First Look At 2020 Triumph Thruxton RS

Improved engine, suspension, and styling update the classic-inspired café racer.

The new 2020 Triumph Thruxton RS.Triumph Motorcycles

Triumph's Thruxton carries on the spirit of café racer motorcycles by blending classic styling with modern, high-performance technical design. The new Thruxton RS builds on this platform, updating the engine for increased output, improving suspension and brakes, as well as offering a new two-tone paint scheme and loads of blacked-out components. The Thruxton RS is now the highest-spec model with the classic Bonneville silhouette.

The Thruxton’s 1,200cc High Power (HP) engine has modified to increase output by 8 hp, now up to 104, largely thanks to new high-compression pistons, revised ports and cam profile, and a long list of lighter-weight engine components. The engine has also been tuned to rev 500 rpm higher, while delivering peak torque 700 rpm lower than its predecessor.

Side cover and Öhlins shocks on the 2020 Thruxton RS.Triumph Motorcycles

Engine refinements and a lighter battery result in a total weight loss of 13 pounds when compared to the Thruxton R, improving handling overall. Showa big-piston fork, Öhlins shocks, Brembo brakes, and Metzeler Racetec RR tires also contribute to the race-inspired look and feel.

More than 80 accessory options are offered by Triumph for this model, so there is plenty of room to make this bike your own. The 2020 Triumph Thruxton RS price is $16,200, while the base Thruxton 1200 is $13,000. Having spent some time on the previous Thruxton R, we are looking forward the riding RS.

Matte Storm Grey and Matte Silver Ice two-tone paint on the 2020 Thruxton RS.Triumph Motorcycles

2020 Triumph Thruxton RS Specifications

MSRP $16,200
ENGINE 1,200cc, SOHC, liquid-cooled, 270° crank angle parallel twin; 8-valve
BORE x STROKE 97.6 x 80.0mm
FUEL SYSTEM Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate assist
FRAME Tubular steel cradle
FRONT SUSPENSION Showa 43mm USD big piston forks, fully adjustable, 4.7-in. (120mm) travel
REAR SUSPENSION Fully adjustable Öhlins twin shocks w/ piggyback reservoir, 4.7-in. (120mm) travel
FRONT BRAKE Brembo M50 4-piston radial Monoblock calipers, dual 310mm Brembo floating discs, ABS
REAR BRAKE Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, 220mm disc, ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR 32-spoke; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 5 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 120/70ZR-17 and rear 160/60ZR-17
RAKE/TRAIL 22.8°/3.6 in.
WHEELBASE 55.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 31.8 in.