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Triumph Sprint ST 1050 (2005-current)



Detail Value
New price £8,675
Used price range View Triumph SPRINT ST 1050 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1050 cc
Power 123 bhp
Top speed 160 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The Triumph Sprint ST is the best sports-touring motorcycle of its generation by some margin. It’s smooth, long-legged, comfortable and handsome, with a effortless power to shrinks distances with delightful ease. What's more, the Triumph Sprint ST's more sporty bent means it handles better than any motorcycle in its class.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There’s something very special about the Triumph Sprint ST’s in-line triple. The DOHC, 1050cc motor howls when pushed and burbles when you rock off, like a thing alive. The Triumph Sprint ST is one fast motorcycle, too, thanks to slippery aerodynamics it’ll crack a true 160mph, which means leaving Honda’s VFR far behind. The fuel-injection is flawless, the ride vibe-free and as strong as an ox.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Triumph Sprint ST's initial turn-in is slow, but once the motorcycle's on its side it feels secure and reassuring. The Sprint ST's ride quality is superb, too, even with a pillion, with a suspension package that easily handles any road conditions at any speed. The four-piston front brakes are superb, only the vibratory mirrors spoil a near-perfect motorcycle.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

There are plenty of factory options to complement the Triumph Sprint ST, including a satnav system (pricey), heated grips (toasty), gel seat (comfy) and colour-coded panniers (leaky and flimsy).

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Like with all Triumph's, there are still a few quality niggles with the Triumph Sprint ST, ranging from corrosion to faulty parts. However, the Triumph dealer network and factory support is excellent and the finish on the motorcycles is generally excellent. Owners tend to cosset their Triumph Sprint STs, which makes them a good secondhand buy.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

As a new or used buy the Triumph Sprint ST is a sound bet. The market likes them so you won’t lose too much at either trade-in or private sale. Prices aren’t as copper-bottomed as those of VFRs, but as the Triumph Sprint ST is a better motorcycle you won’t care. Find a Triumph Sprint ST 1050 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2005: Triumph Sprint ST 1050 introduced.

Other Versions

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS: Includes Advanced Braking System. Was an £850 premium on the new ST.

Specifications

Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 75 ft-lb
Weight 210 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1050 cc
Engine specification 12v in-line triple, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
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 4.5(37 reviews)

  • Great ride but unreliable

    lewp

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I had my St1050 for about 2 years and covered about 18k miles on it. I loved the bike, it had a great handling, was planted on the road and had a wonderful engine. However, the whole experience was spoilt by problems with the regulator/rectifier. The regulator/rectifier burnt out three times and I also had to have the coil rewound. In the end I gave up and swopped the bike for something more reliable.

    01 December 2012

  • Highly recommended

    steveeg

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Have owned nmy 2005 sprint st for 10 months and has been faultless for 15k miles I've covered , main use commuter , but also a week away 2 up which it performed easily , great engine , good tank range 200 + , highly recommended for serious transport

    17 October 2011

  • A real do it all bike

    jimacca

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Yes it is relatively heavy compared to a sports bike but I like it for the character of the engine and its touring / commuting ability. A good bike.

    09 October 2011

  • Gobsmax

    vitesse7749

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I know there are some who own this machine and find fault. That's a personal thing unless you are "over exposed" to bikes like most bike journalists. From the first ride to the thing just sitting outside my window I can say this is by far the most fun, most character I have ever found in one machine. Riding a bike and living with it, "getting into" it is a completely other thing. After 50 years of riding and 40 bikes on 3 continents I have found THE machine. Sit at the lights or park up walk away from it, the sensation of this bike is subtle but unique once you begin operating it. The power ban is nothing short of phenomenal, riding position and seat fits like a 1911 .45 in your hand. Piddle around like a 250 then hit open road and be amazed. There are faster bikes, some lust for that alone. This is in a class of it's own.

    25 August 2011

  • Gobsmax

    vitesse7749

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I know there are some who own this machine and find fault. That's a personal thing unless you are "over exposed" to bikes like most bike journalists. From the first ride to the thing just sitting outside my window I can say this is by far the most fun, most character I have ever found in one machine. Riding a bike and living with it, "getting into" it is a completely other thing. After 50 years of riding and 40 bikes on 3 continents I have found THE machine. Sit at the lights or park up walk away from it, the sensation of this bike is subtle but unique once you begin operating it. The power ban is nothing short of phenomenal, riding position and seat fits like a 1911 .45 in your hand. Piddle around like a 250 then hit open road and be amazed. There are faster bikes, some lust for that alone. This is in a class of it's own.

    25 August 2011

  • If God created bikes...!

    arbg92

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    If god created bikes this in my opinion would be the one. I have had mine several months and love it more each time I ride it.A long tour into Europe recently showed how great it is. Handles fantastic, Goes like stink and sounds "Awesome". Always gets looks from everyone as you bimble along. Luggage is a let down (NOT waterproof) and how some on MCN said the heated grips could say they were "toastie..???" More of "are they on..?" Forget the rest and settle for one hell of a quick, responsive sounding bike.! Thank God for Triumph..!

