Re designing a legend…
Triumph is partly responsible of the new vintage scene in the motorcycle world. A number of factors made the reborn of the Café Racers, vintage looks and bearded men.
It was all about appearance first, but Triumph made things a step forward and their new Bonnevilles performed decently well on the road. However; you could not say it was a modern sports bike.
Market demands are now pushing things forward, and with the new Ducati Scrambler and the BMW R-NineT modern classics had some more sport behaviour, and this is Triumph’s answer.
From the two versions of the 2016 Thruxton, the R has better suspensions, braking power and electronics. It is a naked sports bike in retro disguise, and that’s something appealing as we can have both worlds.
It’s been declared it sports 98 horse power, which is not a huge number, but well enough for cornering tight bends. Here’s a great review by Bike World.