- Dec 22, 2006
Looks aside, the R promises to ride/handle better than the base Thruxton and should also be a little lighter than a base Thruxton. The Showa Big Piston fork is a high performing fork and also very light in weight. The Ohlins rears are also a handling upgrade and the Brembos are a stopping upgrade plus should also knock a bit of weight off. I prefer the appearance of the R but even without that would go for the R upgrades anyway. The cost of the suspension upgrades alone if purchased later, as some have done with their earlier Thruxtons, likely exceeds the price dif between the base bike and the R. I believe the R also gets a more open exhaust all in stainless, also an upgrade some might add later to the base Thruxton.Fast Eddie said:I surprised myself with this but, I agree with you, I actually prefer the looks of the base Thruxton too!BritTwit said:I figured the Thrux would be comfortable given the elevated clip-ons Triumph used.Fast Eddie said:Interesting thing about the Thruxtons is that the riding position is actually really quite tame,.............
They place the rider's hands at about the same level as a good set of drag bars, or M bars.
I like the standard Thrux look a little better. Its frontend is a bit more retro/café style than the R's USD forks.
So all in all the R is pretty good value.
At least that is my rationalization. :mrgreen: