Triumph Thruxton RS: A vintage bike gone wild

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The Triumph Thruxton has always been aimed at retro bike fans with a need, a need for speed, and the new Thruxton RS will help those riders push even harder.

Triumph revised the engine internals to boost peak power 8 hp to 104 hp at 7,500 rpm. It now makes 83 lb-ft of torque a bit lower in the rev range than before, at 4,250 rpm, although red line is 500 rpm higher. Triumph achieved this goal by putting in new pistons, doing some tweak to the top end design, and reducing the weight of internals to help the engine run more efficiently. Triumph says it even gets better fuel economy.

It doesn’t really look much different, but the RS version has more power and upgraded running gear.

The electronics have been overhauled, with new rider modes (Sport, Road and Rain) that allow the user more adjustability of the throttle output, ABS and traction control. The traction control can be switched off, but new European safety regs require the ABS stay engaged, with no user deactivation possible.

Front suspension is fully-adjustable, Big Piston forks, from Showa. The Ohlins rear shocks are also fully adjustable.

The front brakes have Brembo M50 monobbloc calipers, with 310 mm discs up. The rear caliper is from Nissin, with a 220 mm disc. Metzler Racetec RR tires are standard, on 120/70 and 160/60 rims (17-inch wheels, of course).

No MSRP for Canada yet, but we’re sure it’s coming.

Triumph didn’t announce an official wet weight for the machine, but did say it’s dropped almost six kg of weight. Triumph also didn’t give availability or pricing for Canada, but we’re sure that information is coming.

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