Is anyone plan on getting one? My dealer just got the 1st shipments in.
Posted it here because it's not a Ducati.
Posted it here because it's not a Ducati.
I absolutely love that bike too. The dealer near me doesnt seem to stock all of the bikes from yamaha (Ive still never seen the new R1 in person) Id buy the XSR as a commuter or an all rounder, I think the Thrux is more of a retro vibe. I just love the bikes that I already have so I'm not sure why I want the thruxton - I just like it - a classic without all of the headachesAny thoughts on the new cafe Yamaha? Xsr900? Looks great in the anniversary yellow, low sticker price and that Yamaha triple is sweet.
They are very nice. Triumph has really done great job on these. Even though they are water-cooled, you have to look very hard to see any hoses. They do utilize fins on the engine to help air cool it as well. I guess this helped in keeping the radiator smaller in size. I agree with you on the black side covers.My dealer here in Greensboro got one today, He called and I happened to be about 10 miles away so I stopped in to take a look. The bike looks fantastic with great fit and finish and many really high quality details. I also noticed that the paint was color sanded and buffed to perfection.
I love the high end showa forks although I would have preferred they go with ohlins front and rear. I wasnt too keen on the black fenders and side covers - just not sure why the chose that route rather than have the whole paint job match.
I did get a chance to sit on it and I really like the position - the clip-ons feel just right - not too low and not sit-up and beg. The bike also feels very light - or at least it feels like it has a low center of gravity, and it feels small - but not tiny. I really like it. I'm going to go back tomorrow and take a short ride - Very interested!
I've lusted after the Norton for years - I waited - put my name on lists (never got a call) and put money aside for the day that one could be had in the US. I still think the bike is a work of art and it looks and feels very hand built. Last year they landed, I called all of the dealer's in the US and found one in NY (BTW there's a dealer in Florida that may be closer to you). But at well over $20k I flinched and started to do some research. The bikes have problems - lots of problems. And with dealers being so far away I feared my ownership could be a nightmare. And like you 20k is too much to spend on a bike that will likely be a headache. And also like you I think this Thruxton is a great substitute for that and we both know that modern Triumphs are generally trouble-free.They are very nice. Triumph has really done great job on these. Even though they are water-cooled, you have to look very hard to see any hoses. They do utilize fins on the engine to help air cool it as well. I guess this helped in keeping the radiator smaller in size. I agree with you on the black side covers.
I like the position of the bars as well but when you put on the fairing you will have to put on lower clip-ons to work with the fairing just like the sport classics. All the reviews are praising how good the engine is, lots of torque every where. The price of the thruxton r is $14,500. Add the fairing and it's another $1000. You can also add the high performance cam kit to it, not sure what the price will be or the specs on it. I own an 05 thruxton and love it. I am adding another bike to my garage in 2018. I was leaning towards the Norton 961 but with all the problems they had and the closest dealer in either Texas or Pennsylvania from Atlanta, not to mention that the thruxton will be close to $7000 cheaper, I'm probably going to go with the thruxton. I like both colors they offer, red and silver, but already owning a red sc1000s and a Paul Smart (my thruxton is yellow), I am hoping that they put out a black one.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts after your test ride flynbulldog. I got to sit on one at triumph's unveiling here in Atlanta a few months back and just last weekend at my local dealer Triumph of North America, which is in Atlanta, let them have a silver one for us to sit on again, sorry no test rides. I am actually surprised that you are getting to test ride one. Most have been pre-sold. Jealous!!!
They do make it in black but my dealer told me there's a premium price and its very limited in number of units so he couldn't get one - they are a very small dealership.
I also owned a 2005 thruxton in the past - I'm really glad they stepped it up this time - this bike with its premium brakes and suspension and much higher spec engine is much more of what I want in a retro. I'm sure I'll spend a ridiculous amount on stuff for the bike - it cant be avoided.