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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
£4,080 (2005) - £6,970 (2011)
Private used prices
£3,430 (2005) - £6,270 (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)

  • Sports bike w/o the pain

    denman13

    US

    Average rating rating is 4

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    As my first British bike, I couldn't be much happier. Yes the mirrors still rattle a bit and the headlights aren't the best but hell, just put in some better beams. This thing handles so well, I almost forget it's a sport/TOUR bike. It's quick and fast and handles "almost" like the Daytona (which I almost got) but I can ride it for hours without getting stiff or cramped up. I got the ABS model which solved the brake issue I've heard from other people. The gel seat is kinder to my old ass than the pure sports ride and seat. I haven't had it too long so I'll write again once I've taken it on a longer trip.

    17 May 2007

  • Sprint ST

    fergymilo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    A British bike that beats the opposition. Fantastic to ride but mirrors poor and high beam headlights non existant otherwise a complete package

    09 May 2007

  • Sprint ST

    Acutulus

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Great bike with great engine and good handling. The noise from the engine is very nice - it pops and bangs on closed throttle :) It doesn't come with an alarm, which seems a bit cheeky. I fitted a datatool system 4 and got the money back from my first years insurance. There is a triumph datatool alarm available so don't let any cowboys cut your wires.

    29 April 2007

  • Fantastic Ride

    sijoyce

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've had kwackers all my biking career with the last two being ZX9R's. What a waste, this bike - an 06 ST - is the best by far. Fantastic engine, excellent handling, beautifully comfortable (especially with the gel seat - maybe I'm getting a little old?) and most of all - it's stunning to look at...and that growl is to die for - I've binned the earplugs just to listen to her sing to me!!!! A fantastic bike - only let down by the good-looking but poorly performing headlights!

    14 April 2007

  • Loadsa bike!!

    franknshin

    Average rating rating is 4

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    If you like sports bikes you'll like the ST. It's up,up and away right from the first twist of the throttle and asks to be ridden hard except when you're not in the mood- then it's happy to stroked. (The old bike/bird thing still works).

    29 March 2007

  • New '07 Sprint ST

    GazST

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Have only had the sprint for a couple of weeks after trading in my trusty old Z750 . This thing is amazing , the engine is fantastic . The handling is rather good for a bike of it's size too . Still breaking her in so can't wait to see what the motor can really do . Will post another review once I have a few miles on the clock .

    27 March 2007

  • ST 1050 Sprint (non ABS). Possibly the best road bike yet!

    owen460

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I traded in my 2005 zx6r for the sprint because my wife did'nt like riding pillion on the ninja, I'm so glad I did. The engine is fantastic, with loads of easy power anywhere in the rev range making it really easy to ride fast and letting you concentrate on your lines rather than paying attention to the revs. Handling is really good too, the bike turns in a little slower than the ninja but it can still be flicked from turn to turn with ease. The suspension gives plenty of feedback and is just right for the road. The brakes are good but don't have as much initial bite as the zx, they stop you fast though. The finish is also good, something I was a bit worried about! To top it off the bike looks great, sounds even better and now even the wife is happy! Strengths: Engine (with a great growl), comfort and the fact that a pillion does not effect the handling at all. Weaknesses: No hugger as standard. Thats it.

    27 April 2006

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