In October, Triumph announced that production of the Thruxton, the brand’s premium café racer, will cease in 2024. To mark the end of an era for a model that’s been in the catalogue since 2016 but has roots going all the way back to 1964, Triumph will release a ‘Thruxton Final Edition’.
Thruxton RS base
Based on the Thruxton RS, the Final Edition will be unchanged mechanically from that model. That means an ‘HP’ (High Power) Bonneville 1200cc engine - the most powerful version of the parallel twin that Triumph offer in their Modern Classic range. With maximum outputs of 77kW (103bhp) at 7,500rpm and 112Nm of torque that peaks earlier in the rev range at 4250rpm, this responsive, low-inertia SOHC engine achieves its performance via high compression pistons, along with revised ports and cam profile design. The result is what Triumph calls thrilling performance — along with a trademark Thruxton note from the 2-into-2 exhaust system. Despite its power, the SOHC twin is Euro 5 compliant.
Nestled in the Thruxton’s tubular steel cradle frame, the potent parallel twin is matched to a six-speed transmission, with slip-assist clutch and chain final drive.
Suspension and Braking
Handling comes courtesy of race-bred, fully adjustable Showa USD ‘Big Piston’ forks up front and premium twin Öhlins piggy-back shocks at the rear. With listed travel of 120mm at each end, the suspension, along with the Thruxton’s lightweight, aluminium 17-inch spoked wheels and Metzeler Racetec RR tyres as standard fitment, deliver incredible handling, best-in-class agility, a high level of control and rider feedback, sure-footed stability and incredible grip
Like the engine, transmission and suspension, the braking componentry for the Thruxton Final Edition is unchanged from the Thruxton RS, consisting of Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers on dual floating 310mm front discs for race-level braking performance, backed by a 220mm rear disc with Nissin caliper and ABS.
Traction Control is standard, while selectable riding modes of Road, Rain and Sport can be adjusted on-the-fly to find the perfect mix of engine mapping, ABS and traction control intervention to suit the road conditions or rider preference.
The retro-look twin-clock instrumentation combines an analogue speedo and revcounter with digital displays for riding mode, gear position, fuel level, odometer and more, backed up by warning lights with the usual functions.
All lighting on the Thruxton Final Edition is LED (like the Thruxton RS it’s based on), including a distinctive DRL, Triumph lozenge badge in the bulb cap headlight and a compact tail-light.
For charging smartphones, sat-navs, or other devices, a USB charge port is standard.
Thruxton Final Edition – Exclusives
Key café racer styling elements, like clip-on bars and bar-end mirrors, are fitted to the Thruxton Final Edition, along with a Monza-style fuel cap, seat cowl and compact front mudguard. Round indicators front and rear keep the retro vibes going and, like the bars, mirrors and tail treatment, are unchanged from the Thruxton RS.
What sets the Final Edition apart is an exclusive paint finish and a number of special details.
The paint is ‘Competition Green’ metallic that’s enhanced with gold coachlines on the fuel tank and seat cowl. Hand-painted, these coachlines will feature “concealed” artist’s initials on each unit. A Triumph heritage logo, also in gold, features on the 14.5-litre fuel tank, while ‘Final Edition’ lettering is subtly added to the seat cowl.
Providing contrast for the Competition Green paint is a gloss black finish on the front mudguard and side covers. The latter adds unique ‘THRUXTON FE’ (Final Edition) identification with a green underline. The wheel rims are anodised black.
A unique Final Edition engine badge will also be supplied with each motorcycle. With a gold-finished surround and ‘Final Edition’ graphic infill, this badge can be fixed to the alternator cover or used as a display piece.
More than 80 options will be available for the Thruxton Final Edition upon its local release, including a pillion kit, seat options, heated grips and more. There will also be a model-exclusive cockpit fairing, finished in the same Competition Green paint as the bike, with a clear screen. This frame-mounted fairing further amplifies the Final Edition’s café racer look and is sure to be one of the more popular options.
Limited, but not Numbered.
Each Thruxton Final Edition will come with a Certificate of Authenticity featuring the bike’s unique VIN number. This document will be signed by members of the Thruxton 1200 design team and Triumph’s CEO, Nick Bloor.
While production of the Thruxton Final Edition will be limited, it won’t be capped at a certain number, based on the information Triumph have supplied. That being said, once production ends in 2024, no more Thruxtons will be produced, guaranteeing the Final Edition’s status as a collector’s item.
Triumph Motorcycles Australia says local allocation will be extremely limited, so potential customers are advised to place an order with their Triumph dealer now. Australian pricing is listed at $28,100 ride away, with delivery from May, 2024.
See your Triumph dealer for further details.