Thruxton I Hate My New Thruxton R

Discussion in 'Thruxton, Scrambler & Trident' started by Pierre Lawrence, Aug 12, 2019.

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  1. ThruxM

    ThruxM Member

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    For what it is worth I bought my Thruxton R with the raised clip ons and found it fine for several hours at a time. I tried the lower clip ons for a few weeks and it was pure agony so swapped back. The lowers are not only a couple of inches lower but also further forward to exacerbate the stretch. I also have an fzr1000 with low bars and my knees up to my chest which I used for years before getting the Triumph and I jump on the Thruxton every time now. So well worth checking a bike with the raised clipons.
     
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  2. timboo

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    Thanks for the advice. A couple of hours will do me just fine, no plans for any longer journeys. To be fair I needed to stop on my old sports bikes after a similar duration some years ago so in my 40’s I’d be happy with that.
    I almost compare it to trying on clothes. When you are younger pretty much every design and style fits. Once a bit older suddenly certain brands become incompatible with ones physique. Whilst perfection looks wise was once the priority I have to be honest with myself. Also it can save you a hell of a lot of time and expense
     
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  3. sikatri

    sikatri Member

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    Bodies are different. I’ve been wondering about how the Thruxton R clip ons compares to the clip ons on an earlier Thruxton 900. I have not had the exposure to compare, but I have no complaints about how my 900 fits me. Admittedly my first time on, I was a bit hesitant since I had not ridden any motorcycle with clip on handlebars. For me it turns out it wasn’t a huge transition. Bodies I guess. Are the Thruxton R bars lower? Not that I’d be planning on changing to an R, just curious.
     
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  4. sikatri

    sikatri Member

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    At 61, I don’t consider myself old, but after about an hour max hour and a half, I’d be looking for water and a general relief stop. LoL.
     
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  5. timboo

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    #45 timboo, Oct 26, 2021
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    Thanks for your insight. I’m beginning to see online there are a lot of subtle changes even one like this has. Not sure why the left handlebar overhangs the fork so much compared to the right. Any ideas anyone?

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  6. ThruxM

    ThruxM Member

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    That overhang looks like some kind of extension maybe for a phone holder.
    It is not part of the standard bar itself. Maybe some sort of DIY adaption using a bar end weight from another bike.
     
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  7. timboo

    timboo Well-Known Member
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    Thanks for putting me out of my misery makes sense now looks like there is a grub screw. Spent about an hour looking over every photo online trying to work it out.
     
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  8. sikatri

    sikatri Member

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    That’s pretty interesting. Looks like it’s offset in the overall pic. Personal preference I would guess. No idea.
     
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  9. 45Brit2017

    45Brit2017 Well-Known Member

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    Hate to be "that guy" but I found out the same way that sporting clip-ons were no good in traffic, this would be about forty-five years ago....
     
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  10. timboo

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    The only two things I dont’t like so far are the following

    Fiddly to undo fuel cap
    My leathers do not grip the standard seat material. Not sure if this is owing to the material itself or the dealer cleaning it with something causing the issue. Anyone else experienced this?
     
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  11. Tom Swift

    Tom Swift Member

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    I have the Street Cup and the riding position is worse. The pegs are lower and more forward compared to the Thruxton R. Plus, the bars are slightly lower. I find myself sitting forward on the narrow part of the seat. Fortunately, I don't do city traffic so it's not too bad but I would like to get rearsets and the Street Twin bars.
     
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  12. Geoff Butler

    Geoff Butler Never too old for Biking!
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    #52 Geoff Butler, Jan 23, 2022
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    Hi Tom, I converted my 2017 Street Cup a while back by just swapping the handlebars for more of a Street Twin riding position. The bike has been transformed and I can ride twice as far with no wrist or back discomfort now. No need for any foot peg changes either IMHO.

    I highly recommend the change, either using genuine Triumph Street Twin bars or Renthal 758 bars. Happy to provide more details of my lessons learned if needed.

    https://www.thetriumphforum.com/threads/renthal-bars-for-street-twin.28714/#post-535597

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  13. Baza

    Baza Senior Member

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    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head Joe. Caveat emptor?
     
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  14. Baza

    Baza Senior Member

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    Having read right through this thread the one thing that really surprises me is the number of reasonably young posters who are, or have been unhappy with their bikes riding position.

    Some years back I visited Luxembourg with a pillion and all our gear for a long weekend. The return trip was made in one hit with two stops. The first the other side of the tunnel to don waterproofs as the rain all the way home was biblical. The second stop to take on fuel and Red Bull.

    A tad over 400 miles and I was 65 at the time. On this.

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    I have recently bought a new Street Triple R but still regularly ride the Duke.
     
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  15. Tom Swift

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    I'm 62 and all my bikes have been a standard or leaned forward position so I knew what I was getting into. I like the low forward bars but not the forward pegs. At least 8" further back would be better.
     
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  16. 45Brit2017

    45Brit2017 Well-Known Member

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    I'd have thought that as a Ducati rider, you'd be accustomed to low bars and forward footrests! I had a Ducati 450 and a 350 Morini at various times, and both had a bad dose of this.
     
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  17. Baza

    Baza Senior Member

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    Are you possibly getting the last two posts confused? I am a Ducati rider but haven’t criticised the riding position. It was Tom who commented on the footrest position of his machines.
     
  18. Uncle Olaf

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    Hello,
    seems simple to me.
    Just buy a yoke conversion kit, that will enable you to put any kind of bar on it, even apehangers if one would want... LOL.
    Here is the link: https://www.britishlegends.fr/en/thruxton-tracker-bar-kit.html
    Th kit costs €629, is available in black and silver and your dealer will get it fixed in just a short time.
    Then you will have the advantages of the Thrux added with the advantages of a 'normal' riding position!
    I know because I had to look it up for a friend who has a heavily damaged arm due to a motorcycle accident.
    Good luck!!!

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  19. Wessa

    Wessa Cruising

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    That is a really good looking add to the thruxton. I have considered selling my thruxton, but this bar change could well see me keeping it. Thanks for posting.
     
  20. Uncle Olaf

    Uncle Olaf Member

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    You will find other brands online for similar adjustments. :cool:
     
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