There’s a sensation of top-heaviness that never really goes away. Building confidence on the Triumph Sprint Executive is hard as there’s never any sense that tyres and chassis are working in total harmony. The suspension is very soft and the bars feel weirdly narrow. The Triumph Sprint Executive's four-piston front brakes work extremely well, but the rubber hoses will almost certainly need replacing with braided lines now.
The Triumph Sprint Executive’s strongest suite is its engine. The DOHC, 12 valve motor draws its strength from three 36mm, flat-slide Keihin carbs, which produce a nice smooth ride and seamless power. It’s tough and handles pillions and luggage well, with few vibes. The Triumph Sprint Executive is characterful, fast and frugal, too.
The Triumph Sprint Executive's paint quality is extremely high, but bikes left exposed to the elements can look tatty quickly. Electrical gremlins seem to be the only bugbear, so keep busy with the WD40 if you ride your Triumph Sprint Executive through winter.
The Triumph Sprint Executive is for you if you value Britishness and individuality over price and convenience. Yamaha’s Diversion 900 is cheaper, shaft-drive rather than chain, like the Triumph Sprint Executive and it’s comfy enough for a full day’s riding. The finish is good, providing it’s looked after and the motor will go on forever. Find a Triumph Sprint Executive for sale.
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If you do lots of touring miles then an aftermarket seat with more support is a sound investment for the Triumph Sprint Executive. You get a decent cockpit, with an easy to read analogue speedo, tacho, temperature and fuel gauge. The Triumph Sprint Executive's 36-litre hard panniers are of good quality and hold a full-sized lid each.