Special Edition Triumph Thruxton for 2010

December 18, 2009
Bart Madson
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Triumph has been giving many of its models the special edition treatment of late. Now the Thruxton joins the SE family, with the British marque fabbing up its modern classic take on the café racer. Line up the spec sheets of the 2010 Triumph Thruxton and the new special edition doesn’t do anything special. It’s all cosmetic. Bold new graphics? Yup. But they do look pretty good.
2010 Triumph Thruxton SE
Triumph gives its Thruxton the special edition treatment for 2010 with powder-coated red frame and white bodywork.
The Triumph Thruxton SE features a powder-coated red fram and white bodywork.

A powder-coated red frame looks quite fetching (or is at least quite noticeable) next to the white bodywork. Included on the SE is a windscreen, which also gets a dab of the fancy red racing stripe that flows down the center of the tank. Blacked-out engine cases contrast the brighter colors for a vivid take on Triumph’s sportiest ride in the Modern Classic arsenal.

Nothing’s changed to the fuel-injected 865cc engine powering the SE, but at a claimed 68 hp and 51 lb-ft of torque it’s the most spry of the smaller Parallel Twins in the Triumph range. Riders wanting a little more oomph and style can always upgrade to the optional Arrow exhaust we sampled down in the Big Easy at the2009 Triumph Modern Classics press launch

Also unchanged is the rolling chassis, including those spoked wheels and rear twin shocks that are essential for its classic feel. The new higher-placed handlebar with risers, which supplanted the predecessor’s clip-ons in the 2009 model year, gets carried over to the SE.

Summing up its latest model, Triumph claims the new SE’s looks “evoke memories of the Ace Café and racing in the streets.” We suppose if any modern production ride can legitimately claim the Ace Café legacy, it’s the British

Triumph 2010 Street Bike Photo Gallery


marque’s Thruxton (though the fresh jumpstart of Norton and its sleek new take on the Commando Café Racer make a compelling argument too).

Slated for US dealers in Spring, the Thruxton SE has no price as of yet, but Triumph says it “will come at a small premium over the standard Thruxton.” The 2010 standard Thuxton retails for $8799. Stay tuned for exactly how much a “small premium” costs.

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