Triumph Thruxton RS (2020): New café racer with power plus

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Triumph Thruxton RS (2020): New café racer with power plus

Triumph Thruxton RS Eicma 2019
Jörg Künstle

Triumph Thruxton RS (2020)

Triumph Thruxton RS (2020)

Triumph Thruxton RS (2020)

Triumph Thruxton RS (2020)

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The new café racer has a fresh look.

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The twin upswept silencers dominate the picture from above.

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The Triumph Thruxton RS comes with a high-quality Brembo brake system.

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It comes with a 22 mm handlebar, black mirrors and indicators.

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There are new catalytic converters in the silencers to meet the new Euro 5 standard.

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When processing the engine components, significant weight was saved.

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The wire-spoke wheel with aluminum rim shines at the back.

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The tank holds 14.5 liters.

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At the front, the RS comes with LED lighting including headlights with daytime running lights.

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Semi-analog displays are a classic element of the Thruxton.

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The key is also an immobilizer transponder.

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The RS should appeal to sporty drivers with more power.

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At the same time, the RS remains a classic café racer – now with 105 hp.

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The wave of café racers is not over yet, they are still very popular.

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A classic Monza-style tank cap closes the tank.

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At the rear, two Öhlins spring struts with expansion tanks dampen.

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The RS comes with a single bench as standard.

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The round headlights and compact mirrors dominate from the front.

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The RS comes in series with Metzeler Racetec RR tires.

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"Matt Storm Gray / Matt Silver Ice" is one of the two color variants.

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As a classic color "Jet black" to select.

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With 105 hp, the RS has 8 more horsepower than the Thruxton R..

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The RS 2020 saves 6 kilos.

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The RS comes with improved driving modes and ride-by-wire.

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The 1,200-cubic Bonneville twin has been extensively redesigned.

Triumph Thruxton RS (2020)

New café racer with power plus

EICMA 2019

Based on the current Thruxton R (2019) model, the sportier RS ​​is now coming to EICMA 2019. With more power, less weight and improved driving characteristics, it should go up a level.

KA classic look, modern technology – café racers are right on trend in the motorcycle scene. As a veteran of this bike division, Triumph has always had a lot to do with the scene and will be adding one more in 2020 with the Thruxton RS. It should outperform the Thruxton R in a sportier way and with improved performance.

105 hp in the Bonneville twin

The revised 1,200 cubic engine should bring eight horsepower more than the previous model over the entire speed range and thus comes to 105 hp. Upgrades to the high-power version of the Bonneville Twin include a revision of the channels and cam profiles, a secondary air system and pistons with higher compression. In addition, Triumph is now installing some lighter engine components: a crankshaft with less flywheel mass, a new alternator, magnesium camshaft cover and thinner engine cover.

The updates also come with a higher torque, with the Thruxton RS producing 112 Nm at 4,850 revolutions per minute. The manufacturer also promises a noticeably more spontaneous response due to a 20 percent lower moment of inertia and an engine speed range expanded by 500 rpm. For the Euro 5 homologation, the twin up swept silencers get a new catalytic converter.


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Less weight, more performance

The Thruxton RS has lost six kilos compared to its predecessor model – mainly thanks to the above-mentioned engine components and a lighter battery. The new double disc brake system with four-piston M50 radial monoblock brake calipers comes from Brembo, the Racetec RR super sports tires from Metzeler. Showa supplies the fully adjustable big piston upside-down fork, while Öhlins supplies the fully adjustable suspension struts with reservoir.

Improved driving modes and assistance systems

Thanks to the ride-by-wire system, the three driving modes, sport, road and rain, now also influence the throttle valve mappings, as well as the ABS system and the settings for the traction control that can be switched off. A servo coupling should ensure low manual forces and better controllability. The two semi-analog, classic round instruments can be operated using the handlebars.

The new Thruxton RS is available in the colors “Jet Black” and “Matt Storm Gray / Matt Silver Ice”. Triumph also offers 80 different accessories.


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Technical data Triumph Thruxton RS

Motor: parallel twin, liquid-cooled, 8 valves, SOHC, 270 ° crank pin offset

Displacement: 1,200 cm³

Bore / stroke: 97.6 x 80.0 mm

Compression: 12.066: 1

Max. Power: 105 PS (77 kW) at 7,500 rpm

Max torque: 112 Nm at 4,250 rpm

Clutch: multi-plate anti-hopping clutch

Front wheel / tire: wire spoke wheel with aluminum rim 17 x 3.50 / 120/70 ZR 17

Rear wheel / tire: wire spoke wheel with aluminum rim 17 x 5.00 / 160/60 ZR 17

Front suspension: 43mm Showa Big Piston USD fork, fully adjustable, 120mm travel

Rear suspension: Öhlins stereo shock absorbers with reservoir, fully adjustable, 120 mm
Suspension travel

Front brake: 2 x 310mm Brembo floating brake discs, Brembo M50-4 pistons
Monobloc brake calipers, mounted radially, ABS

Rear brake: 220 mm brake disc, Nissin double-piston floating caliper, ABS

Seat height: 810 mm

Dry weight: 197 kilos

Tank capacity: 14.5 liters

Average consumption: 4.9 l / 100 km

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