up about anything you can throw at it, and it is comfortable for that, but, it is a heavy bike though 512lbs wet. Around town it's not too shabby, the riding position will put some pressure on your wrists and it can cause fatigue. It will never be as fast or handle as well as a modern sport bike, but they are fun. Mine is more modified/custom than stock but I've over 30,000 miles on it and several track days. As for reliability, I've never had an issue other than a cam cover gasket weeping after doing a valve adjustment when I pinched the gasket during re-assembly. As with any modern bike if you maintain it it will pretty much start everytime.

All Thruxtons have an 865cc motor, and up until 08 they were carbed in the US, 09 and up are fuel injected.
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I was kinda surprised by the size and weight of the bonneville when I sat on one at the dealer. For some reason, from pics, I just assumed it would be smaller and lighter.
But, yeah, always heard good things about Triumph reliability.
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Thanks for the info much appreciated. Two questions as well how is the fun factor as in speed? ( not saying I'm going around wanting to fly around like a moron, but it's fun to have some get up and go) and can anyone tell me how comfortable it is compared to say a CBR ? I could ride my CBR for a while without to much fatigue, how about the Thruxton.

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Thanks for the info much appreciated. Two questions as well how is the fun factor as in speed? ( not saying I'm going around wanting to fly around like a moron, but it's fun to have some get up and go) and can anyone tell me how comfortable it is compared to say a CBR ? I could ride my CBR for a while without to much fatigue, how about the Thruxton.

Thanks guys !
Tomorrow night (Wednesday April 11) is Ton Up night in the Heights. There are always at least three or more Thruxtons there. Come on out and ask em yourself. 7:30 pm behind the Dark Horse Tavern on Washington blvd.
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Sounds like fun I'd love to check it out but my work schedule prohibits any fun on week nights.
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Thanks for the info much appreciated. Two questions as well how is the fun factor as in speed? ( not saying I'm going around wanting to fly around like a moron, but it's fun to have some get up and go) and can anyone tell me how comfortable it is compared to say a CBR ? I could ride my CBR for a while without to much fatigue, how about the Thruxton.

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The thruxton as previously mentioned is heavier, and cants you forward and causes some wrist fatigue, other than that, again, its decently comfortable around town, but not long straight freeway trips, its more aggressive a stance than a sport tourer, but not quite as extreme as a SS bike. As for get up and go, it ain't slow, but it ain't a modern supersport either. Stock 120 is all she is good for, and that is roughly 130 indicated on the speedo, (cable driven) She gets there quick enough, but if you want to compare a 865 cc air cooled parallel twin that redlines at 6500 rpms to a modern liquid cooled 4 cylinder that revs to the moon, you don't want one of these bikes anyway.
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Thanks, exactly what I had been wondering about. Sounds exactly like the bike for me, now comes the fun part hunting down a good deal thanks people's !
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