2011 ThruxtonInspired by the Bonneville-based cafe racers of the 1960s and named after the Hampshire racetrack where Triumph enjoyed so much success, the 2011 Thruxton is Triumph’s sportiest classic motorcycle and a cafe bike for the real connoisseur.With its low-slung handlebars, alloy rimmed wire wheels and central racing stripe, the Triumph Thruxton looks ready to roll onto the grid at a classic motorcycle race. Thumb the starter and enjoy the satisfying growl that only a British parallel twin can provide.Make no mistake; motorcycles are designed to evoke emotions. And no motorcycle creates a bigger emotion than the Triumph Thruxton.The Bonneville’s 865cc eight-valve DOHC parallel twin has been tuned for performance in the Thruxton and delivers 68 hp thanks to its revised camshaft profile and high-compression pistons.Handling is composed and precise too, with 41mm forks and chromed twin shock absorbers adjustable for preload and delivering a tailored sporting ride to match the looks.A fully floating 320mm front disc brake equips the Thruxton with far more power and assurance than the 1960s bikes it pays homage to.As one would expect from the flagship to Triumph’s classic motorcycle line, the Thruxton is dripping with neat touches and quality components.Neat bar end mirrors complement the minimalist lines, while lightweight alloy rims, bar mounted instruments; sporty graphics and racy megaphone silencers ensure the Thruxton remains faithful to the cafe racers of the period.Genuine Triumph motorcycle accessories are available for the Thruxton to further increase its sporting prowess.These include an aerodynamic bikini fairing and, for those wishing to take to the race track, a beautifully crafted race exhaust from Arrow Special Parts which increases performance and the aural tone from the 865cc parallel-twin engine.Two premium color options are available for the 2011 Triumph Thruxton: Diablo Red with a white race stripe or Phantom Black with a classic gold stripe.2011 Triumph Thruxton | Highlights
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!