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two great bikes for sure! sat on an R9T at my local BMW-Triumph dealer + thought about it but decided it was a bit spendy for me as well as added cost of anything BMW as i found out with my recent 2016 G650GS. don't even need to set on any thruxton as thats not a riding position for me, but its a beauty for sure with room to add power being discretely water cooled. nice job Triumph using the fins + a smaller rad. the former almost free TUNEECU is said not to work with newer model Triumphs + being new add-ons will not be as plentiful as the R9T but a bit cheaper for sure. i came pretty close to stretching my $$$ with the R9T though!!
 

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My friend is a journalist and he is going to make an article to Slovak bike magazin - comparison of Truxton R and R9T (mine bike :) ). Planned for next week, so if everything went well and we will manage ride together, I will post here some nice photos - side by side + riding experience comparison.
 
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My friend is a journalist and he is going to make an article to Slovak bike magazin - comparison of Truxton R and R9T (mine bike :) ). Planned for next week, so if everything went well and we will manage ride together, I will post here some nice photos - side by side + riding experience comparison.
Please let me know what magazine and when this is out so i can pickup a copy of it when its out here!

PS your bike will blow pretty much everything out of the water :eek:ccasion14:

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It is "Svet motocyklov". You can join us Sasa - plan for the event is next Thursday afternoon, location NTD - but not too far from Bratislava.
 

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Some photos from yesterday's comparison test - just from my mobile phone. When I will find more time will post some experience + later on some nice profi pictures:



















 

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I had a quick ride on the new Thruston yesterday... fun bike, quick too.

Comes with a lot of kit from factory such as adjustable Ohlins. Much of the cosmetic finish is superior to the 9T such as the cluster, seat, quality of bolts (SS) etc. It is a bit lame that triumph copied many details from the 9T though such as the headlamp bulb badge, silver fender support etc.

All up the 9T is a far more imposing looking machine with its stance, boxer engine, wide tyres and big brakes. If the 9T didn't exist the Thruxton would certainly be worth a look.
 
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One comment from the peanut gallery here, is I have had one, and sat on the other. The NineT has a much lower center of gravity. If that is as important to you, as it is to me, then consider that when comparing. I wish in comparison reports on major motorcycle sites, they had some technical, and accurate way to calibrate that.
 

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Let me share some thoughts from the Truxton R / my 9T comparison ride. Design of the bike is always subjective, both are kind of modern retro bikes. Triumph looks more "retro". In my opinion Truxton R looks nice, but not as nice as 9T. You can hardly see any plastic parts on Truxton, and if there are some they are perfectly covered. I like how they solved fuel cup design - alu cover over standard locked plastic cup, good work there.
I like a lot look of engine and old fashion carbs look. In R version you get stock Ohlins on rear and USD front fork, lower handle bars, nice mirrors and hump cover. I do not like too much stock exhaust pipes, but it is easy to fix with aftermarket - I do not have that need on 9T. Sound is OK but not great. As you can see on photos side by side - I do not know who copy what from each other, but some details on both bikes looks very similar, mainly front part.
Truxton has engine modes (rain, road, sport) and when you kill the engine it come always back to road - annoying as you alway has to switch manually to sport at every start. I do not like that at all, I think they should do it like on 9T - no engine modes.
Riding position is higher compare to 9T and more comfortable - not so "sporty". That is for legs and hands too, bike is not just higher but also longer I think. Seat foam quite thick and feel of the seat is soft. First you recognize how narrow that bike is - especially fuel tank. You seat more "on the bike", not "in the bike". Engine has a lot of torque in lower rev. More that 9T. But it missing power on the top - 9T is far better at the end. Best range was 3- 6000 rev on Truxton. Handling of the bike is very good. In curvy roads as well as on straight. Brakes works very good, with low force on the lever, but not too aggressive. Also clutch and gearbox works good - like on modern supersport bikes. There is no windscreen or other wind protection but even in higher speed wind was not annoying - good setup of headlight and clock I thing. I see potential of Truxton also for longer trips, what is not target area for 9T. Center of gravity is higher that on boxer engine and you can feel that on direct comparison.
It was not 100% "kosher" to compare overall impression of my 9T with a lot of extras & stock Truxton R. But this R is already "tuned version' from the dealer, not based one. I like Truxton, it is nice and good bike with kind of own spirit. But I miss there something, why I get in love on 9T - kind of raw feeling, hooligan sound, kind of positive vibrations, tilting feeling during throttle opening or engine breaking - it is not there. I wish that BMW will use less plastic on 9T from factory as Triumph do... Would I consider to change 9T to Thriump? Not at all. Would I consider to buy one if 9T does not exist? Most probably yes.
 

