TRIUMPH SPRINT GT 1050 (2010-on) Review

Published: 09 June 2010

A bike that is capable of all-day riding comfort before taking on the twisties

TRIUMPH SPRINT GT 1050  (2010-on)

A bike that is capable of all-day riding comfort before taking on the twisties

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Take Triumph’s superb Sprint ST (Sport Touring) and make it more adept at touring and also pillion friendly and what do you end up with? A Triumph Sprint GT (Grand Touring), that’s what. Sounds easy enough but in practice Triumph had to revise the Sprint’s chassis in a major way. So with a longer swingarm and steel subframe the GT becomes uber-stable when decked out with 117 litres of luggage, a pillion and 20 litres of juice. It goes further than that, though. Lower seat height, a wider, more comfortable pillion seat, built in grab rails on the topbox mounts and revised footpeg positions… and more. Does it all work, though? Yes, it does. It is comfy for pillion and rider – good enough for Triumph’s claimed 200 miles between fuel stops – the engine is flexible and grunty, steering is agile but stable and it can carry a week’s worth of clothing with ease.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Comfort is up there with any major touring machine and this is with handlebars that aren’t exactly upright or sports bike drop-down-style. The pillion gets the same deal. The front forks are similar to the ST units but come with stiffer damping rates to cope with the bike’s extra weight. The rear shock isn’t the normal sorted suspension unit Triumph delivers. It is very softly damped and with a heavy rider onboard upsets the bike’s stance. It’s easy to dial in additional preload via a handwheel and this helps no end.

Engine 4 out of 5

By knocking back the claimed peak torque of the Sprint ST derived 1050cc engine by 1200rpm to 6300rpm, and upping top gear ratio by 7%, the GT is so, so relaxed at cruising speed the pillion could well fall asleep. New fuel injection and ignition settings also make the bike very tractable and manageable when fully loaded. The extra claimed 5bhp from the new side-mounted exhaust isn’t noticeable as such. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Based on the proven Sprint ST, the GT should prove to be equally as good as the world paints them.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

A bike that is capable of all-day riding comfort before taking on the twisties is something to be admired. Now give that same bike a set of decent-sized panniers and provision to mount a huge topbox and admiration becomes lust. Find a Triumph Sprint 1050 for sale.

Insurance group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

The pannier system is pure class. Lockable, sturdy, waterproof and easy to detach – you couldn’t want better. The ABS works perfectly when called upon – it doesn’t intrude at the slightest hint of dampness or fluttering leaf. While the revised cockpit is functional and modern, the analogue speedo is positioned off to the left and crammed with too many numbers to take in your actual speed in one glance. No fancy power mode settings. No traction control, either. 

Owners' Reviews

16 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SPRINT GT 1050 (2010-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your TRIUMPH SPRINT GT 1050 (2010-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.9 out of 5
Equipment 4.6 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great bike,incredible value.....Buy One !!

28 July 2016 by Steve China

A very complete package. Just completed a 3000 mile journey ( France,Italy,Sardinia,Austria,Germany ). The bike was faultless, we could ride for 250km/3hours at a time with no problems,cruising the bike was doing 55mpg at @ 80-85mph. Ran a couple of... Read more mountain passes and even loaded the bike handled very well. I changed the Bridgestone tyres for Dunlop Roadsmarts after 100 miles and this improved the already good feel and turn in. At £8999 this bike is the bargain of the century !!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Smooth powerful brakes, good ride control especially when fully loaded.
Engine
5 out of 5
Smooth and torquey. Very responsive at low rpm with no snatchiness,feuling is excellent.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
At 3500 miles
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
No service required yet
Equipment
5 out of 5
Incredible value,luggage alone is worth £1000.
Buying experience

The dealer ( Ongar Motorcycles ) was easy to deal with and helpful, no problems at all.

5 out of 5

Sport Touring ultimate bargain?

20 June 2016 by Victor Meldrew

SE now with gel comfort saddle, touring screen, 3 piece floating high capacity high quality luggage with 12v supply & pillion backrest, centre stand, hugger, Heated grips. Only slight negative is they've discontinued the carbon tank protector BUT... Read more Infinite Performance produce one that is slightly more generous and approx £10 cheaper anyway.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
I plan to raise bars a tad but would likely do this on any equivalent cycle
Engine
5 out of 5
Character character and more of the same!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
All appears excellent so far
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I forfeit warranty to ensure 100% that all is tickety boo by doing myself
Equipment
5 out of 5
Price down to £8999 AND Garmin sat nav and quality mounting included. To be honest I'd opt for a VFR1200F if money no object and the shaft drive would be the main reason but how much would that cost with all the above kit incorporated?
Buying experience

JS Gedge have restored my faith in Triumph dealers. Hughenden M40 can rot in hell!

