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

44 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 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
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
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Major service considerably more
Equipment
4 out of 5
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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
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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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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
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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

What a bike!

06 June 2015 by Jan Hess

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
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
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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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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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £8,675
Used price £2,500 to £9,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £82
Annual service cost £490
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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