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Hi Guys,

Been a while since I posted last.

I am in the very fortunate position to own both a 9T and a Thruxton R (also the old Thruxton 900).

I was very curious as to the nature of all of these motorcycle ridden back to back.

What I can say is this:
The new Thruxton R is a very easy bike to ride. The bars are not as extreme as they seem. Compared to the 9T - Much easier than the 9T, clutch, throttle, just all round easier, but what he 9 brings to the party is that you have to be active in the ride. The 9 almost wants to tspit you off. You have to take it by the scruff of the neck and make it do what you want. The Thruxton R is not like that at all... It just does everything you ask in a pleasing manner. I am glad that I have both, as my mood changes I have either to ride. Will never sell my 9 and don't think my Thrux either. The 9 is more like my old Thrux, a lot more involving, and I think this is a good thing. Means you have to ride the bike.

What I have noticed, the Thrux spools up easier. You really have to prod the 9 with a stick. The 9 is more powerful than the Thrux, but tyhe Thrux feels faster, and I think it's all about the throttle. The 9 fights you whereas the Thrux just spins up.

My Old Thrux (900) is not in the ball park with these 2. It is out handled and outgunned by both these, but still has a charm about it, and also needs to be ridden..

The Thrux R can be a bit boring if you let it be, but given it's head will scare you, as it has scared me. Given full throttle, the Thrux R takes off like a rocket, and that is the difference. The 9 you have to ride, and you have to be firm with the bike. The Thrux, just does stuff, and is quite effortless.

I love them both, and I will keep both, but for different reasons.
 

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Hi Guys,

Been a while since I posted last.

I am in the very fortunate position to own both a 9T and a Thruxton R (also the old Thruxton 900).

I was very curious as to the nature of all of these motorcycle ridden back to back.

What I can say is this:
The new Thruxton R is a very easy bike to ride. The bars are not as extreme as they seem. Compared to the 9T - Much easier than the 9T, clutch, throttle, just all round easier, but what he 9 brings to the party is that you have to be active in the ride. The 9 almost wants to tspit you off. You have to take it by the scruff of the neck and make it do what you want. The Thruxton R is not like that at all... It just does everything you ask in a pleasing manner. I am glad that I have both, as my mood changes I have either to ride. Will never sell my 9 and don't think my Thrux either. The 9 is more like my old Thrux, a lot more involving, and I think this is a good thing. Means you have to ride the bike.

What I have noticed, the Thrux spools up easier. You really have to prod the 9 with a stick. The 9 is more powerful than the Thrux, but tyhe Thrux feels faster, and I think it's all about the throttle. The 9 fights you whereas the Thrux just spins up.

My Old Thrux (900) is not in the ball park with these 2. It is out handled and outgunned by both these, but still has a charm about it, and also needs to be ridden..

The Thrux R can be a bit boring if you let it be, but given it's head will scare you, as it has scared me. Given full throttle, the Thrux R takes off like a rocket, and that is the difference. The 9 you have to ride, and you have to be firm with the bike. The Thrux, just does stuff, and is quite effortless.

I love them both, and I will keep both, but for different reasons.

Thanks for sharing your experience with these three bikes. Your thoughts on the new Thruxton R are quite similar to mine after a test ride.

I think it's pretty cool you decided there's room in your fleet for both.


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Anyone tried the Norton 961 series?
 

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Anyone tried the Norton 961 series?


Yes. Had a test ride this summer. Norton HQ is about 20 mins away from me.
Had a good look around the factory at the same time.
As for the bike. More " retro " than the Triumph.
More hand made. More British parts. More traditional.

As for the ride. Enjoyable but I preferred the sitting position of the BMW. Reliability is something I would question on the Norton.
It's hand made but I don't think the parts are if the highest quality especially for that money.

Talking about money. Take the Norton bike and add on a few extras and you have a r Nine t and a new Scrambler.

If it was free of course I would take it in a flash. Riding around on a Norton is always a pleasure.
 

