TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050 (2005-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

The best sports-touring motorcycle of its generation

TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050  (2005-on)

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 were 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

48 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 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.9 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Perfect all-rounder - an absolute joy to ride

11 November 2017 by Alec696

Bought as an 'upgrade' from having 2 Sprint RS. Found it slower initially but this turned out to be the clutch on its way out at only 24,000, got (supposedly) replaced only for it to go again 2 months later. Was replaced properly and fully serviced... Read more (thanks to Revolution Motorcycles) and wow - like a brand new bike. Use every day, long/short journeys, London commuting, two-up jaunts, it does it all. Best bike I've had in 30 years of riding.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Perfect all-rounder, does everything I need it for, brilliantly, even in torrential rain (solo and two-up), weather protection is best I've found out of all faired bikes I've ridden. Seat recovered (looks like Corbin) very comfy, like riding armchair! Pillion - added anti-slip mat, though I've used them on all my previous bikes as well. Brakes could be sharper.
Engine
5 out of 5
This is why I bought the bike. Being really into 1000cc sporty v-twins, but finding them either problematic, poor finish or thirsty and a dislike of inline 4s, I took a chance on the Triumph triples and have never looked back, this is my third.
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
2 months after purchase at 24,000 miles - clutch failed, rectifier/regulator replaced, battery upgrade, factory fitted alarm failed and replaced Datatool S4. Filler cap leaks, pitting on tank, paint pealing on Triumph fitted top box. No metal corrosion considering left out in all weathers.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Initial outlay was high due to problems mentioned (£1,500) in first 8 months of ownership - however now bike is sorted, running costs and servicing perfectly acceptable, this is also due to excellent mechanics at Revolution.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Speedo could be larger/clearer - the clock is bigger and easier to see! Deliberately bought non-ABS version, don't like it, also like fact doesn't have any 'rider aids' or other 'bells and whistles' has what it needs, for me anyway.
Buying experience

Dealer - £3750, 2007, 24,000miles, full luggage, mint cosmetic condition, supposedly fully serviced - false as had poor mechanical condition as mentioned above.

2 out of 5

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS grows old dangerously.One to avoid as a long term bike.

03 August 2017 by Colin Holce

Have owned Triumph's for many years but sadly have experienced a marked decline in the support the factory used to offer. The bike has not done that many miles and a number of serious issues which have cost plenty to attend to are totally dismissed... Read more by Triumph as problems needing their support.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Ride quality is excellent although you may need to attend to the suspension as it is a little on the soft side.
Engine
5 out of 5
The triple engine is fabulous shame about the ancillary components.
Build Quality & Reliability
2 out of 5
Both clutches failed. Front brake dangerous. Headlamp poor in the dark. Tank chips manifested out of nowhere. Corrosion. Failed indicator switch (replaced) but does not work in the rain.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Big service always more expensive last one over £1000 but given the woefully poor after sales service probably better to go to a non Triumph dealer as there is no benefit to a Triumph dealer service
Equipment
3 out of 5
Panniers were replaced but the luggage system overall not really roomy enough to hold even a lid. Like the way the revised version now detaches from the bike. Heated grips are good to. Used Bridgestone tyres from new which really cope in the wet.
Buying experience

Bought from a dealer. The dealer support some years ago was excellent but now seems to have declined considerably. Not sure if it is the lack of investment in the network or apathy. Perhaps a combination of the two.

5 out of 5

27 April 2017 by Charles ODonnell

Been a motorcyclist for over 40 years - Harleys and Rice Grinders - this by far is the best overall bike for commuting and touring that I have owned. It put a smile on my face every time I ride it unless it is after dark... Lights could be... Read more improved!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
For overall touring great but the bars were too low for me - raised the bars of overall comfort. Handles canyons and twisted roads with ease - I push it a little for a old mand and have less than an 1/8 inch chicken strip on my rear tire. I do have the ABS brake system and like it - no complaints
Engine
5 out of 5
One word to discribe - Sweet. Not Harley torque - but great roll on power for passing - may drop a gear or two for a fast pass but normally do not need too. Definitely not a requirement like my friends' sport bikes....
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Absolutely no problems. Quality is outstanding - I did upgrade the tires but that was a personnal choice for handling.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
My mpg is outstanding and I could extend my gas stops if not for riding with others....
Equipment
5 out of 5
Quick detachable bags. I should have added heated grips.
5 out of 5