    16 October 2010

  • All Rounder with Bells and Whistles

    glynipig

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    40,000 miles in two years is good going and I enjoyed most of them. Short review - it's great and you will not regret it. For a longer look at the bike my blog review is here: http://glyniblog.com/?page_id=79

    04 September 2010

  • sweep1960

    alanhiggins

    Average rating rating is 4

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    2years & 8000 miles - very good but not quite a maximum. Plus points Engine, finish is great & comfort - I have done 7 hours North Wales accross country to South Coast straight no problem. Would not want to carry pillion too far though as I find it a bit cramped due to stepped seat & I like to slide back & use rear pegs on motorway cruising. I get 46-50mpg & so 200 miles, could not stand having a small range. Niggles - brakes arn't brilliant, they work but don't feel strong (having said that after my ZRX1200S they seemed brilliant so maybe it was just me having got used to them they no longer feel special) Handling a bit heavy at slow speed & nowhere to put anything mainly because of routing of exhaust. Pet hate - engine heat, I do not like toatsed legs which is what you get in town under 10mph. As good as my VFR750 but more oompf

    19 August 2010

  • Can they do better?

    gibbozxr

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    5 years on and it's still as sweet as when it was new. The sprint 1050 is like a good wine it gets better with age. I have the standard mods on crash bungs,tail tidy,screen and exurst which is a big improvement on the sound which was already good but now in surround sound. Great motor and comfy for all day riding. Did 600 miles in a day through europe last year and not a blip. Will take a look at the new one and the GT to see if its worth trading up. But have been really happy with the one I have. PS Why has the bike never been in the ride best tour/sports bike top 10 when the bmw/ducatis are always there? The ST is much better.than the VFR and ST2

    06 May 2010

  • If Carlsberg made Motorcycles.............

    2sCompany3sariot

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Before I start, just in case you don't read any further, I will say that this probably the best bike I have ever owned. It’s a fantastic machine. I’ve had an06 model since new ,and done approx 14k so far. I've owned about 48 bikes (including FJ’s, VFRs, and a Blackbird) in my 30 years of riding so it is a special machine for me to say that. I actually got my sunset red ST1050 in ’06 after having owned its predecessor, the 955 Sprint since 2000, so I was familiar with the excellent 3-cylinder motor. In fact, it took me quite a few test rides to convince myself that the 1050 was worth changing to!! The 1050 is a much better handling machine and feels more balanced. It has a sportier riding position and feel but it is still comfortable. The extra power and torque are not hugely different (which is good) but the newer chassis helps make better use of it. I feel so much more confidence in the 1050 in just about every situation. It’s great to feel that level of confidence in a bike and it’s a real credit to Triumph’s development riders. I use BT020 tyres (just on 3rd set so averaging 6.5 k ), which must play some part in that feel but it’s the way that everything works together so well that makes it such a satisfying ride. The facelift really made the bike look classy and I think it will stand the test of time well. The revised instruments are much clearer and well laid out and the fuel guage is reasonably accurate. I love that blue lighting of the far right dial at night. They can be difficult to see with a full tank bag though. I ride mostly 1 up and the standard suspension settings are just about right for me (about 189lbs) so no complaints there! The engine and fuelling is fantastic and it’s perfect for touring, town or fast riding and also returns great fuel economy. My fuel log says my average is 49.08mp(uk)g. The worst was 41.6mpg & best was 58.15mpg. My “2 up with luggage touring in Europe” average is 50mpg. The sound (with a triumph race can) just tops it off! I haven’t done any major engine servicing myself (I have it dealer serviced at the moment) but I have done the oil and filter changes, chain adjusts etc and found everything easy enough to do. It seems to use a little oil between services but nothing of any concern! The build quality seems high and apart from one or 2 small stone chips on the front lower fairing nothing has rusted, worn or broken unexpectedly and the original battery is still in the there!! I replaced the stock saddle with a Corbin but still get bum ache after 110 miles or so - must be me! The saddle is slightly flatter for the pillions who like to see where they are going but don’t like the wind blast being up high! The saddle is quite a climb for short pillions too compared to the 955. I fitted the high bar option as I found the standard set up aggravated a shoulder injury. I think they updated the position with the ’08 models. I also opted for the brake master cylinder mod to makes the brakes more responsive. These are all early on issues , so later bikes should be better . I you do tour, beware of the heat coming up to the rear(givi|) rack from the pipes at standstill –it melted the bag I had wrapped the tent and sleeping bags in!!!! I had pre-empted that by bolting an aluminium food tray to the rack underside to deflect heat but it split at the end of the tour. If you have never tried one, just do it. It may be the package you have been looking for! I’m keeping mine!

    10 October 2009

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