Hogs in the ‘hood: Triumph Thruxton Cafe Racer

Triumph Thruxton: Prefab cafe Racer

Triumph Thruxton: Prefab cafe Racer

I know the Triumph Thruxton 900 has become commonplace, especially here in Brooklyn, but this is the first time I have gotten to spend any time up close and personal…

Our good friend Tom is doing a review of this bike, and will be publishing it in Guitar Aficionado.  He has use of the Triumph Thruxton for 1 month, and will let us all know what’s it’s like going from a Harley to a Cafe racer style bike.

This bike is styled in a prefab Cafe Racer style, complete with rear cowl and racing stripe, instantly giving it that motorway cafe to cafe sprint look.  I expected clubman bars, but the bike had drag bars, with a severe back sweep.  The front end looks pretty clean, with a single disk for the brake, and simple gauges.

I was really curious about the ‘fake carburetors.’  I had heard about them, but never personally examined them.  While it seems a strange concept, after having cleaned more carbs than you can shake a stick at, I can confirm that these look like the real deal, even close up.  Very odd.

When fired up to leave, I was shocked at how quiet the bike is.  Dual exhausts provide a subtle note, but a VERY quiet one.  Looks like it might be fun to ride.  We will have to wait and see what Tom thinks…

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