The Triumph Thruxton RS is one of the prettiest motorcycles on the market, and for 2020, it is faster, lighter and more advanced. The catch? At $25,390 rideaway it costs a pretty penny, however, this all-singing modern retro delivers something that other sportsbikes simply can’t match.

So what’s that special something really worth? INFO MOTO investigates..

Triumph Thruxton RS

What we like:

  • Stunning looks
  • Punchy, visceral performance
  • Rolex-like fit-and-finish

Room for improvement:

  • Big pricetag
  • Thirsty
  • Heat from engine

Triumph Thruxton RS

What’s new for 2020?

The 2020 Thruxton RS makes an extra 8hp (6kW) than its predecessor, and its 112Nm of peak torque comes in lower down in the rev range.

Triumph has also managed to shed six kilograms from the RS by using a magnesium cam cover and a lighter battery, among other changes.

The Thruxton RS also sports new Metzeler Racetec RR tyres, fitted to also-new 17-inch aluminium spoked wheels.

Triumph Thruxton RS

Three rider modes – Road, Rain and Sport – adjust throttle response and traction control settings.

Braking is enanced by two four-piston mono-bloc calipers squeezing 320mm discs at the front.

As before, the Thruxton RS boasts fully adjustable Ohlins rear suspension and a Showa fork at the front, as well as a plethora of retro touches like analogue-style gauges and a round headlight.

To achieve the improved engine dynamics, Triumph has included a new lightweight low inertia crankshaft, clutch, balance shafts, rare-earth alternator and thin-walled engine covers, as well as new high compression pistons, revised ports and cam profile and secondary air system.

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Martin
Martin
3 years ago

aluminium spokes ?

Dave Milligan
Dave Milligan
3 years ago

Spencer, 2020 Thruxton RS – you say thirsty. How many kms/l did you get and what were you expecting?

Spencer Leech
Reply to  Dave Milligan
3 years ago

Hey Dave, I didn’t get an exact reading, however, Triumph’s claim of 4.9L/100km seems only accurate in a best case scenario. And well, I tended to give it the beans at any opportunity. The tank holds 14.5 litres and I reckon I got more than 200 kilometres out of a fill. Sorry I don’t have a better answer for you!

Dave Milligan
Dave Milligan
Reply to  Spencer Leech
3 years ago

I bought a 2020 Speed Twin. Same everything except riding position and suspension. First 2000kms it’s using 4.3l/100kms. I expect better as run in is complete by 5000kms.
I’m probably 25kgs heavier than you and I have installed a screen which probably increases consumption.

Running it on 91 octane and at some stage will do a trial on 95 octane.
Must ask Geoff about that aspect.

Last edited 3 years ago by Dave Milligan
Dave milligan
Dave milligan
Reply to  Dave Milligan
3 years ago

Groff