Triumph Thruxton...school me

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Davo-55, May 19, 2012.

  1. JNRobert

    JNRobert Breaking Wind

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    Just strikes me as more fun. :dunno

    If I was going to go cafe I'd look for a Guzzi or one of the classic Ducati's
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  2. Pokeyjoe

    Pokeyjoe Aprilia Dorsoduro

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    Don't forget the engines are different (270° crank vs. 360°).
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  3. GSSTONER

    GSSTONER Living in paradise

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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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  4. plodalong

    plodalong Now if we just.....

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    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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  5. squish

    squish Out of the office.

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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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  6. hyena

    hyena Been here awhile

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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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  7. GSSTONER

    GSSTONER Living in paradise

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    I wonder, can the clip ons be changed to handlebars? Would it be difficult?
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  8. Lambo

    Lambo Been here awhile

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    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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  9. davyjones

    davyjones Been here awhile

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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?" :D
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  10. Pokeyjoe

    Pokeyjoe Aprilia Dorsoduro

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    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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  11. davyjones

    davyjones Been here awhile

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    :rofl
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  12. pearsonm

    pearsonm Adventurer

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    Do any of you guys track your Thruxton? I've been riding the track for years but got burnt out and sold my track bike and trailer. I'm looking for something cool I can bomb around on but still throw in the back of the track and take to a track day. I'm largish (6'3", 215 lbs, 36" inseam) but the latest models with handlebars seem to fit OK, at least better than the long list of 600's I've owned.
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