Triumph Motorcycles has revealed the all-new Thruxton RS. The new machine takes its name from its successes at the Truxton 500 race and the Isle of Man TT. Triumph says the bike combines the original cafe racer DNA with more modern capabilities and a new level of performance.
The Thruxton RS features an updated 1,200cc high power Thruxton RS engine. It now boasts 104 HP, which is up by 8 HP from the previous model. The entire rev range boasts more power. Torque has bee increased as well. The new unit now produces 83 lb-ft of torque. Even better, that torque is delivered 700 RPM lower in the rev range.
Lightened engine internals provide a more responsive engine and a 20% inertia reduction. The Thruxton RS’s crankshaft, clutch, balance shafts, alternator cam cover, and engine covers are now lighter than before. These changes allow the engine to rev 500 RPM higher than the previous generation engine.
A Showa upside-down big piston fork coupled with twin Öhlins piggyback rear shocks help provide better handling. Braking components are also upgraded units with Brembo 4 piston M50 radial calipers grabbing twin floating Brembo front discs. Connecting the machine to the ground are Metzeler Racetec RR tires.
Better capabilities and enhancements
Three enhanced ride modes complement the upgraded engine. Linked to the bike’s ride-by-wire system, the three selectable riding modes; Sport, Road, and Rain adjust throttle mapping, ABS, and traction control settings. Triumph says these settings deliver enhanced rideability, safety, and control.
The new Thruxton RS is also equipped with an anti-lock brake system (ABS), which is claimed to be responsive yet unobtrusive. In addition, the new machine sports switchable traction control.
The new Triumph machine carries 13 pounds less weight than its predecessor. Engine refinements and a lighter weight battery are the primary weight-saving components.
Finish and detail features
Triumph says that it wanted to retain the iconic cafe racer DNA. To do that, they created the Thruxton RS with a blacked-out custom look and premium features. The bike’s black and other treatments include:
- New black powder-coated engine covers, cam cover and sprocket cover finishes
- Black Öhlins RSU springs
- Black Thruxton side panel and sprocket cover with an integrated heel guard
- Premium black anodized wheels
- Unique ‘Monza’ fuel tank cap
- Triumph triangle tank decal (only on twin paint scheme option)
- Unique sculpted Thruxton tank
- Stainless steel tank strap
- Clear anodized aluminum swingarm
- Daytona footpegs
- 22 mm clip-on handlebars
- Black mirrors and indicators
- Twin ride-by-wire throttle bodies and Thruxton intake finisher
- Gold engine detailing
- Distinctive red signature key
Pricing starts at $16,200.
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