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BRO5 | A 3 Day Love Affair With the Triumph Thruxton

REVIEWSAnya Violet
Photo by Tamara Raye for Motorcycle.com

Photo by Tamara Raye for Motorcycle.com

I have had my eye on the Triumph Thruxton ever since it was first released. A major redesign in 2016 introduced us to upgraded suspension and brakes and the body styling also has a new look. I’m not going to lie, I am pretty shallow when it comes to motorcycles and am easily dazzled by a good lookin’ bike. Before you turn the key and you hear the growl of the engine all you have to go off of is looks. Well, the Thruxton is a looker for sure! It would wink at me from across the room at the local dealerships. The sleek aerodynamic lines and upswept exhaust give the bike an overall more aggressive personality, even a bit cocky one might say. I think the allure came because I could really visualize myself on the bike just by looking at it. Entire riding fantasies of twisty back roads and deep turns filled my head before I even sat on it. Ok ok, enough about the looks. I finally got the opportunity to ride this beast at Babes Ride Out 5!!!

I was a little nervous, like a first date. Maybe because it was actually my first time on a Thruxton all together and the Thruxton name is about as legendary as it gets.  In 1951, the once Royal Air Force base (Thruxton Airfield) became a civilian airfield and was established to host 6 motorcycle race events as a part of the Festival of Britain. A 1.9 mile circuit became home to 15 years of legendary racing that afforded Triumph 19 out of 45 podium places over the years. The Thruxton model started as a souped-up race version of the Bonneville but in May of 1965 the first batch rolled off the production line.  The Thruxton name is synonymous with Triumph’s racing success throughout generations and here it was, the latest and greatest sitting in the driveway. It was like a blind date where your friend hypes up the dude so much that you have no option but to be semi-disappointed when you meet him. Well, I was not!

Being a Bonneville rider I was expecting a bit of an adjustment as I got comfortable with the more aggressive race position on the bike. Lower handlebars and rear sets had me positioned in a way that you feel a lot more at one with the bike which I liked instantly. Turning the key and firing it up, I was impressed to hear a more rich bass exhaust sound that only added to my excitement. I took off through Joshua Tree in search of a stretch of uninhabited backroad where I could open it up. That wasn’t hard to find and a with a twist of the throttle I could feel the thrill encompass my whole body. I sensed myself going in to the adrenaline fueled head space that comes during a race. Yes, it is up to the rider to push the bike to its limits during a race but isn’t the bikes job to inspire the rider to push themselves just as hard. While I am having this nostalgic and extremely nerdy moment with the Thruxton I realized that I am not racing, I am just cruising down a desert road and I need to chill.

Throughout the weekend I was constantly in search of winding roads with great turns and wide open straightaways. The Thruxton is extremely agile with sharp handling no matter what the road throws at you, even in a little bit of dirt. The bike feels stable and with 1200 cc’s worth of power and 6 gears it left nothing to be desired. This is the kind of bike that may or may not kill your romantic relationships because you just would rather hang out with it than anyone else. It understands you and is there for you no matter what kind of mood you’re in. All jokes aside, the Thruxton is the kind of bike that pushes you to ride faster and harder than you normally do. At least, that’s what it did for me. I had the most fun on it when I was riding solo and able to ride at whatever pace I felt like. I am already looking forward to my second date with the Thruxton R. I think we really have something together.   

To read more about the Triumph Thruxton  click HERE

To test ride the Thruxton  at your local dealer click HERE

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

photo by Heidi Zumbrun

Roll Call | Meghan Moorlach of The Burnout Babes

Roll CallAnya Violet

Hi all! I’m Meghan Moorlach, a freelance photographer and graphic designer based out of Des Moines, Iowa - and also run a female only motorcycle club, The Burnout Babes (link: http://www.theburnoutbabes.com). I ride a 2014 Triumph Thruxton, which is a dream to ride, and I couldn’t love it more!

Two years ago my two best friends and I made the adventure out to California for BRO 3! We chose to fly out and rent bikes, since it was our first year. We landed in LA, where I picked up my 2013 Triumph Bonneville and then headed down to Joshua Tree! 

We came down a day early so we could stay at the Hicksville Trailer Palace (link: http://www.hicksville.com/joshuatree/motel). If you’re in the area and you’ve never been there - do it IMMEDIATELY! They have a bunch of refurbished vintage camper trailers, an in-ground pool and beer in the vending machine. Also, don't forget the rooftop hot tub!

