TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050 (2005-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"The best sports-touring motorcycle of its generation"

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Riding

"The best sports-touring motorcycle of its generation"

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

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

Equipment 5 out of 5

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).

Owners' Reviews

39 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050 (2005-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 ST 1050 (2005-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.9 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

What a bike!

06 June 2015 by Jan Hess

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Ride Quality & Brakes
5 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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5

ST 1050

11 October 2014 by BANKSFIELD

HAD MY ST1050 FOR 3 AND HALF YEARS DONE 15K MILES ON LOVE THE BIKE GREAT HANDLING AND A GREAT 3 CYCLINDER ENGINE VERY EASY TO RIDE AND VERY COMFORTABLE OVER LONG DISTANCE, HAD NO FAULTS WITH IT .IT HAS TWO BE ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS TOURING BIKES ON... Read more THE MARKET ITS A REAL VALUE FOR MONEY BIKE AND ITS A CREDIT TO TRIUMPH FOR BUILDING A GREAT BIKE LOOK FORWARD TO DOING ANOTHER 15000K ON MINE IT ALWAYS PUTS A SMILE ON MY FACE WHEN I RIDE IT.

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

Great ride but unreliable

01 December 2012 by lewp

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... Read more 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.

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

Highly recommended

17 October 2011 by steveeg

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... Read more

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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

A real do it all bike

09 October 2011 by jimacca

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. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Gobsmax

25 August 2011 by vitesse7749

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... Read more 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.

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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5 out of 5

Gobsmax

25 August 2011 by vitesse7749

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... Read more 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.

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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5 out of 5

If God created bikes...!

16 October 2010 by arbg92

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... Read more 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..!

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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

All Rounder with Bells and Whistles

04 September 2010 by glynipig

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 Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
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4 out of 5

sweep1960

19 August 2010 by alanhiggins

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... Read more 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

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

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £8,675
Used price £2,600 to £8,500
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 75 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Specification
Engine size 1050cc
Engine type 12v in-line triple, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 210kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 255mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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