Some of you may be inclined to shed a tear as word comes that Triumph’s signature cafe racer, the Thruxton, is no more. Or at least, it won’t be after the 2025 model year, as the Brit brand has announced the end of the bike’s production run next year. But at least the iconic model will be going out with a bang and not a whimper; behold the 2025 Thruxton Final Edition, a lavishly finished love letter to what some have called one of the best factory cafe racers around.
The end comes after 20 years on the Hinckley assembly line, with the Thruxton’s final production run scheduled for 2024—though in reality, the Thruxton has been around on and off since 1964. To send off the award-winning flagship cafe racer, Triumph has unveiled the Thruxton Final Edition, a special-edition model sporting what it calls “incredible specification, performance, capability, and timeless style.”
In current form the bike is based on the up-spec Thruxton RS, which debuted three years ago with fully adjustable Showa USD fork, twin Öhlins piggyback shocks, and Brembo M50 monoblock brake calipers. The bike rolls on lightweight 17-inch aluminum 32-spoke wheels fitted with Metzeler Racetec RR tires aimed for sure-footed stability.
Those premium components act in the service of a 1,200cc Bonneville engine, tuned and mapped specifically for the Thruxton to be the punchiest in the Modern Classics line, with a claimed 103 hp at 7,500 rpm and 82 lb.-ft. of torque hitting at 4,250 rpm. Managing all that grunt are switchable rider modes, traction control, and ABS, with twin clocks to provide info. And the engine externals also carry through on the Thruxton’s signature cafe racer styling, with black powdercoated engine covers, cam cover finishes, and anodized black wheel rims. Even in stock form, she’s a beauty.
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The special edition piles onto that RS spec sheet with a host of premium finishes and rich detailing for what Triumph says will be a limited-edition motorcycle, though the brand isn’t specifying how many units will be produced. We do know the bike will be strikingly finished in an exclusive Competition Green metallic paint scheme, complete with hand-painted gold lining; the paint is meant to celebrate the Thruxton’s racing heritage with a classic Triumph logo and matching gold-line detailing on the sculpted fuel tank and seat cowl. The rich, deep green is set against the lustrous black side panels and fenders, with the panels showcasing an exclusive Thruxton Final Edition logo.
Otherwise, all the other trademark Thruxton details carry over on the FE, from the single bullet seat and Monza-style fuel filler cap to the brushed stainless steel tank strap, clear anodized aluminum swingarm, and clip-on handlebars.
Triumph also notes that each Final Edition will come with a certificate of authenticity marked with the bike’s unique VIN and signed by members of the Thruxton 1200 design team and Triumph’s CEO, Nick Bloor. The bike also comes with a unique Final Edition engine badge with a gold-finished surround and “Final Edition” graphic infill.
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Naturally, Triumph is also reminding us that the 80 accessories it already offers for the Thruxton can fit onto the FE, but there’s also a special custom accessory designed to fit just the Final Edition: a dedicated accessory cockpit fairing, color matched to blend with the limited-edition Competition Green paint scheme (presumably its the same one as is available for the RS). The add-on should definitely take the cafe racer style to the next level, especially on the already-flash Final Edition.