It all started in 1958 when legendary rider Mike Hailwood won the Thruxton 500 race on a Triumph and the Thruxton range was created to celebrate this event. From then on this popular cafe racer has been ruling roost. The 2016 version though promises to take the game of road racing to an all new level.ALSO READ:Royal Enfield Himalayan: A befitting tributeFirst up, the Thruxton R looks just so good. Up front there is a small fender fitting snug with the 17-inch aluminium spoked wheels. The single round headlamp looks classic but houses new-age tech and also a LED daytime running light. The twin-pod instrument panel also looks good and displays riding modes and trip details apart from the usual. The 22mm clip-on handlebars also get fancy bar end mirrors.Twin-pod instrument panel beams info including riding mode.The 14.5-litre tank is a work of art. It is further chiselled to allow for knee recesses and it also comes with a Monza style filler cap and even a stainless steel tank strap. Very retro. Look down and you would spot a beautifully crafted engine complete with a brushed look. The seat is typical cafe racer with a body colour bum stop at the back. The rear cowl is removable too via a tool provided on the key. Very smart!Twin-pod instrument panel beams info including riding mode.ALSO READ:Triumph Bonneville T120: A classic rebornAdding to the overall charm are the fully adjustable Showa USD forks up front and Ohlins shocks at the back finished in gold. In charge of audio are the twin megaphone silencers. Overall the Thruxton R is one of the prettiest sights yet.advertisementSwitchgear to access trip computer and to change riding modes.The motor in charge of propulsion is the same 1,200cc parallel twin seen on the T120. However unlike the T120, the one on the Thruxton R is christened a ‘high power’ unit. As the name suggests the motor is marginally more powerful than the unit on the T120. It churns out 97bhp and 112Nm of torque.The 1,200cc parallel-twin on the Thruxton R is the high-power version. Note brushed engine covers and carb lookalikes which hide the throttle bodies.ALSO READ:Ducati Multistrada 1200S gets you lots of attention wherever you take it Triumph claim that the current liquid-cooled motor offers 68 per cent more power and 62 per cent more torque than the outgoing model. Thanks to drive-by-wire tech, it has been possible to infuse three riding modes namely Rain, Road and Sport. Now all three modes do offer max power, but the throttle response is different.Popping a wheelie is relatively easy. But it is even more fun carving corners. Its fun without being truly hardcore.Get astride and you are bound to notice a racier stance. It is not as committed as most other superbikes but sits bang in between somewhere. As compared to the T120, the footpegs are rear set and it seems you are more inclined to take on a corner rather than going straight.Triumph will offer numerous accessories, called Inspiration Kits. This will include riding gear, tail tidy kits and even Vance and Hines exhausts.ALSO READ:The Bajaj V15: Patriotic stripesIt sounds rortier too and the engine is powerful enough to propel the Thruxton R to high speeds. Put it in sport mode, rev it hard and pop the clutch and it will be quite clear that the Thruxton R likes to lift its front wheel up. But where the Thruxton R really excels are the corners. Thanks to the superbly tuned suspension, it can take on corners with ease. Once again it is not as hardcore but at the same time it is potent enough. It is very flickable through corners too.But the one accessory I loved the most was the front fairing which has been inspired from the old production racer which Triumph made The massive brakes also offer ample bite to haul down the bike from high speeds without much fuss or drama. The Pirelli tyres also need to be given ample credit for offering good grip around corners. Adding to the fun is the fact that the traction control is not a very serious nanny ‘and does like you to have fun.ALSO READ:The Mahindra Mojo is a hoot to ride in the cityOn the slight downside, the ride is a bit stiff and after riding for a couple of hours, one does need to take a break.advertisement VerdictThe Thruxton R sets itself apart from the barrage of other bikes by being not as hardcore. Sure you get a racy riding position but without being too hardcore. The Thruxton R sets itself apart from the barrage of other bikes by being not as hardcore. Sure you get a racy riding position but without being too hardcore. ALSO READ:The Honda Shine SP is comfortable for the rider and the pillionThe engine feels powerful and the riding modes ensure that you have complete control over situations. The difference too can be felt quite easily. Adding to its accolades are the features.Last but not the least if you do have some more money left, get yourself some cool accessories.