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MCN has a compo between the Norton Commander and the Thrux R (Last weeks edition). They rate them both, but for different reasons.

Now if I could have any of these, I would have the Norton Domiracer, just because of the sound it makes...
 

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I almost bought the Thruxton R and had deposit on it. Beautiful bike with a fair price. Better suspension than the BMW. Quality and finish are outstanding. If I wanted to go full retro then the Triumph would be in my garage.

But for me the Triumph is almost too retro and locks you into that concept 100%. IMO The BMW has a certain edgy German tech/boxer retro look to it that allows the owner to vary the look of his bike. I also like to mod my bikes as much as riding them. Of course it helps that the BMW has more power and has a driveshaft too. So.... when I saw the brushed aluminum sport version at the local dealer I just knew that this was the BMW was for me....
 

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I almost bought the Thruxton R and had deposit on it. Beautiful bike with a fair price. Better suspension than the BMW. Quality and finish are outstanding. If I wanted to go full retro then the Triumph would be in my garage.

But for me the Triumph is almost too retro and locks you into that concept 100%. IMO The BMW has a certain edgy German tech/boxer retro look to it that allows the owner to vary the look of his bike. I also like to mod my bikes as much as riding them. Of course it helps that the BMW has more power and has a driveshaft too. So.... when I saw the brushed aluminum sport version at the local dealer I just knew that this was the BMW was for me....
I've commented on this before, and agree with your thoughts. One of the minor considerations for me was that the Triumph dealer wanted me to leave a deposit on a bike and only test ride as "confirmation of sale" and even then it was an escorted ride with one of the sales guys along, and even that wasn't it as they also wanted me to stick to a specific route they selected.

They finally let me choose the route after I called them out on their excuse that the test route was mandated by their insurance policy (I said I'd agree if they could show me the clause in their insurance contract, of course they couldn't).

None of that had anything to do with bike, but the experience at the BMW dealer was much easier "take the bike out for as long and as often as you want". If the decision had been closer the dealer experience would have swayed me to the R9T.
 

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Hi Guys,

Been a while since I posted last.

I am in the very fortunate position to own both a 9T and a Thruxton R (also the old Thruxton 900).

I was very curious as to the nature of all of these motorcycle ridden back to back.

What I can say is this:
The new Thruxton R is a very easy bike to ride. The bars are not as extreme as they seem. Compared to the 9T - Much easier than the 9T, clutch, throttle, just all round easier, but what he 9 brings to the party is that you have to be active in the ride. The 9 almost wants to tspit you off. You have to take it by the scruff of the neck and make it do what you want. The Thruxton R is not like that at all... It just does everything you ask in a pleasing manner. I am glad that I have both, as my mood changes I have either to ride. Will never sell my 9 and don't think my Thrux either. The 9 is more like my old Thrux, a lot more involving, and I think this is a good thing. Means you have to ride the bike.

What I have noticed, the Thrux spools up easier. You really have to prod the 9 with a stick. The 9 is more powerful than the Thrux, but tyhe Thrux feels faster, and I think it's all about the throttle. The 9 fights you whereas the Thrux just spins up.

My Old Thrux (900) is not in the ball park with these 2. It is out handled and outgunned by both these, but still has a charm about it, and also needs to be ridden..

The Thrux R can be a bit boring if you let it be, but given it's head will scare you, as it has scared me. Given full throttle, the Thrux R takes off like a rocket, and that is the difference. The 9 you have to ride, and you have to be firm with the bike. The Thrux, just does stuff, and is quite effortless.

I love them both, and I will keep both, but for different reasons.
Thanks for the comparison. I considered the Thrux at one point but in the end chose the RnineT. I felt the later just had a little bit more character when i test drove the two back to back. I also liked the shaft drive and boxer engine on the nineT.
 

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Just saw this on you tube. IMO a good proper comparison.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YywxYJRu78
This is the very latest episode of Bike World shown on UK tv last Thursday. As you say good review.

For UK viewers it's on Motors Tv ( sky 447 ) but repeated on various channels such as the various Showcase channels.

Interesting the reviewer favours the r Nine t which as he says was a surprise. Earlier this year he fell in love with the Thruxton when the bike was launched so to win him over was no small deàl.
Worth checking out his Thruxton review if anyone is interested in that bike.
 
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