Introduced in 2004, the Thruxton standard bike is named after the racing circuit in which its manufacturer, England-based Triumph Motorcycles, nabbed the first three places in 1969. By its fifth model year (2008), the Triumph Thruxton had established a reputation as a simple, straightforward bike with little or no changes over the past four model years.
Each 2008 Triumph Thruxton has a manufacturer""s suggested retail price of $7,999. It is officially known as the 2008 Triumph Thruxton 900 due to the displacement of its engine, which is measured at 865 cubic centimeters (rounded up to 900). Each bike is powered by a four-stroke air-cooled parallel twin engine, with four intake valves on each of its two cylinders. The engine generates 69 horsepower at 7,250 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 72 lb-ft of torque at 5,750 RPM.
The bore and stroke and compression ratio for each 2008 Triumph Thruxton are 3.55 by 2.68 inches (90 by 68 millimeters) and 9.2 to 1, respectively. The engine is fueled by two carburetors, and an electric starter is on each bike for convenient engine ignition. The 2008 Thruxton engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission, which enables the bike to achieve a top speed of 120 miles per hour. The gas tank on each bike can hold up to 4.2 gallons (16 liters).
A strip-laden color scheme had been introduced for the 2007 model year, and the 2008 version of the bike sticks to that template. The 2008 Thruxton offers three color finishes: Chromium/Red Stripe, Jet Black/Gold Stripe and Tornado Red/White Stripe. The bike uses a solid steel frame, with only front and rear fenders and a chain guard furnishing it. Its standard digital instrumentation consists of a tachometer, trip odometer and speedometer. Also included are a halogen headlight and a pair of side mirrors.
For its stopping power, each 2008 Triumph Thruxton has a 12.6-inch (320-mm) dual disc at the front; and a smaller, 10-inch (255-mm) single disc at the back. This braking method is superior to the front-disc-brake rear-drum-brake layout found on some motorcycles. For absorbing bumps and ensuring a smoother ride, Triumph provides a front suspension consisting of a 1.6-inch (41-mm) telescopic fork at the front and a steel twin-sided swing arm with two shock absorbers at the back. Each 2008 Thruxton rides on a 36-spoke 18-inch aluminum wheel at the front and a 40-spoke 17-inch wheel at the back.
The 2008 Triumph Thruxton has a length of 84.6 inches (2,148.8 mm), width of 27.4 inches (695 mm) and height of 43.1 inches (1,094.7 mm). The wheelbase is measured at 56.7 inches (1,440.2 mm), and the seat height is set at 31.1 inches (789.9 mm). The dry weight of the 2007 Thruxton is 451 lbs. (204.6 kilograms).
Unchanged from the previous model year, there is nothing in particular to recommend the 2008 Thruxton over the 2007 version. However, the 2008 model year is still worth checking out for its better-than-average performance as a standard bike, not to mention the feeling of getting a newer version over its immediate predecessor.