I have owned my Sprint for a year, within the first 2 weeks I had put her back on the market. As mentioned in other reviews the bike "feels" top heavy (hardly surprising when you have a 25 litre tank)my bike was fitted with a higher touring screen and a corbin seat when purchased, the screen was the biggest pain and is really what drove me to advertise. While waiting for the phone to ring my two biker sons persuaded me to persevere,the first thing I did was to buy a standard size MRA screen, I fitted the screen , the wife and I went for a run and then I went for a longer run. The difference can not be described, the terrible turbulence disappeared, my riding position changed and because of this the bike did not feel so top heavy.Because of its amazing torque this bike will pull silky smooth from 30 mph in top gear, two up right through the revs. without fuss,I now have complete faith in her and as we stay in rural Scotland the roads around here are quite often twisty and uneven, the Continental road attack tyres seem to suit her and even on the odd occasion when pleasure overcomes common sense the bike feels sure footed and under control.The speedo needs watching as the power delivery is deceptively quick. I have not accurately calculated the MPG but I have put around 3,000 miles on her and I reckon on getting between 45 -50 to the gallon,quite often two up on mixed roads (dont use dual carraigeways much)my wife and I have had 30 years of comfortable marraige together so the bike is quite well laden which is a testament to the non adjustable front and adjustable rear suspension.Some of the screws are showing signs of corrosion,but overall the bike seems to be in quite good nick for its age. The "extended family" are going to the T.T. this year the Sprint, a blade ,a thundercat,a CBR 600 and probably a GSX-R(depending on what my cousin has at the time)and I do not expect to be lonely.I am glad that I withdrew the advert as I have really come to appreciate this bike, and once I became comfortable with her I have had a very enjoyable, if somewhat wet( I do live in Scotland)first year. My wife feels comfortable and safe on the pillion and we are hoping for a better Summer this year with the possibility of our first continental tour.
As the title of this meandering tale suggests if you get the chance of a Triumph Sprint take it, some of them are at really good prices now, and persevere. Although it will be after the T.T. my wife believes that SHE has already picked our next bike,a 1050 Sprint I look forward to the future.Ride safe,have fun.Bob.