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Old Jan 14, 2010, 1:30 AM   #1
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from....http://barbermuseum.org/. One of several on display there.



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Old Jan 14, 2010, 4:25 PM   #2
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I think this bike is one of the inspiration for the current triumph thurxton.
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Great picture of the Manx Norton...nice touch to have an old porridge Pot helmet on the rear of the seat.

The name Thruxton was an English race course (old airport I think) that was quite popular in the '60's.

Sales of big British twins and 500cc singles were very competitive in Blighty back then and as they say, race on Sunday, sell on Monday.

The Thruxton road race was important to British manufacturers as they would advertise a win if one of their bikes did well.

Velocette did well with their 500 single and as a result back in the '60's called their fastest street bike the Thruxton.

Triumph also did well back then. I think Triumph's use of the name Thruxton is in homage to teir '60's success.

Bikes racing at Thruxton back in the '60's were essentially stock, but with some road racing parts like rear peg sets, low clubman bars, etc.

I'm going by memory so could be off a bit.

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Les,

You pretty much hit it on the nose with the history of Thruxton history.

I was referring to the styling cues of the new thruxton. Like the below triple tree clip-on's, magnaphone pipes, and the almost none existing tail without rear fender.
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Les,

You pretty much hit it on the nose with the history of Thruxton history.

I was referring to the styling cues of the new thruxton. Like the below triple tree clip-on's, magnaphone pipes, and the almost none existing tail without rear fender.
You're probably right. One of my two bikes is a 1978 Yamaha SR 500 that I bought new in April 1978 (# 209 off the assembly line) and the Yamaha was an obvious homage (others may say copy) of the British big singles of the '40's to the late '60's. I have an old SR brochure somewhere and the text makes reference to Matchless, Manx Norton, BSA Goldstar. Originally when it came out ...it was an attempt by Yamaha to go after the nostalgic market....guys like me who wanted British bikes , but didn't want to put pie plates under the sump to catch all that leaking oil.

The Yamaha also had styling cues of the old road race big singles...the Lyta style tank (I have an actual Lyta race tank on my other bike, a '67 Matchless 750cc G15CS Scrambler (Desert Sled), a megaphone appearing muffler, etc.
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I have a photo of a Velocette Thruxton somewhere.
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