Happened upon this Triumph Thruxton 900 parked in the northside of Williamsburg, looking mint, but cold and wet…
Triumph Thruxton 900: future classic?
Named after the race course where Triumph captured all 3 podium spots in the 1969 500 mile endurance race, the race that some claim ushered in the era of the cafe racer. The idea of taking a stock bike, modifying it to be faster, and putting it onto the track had suited Triumph.
Launched in 2004, the Triumph Thruxton 900 was an update to the already popular re-release of the Bonneville. With clip-on bars, white-faced gauges and a rear cowl (reminiscent of today’s “cafe style” complete with checker flag decal), the bike was factory-made to look the part of the vintage racer.
The addition of mega-phone silencers, updated cams and pistons, the the displacement was brought to 865cc. The Triumph Thruxton 900 forks are adjustable, unlike the classic bikes it is based on. But the inclusion of spoked wheels (18″ front and 17″ rear), and only a single disc up front for braking keep this bike tied to the past.
The heritage of this bike has potential of creating a future classic, but the showroom cafe style additions have potential for turning off the folks who like to modify their own bikes, and turn them into the classic they dream up on their own…
Some good info and a road test can be seen HERE: