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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

Superb British all rounder Triumph Sprint ST pipped Honda’s VFR800 simply by using a straight bat when the VFR tried all kinds of trick but ultimately unnecessary technology. Plus the Triumph Sprint ST undercuts the VFR on price too. Superb all-round sports tourer with a grunty three cylinder engine that makes it anything but bland.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Three cylinders gives the Triumph Sprint ST the character and low rev torque of a twin with the high rev power and smoothness of a four. A key ingredient in late 90s Triumphs and this one’s a gem. Always more than enough poke and a lively character too. Early Triumph Sprint ST models (pre 2002) had a lower state of tune and only made a claimed 108bhp.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Triumph Sprint ST is great at the role it’s intended for. Stable, neutral and relaxed on any road. Push really hard and you’ll discover the suspension’s not intended for sports riding and it somewhat undersprung and underdamped. The Triumph Sprint ST's forks are only adjustable for preload so if you really find it a problem a rebuild with thicker oil is the answer. Excellent brakes.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Pretty good – except the standard Triumph Sprint ST headlights are pants. Wiring both together (needs an extra relay) or better still a HID conversion helps. Riding position is comfy and the clocks are clear and comprehensive. The Triumph Sprint ST's silencer hinges out of the way for easy wheel removal and adjusts position for ground clearance or luggage space.

Triumph Sprint ST (1998-2004)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,230 (2000) - £3,140 (2004)
Private used prices
£1,860 (2000) - £2,750 (2003)
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Engine size 955 cc
Power 118 bhp
Top speed 155 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Triumph Sprint ST is a solid motorcycle with few glitches. Plenty run to 50,000 miles and a few to more than twice that with minimal grief. Finish is better than most but once it starts to go, it flakes off fast. Triumph Sprint ST chain adjusters can seize, as can brakes, causing discs to warp so check both before handing cash over.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The sports tourer class is quite a pricy one with Honda’s VFR always commanding top money. The Triumph Sprint ST’s arguably a better bike and costs less. The 2005 onwards Triumph Sprint ST was highly revised and an extremely capable machine – which kept the prices of this early model surprisingly affordable. The RS version can be an even bigger bargain. Find a Triumph Sprint ST for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

1998: Original Triumph Sprint ST launched.
2002: Triumph Sprint ST engine retuned, power up from 108 to 118bhp.
2004: Triumph Sprint ST discontinued.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 155 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11 secs
Max power 118 bhp
Max torque 78 ft-lb
Weight 207 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 955 cc
Engine specification 12v in-line triple, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium beam
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(15 reviews)

  • Sprint to work

    gallison

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've owned my Sprint ST 955i from new, covered just under 10,000 miles in 2 years, and enjoyed every one of them. Previous bikes include GPz550, FJ1200, & Deauville - each one had merits, but the Sprint serves up all the Merits in one package. Strengths: Engine, economy, power, handling, comfort. Weaknesses: Only niggle was the one-sided headlight setup from new - a couple of relays plugged in upgraded this to dual heads on dip & beam - Perfect.

    31 May 2006

  • Not what I expected

    waynedl

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I went from a Yamaha XJ600S Diversion (yes a slow bike) to this, and maybe I just expected too much, but it's not upto the hype of litre bikes tbh. Sure it's quick, and from the line will put the wheel up easily in 1st or 2nd, but just not as mental as I expected. Bit high for a shorty like myself too (5'8", 13st), even on softest setting, dropped it twice due to not getting my feet down when stopped. Strengths: SOUND AWSOME!!!!, Fuel consumption is great for performance, looks - I don't think it's aged. Weaknesses: Height, Judgement (u come up on cars a lot quicker than it feels), strength (had to replace the battery after dropping bike).

    29 April 2006

  • Great balance between performance and comfort

    baker_s

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought for commuting, weekends and touring in Europe. Does all of this with more than adequate performance and great ride. This bike is superb value for money, but I made the mistake of riding the new 1050 and now am looking forward to trading up. Strengths: Torque! Handles well for bike of this size. Dealership really seem to care. Cheap to insure. My wife likes it. Weaknesses: Poor lights. Triumph panniers are flimsy and fiddly to attach.

    15 February 2006

  • A good bike of the old school, big, fast, loud and it handles

    trumpetmark

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Plenty of power, its comfortable and it goes round corners.On a recent trip to France 130 mph cruising seemed a doddle yet I was still getting 180 miles to a tank full.A word of warning however, don't try and keep up with the locals around Paris. The paniers and top box are useful but they apear to be made out of the thinest plastic available.Its not the ideal commuter bike as in traffic it does run very hot - but what doesn't. The chain rarely needs adjusting and it doesn't use much oil. Strengths:
    Speed, power, economy, handling and comfort. Weaknesses: Some poor quality detailing, not what you would expect, some bits are starting to corrode, cheap paniers, poor head lights. The Triumph (data tool) alarm has immobilised itself when parked near mobile phone masts, apparently this can happen to all alarms!

    05 August 2004

  • Triumph have come up with the goods once again

    TerryWilliams

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    What an incredible package. An amazingly well finished bike (only bettered by Honda - and not by very much). An engine is "to die for" with roadholding to match. This is the first bike I can do 3 hours in the saddle without a break. Heavens, I never want to get off. The bike looks a million dollars but costs less that the "also rans" (the VFR was a close contender). I owned a new VFR a few years ago. The only complaint I have is that it is far too easy to get carried away on the "twisties". The bike is so stable. Not the right thing to say to the nice constable. Strengths: Roadholding and handling (especially in the wet) That 3 cylinder engine. Its looks and comfort. Weaknesses: Not enough dealers and having to travel 100 miles to get to the nearest.

    11 July 2004

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