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Old 05-22-2012, 07:57 PM   #16
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I liked the Thrux, but couldn't live with the riding position.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:52 AM   #17
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I have had mine for just over a year with a hair under 5k miles. After adjusting the rear suspension a bit, it rides better but could use a stiffer rear end. The front forks need better springs also. I come in at 6'2" 225 and can ride several hours without too much pain. Just last weekend rode two up for 130 miles and still pulled off 128 miles before the low fuel light came on. The wife likes it better then being on the Road King (no back rest either). Would love to see how it gets along with a set of Arrow pipes and a gel seat. But that will have to wait.

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Old 05-24-2012, 05:25 PM   #18
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Later Thruxtons have 'standard', 1-piece bars where the earlier models had clip-ons. The riding position on the later versions isn't quite as aggressive as the earlier models.

Did someone say something about Thruxton's being slow..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogZ8FpDeVZU&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-K0fyibCqc

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Old 05-24-2012, 06:59 PM   #19
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I liked mine



If you accept their limitations Thruxton's are fun to own. I had plans to fettle mine but circumstances changed. If I go that route again it will be a Scrambler though. YMMV
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:48 PM   #20
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I liked mine



If you accept their limitations Thruxton's are fun to own. I had plans to fettle mine but circumstances changed. If I go that route again it will be a Scrambler though. YMMV

why the scrambler? just wondering.

thats the bike i keep wanting to buy as well :)
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:06 PM   #21
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why the scrambler? just wondering.

thats the bike i keep wanting to buy as well :)
Just strikes me as more fun.

If I was going to go cafe I'd look for a Guzzi or one of the classic Ducati's
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:15 AM   #22
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Just strikes me as more fun.
Don't forget the engines are different (270° crank vs. 360°).
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:53 PM   #23
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How maintenance intensive is the thruxton? Anyone have an idea how many miles you can put on the motor? Looking at buying used and not sure how many miles is too many.
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:44 PM   #24
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How maintenance intensive is the thruxton? Anyone have an idea how many miles you can put on the motor? Looking at buying used and not sure how many miles is too many.
They don't come more basic, change the oil occasionally and check the valves at 12000 mile interviles. There's some around with in excess of 100,000 miles and just the ususal maintance been carried out. Everything is easy to get to and your home handyman can do all the routine stuff with ease.
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Old 05-31-2012, 11:54 PM   #25
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On todays motorcycles you are far more likely to have an expensive issue with the electrical system then the engine, assuming a normal wear and tear level vs normal oil changes and adjuments.

When it comes to buying used bikes, mileage is only a small part of the whole deal.
I've seen roached bikes with well under 10,000 miles and I've seen well loved bikes that more then 60,000 miles mind you not thruxtons, I've seen a couple of bonnies with more then 50K miles however.

When looking at a used bike you wanna make sure the PO took care of the bike and there's paperwork to back that up.
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Old 06-01-2012, 10:18 AM   #26
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I haven't had a Thruxton, but did have a 2006 Bonnie, and now have a 2007 Scrambler. I've sat on the Thruxtons, and thought there was a huge difference between the original clip on bars (which were way too low for me) and the new handlebars. The new one "sat" very much like my Airhead that has the Euro low bars. Felt very comfortable. Looks great.

One of the good things about the modern Triumph twins is you can go WFO from a stop for a while (relatively speaking) before you're into high speed territory. A year or two ago, I finally decided to make sure my Scrambler would do the ton. It gets up to 90 with no effort - had done it several times. 95 took a little time. 96...97....I'm like "come on baby". I finally had to lie down on the tank and hook my feet over the passenger pegs, and that gave me a surge over 100 (indicated). I'm 6'2", 205, not very aerodynamic with wide shoulders, or maybe it would have been easier. My favorite thing with the Scrambler is to take it out on backroads, and listen to the TOR's under full throttle. In the time it takes to get up to 70 or 80, your ZX14 would be at around 150 - go to jail or the morgue territory.

You have to budget extra time riding a modern Triumph twin. When you come out of a store there'll be somebody standing there waiting, asking about it, telling you they raced Triumphs in the old days, etc.
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:56 PM   #27
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I wonder, can the clip ons be changed to handlebars? Would it be difficult?
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Old 06-04-2012, 05:24 PM   #28
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I wonder, can the clip ons be changed to handlebars? Would it be difficult?

GSS,

Check your local Craigs List, there is a very clean (but high mileage) Thruxton that has been converted to regular bars for sale in Seattle right now, ...should answer your question. No affiliation.
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:54 PM   #29
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You have to budget extra time riding a modern Triumph twin. When you come out of a store there'll be somebody standing there waiting, asking about it, telling you they raced Triumphs in the old days, etc.
So true. It even happens at stop lights. "what year is it?" or "how much did it cost to restore it?"
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Old 06-06-2012, 01:46 PM   #30
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So true. It even happens at stop lights. "what year is it?" or "how much did it cost to restore it?"
Or they will stop in the crosswalk right in front of you. And the light will change. And they're still there.
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