Triumph Thruxton R Clubman and Track Racer print

Triumph Thruxton R Clubman and Track Racer print

Modern technology, classic look

With the Modern Classics series such as the Triumph Thruxton R, Triumph skilfully bridges the gap between modern technology and classic looks. But conversions like the Track Racer and above all the Clubman from refiner LSL prove: It can be even more individual.

M.Much could be forgotten about. To pick up the kids from school, to make an appointment with the boss, and even to press the start button. But above all: yourself. Because the Triumph Thruxton casts a spell on anyone who has even a spark of enthusiasm for retro bikes. The Briton balances dreamily safely on the fine line between imitation and originality, combining the design language and the spirit of yesterday with the technical demands of today. The massive in-line twin with an archaic pre-unit look is domesticated by two balancer shafts and injection. Rounded triple clamps clamp an upside-down fork. From gracefully curved handlebar halves, the pilot activates e-gas, anti-hopping clutch and radially screwed brake calipers. Milled-over cooling fins make work easier for the inconspicuous water cooler. And despite the stretched cafe racer look, the British model with a steep steering angle and short caster slides nimbly around corners. Classic meets modern.

Triumph print Thruxton R Clubman and Track Racer

Modern technology, classic look

Spirit of Meriden wafts over the Triumph Thruxton

Of course, the Krefelders could have nursed the current Bonnie. But with 80 hp, 17 horses less than in the Thruxton engine, and a large pack of additional flywheel mass, the Bonneville drive might not have reflected the enthusiasm of the British motorcycle manufacturer, which has been employee-managed over the past decade. So the spirit of Meriden blows over the Triumph Thruxton. Or what was left of her. Because the list of conversion parts (see below) should be longer than the current keyword collection of the British government for Brexit.

LSL Clubman – is that really another triumph?

Can be seen: the conversion of LSL.

It is understandable that a little autosuggestion has to help over the first few meters. This is a Triumph Thruxton, this really is a Thruxton. It’s unbelievable how crucial the high tubular handlebars redefine the driving experience. Upper body upright, head up. As if the upper room would be better supplied by the tightened bloodstream, the personal sensors absorb the new impressions like a magnet. For example, how sensitively the front section scans the road. As in the current Bonnie, a conventional fork emphasizes the classic line. It comes from Ohlins and was once designed for the Yamaha XJR 1300. Your carbon-coated 43er stanchions are in milled LSL fork bridges. An impressive forty millimeters more installation length (770 instead of 730 mm) as well as the one centimeter shorter suspension struts flatten the steering angle by 1.4 to 65.8 degrees and stretch the caster.

Careless turning in? Not the track. Just as neutrally as its base, the Clubman tilts into a lean position instead of the standard 160 instead of the standard 160, despite the 170 rear tire, and draws its radius neatly. If you know, you’ll discover a bit more stability on the straights. Perhaps. But he definitely notices a few residual debts from the night shifts in which the Clubman was set up for the Intermot and the custom bike fair in Bad Salzuflen. For example, that the hard springs in the Ohlins suspension struts pass many asphalt bumps on to the pilot unprocessed and cannot be adjusted in rebound or compression. Or that the front brake calipers, which are now axially bolted, cock into the discs more cautiously than the radially hinged standard goods. Just a snapshot. Because after the shows, the people of Krefeld take on the Clubman once again, sharpening them with fully adjustable stereo struts including softer springs and adapted Brembo instead of Nissin stoppers.

Clubman weighs 222 kilograms

The Clubman underlines its classic approach with the spoked wheels from Kineo. Not only visually, however. The parts from Verona save 2.2 kilograms on the front wheel and one kilogram on the rear compared to their series counterparts. Together with the Hattech stainless steel silencers, which make the engine noticeably more direct, the duo ensures more fun potential. As if it were a shorter translation, the 97 hp twin flicks the roadster more lively out of every curve, occasionally nudging the front upwards in exuberance. In motion, the 222 kilogram Clubman seems to have slimmed down a lot more than three kilograms compared to the series Triumph Thruxton R..

Like a lot about the roadster. The milled levers of the gears, brakes and clutch look valuable and intensify the contact with the Triumph just as much as the reduced rear by designer Jens vom Brauck. But the noble origins also take their toll. The rear of the JvB costs just under 900 euros, and the tank painting costs 1,000 euros. Forks, brakes, exhausts and wheels also make financial sacrifices. As a full dresser, the Clubman adds around 9,600 euros to the base price of the Triumph Thruxton R (14,950 euros). But sometimes less can be enough. Meriden’s free spirit can be conjured up quite well in terms of functionality with superbike handlebars, Kineo wheels and Hattech exhausts.

Triumph Track Racer: like in 1969


Conversion of the Triumph Track Racer.

Or you pay homage to the gods of speed. Like in 1969, when Triumph took first three places in the 500-mile race in Thruxton and named the Bonneville derivative after the fastest race track in Great Britain. Track Racer is the name of the kit from the Triumph accessories program, which costs 2,280 euros (see list below) and with which the Triumph Thruxton builds on this history. But only with the handlebar clamps (84 euros), which are 70 millimeters lower than the original, does the retrospective come true in style. That’s how the 500-mile winners must have felt back then. The handlebar halves, which are pulled down far, stretch the upper body downwards, and the spherical half-shell repeatedly comes into view. Being determines consciousness?

How true. Suddenly the ideal mutates into a battle line. You catch yourself suddenly driving the impulsive twin down a gear, appreciating the voluminous but moderate sound from the American Vance and Hines system. And how the pressure on the front wheel causes you to angle even more diagonally in some corners. In doing so, you forget the long, strenuous, stretched sitting position. If not, then once again the harmonious optics help you beam yourself back to the sixties in your head cinema and enjoy the uncomplicated character of the Triumph Thruxton – completely forgotten.

LSL Clubman conversion package

Kineo wheel set with axle kit 2,839.00 euros
Ohlins fork 2,269.00 euros
Triple clamps with handlebars 978.00 euros
Brembo brake calipers with adapter and brake hose 1,016.00 euros
Ohlins shock absorbers 915.00 euros
Hattech silencers 1,198.00 euros
Superbike handlebars 99.95 euros
Handlebar end mirror 69.95 euros each
Brake lever / clutch lever 99.95 euros each
Lamp holder 119.95 euros
Headlights 79.95 euros
Fender license plate kit 249.00 euros
LED turn signals (per pair) 89.95 euros
Seat / rear 798.00 euros
Shift / brake lever with footrest 199.85 euros each
Engine cover 39.95 euros each
Aluminum chain guard 49.95 euros

Triumph Track Racer conversion package

Disguise 929 euros
Rear conversion 215 euros
Vance & Hines silencers 849 euros
LED turn signals (per pair) 84 euros
Leather tank strap 84 euros
Grip rubbers 35 euros

Technical data Triumph Thruxton R

Triumph Thruxton R

engine: Water-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke in-line engine, bore / stroke 97.6 x 80.0 mm, 1.197 cm³, compression 11.0: 1, 71.5 kW (97 PS) at 6,750 / min, 112 Nm at 4,950 / min, two balance shafts, injection, 2 x Ø 44 mm, anti-hopping clutch, six-speed gearbox

landing gear: Double loop frame made of steel, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, two spring struts, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, traction control, ABS, wheelbase 1,415 mm, tank capacity 14.5 liters

price Including additional costs 14,950 euros

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