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2015 Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe SE Review
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It’s not about what we’ve added to these iconic classic motorcycles over the years. It’s about what we haven’t taken away.
It was the London truckers’ cafe that became a favourite haunt of Britain’s bikers and a powerful symbol of post-war counterculture. The Ace Cafe gained notoriety as the biker hang-out in the early 60’s and formed an instrumental piece of the cafe racer culture of the era. The new Thruxton Ace celebrates the rich association of Triumph’s history with the Ace Cafe.
The Thruxton Ace combines the evocative silhouette of a true Triumph classic racer, with a fabulous one-off Pure White and Jet Black paint livery reflecting Triumph’s long historical connection with the Ace Cafe. The bike is tastefully co-branded with Ace Cafe logos adorning the side panels, tank and tail section.
With low slung handlebars, alloy-rimmed wire wheels and dominating central racing stripe running along the tank to the beautifully sculpted custom seat, the Triumph Thruxton Ace looks as ready to take pole position on a classic race grid as much as sit purposefully outside the local cafe after a spirited morning ride.
Featuring the same engine as the renowned Triumph Thruxton, power is provided by Triumph’s signature charismatic parallel twin from the Bonneville. Producing peak power of 69PS and 69Nm of torque across a broad rev range, the Thruxton delivers its performance with a suitable increase in the edginess of the exhaust note form the classically styled chrome silencers.
The Truxton’s chassis is based around the Bonneville, and meets Triumph’s exacting standards by generating an assured, composed, yet agile ride at all times. Its steel tube frame, 41mm KYB forks, twin KYB rear shocks, Nissin disc brakes and wire spokes on lightweight aluminium rims running the latest radial tyres combine with sporting steering geometry to give the Thruxton Ace performance to match the engine’s character and riding position.
The Thruxton Ace. An everyday icon.
2015 Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe SE www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
It was the London truckers’ cafÃ© that became a favourite haunt of Britain’s bikers and a powerful symbol of post-war counterculture. The Ace Cafe gained notoriety as the biker hang out in the early 60’s and formed an instrumental piece of the cafÃ© racer culture of the era.
The new Thruxton Ace celebrates the rich association of Triumph’s history with the Ace CafÃ©
Special edition Thruxton Ace celebrating Triumph’s association with the legendary Ace Cafe in North London
Unique paint and decal scheme
Scultped Oxblood custom seat
Detachable seat hump
Authentic bar end mirrors
Co-branded with Ace CafÃ©
Special Edition Certificate
Unique Colour Scheme
One-off Pure White and Jet Black paint livery
2015 Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe SE www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
We created a style for the Thruxton Ace Cafe SE that echoes the 1960s cafÃ© racers. Back then, machines were modified by their owners for higher speeds and sharper handling.
We used classic 1960s paint schemes with period sports stripes and fitted a typical single-seat, or so it looks thanks to the rear cover. In actual fact a passenger can enjoy the ride on a Thruxton Ace Cafe SE too.
Low and narrow ‘Ace’ handlebars, named after London’s famous Ace CafÃ©, with classic bar-end mirrors sit behind a colour-coded flyscreen.
Twin instrument pods sitting high on their top yoke mounting position.
You get the same iconic, air-cooled parallel twin that sits proudly at the heart of the Bonneville. Setting the 60s style for the entire bike.
The engine and transmission has been engineered with the look of the classic Triumph twins in mind. Even the fuel injection has been moulded so you get the appearance of a pair of carburettors. And there are double overhead camshafts despite what looks like a pushrod tube at the front of the engine, just like the cafÃ© racers of the 60s used to have.
The cafÃ© racers were built to perform, not just to look good.
Today, this 865cc parallel twin puts out a healthy 69PS with 69Nm of torque at its peak, with plenty available at low revs so you get most use out of it.
Fuelling is controlled by a sophisticated computer programmed management system for clean emissions and a smooth, predictable throttle response.
The basic format is the same as the current Bonneville, with 360 degree firing intervals, double overhead cams, eight valves, twin balance shafts and fuel injection. So you know it’s a thoroughly modern engine that, despite its convincing old-school looks, easily meeting Triumph’s high standard of reliability, durability and efficiency.
It’s the sound and feel of the engine that matters, from the thumping thrust of the generous low rev torque to the eager high revs and the purring, even exhaust note. So distinctive to the parallel twin.
All of our extensive chassis experience and technology has gone into the Thruxton Ace Cafe SE’s simple tubular steel construction. Providing easy, neutral steering and exceptional balance even at low speeds.
We fitted 41mm forks and chromed rear shocks and retuned them for a firmer ride and tighter control in high speed corners. The shocks include adjustability for spring preload for carrying a passenger or to suit your riding style.
We fitted the front with a big 320mm single disc strong enough to match the sporting pedigree of the Thruxton Ace Cafe SE with plenty of feedback to enhance your ride. Yet we’ve made it as unobtrusive as possible within the 1960s styling.
At the rear is another disc, so there’s no compromise in the Thruxton Ace Cafe SE’s thoroughly modern braking performance.
Wheels and Tyres
The wheels are wire-spoked with aluminium alloy rims, 18 inches at the front and 17 inches rear for the classic cafÃ© racer look. They’re lightweight too, for increased suspension performance and handling agility.
We kept the geometry similar to the Bonneville’s but with a little less trail at 97mm so you get sharper steering and more urgent handling when ridden hard. But the same neutral, obedient feel during less exuberant riding, making the Thruxton Ace Cafe SE a rewarding as well as an easy bike to ride.
Pure 1960s cafÃ© racer but not at the expense of comfort, that’s what the Thruxton Ace Cafe SE is all about. So there’s a sporty forward lean that makes you look the part. The footrests have been raised and set back to complement the bar position, so you are close to the bike and can really feel how the front end is performing.
We’ve positioned the bar end mirrors to work best when you are tucked down and forward, providing a good view of the road behind around elbows and body.
But none of this is so extreme that it spoils the feeling of versatility. You can still tour or commute on the Thruxton Ace Cafe SE as well as take it for a sunny Sunday burn.
2015 Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe SE – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
2015 Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe SE – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
2015 Triumph Thruxton Ace Cafe SE – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £8199 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Engine and Transmission
typeAir-cooled, DOHC, parallel-twin, 360º firing interval
systemMultipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with SAI
exhaustStainless steel headers, twin chromed upswept silencers.
final driveX ring chain
Chassis, Running Gear and Displays
frameTubular steel cradle
swingarmTwin-sided, tubular steel
Front Wheels36-spoke 18 x 2.5in, aluminium rim
Rear Wheels40-spoke 17 x 3.5in, aluminium rim
Rear Tyres130/80 R17
Front SuspensionKayaba 41mm forks with adjustable preload, 120mm travel
Rear SuspensionKayaba chromed spring twin shocks with adjustable preload, 106mm rear wheel travel
brakes frontSingle 320mm floating disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper
brakes rearSingle 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper
instrument display and functionsAnalogue speedometer and tachometer with odometer and trip information
Dimensions and Capacities
height without mirror1095mm
wet weight230 kg
dry weight214 kg
max power ec69BHP @ 7400
max torque ec69NM @ 5800
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