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TRIUMPH SPRINT GT 1050 (2010-on) Review

Published: 09 June 2010

A bike that is capable of all-day riding comfort before taking on the twisties

TRIUMPH SPRINT GT 1050  (2010-on)

A bike that is capable of all-day riding comfort before taking on the twisties

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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 with ease.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

A bike that is capable of all-day riding comfort before 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 and admiration becomes lust. Find a Triumph Sprint 1050 for sale.

Insurance group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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. 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2010
Year discontinued -
New price £8,999
Used price £4,000 to £8,000
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £210
Performance
Max power 128 bhp
Max torque 80 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 48 mpg
Tank range 213 miles
Specification
Engine size 1050cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12v four-stroke triple. Six gears
Frame type Aluminium dual beam frame. Cast ally single-sided swingarm with chain drive
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 268kg
Front suspension Preload only
Rear suspension Preload and rebound
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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.

Owners' Reviews

20 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SPRINT GT 1050 (2010-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 GT 1050 (2010-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.4 out of 5
Engine 5.0 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.8 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.9 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
4 out of 5

Where do you get handlebar risers ?

02 February 2018 by Dutchman

Handlebars are too low and forward - where do you get risers for this model? Triumph has no aftermarket risers and Helibars dont make any for this model.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
3 hrs without a stop but I need handlebar risers (too much weight on my wrists and mid back pain
Engine
4 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
Panniers awesome in shape, size and quality though not completely waterproof.
Buying experience

Dealer. Team Moto at Springwood, Brisbane - excellent service, especially Naomi who knows her stuff and I bought an extra $500 worth of goodies.

5 out of 5

02 May 2017 by neil

Bought this for one trip to Slovenia - I've still got it four years later. Does everything I want of it, and returns 50 mpg most days.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Big heavy bike, but perfect for two up touring with luggage. Handling suffers on worn tyres, but no real complaints.
Engine
5 out of 5
1050 triple - enough said.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Apart from other people knocking it over, nothing has broken.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Considering how much other sports tourers cost, the GT is a bargain.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Great luggage, big tank. ABS. The lack of "rider aids" and "modes" doesn't bother me in the slightest. Headlight isn't the best ever, but few bikes have really good lights.
4 out of 5

Mr

29 March 2017 by PT

I bought this bike for 2 up riding, as my Panigale is torture for a pillion rider. I have to say, I've been very impressed. It's a bit heavy, and lets you know when you're taking the corners a little too quickly, but what a machine for getting anywhere in comfort, at speed and with no fuss.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
For long journeys with a pillion there are few better bikes. Comfortable enough to ride all day long with no problems at all. The front brakes could do with a little more bite. Plus it does white line quite badly...
Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is smooth, torquey and makes the most amazing noise. Love it. However, the gearbox is heavy and clunky, and needs the clutch for every single change.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Build quality is excellent. Despite several trips through some pretty awful weather, the bike always cleans up beautifully. It has also been 100% reliable.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I bought my low mileage, FSH bike (with lots of extra kit, including leathers, helmets, stands, boots, gloves etc) for £4,500. What an absolute bargain. Fuel economy is excellent at normal speeds.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Heated grips are ace. ABS too. Traction control would be nice...
Buying experience

I bought privately and got a brilliant bike for not a lot.

4 out of 5

Happy Happy

28 September 2016 by Trumpit

I love this bike! Solid on the road, forgiving, predictable and fast. Eats bumpy roads- factory settings probably a bit soft but easy to adjust.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Rear brake would be my only gripe. Even with new pads the rear feels "soft" and not much feel. Front brakes make up for it but the brake lever is a long way from the bars- even adjusted as close as possible. For me being 6'3 I do get a bit of wind buffering but it's a small price to pay for such a great quality bike.
Engine
5 out of 5
OMG! smooth as silk and torque to burn. This is a great engine that often leaves me with a stupid grin on my face. No flat spots and so responsive.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Not had the bike long enough to really say.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Great value. You get so much bike for the money- even second hand
Equipment
4 out of 5
I love good design and the panniers are great design. The top box is easy to slide off and back into the 12v slot for the plug that is in the box. As for the side panniers- one key to unlock and lift off. It could't be easier. Each one will hold a helmet. The display buttons are a bit hard to get to on the fly
5 out of 5

Great bike,incredible value.....Buy One !!

28 July 2016 by Steve China

A very complete package. Just completed a 3000 mile journey ( France,Italy,Sardinia,Austria,Germany ). The bike was faultless, we could ride for 250km/3hours at a time with no problems,cruising the bike was doing 55mpg at @ 80-85mph. Ran a couple of mountain passes and even loaded the bike handled very well. I changed the Bridgestone tyres for Dunlop Roadsmarts after 100 miles and this improved the already good feel and turn in. At £8999 this bike is the bargain of the century !!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Smooth powerful brakes, good ride control especially when fully loaded.
Engine
5 out of 5
Smooth and torquey. Very responsive at low rpm with no snatchiness,feuling is excellent.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
At 3500 miles
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
No service required yet
Equipment
5 out of 5
Incredible value,luggage alone is worth £1000.
Buying experience

The dealer ( Ongar Motorcycles ) was easy to deal with and helpful, no problems at all.

5 out of 5

Sport Touring ultimate bargain?

