Triumph Thruxton 2008

Triumph Thruxton 2008 The 2008 Triumph Thruxton continues unchanged, with two new colours being offered.

 Triumph Thruxton 2008

Triumph Thruxton

Updates for 2008:

* New 2008 colours – Jet Black with Gold Stripe, Aluminium Silver with Red Stripe

Click here to take a look at our test on the Thruxton , with lots of images.

thruxton test

The Thruxton draws on the spartan café racing machines of the sixties and takes its name from the near-mythic racing Triumphs from the same era.

Triumph Thruxton 2008

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With its perfectly proportioned evocative silhouette, the Thruxton is a truly beautiful machine, firing the imagination of many of today’s young riders who seek a distinctive and involving bike which seamlessly mixes the classic sixties style with a modern attitude.

Its 865cc air-cooled twin cylinder power plant is the most powerful of Triumph’s twincylinder line up and while it shares the 360° firing interval of the Bonneville, also features ‘hot’ camshaft profiles, a compression ratio of 9.2:1 and megaphone-style exhausts. Peak power output of 70PS (69bhp) is delivered at 7,200rpm and peak torque of 72Nm (53ft.lbf) arrives at 6,400rpm. Wrapping the motor is a precisely crafted chassis that inspires confidence; its harder edge delivering real sporting character.

Triumph Thruxton 2008

The sturdy, preload adjustable 41mm telescopic forks and twin rear shocks give superb suspension action and compliance while sharper steering geometry, a wheelbase of 1,490mm and 18 inch aluminium-rimmed front wheel all aid steering input. A fully floating 320mm front disc and twin-piston brake caliper provide powerful, but sensitive, braking performance and the tubular steel twin cradle frame and box section swingarm easily contain the engine’s power output.

Colour options available in 2008 are a vivid Tornado Red with colour matched mudguards and white centre stripe, Jet Black with colour matched mudguards and a gold centre stripe and Aluminium Silver with colour matched mudguards and a red centre stripe. A comprehensive range of accessories, including less restrictive silencers (not for use on the road), fly screen, soft luggage and various chrome additions further enhance the Thruxton’s scope for owner involvement and personalisation.

Triumph specialise in building unique bikes and have defined a whole new category in modern motorcycling with the Thruxton – retro sports. But if one lesson from the past has stood the passage of time, it’s that the basic essence of motorcycling transcends all technology. What a bike is and represents to the owner is very nearly as important as what it does. All that’s really needed, for many, are an engine, two wheels, a seat and a pair of handlebars. The Thruxton captures that spirit.

Triumph Thruxton 2008


Type   Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval
Capacity   865cc


  90 x 68mm
Compression Ratio   9.2:1
Fuel System   Twin carburettors with throttle position sensor and electric carburettor heaters.
Exhaust   Twin pipe, twin silencer, steel.
Ignition   Digital–inductive type
Primary Drive   Gear

Final Drive

  X ring chain
Clutch   Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox   5-speed

Throttle body diameter

Gear Ratios   Primary: 108/62 1st: 41/15 2nd: 37/19 3rd: 34/22 4th: 31/24 5th: 29/27 Final: 43/18
Oil Capacity   4.5 litres (1.2 US gals)
Frame   Tubular steel cradle
Swingarm   Twin-sided, tubular steel
Wheels Front 36-spoke 18 x 2.5in
  Rear 40-spoke 17 x 3.5in


Front Metzeler Lasertec 100/90 18
  Rear Metzeler MEZ2 130/80 R 17
Suspension Front Kayaba, 120mm travel, 41mm forks with adjustable preload
  Rear Kayaba chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload, 106mm rear wheel travel
Brakes Front Single 320mm floating disc, Nissin 2 piston floating caliper

Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2 piston floating caliper

Instrument display/functions   Analogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer and trip information
Length   2,150mm (84.6in)

Width (Handlebars)

  695mm (27.4in)
Height   1,095mm (43.1in)
Seat Height   790mm (31.1in)
Wheelbase   1,490mm (56.7in)
Rake/Trail   27º/97mm
Weight (Dry)   205kg (451lbs)
Fuel Tank Capacity   16.0 litres (4.2 gal US)
Maximum Power   70PS (69bhp/51kW) at 7,200rpm
Maximum Torque   72Nm (53ft.lbf) at 6,400rpm


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