5 out of 5

A real Ronseld Sports Tourer - And all the better for it

17 May 2016 by Lee Blackburn

Highly recommended. This is a cracking combination of the previous 955 and 1050ST (Which I've owned prior to this bike) and is a simple but effective sports tourer. Highly recommended, I just wish that Triumph would release an updated version. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Excellent ride quality from the conventional but well sorted suspension. The brakes are powerful and the ABS subtle but effective.
Engine
5 out of 5
Like all triple engine Triumphs the engine is perhaps its strongest asset. Smooth, grunty and with that lovely sound.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Apart from needing to have the front discs replaced under warranty (The bike's never been anywhere near a track) the bike's been fine.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Apart from the expensive 12000 mile valve clearance servicing other costs have been very reasonable.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Compared to today's sporty tourers there isn't anything in the way of traction control or engine modes but you know what? I don't miss them and the bike gets on fine as it is.
5 out of 5

Swapped St for a GT

07 March 2016 by NIck 675

I had a Sprint ST for 6 years and swapped that for the GT as myself and wife now do more touring. The luggage is better and the pillion arrangement but the exhaust pipe looks worse and its slightly heavier Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The usual rear suspension issues, I have got used to it now though.
Engine
5 out of 5
Superb engine, great midrange.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems at all so far. The previous ST was also no problem in 30000 miles.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The fuel consumption is better than the ST, The purchase price is a bargain.
Equipment
4 out of 5
I sometimes wish the heated grips could be hotter. I swapped the original exhaust for a Scorpion red power carbon unit straight away, looks so much better with this.
Buying experience

I have bought several Triumphs from the same dealer, always very friendly and enjoyable to visit.

4 out of 5

Mr

19 February 2016 by Mick

Too much weight on your wrist's, handle bar's need to be pulled back. This bike would be no good on a long run. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
panniers and top box are great
Buying experience

Dealer, £9,750

5 out of 5

brilliant ST GT

12 February 2016 by bird

Excellent bike does everything you want out of a sports tourer, the equipment lever is superb, with a 12 volt plug in the top box you can charge up your phone, there is also a 12 volt plug connecter down the side of the left hand side of the fairing... Read more for a satnav, excellent if your touring,the seat is a gel seat and is perfect, my only complaint is the handle bars are a little low for me as I am over 6 feet and get aching wrists after 40 minuets or so. Over all a great all round bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
Strong pulls like a train in all gears.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Everything you need as standard, brilliant
Buying experience

Bought from a Triumph dealer in Manchester, quibbled a bit but got what I wanted for my trade in plus a scotoiler

5 out of 5

20 November 2015 by Ray Lomas

Huge luggage enough for two for two weeks. Could do with a higher screen, 3 or 5 inches i,m 6'1 and you get a little bit wind/wind noise. Weather protection from the faring 4 out of 5. Passenger comfort fantostic Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
We've just done four day round trip to cornwall a30 a303 going M5 M4 return. Im 6'1, it took us 6 Hours with stops we arrived no aches or stiffness. 970 miles later we cant wait for the next tour. Stopped after 3hrs; could have ridden on.
Engine
5 out of 5
powerful, responsive, effortless, sounds fantastic dose what you ask it.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems so far
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Value for money at £9100 you wont go wrong
Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Romford Triumph [ask for Ken] 10/10

5 out of 5

Triumph Sprint GTSE

02 November 2015 by Steve 1050

Outstanding performance, good fuel economy. Ergonomically very comfortable on long journeys. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
ABS on both wheels. Very responsive brakes. Comfy solo or two up.
Engine
5 out of 5
Gutsy engine. Torque allows for smooth riding without constant changing gears.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No quality issues.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Heated grips as standard as is the power socket within the fairing and the 12v socket in the top box. Very handy for charging phones etc. Gel seat as standard makes for comfy distance travel.
Buying experience

Both from Youles triumph in Blackburn .Highly recommend this dealer. First class service. Bought using the Tri-Star finance plan.

5 out of 5

Superb Value

06 April 2014 by goalkeeper50

Bought the se version with heated grips top box gel seat and touring screen in my opinion no other bike comes close for value and quality it's smooth powerful comfortable and loads of luggage space and 50 mpg ! I'm 54 and feel it's perfect now my... Read more sports bike days are gone , just does what it says on the tin thank you Triumph for producing a high quality sports tourer for under £9k

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Quality motorbike

04 July 2013 by Benjijackson

Just bought a Sprint GT SE. A peach of an engine. Excellent ride quality. Comfortable riding position. High quality luggage. Can't fault it at the moment. Its everything I want from a motorbike. A good all rounder. I hope Triumph continue to make... Read more this type of 'traditional' sports tourer because not everyone wants an adventure styled bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £8,999
Used price £4,700 to £8,300
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £200
Performance
Max power 128 bhp
Max torque 80 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 213 miles
Specification
Engine size 1050cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12v four-stroke triple. Six gears
Frame type Aluminium dual beam frame. Cast ally single-sided swingarm with chain drive
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 268kg
Front suspension Preload only
Rear suspension Preload and rebound
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with 4-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 255mm disc with 2-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2010 – Sprint GT launched

Other versions

Sprint ST – the bike the GT is based on. Now comes without ABS and panniers as standard to further push it into the sportier corner of motorcycling.

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