20 June 2016 by Victor Meldrew

SE now with gel comfort saddle, touring screen, 3 piece floating high capacity high quality luggage with 12v supply & pillion backrest, centre stand, hugger, Heated grips. Only slight negative is they've discontinued the carbon tank protector BUT Infinite Performance produce one that is slightly more generous and approx £10 cheaper anyway.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
I plan to raise bars a tad but would likely do this on any equivalent cycle
Engine
5 out of 5
Character character and more of the same!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
All appears excellent so far
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
I forfeit warranty to ensure 100% that all is tickety boo by doing myself
Equipment
5 out of 5
Price down to £8999 AND Garmin sat nav and quality mounting included. To be honest I'd opt for a VFR1200F if money no object and the shaft drive would be the main reason but how much would that cost with all the above kit incorporated?
Buying experience

JS Gedge have restored my faith in Triumph dealers. Hughenden M40 can rot in hell!

5 out of 5

A real Ronseld Sports Tourer - And all the better for it

17 May 2016 by Lee Blackburn

Highly recommended. This is a cracking combination of the previous 955 and 1050ST (Which I've owned prior to this bike) and is a simple but effective sports tourer. Highly recommended, I just wish that Triumph would release an updated version.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Excellent ride quality from the conventional but well sorted suspension. The brakes are powerful and the ABS subtle but effective.
Engine
5 out of 5
Like all triple engine Triumphs the engine is perhaps its strongest asset. Smooth, grunty and with that lovely sound.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Apart from needing to have the front discs replaced under warranty (The bike's never been anywhere near a track) the bike's been fine.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Apart from the expensive 12000 mile valve clearance servicing other costs have been very reasonable.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Compared to today's sporty tourers there isn't anything in the way of traction control or engine modes but you know what? I don't miss them and the bike gets on fine as it is.
5 out of 5

Swapped St for a GT

07 March 2016 by NIck 675

I had a Sprint ST for 6 years and swapped that for the GT as myself and wife now do more touring. The luggage is better and the pillion arrangement but the exhaust pipe looks worse and its slightly heavier

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
The usual rear suspension issues, I have got used to it now though.
Engine
5 out of 5
Superb engine, great midrange.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems at all so far. The previous ST was also no problem in 30000 miles.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
The fuel consumption is better than the ST, The purchase price is a bargain.
Equipment
4 out of 5
I sometimes wish the heated grips could be hotter. I swapped the original exhaust for a Scorpion red power carbon unit straight away, looks so much better with this.
Buying experience

I have bought several Triumphs from the same dealer, always very friendly and enjoyable to visit.

4 out of 5

Mr

19 February 2016 by Mick

Too much weight on your wrist's, handle bar's need to be pulled back. This bike would be no good on a long run.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
panniers and top box are great
Buying experience

Dealer, £9,750

5 out of 5

brilliant ST GT

12 February 2016 by bird

Excellent bike does everything you want out of a sports tourer, the equipment lever is superb, with a 12 volt plug in the top box you can charge up your phone, there is also a 12 volt plug connecter down the side of the left hand side of the fairing for a satnav, excellent if your touring,the seat is a gel seat and is perfect, my only complaint is the handle bars are a little low for me as I am over 6 feet and get aching wrists after 40 minuets or so. Over all a great all round bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
Strong pulls like a train in all gears.
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
Everything you need as standard, brilliant
Buying experience

Bought from a Triumph dealer in Manchester, quibbled a bit but got what I wanted for my trade in plus a scotoiler

5 out of 5

20 November 2015 by Ray Lomas

Huge luggage enough for two for two weeks. Could do with a higher screen, 3 or 5 inches i,m 6'1 and you get a little bit wind/wind noise. Weather protection from the faring 4 out of 5. Passenger comfort fantostic

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
We've just done four day round trip to cornwall a30 a303 going M5 M4 return. Im 6'1, it took us 6 Hours with stops we arrived no aches or stiffness. 970 miles later we cant wait for the next tour. Stopped after 3hrs; could have ridden on.
Engine
5 out of 5
powerful, responsive, effortless, sounds fantastic dose what you ask it.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems so far
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Value for money at £9100 you wont go wrong
Equipment
5 out of 5
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Buying experience

Romford Triumph [ask for Ken] 10/10

5 out of 5

Triumph Sprint GTSE

02 November 2015 by Steve 1050

Outstanding performance, good fuel economy. Ergonomically very comfortable on long journeys.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
ABS on both wheels. Very responsive brakes. Comfy solo or two up.
Engine
5 out of 5
Gutsy engine. Torque allows for smooth riding without constant changing gears.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No quality issues.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Heated grips as standard as is the power socket within the fairing and the 12v socket in the top box. Very handy for charging phones etc. Gel seat as standard makes for comfy distance travel.
Buying experience

Both from Youles triumph in Blackburn .Highly recommend this dealer. First class service. Bought using the Tri-Star finance plan.

5 out of 5

Superb Value

06 April 2014 by goalkeeper50

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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

Quality motorbike

04 July 2013 by Benjijackson

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.

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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4 out of 5

Sprint gt 2011

24 May 2013 by Sdheathcote

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Great Triple Package

19 April 2013 by Stu60

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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
5 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Excellent all rounder

25 November 2012 by mercury1961

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.

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

Great package

19 July 2012 by bayntuns

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.

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
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Sprint GT

25 July 2011 by PaulBerg

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

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

Luved it!

19 June 2010 by stevowarrior

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 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
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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