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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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/toiletries with ease.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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. Compare and buy parts for the Sprint in the MCN Shop.

Triumph Sprint GT (2010-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,999
Dealer used prices
£5,950 (2010) - £7,000 (2011)
Private used prices
£5,220 (2010) - £6,300 (2011)
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Engine size 1050 cc
Power 128 bhp
Top speed 160 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

A bike that is capable of all-day riding comfort and 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 with sub £10k price and admiration becomes lust. Find a Triumph Sprint 1050 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 128 bhp
Max torque 80 ft-lb
Weight 268 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1050 cc
Engine specification Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12v four-stroke triple. Six gears
Frame Aluminium dual beam frame. Cast ally single-sided swingarm with chain drive
Front suspension adjustment Preload only
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Front brakes 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

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(8 reviews)

  • Superb Value

    goalkeeper50

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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

    06 April 2014

  • Quality motorbike

    Benjijackson

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 this type of 'traditional' sports tourer because not everyone wants an adventure styled bike.

    04 July 2013

  • Sprint gt 2011

    Sdheathcote

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought this in march 2011 have really enjoyed riding it in all weathers, snow, ice , rain, and occasional sun. This bike is fast, comfortable, economical and fun. It is solid, well built and finished. People mention small numbers on the speedo and no gear indicator! C'mon within a week you know what gear you are in, pushing down with your left foot at the lights is a habit and once you become one with your bike it's no problem. As for the speedo, I and I am sure most riders don't need a massive tv screen to tell them how fast they are going, you pick it up quickly. I believe this is the best bike you can buy for the money, it's as fast as anything 50 to 100 mph, great through town, light clutch, good brakes and a pure riding experience, buy it, you won't regret it, I am 6 ft 1" 17 stone, lluckily the missus isn't!

    24 May 2013

  • Great Triple Package

    Stu60

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I took delivery of a new 9-11 model with 1km on the clock and after a gentle 500km, I rode 12,000km in 20 days (3/4 of the 'big lap' around Oz). Having a 2005 Daytona 955i, and a 2004 Sprint RS, this platform was a sweet mix of both. Comfort was a notable improvement, as was the outstanding storage in the large bespoke panniers. Over long milage, the fuel economy was also a significant improvement with the taller top gear - 7% higher than the 'Tony and RS, which returned an average of 5.0 l/100km over 12,000km. With some particularly flat runs, 4.5 l/100km was not uncommon! I did almost the same trip on the RS in 2010 (with less luggage) and recorded 5.9 l/100km. With the GT being around 60kg heavier, it's an impressive result. The pillars of this 'triple package' lies in that sweetly sounding and ever-reliable 1050 mill (although I still believe the 955i has better all 'round performance and that iconic British 'bark'), the improved comfort and very agreeable riding position and the additional storage in the panniers, under seat and the fairing-mounted lockable compartment, which is handy for snax and suncream, but it's not water proof! The new 12v aux charger was also great extra to keep the phone alive. All up, my backside and legs found the GT good for up to 1000km per day. The GT is very stable in cross winds and although the OEM windscreen is adequate, there is plenty of protection. The GT is equally at home flicking through the twisties and with some effort will keep up with the bigger bikes in the curves. On the down-side, there have been 2 issues, which Triumph resolved - from day 1, the fuel sender was a dud and after 3 replacements, they finally fitted one that worked. Secondly, and this was so weird, the bike 'changed its tune' - just prior to the 15,000km service, the engine became sluggish and lumpy low low. It lacked any real enthusiasm under 2000rpm. The Triumph Technician remarked how the current tune was set for a 'non-catalytic converter' (i.e. after-market pipe), which was baffling since the tune had not been touched since delivery! Resetting the tune to the original mode, the bike's low-down performance was immediately restored to normal... how odd?? Oh.. last of all, the analogue speedo is often difficult to read if there is any glare or visor gunk and I will never warm to it. Digital speedo has been the market standard for decade... I wish it was available in Tornado Red or Racing Yellow! Silver and blue is so vanilla.

