Driven: Triumph Thruxton 1200
The Thruxton is a very unassuming bike, as a cafe racer nothing about it screams out for attention, but this is how it deceives you. The first thing you’ll notice when riding the Thruxton is just how refined the bike is in all aspects. From the clutch lever down to the shifter which integrates the next cog with a polished but reassuring clunk - it’s all as smooth as velvet. The Thruxton’s 1200cc motor is par for the course and its one aspect of this motorcycle that you quickly grow fond of.
See this 1200cc is tuned to deliver high torque and does so from the beginning all the way to the last cog in that 6-speed gearbox - and in very linear fashion. This kind of torque is the kind which allows you to make rapid getaways on highways without ever needing to drop a gear. The Thruxton’s suspension can be kind, but that all depends on which riding mode the bike is in. When set to the more aggressive sports setting there’s a noticeable change in the bike’s demeanour. The dampers become taught, throttle response sharpens, and it becomes as agile as a dragonfly in mid-summer.
It’s difficult to find fault in this motorcycle because it really is a polished piece of machinery. The retro appearance may not appeal to everyone's taste buds, and the lack of a standard pillion seat may be discouraging for some. Although if you suspect that you may want to spend some time riding two on a saddle, a dual seat and a second set of pegs are accessories you’ll have to pay extra for.
As far as being different, this Triumph’s design definitely stands apart from the crowd, and as much as its aesthetics and style may not be for everyone - it remains a good looking motorcycle. That 1200cc motor is one of the most enjoyable power plants out there and is a treat you’ll relish with every ride. The engine paired with agile reflexes in the handling and a supreme refinement make this bike quite an endearing instrument. The phrase “don't judge a book by its cover” rings true in this context.
By: Gugu Masuku