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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).

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 (2005-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,675
Dealer used prices
£3,980 (2005) - £7,030 (2011)
Private used prices
£3,250 (2005) - £6,320 (2011)
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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

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)

  • fantastic

    lulubike

    Average rating rating is 5

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    my first triumph bike after owning many jap bikes was blown away by the handling and performance of the st . fantastic

    21 May 2008

  • '06 ST

    Frampy

    Norwich

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Due to a understanding employer I was supplied with a motorcycle of my choice to comute to London every day and also get around London. I got the '06 ABS ST as a new bike in August '07 it has just had it 12,000 mile service and has not really missed a beat. It had a fueling glitch in the low rev's early on but this has been recognised by Triumph and sorted. It's a shame the factory alarm does not have a warning 'bleep' once set i.e. if it gets an accidental knock, rather than going full alarm even if it gets a touch. This makes you think twice about leaving it in alarm. But apart from that I am soooooooo impressed.

    06 February 2008

  • The Black Beast

    mrt502

    Eastbourne , UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have a phantom black 2007 model. I had the S4 alarm fitted and, to date, I can't fault it. The engine is the perfect blend of low down lazy torque and rev it hard power, whilst the agility is only let down by me. That said, it's the most stable bike in adverse conditions I've ridden in the decade I've been riding. For example, imagine this scenario: heavy rain, down hill, off camber corners, huge diesel spill. Despite all that, it still didn't fall over - all it needed to remain upright was the dab of a toe. Very confidence inspiring. Looking to take it to Spain in the summer so I'll let you know if any niggles crop up.

    13 January 2008

  • Sprint ST 1050

    gibbozxr

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had mine for nearly three years. Great bike, had it over to germany this year was so good on the autos and the roads aroune the ring its going back for more this coming may. Looking for a new can to get that bit more out of engin. Have looked at the two brthers can but have not seen one on a bike.Havn't seen many with mods come to thinkabout it. Any ideas out their?

    09 December 2007

  • top trump

    scot_27

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I've had my Sprint ST for 18 months now – it’s the ABS model and I love it. It's my first British bike and I did have some initial reservations about build quality and reliability. However I've now done 13,000 miles - the bike has proved totally reliable and has shrugged off a salt-caked winter with no problems or signs of corrosion. I'd considered a VFR but when ridden back to back with the Sprint the Honda was gutless and the VTEC irritating. The Triumph is comfier, faster, better looking and the triple sounds superb with the Triumph race can I’ve got fitted – just ride that wave of torque! I’ve done 300 miles in a day without any aches or pains – comfort is spot-on. Minor irritations are (1) a bit of a thirst for oil (used about 3litres outwith services in 13K). (2) headlights were poor but this is mainly because they were poorly adjusted from the factory – I’ve fitted uprated bulbs and moved the horizontal adjustment up a bit and now they’re fine (without annoying other road users). (3) front brakes need regular fettling to keep them sweet and the rear brake isn’t very impressive. (4) It took my local dealer 3 attempts to adjust the sensitivity of the Datatool System4 alarm to avoid false activations despite this being an official Triumph accessory. None of these niggles have spoiled my enjoyment of this bike – it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you ride it. I’d thoroughly recommend this bike – it pays to buy British!

    01 November 2007

  • top trump

    scot_27

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I've had my Sprint ST for 18 months now and I love it. It's my first British bike and I did have some initial reservations about build quality and reliability. However I've now done 13,000 miles - the bike has proved totally reliable and has shrugged off a salty winter with no problems. I'd considered a VFR but when ridden back to back with the Sprint the Honda was just gutless and the VTEC irritating.vtec rode this

    01 November 2007

  • 7500 miles later...........

    GazST

    UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I'm so happy I went for the sprint over the VFR . I love this bike so much , it's almost perfect in my eyes . It almost handles like a sports bike yet is comfortable for a whole days riding . My only concerns with the sprint are it's soft paintwork , it chips pretty easily . I was growing concerned about the engine using oil but this was just between 2000-4000 miles , it's not used a drop since . I'm planning a 2 week tour round western Europe next year and can't wait , this is THE bike to do it on . P.S. Did I say I loved this bike !

    21 October 2007

  • inspiring

    jbmd

    Average rating rating is 5

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    The ST's so good I started a blog about it, see www.motorcyclemeditation.com.

    07 August 2007

  • Overall Pretty Good

    1050hayleytriumph

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have had my Sprint ST for 18 months now, I love it. Its a great bike, for a sports tourer its not too heavy and it handles brilliantly. I've put Raask pipes on it and it sounds much better - but not too loud. I've had many sports tourers over the years. Build quality is a little poor compared too jap bikes but as long as you keep on top of the maintenance and cleaning it should be fine. I do have one grievance with Triumph and that is the paintwork. I unfortunately dropped mine and had to replace a right hand fairing panel and had a lot of trouble getting a perfect match from an original panel ordered from Triumph. I have a sunset red coloured sprint st and it seems it was a different colour from the one that was being sold in the shop at the time I ordered my panel and it was also a different colour to the panel that eventually came. Triumph tell me they don't spray inhouse and had to have my original panel to match up new panel. Has anyone else had this problem? Otherwise great bike.

    04 July 2007

  • Average rating rating is 5

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    This is truly an amazing machine, comfy yet nimble and able to scratch with the race boys. Looks are a little bespoke, yet the ride and the howl form the triple is awsome. Very friendly power delivery, yet quick also. I love this bike!

    11 June 2007

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