Great bike for crossing continents

28 January 2017 by Mark

Best feature - Engine. Worst Feature - headlight Such a reliable, good looking bike. I have taken mine to Turkey and back and am just about to head off across the USA. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Very good normally. With a pillion it does seem to be a bit underbraked (but I am 16st)
Engine
5 out of 5
Best bit of the bike by a mile. Love the wail at high speed.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Battery died once in the middle of Romania without any warning. Part from that it does tend to leak water if the reservoir is full.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Hefty service costs from the dealer. My last big service was at 24000 and cost more that £700
Equipment
3 out of 5
Bit old fashioned now in terms of switchgear and controlling the display. Nothing too bad - just you have to reach through the bars to touch the display.
5 out of 5

Superbike performance with comfort

13 September 2016 by Ray

Superbike performance with comfort. So much torque (from 60km/h up to 280 in 6th gear) Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
ABS helps!
Engine
5 out of 5
No numb bum, pins and needles or cramps. I average 30,000 km/year
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Above amount is in Rand. I do my own services. Very low running costs.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Could have done without the panniers (still in the boxes). Had problem with Bridgestone rear tyre throwing off the tread when down to +- 2.5mm
3 out of 5

Sprint let-down

18 July 2016 by Rich

Great fun to ride if you want a spirited ride and pillions would comments that it was a pleasure to be on the back off, which added to the good seating position makes this a comfortable bike. The engine pulled nicely through the mid-range, which... Read more added to the option of "lazy" riding. Pretty good economy too and I averaged 55mpg in the years I had mine. Problems - Let down by electrics on more than one occasion. The battery was replaced 7 times in the 10 years I had mine, fuses rusted and died, regulators cooked and needing replacing. I cared for the bike and used a trickle charge in a heated garage throughout the winter months. The bike has only completed a genuine 18,000 miles (just over) and engine reliability is not what I would expect. Today I am scrapping the bike due to compression ratings of 26: 50: 74 in the cylinders caused by a top end "malfunction"; it needs an entire valve kit (c£750) head (c£1,400) plus a few other bits. Yes, I have quoted new parts and I could look at a replacement second hand engine, but coupled with the electrical problems I just can't be bothered with it anymore.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
-
Engine
3 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Major service considerably more
Equipment
4 out of 5
-
5 out of 5

Triple awesome.

24 June 2016 by Misiu Misiu

Amazing bike. Torquey. Sweet handling. Strong brakes. Comfortable. Simple to ride. Everything is laid out exactly where you would expect / want it to be. This is my first non jap bike after 30+ bikes. Last bike being a Hyabusa. I was slightly... Read more apprehensive about the sprint st after the power of the busa and as it is a step into the unknown (not Japanese). I needn't have worried. Cracking bike with an amazing sound coming from the exhaust and intake. I love it.

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

Private sale with fsh and only one owner from new.

4 out of 5

Very Difficult bike to say goodbye to.

30 May 2016 by Simon Turner

best ENGINE worst front brake, front light Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Best - FAST TOURING Longest in comfort - a full TANKFUL
Engine
4 out of 5
FANTASTIC ENGINE, BRILLIANT FLEXIBILITY, ONLY NEEDS 3 GEARS REALLY, but impossible to roll on from closed without slight judder. (minor)
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Best RELIABILITY Minor worst UNSOLVABLE OCCASIONAL STARTING DIFFICULTY (HOT ONLY)
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
costs are low/average
Equipment
3 out of 5
Fave; ENGINE Accessories added; Gear indicator Accessories recommended; ambient temperature gauge. Bridgestone BT's excellent.
Buying experience

New from dealer 40,000 ago, about £8k

5 out of 5

pimp

17 October 2015 by jared

I have had my sprint for 6 months it has 60,000 miles and I'm serious it rides like brand new! I leave my buddies on there cbr's in the dust. I ride it just about every day to work 80 miles round trip.its so much fun I can't stay off of it. Even in... Read more the rain it just sticks to the road.I have never owned a triumph before now I will never not own one!

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

What a bike!

06 June 2015 by Jan Hess

Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
-
Read all 48 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £8,675
Used price £2,700 to £8,200
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £400
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.

Photo Gallery

  • TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050  (2005-on)
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Riding
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Instruments
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Side view
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Side view
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Riding
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Riding
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Riding
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Riding
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Side view
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Side view
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Side view
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Instruments
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Instruments
  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 motorcycle review - Exhaust
All related reviews