Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Central Belt, Scotland
Proper test ride is the key
Only you can answer that question.
The key thing is to get a proper test ride where you can try out the performance and handling of the 9T and see if she is for you or not. If you are a serious back road scratcher, you may find the 9T's suspension isn't up to the task - for general stuff it's fine. The Thruxton R looks like it MAY be better in that respect with top quality suspension, riding modes and traction control
The 9T is more powerful than the old Thruxton, the new Thruxton R (which I think looks great) has a lot more power (possibly around the same as the 9T) but remains an unknown quantity right now. Personally I love the power of the 9T and it is easily quick enough to put a smile on my face.
The 9T isn't the most practical bike, but I'd say it is a bit more usable than the Thruxton. It is at least possible to take a passenger (if that is important to you), can be persuaded to carry luggage and the shaft drive cuts out the hassle of chain maintenance and lube thrown over the rear wheel.
As far as customising the bike, the 9T seems to demand it and most people (at least on this forum) don't keep them standard for long. There are lots of accessories on the market now so there is easily scope for making your bike your own. The Thruxton R seems to already be complete and I'm not too sure there would be very much you could do to it. Perhaps adding tubeless wheels?
If after a better test ride you are still thinking about the Thruxton R, I'd wait till it comes along and take it for a spin.
Today I'll be mostly riding.....
BMW R NineT
1979 Moto Guzzi MK1 Le Mans (950 conversion, proddy race engine)
Last edited by BaldyDave; 02-27-2016 at 08:12 AM.