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2021 Triumph Thruxton RS: This factory café racer is just what we ordered

With pitch-perfect vintage styling and enough modern performance to make things interesting, the Thruxton is retro done right.

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Kyle Hyatt

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2021 Triumph Thruxton RS

Triumph's Thruxton has been the Bonneville's more stylish and sporting cousin since it was reintroduced back in 2004.

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It packs a higher-output version of the Bonneville's 1200 cc parallel-twin engine.

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It also features much more sporty running gear, especially in this RS trim.

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These include Brembo M50 front brake calipers.

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It also includes Showa Big Piston forks and Ohlins rear shocks.

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Its also packing analog gauges, which look perfect alongside the rest of the retro styling touches.

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Those analog clocks have little LCD screens in them too, though, so you get other pertinent info like a fuel gauge and a gear indicator.

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Unlike the Bonneville, with its long, plush seat, the Thruxton is made for one butt and one butt only.

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All this retro styling and motorcycle component jewelry isn't cheap, though.

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The 2021 Thruxton RS starts at $16,100 before dealer fees.

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