    19 April 2013

  • Excellent all rounder

    mercury1961

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I bought my Sprint GT new in October 2012. So far I can find nothing to criticise on this bike. Build quality appears to be excellent. The engine is fantastic, smooth but also has that great Triumph triple character. I'm as puzzled as the previous reviewer regarding criticism of the handling reported in one or two road tests in the motorcycle press. I find the ride quality to be very good, glides over road surface imperfections and goes exactly where I point it. Overall I'm really happy with the performance of the Sprint GT. The performance plus the practical aspects like quality panniers, heated grips, and really competitive pricing make it ideal in the real world of using the bike for weekend fun,week day commuting and summer holiday touring. Recommended.

    25 November 2012

  • Great package

    bayntuns

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    One month on and the Sprint GT is proving to be a great package. I added a couple of options - heated grips, alarm, bigger screen and touring seat - which added a little to the price. It still came in at less than the competition, and to mind it looks better. I have not been able to fault the build quality, and I can attest to the fact that the panniers are waterproof even in monsoon conditions! The bigger screen works well, the seat is all day comfortable. I can't understand some of the reviews that talk about poor handling - sure it's no sports bike, but it's pretty good on the twisties compared to anything else I rode in this class. I have not had to wind up the rear suspension as some reviews suggested, and I'm not a small bloke so the suspension is "real world" fine, even if you can't spend two hours adjusting it to knock a few tenths off your lap time. For communting and touring you need a decent sized bike, and the Sprint GT is plenty big enough to be comfortable and stable, but agile enough to not be a pain around town. The panniers are huge, and I can manage 200 miles to a tank. Overall the Sprint GT is a great touring/commuting package. It lacks the BMW's toys, but it also lacks the price premium. Overall a real bike for the real world at a price a normal bloke can afford.

    19 July 2012

  • Sprint GT

    PaulBerg

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Had it 2 weeks now - just what I have been looking for in a road bike for a long time now

    25 July 2011

  • Luved it!

    stevowarrior

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just had a demo ride yesterday, had the bike for half a day managed to clock up 130 miles on a good cross section of roads. Now I normally ride a Rocket 3 two up. So I took the wife with me. The bike coped brilliantly with what must have been 30 stone of human luggage. The handling was sweet, the engine and gearbox superb. A fantastic bike for the price - the only cticism was at the standard screen, completely useless for a bike carrying a GT badge. The optional upgrade should prove a worthwhile investment. The standard screen offered no protection on the motorway and would put many off if they were after the bike for serious mile munching. I still rate the bike 5 star overall. The price tag for such a quality machine through it. PS as for the lights, ok I didn't do a night drive but I haven't had as many cars move over for me in a long time - they must have made some improvement!

    19 June 2010

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PeterST

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Headlamps

Just seen the New Spring GT at the ACE Cafe in London and it has got all new headlamps. The bulbs are no longer enclosed in the bulb holders. The bulb is now fully showing in a proper reflector unit for both the dipped beam and the main beam. So the headlamps should be much improved.   I wonder if we can retro fit them to our own ST's !!!

 

16 June 2010 19:37

chukkygb

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Headlights

They are completely new, got to be an improvement as the ones on my 2007 ST are next to useless. Only criticism of an otherwise superb bike at a bargain price.

10 June 2010 20:17

cyclelife

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Headlamps

I'm sure I read on the official Triumph website that the headlight had been revised.

10 June 2010 15:20

nigel100

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illegal and dangerous

I see that they have done nothing with the ridiculous headlamp! the bike may be capable of all day riding in comfort  what a pity you have to park it up at sundown. triumph should realise that a headlamp isnt just something to be shaped to look nice it has a major safety function as well, the headlamp alone is enough to put me off buying one , sadly most owners never test ride the bikes at night before buying one , by then it is too late.

10 June 2010 07:27

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