After the Bonneville T120 and the Bonneville Street Twin, the third member of the new Bonneville range, the Thruxton R, was launched today by Triumph India. Priced at Rs 10.9 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Thruxton R is the most expensive offering of the Bonneville range in India, and is over 2 lakh dearer than the outgoing model, although it benefits from a number of performance and equipment upgrades. The same 1200cc parallel twin from the T120 does duty in the Thruxton R but in a different state of tune, with the specification sheet reading 95 bhp and 11.42 kgm, both the numbers higher than what is offered in the T120. The power is fed to the rear wheels through a six-speed gearbox and pair of upswept exhausts with reverese-megaphone end cans takes over the task of sounding good. Other important cycle bits on the Thruxton are twin floating Brembo discs and callipers, fully adjustable Showa front forks and Ohlins rear shocks, clip-on bars and Pirelli Diablo Rosso Corsa tyres.
The Thruxton might be inspired by the Thruxton endurance race from the 60s and the racing specials which too took part in it, but it too benefits from the great strides taken by electronics in modern bikes. So you have a ride-by-wire throttle, Anti-lock Braking Systems, a switchable traction control system and a three riding modes – road, rain and sport – which alter the throttle response and the level intervention by the riding aids. The Thruxton also gets an LED rear light and a front DRL, together with a USB charger socket and an engine immobiliser.
As with all Triumphs, there is a lot of customization on offer. As standard, the Thuxton gets some unique touches like a ‘flip top’ Monza style cap, a bar-end rear view mirrors, authentic bullet seat and a painted seat cowl. Over what the standard bike features, Triumph is offering three different styling kits – Track Racer Inspiration Kit, Cafe Racer Inspiration Kit and a Performance Kit. The track racer kit adds a sculpted cockpit fairing, lowered clip-ons, Vance and Hines slip ons, rear mudgaurd delete and a tank leather strap. The cafe racer kit offers the same with the exclusion of the cockpit fairing, while the details for the performance kit has not yet been revealed with just a promise of more power, torque and a decrease in weight.
About 55,000 Triumphs are sold across the world every year with India accounting for 1500 of them every year.