Triumph Thruxton 2008
The 2008 Triumph Thruxton continues unchanged, with two new colours being offered.
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.
THE ESSENCE OF A MOTORCYCLE
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.
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.
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.
|Type||Air-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval|
|90 x 68mm|
|Fuel System||Twin carburettors with throttle position sensor and electric carburettor heaters.|
|Exhaust||Twin pipe, twin silencer, steel.|
|X ring chain|
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|
|Seat Height||790mm (31.1in)|
|Weight (Dry)||205kg (451lbs)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||16.0 litres (4.2 gal US)|
|PERFORMANCE: (MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020)|
|Maximum Power||70PS (69bhp/51kW) at 7,200rpm|
|Maximum Torque||72Nm (53ft.lbf) at 6,400rpm|