We woke up the next day for some breakfast at the Joshua Tree Saloon (link: http://www.thejoshuatreesaloon.com/), some cacti shopping, and lunch at Pie for the People (link: http://www.pieforthepeople.com/home) before we came to check in at Babes Ride Out. For those of you who’ve been, you know the feeling you get when you arrive. For those you haven’t been yet - it feels like coming home. All these women in one spot - that have the exact some love of riding you do - it’s so magical!

Once we arrived, there was so much to do! We checked in and got our goodie bags full of patches, stickers and other fun things. And of course, headed straight for the free beer from the ladies over at 805 Beer (link: http://www.805beer.com/). We also ran over and got signed up for flash tattoos!

That night was a blur! There was pizza, beer, moonshine, and music! LA Witch and Dorothy were AMAZING. And the moon was literally so bright you didn’t even need a flashlight to walk around camp. The camaraderie of all these women hanging out and having a good time, is a feeling I can’t even put into words. Like I said before, it was magic.

The next morning We. Rode. Everywhere! Pie for the People, Pappy and Harriet’s, Joshua Tree National Park, Pioneertown, all of it! Let’s just say Des Moines, Iowa and Joshua Tree are a little bit different from each other, so we soaked up as much as we could get!

Sadly we couldn’t make it out last year for BRO 4, but this fall, we plan to ride the 1,600 some odd miles from Iowa! You can see the map for the route we’re planning to take, so if you’re close-by we’d love to ride with you! We met so many smart, beautiful, amazing women last time we were in Joshua Tree - and we want to meet more!

If you want to get ahold of me - you can find me on Instagram @madeinthemidwest and our motorcycle club @theburnoutbabes.

xoxo
Meghan

 

 

Rachel Cravens and Her Triumph Thruxton

Roll CallAnya Violet

I’m Rachel Cravens from Cambridge Massachusetts. I was born and raised in California, but I didn't get into riding motorcycles until I was a hardened New Englander! ( kicks self repeatedly) I've been riding for 10 years now.  I keep a bike on the road year round to take advantage of those occasional awesome winter days... and because I don't own a car...

I caught the bug after my first time on the back of a sport bike my husband brought home, and I had my own bike later that year.  Life was pretty wild at that time, and riding actually helped me center myself, and learn mindfulness. Going for a ride is still the best medicine for clearing my head and doing some meditation. And it's the best way to see, smell, feel, and taste the world!

The bikes I have had over the years are; 1986 Suzuki Savage 650, 2002 Ducati monster S4, 2009 Triumph Thruxton 900, 2012 Triumph Daytona 675, and a 2013 Suzuki DR 650.  I'm currently riding the Suzuki DR and the Thruxton. 

Triumph motorcycles originally attracted me with their looks, I'm not gonna lie, but these babies are reliable too! The Thruxton just hit 26,000 miles, woo! He's really the best all around bike I could ask for, perfect for city hooliganing and long slab rides, but I needed a track day toy too, and the Daytona is my ideal modern sport bike with minimal electronic rider aid interference.  Its screamingly fast and confidence inspiring, and I always feel connected to the machine and the road. Both Thruxton and Daytona ride smooth as butter and sound like purring jungle cats!  I am also looking into acquiring a Triumph Tiger for the next big riding adventure in my life, touring with my daughter! (when she's big enough)

I rode the Suzuki DR to last years Babes Ride Out East Coast, and I am so excited to ride the Thruxton this year! There will be like 12 girls on Triumph bonnies and scramblers all leaving from the Boston area and we are really looking forward to rolling into camp together along with 40 or so others in our local crew! BRO is pretty much the best thing ever.  As someone who spent years riding with mostly guys ( I still love you too, guys) the dynamic of all us girls just being awesome with our bikes in the woods, by ourselves and for ourselves is a magical feeling. One of my favorite moments from the first night in camp, when a group of total strangers walked by my friends and I and said " hey wanna come shotgun beers with us?" Yes please. 

My recommendations for new riders... invest in real riding gear and wear it, learn how to wrench on and maintain your bike, live on your bike...and you will find the secret of happiness.

 

To grab a ticket to Babes Ride Out East Coast click HERE

To learn more about the Triumph Thruxton click HERE

To learn more about the Triumph Daytona click HERE

To find a Triumph Dealer and test ride a bike click HERE