CHASSIS AND TECHNOLOGY
Designed from day one to deliver a truly modern sports roadster ride with dynamic and confidence inspiring handling, the thrilling higher power of the new Thruxton RS is supported by all the equipment and technology needed to deliver the next evolution of the original class-defining cafe racer.
THRUXTON RS HANDLING
Key to the Thruxton’s success has always been its intuitive ride. After all, this is a motorcycle legend that was born on the race-track, and then re-born for modern dynamic performance focused road-riding.
The peerless combination of new sports-focused chassis, plus high-spec suspension, new Brembo front brake set-up and new Metzeler race-spec tyres, together with the significant 6kg weight saving, delivers outstanding handling, capability and performance.
The new Thruxton RS brakes combine higher spec Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc calipers, twin 320mm floating Brembo discs and Brembo master cylinder to specifically provide better initial bite, better feel and better fade characteristics for enhanced stopping power giving even greater control.As you’d expect, and as you’ll experience during your road-gripping ride, the Thruxton RS suspension is set up for precision handling to go with its cafe racer looks. Premium high spec adjustable Showa USD big piston forks work with fully adjustable Öhlins piggy-back Rear Suspension Units (a premium set-up unique to the Thruxton RS) for an engaged and thrilling ride that really enhances Triumph’s signature ride dynamics of neutrality, agility and stability.
In addition, the incredible grip you get with the tarmac is afforded by new Metzeler Racetec RR tyres (front 120/70 ZR17, rear 160/60 ZR17) and lightweight 17” aluminium wheel rims (32-spoke wheels, front 17” x 3.5”, rear 17” x 5”).
Impressively, the new Thruxton RS is lighter than previous lower spec Thruxtons. This weight saving of 6KG is delivered through lighter weight engine upgrades such as new magnesium cam cover and thin-walled engine covers and a lightweight factory-commissioned battery.
The updated 1200cc Thruxton spec twin engine comes along with three enhanced riding modes – Road, Rain and Sport – each mode featuring a dedicated throttle map and also, new on the RS, a dedicated traction control setting for each mode. Together these deliver enhanced responsiveness and allow the rider to select the set-up that best suits the riding conditions and rider preferences. Additionally the new Thruxton RS is fitted with compact unobtrusive ABS and switchable traction control.
The Thruxton’s LED lighting set-up adds another beautiful dimension, and benefits from lower energy consumption and greater long term durability. This bike has a distinctive Daytime Running Light* with branded bulb cap and there’s also a minimal elegant LED rear light incorporated into the classically-inspired stylish rear end silhouette.
Premium standard features include a USB charging socket, which is located under the seat for convenient charging of personal equipment, an immobiliser incorporated into the branded Thruxton key and, under the signature flip-top Monza cap, a locking fuel filler cap. A feature-packed twin clock set-up with at-a-glance information including riding mode setting, gear position indicator, fuel level and odometer completes the superb rider-focused technology of the new Thruxton RS.
*Where local market legislation allows.
The challenges involved in the development of the new Thruxton RS have tested the ingenuity of many teams at Triumph Motorcycles over the last four years. Bringing new top-spec tyres, blacked-out wheels and higher spec Brembo brakes into a new Triumph sports chassis to produce both exquisite handling and cafe racer elegance is something that only happens with total dedication and respect for the bike’s heritage, which demands its own unique proportions, silhouette and lines.
As precise and responsive as any modern sports roadster ride, it also delivers a truly unique modern cafe racer experience and feel – from its engaged rider ergonomics to its cutting-edge technology and innovative contemporary engineering, the new RS is a one of a kind that stands head and shoulders above its imitators.