All the hallmarks of the original cafe racer with more power, better handling and more contemporary style. 

The original modern cafe racer

The name Thruxton is an internationally-acclaimed motorcycle racing icon, born from incredible success at the Thruxton 500 and the Isle of Man TT, inspiring a whole generation of fanatical teenage cafe racers.

Designed and developed to evolve the legend further, the new Thruxton RS combines all the original cafe racer design DNA and pure original style whilst pushing forward the level of modern capability and performance.

The iconic hallmarks, features and quality of Triumph's celebrated Thruxton R, but now with range-topping RS specification, even more supreme cafe racing handling, more contemporary style, and incredible finish and detail.


Living up to its legendary cafe racing name demands a truly modern standard of performance. It’s why the new Thruxton RS introduces an updated Euro 5 twin 1200cc engine with major developments that give it 8PS more power, peak torque lower in the rev range, plus more amazing Thruxton character and an incredible British twin sound. 

Increases in power across the whole rev range have been achieved through significant engine upgrades, including high compression pistons, revised ports and cam profile, and a secondary air system. There are also weight savings through the introduction of new components to include low inertia crankshaft, clutch, balance shafts, rare-earth alternator, magnesium cam cover and thin-walled engine covers.

All these together deliver a major increase in performance with an incredible 8PS more peak power than its predecessor, with 105PS @ 7,500rpm, and higher levels of power low-down and up through the range. Adding to the performance enhancement, the 112Nm Thruxton RS peak torque figure is now delivered 700 rpm lower in the rev range.

This new engine is also much more responsive with more character and, in keeping with Thruxton expectations, has a thrilling British twin sound.  The engine updates contribute to a 20% reduction in inertia, so it now revs harder for longer, spins up faster, and achieves higher power output, with a red line that’s 500rpm higher than the Thruxton R.

As for the soundtrack, a new exhaust system with sporty twin reverse cone megaphone silencers, delivers the rich raw note of a British racing twin that absolutely lives up to the bike’s legendary name.


Key to the Thruxton’s success has always been its intuitive ride.  After all, this is a motorcycle legend that was born on the race-track, and then re-born for modern dynamic performance focused road-riding.

The peerless combination of new sports-focused chassis, plus high-spec suspension, new Brembo front brake set-up and new Metzeler race-spec tyres, together with the significant 6kg weight saving, delivers outstanding handling, capability and performance. 

The new Thruxton RS brakes combine higher spec Brembo 4-piston M50 radial monobloc calipers, twin 320mm floating Brembo discs and Brembo master cylinder to specifically provide better initial bite, better feel and better fade characteristics for enhanced stopping power giving even greater control.As you’d expect, and as you’ll experience during your road-gripping ride, the Thruxton RS suspension is set up for precision handling to go with its cafe racer looks.  Premium high spec adjustable Showa USD big piston forks work with fully adjustable Öhlins piggy-back Rear Suspension Units (a premium set-up unique to the Thruxton RS) for an engaged and thrilling ride that really enhances Triumph’s signature ride dynamics of neutrality, agility and stability.

In addition, the incredible grip you get with the tarmac is afforded by new Metzeler Racetec RR tyres (front 120/70 ZR17, rear 160/60 ZR17) and lightweight 17” aluminium wheel rims (32-spoke wheels, front 17” x 3.5”, rear 17” x 5”).

Impressively, the new Thruxton RS is lighter than previous lower spec Thruxtons.  This weight saving of 6KG is delivered through lighter weight engine upgrades such as new magnesium cam cover and thin-walled engine covers, plus aluminium engine cradle rails and a lightweight factory-commissioned battery.


The original Triumph Bonneville T120 Thruxton racer played a major part in the birth of motorcycle motorsport on both sides of the Atlantic when the first incarnation of this incredible motorbike and engine was a dominating force between the late 1950s (literally making its name following the first-ever Thruxton 500 series race win) to the 1969 Isle of Man TT, where it was the first production motorbike to average over 100mph.

In the meantime, an entire generation of 60s teenage cafe racers had made the Bonneville T120 Thruxton their bike of choice due to its uncompromising – and thrilling – combination of traffic light race-winning performance and style.

The original cafe racer Thruxton re-joined the Triumph line-up in 2004, and was transformed for modern performance and handling in 2016. 
This new Thruxton RS takes the most authentic cafe racer of them all to a whole new level, with significantly enhanced performance and specification.  This is Triumph’s legend, evolved.

Prices are available from 16/12/2019

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