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Many motorbikes on today’s modern classic scene claim the name cafe racer, but the Thruxton stands alone as the true original. And now the legend evolves.
The Thruxton RS is a celebration of the pure style, focused attitude and genuine DNA of the original cafe racer, along with the next step in power, performance and modern capability.

1969 Malcolm Uphill/'Slippery Sam'


The original Triumph Bonneville T120 Thruxton racer played a major part in the birth of motorcycle motorsport on both sides of the Atlantic when the first incarnation of this incredible motorbike and engine was a dominating force between the late 1950s (literally making its name following the first-ever Thruxton 500 series race win) to the 1969 Isle of Man TT, where it was the first production motorbike to average over 100mph.

In the meantime, an entire generation of 60s teenage cafe racers had made the Bonneville T120 Thruxton their bike of choice due to its uncompromising – and thrilling – combination of traffic light race-winning performance and style.

The original cafe racer Thruxton re-joined the Triumph line-up in 2004, and was transformed for modern performance and handling in 2016. 
This new Thruxton RS takes the most authentic cafe racer of them all to a whole new level, with significantly enhanced performance and specification.  This is Triumph’s legend, evolved.



Thruxton riders love the authenticity, focused sporting attitude and purity of our original cafe racer, together with all the performance and capability of a Triumph modern classic.

Totally unique and with an unmistakable racer attitude, this new RS version takes all the hallmarks and quality of the celebrated Thruxton 1200 R, and dials it up with more power (now 105PS) and even more supreme cafe racer handling thanks to its lighter weight and higher specification equipment, along with even more contemporary style.

It’s much more than just the original cafe racer, it’s the most dynamic, powerful and performance-orientated Thruxton ever made.

Action shot of Triumph Thruxton RS in Matt Storm Grey & Matt Silver Ice accelerating down mountainous road


The new Thruxton RS has a beautiful unique fully blacked-out look, with detailing and finishes that include black powder-coated engine covers, cam cover finishes, black Öhlins RSU springs, black Thruxton side panel and sprocket cover with integrated heel guard, and premium black anodised wheel rims to really enhance the bike’s presence.

A host of beautiful features add to this stunning bike’s poise and reflects the Thruxton RS’s class-leading cafe racer status: from the unique ‘Monza’ style cap with authentic clip-top low profile design and brushed finish, to the new Triumph triangle tank decal, sculpted Thruxton tank, brushed stainless steel tank strap, clear anodised aluminium swingarm, Daytona footpegs and 22mm clip-on handlebars.

To further enhance the Thruxton RS cafe racer focus, a single bullet seat and attractive body-coloured seat cowl is fitted as standard, and premium styling continues with black mirrors and indicators, brushed stainless steel exhaust, twin ride-by-wire throttle bodies with unique Thruxton intake finisher, and a distinctive red signature key.  And finally, the Thruxton RS is available in two premium colour options: Jet Black, and Matt Storm Grey & Matt Silver Ice


The legend evolves.