TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050 (2005 - 2011) Review

Highlights

  • The best sports tourer of its day
  • Fantastic engine and chassis
  • A strong used buy

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £430
Power: 123 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.1 in / 815 mm)
Weight: Medium (463 lbs / 210 kg)

Prices

New N/A
Used £2,900 - £4,900

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Since its launch in 2005 the Triumph Sprint ST 1050 has been a hit, taking over from the Honda VFR800 at the top of the Sports Touring (ST - see?) tree.

It’s fast, comfy, practical, reliable and above all stonking value for money. It scored well in all our tests, underlining what a fantastic all-rounder the Sprint ST still is. It was the successor to the original Triumph Sprint ST, which had a smaller 955cc engine.

Our test team reckons that if the adventure bike scene hadn't exploded in quite the way it did, the Sprint ST would have remained among the best ways out there to cover some serious mileage. However, buying habits were changing, and the spiritual successor to the ST could well have been the Tiger 1050 - itself classed as more of an adventure bike. 

The ST was joined in the range by the Sprint GT 1050 in 2010, which was more pillion-friendly and slightly better for touring longer distances. ST went off sale a year later in 2011. 

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The best thing you can say about the Triumph Sprint ST 1050’s handling is that it’s something you don’t think about when you’re riding – which is a massive compliment for a big bike weighing in dry at 210kg.

Paddling it around at walking speeds is easy, even for those with short legs, especially as the seat is only 805mm high – that’s 25mm lower than the ZX-10R’s. On long straight motorway hauls it’s rock-solid stable, doesn’t flinch at high-speed sweepers and is agile on the tighter stuff.

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ridden quickly around a corner

A trip to the South of France would be a piece of cake on the Sprint ST, but it’s going to be compromised by the time you get to the smooth, twisty mountain roads as you near the Med. It hasn’t got the fast steering or ground clearance of a sports bike, so you’ll have to nanny it around the corners a little. For 80% of that journey to France the Triumph Sprint ST would be a blast, but for the final 20% you’ll hanker after the ZX-10R.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Triumph’s 1050cc threecylinder motor, which also powers the Speed Triple and Tiger, is a real gem. The throttle response from its fuel-injection system is flawless, there’s masses of low-down grunt for relaxed riding and a decent amount of top end power. It’s the perfect compromise between a revvy four-cylinder and a grunty twin.

For motorway cruising the engine purrs, but when you want to play the big triple has the oomph to punch out of corners and even wheelie in the first two gears.

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ridden quickly around a corner

Best of all is the soundtrack. Wind the wick up and you’re treated to a very naughty, rip-snorting, highpitched scream. It’s like a racing engine and completely at odds with the way you think a sober, do-it-all sports tourer should behave. It’s a brilliantly rounded engine that never leaves you wanting for more, no matter how you ride.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

The underseat exhaust of the Triumph Sprint ST 1050

Triumph Sprint 1050 reliability - reader Q and A

Q: I have a 2005 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 with a seemingly random starter problem. Sometimes it will turn over, but that’s it. Then the next day it works fine. The dealer has swapped the plugs over and back again and it behaves itself for a few days,then the problem returns.

A: This sounds as though you may have a poor connection somewhere. There are a couple on Trumpets that can attract moisture and if you’ve had technicians poking around to see what’s up they are inadvertently remaking the connection temporarily, which is why it runs for a while.

The favourite ones to check are the pick-up coil on the right side of the engine. The connection plug is just below the throttle bodies. Look at the sidestand switch with its connector just above the front sprocket cover and also the clutch switch, which has its connector is behind the headlight.

Pull the plugs apart and clean them with contact cleaner spray, apply something like white grease to seal and put back together.

We would do the same with the main loom connectors behind the speedo/clocks too as this will cover the ignition and killswitch circuits.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Since 2005 Triumph’s Sprint 1050 has probably had the best torque curve of any roadbike. A classic sports tourer, it’s squashy, grunty, decent-handling, full of character and (as long as you’re not too leggy) comfy for hours. But what if you haven’t got the five grand plus you still need to get one in your garage? 

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ridden with knee down

Why not consider... a Suzuki SV1000S?       

The SV lacks the Triumph’s bulk, luxury spec and sheer heft. But if you can’t have the Sprint’s incredible, charisma-loaded engine, the Suzuki’s eight-valve V-twin is, in its own way, just as good. It’s like the biggest elastic band in the world thwanging you forwards every time you ease it open out of a 30 limit.   

Other sportier rivals include the Suzuki Bandit 1250 and the Kawasaki Z1000SX. On the touring side of things you may want to consider the BMW R1200RT or the Kawasaki GTR1400

Equipment

5 out of 5 (5/5)

You got a high level of  equipment as standard on Triumph, which won’t leave you wanting on a long trip, including a 20-litre fuel tank, which has a range of about 190-miles (based on returning 43mpg on our test), as well as colour-coded panniers included in the price. The ABS version of the bike was an extra £600.

Triumph Sprint ST 1050 clocks

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).

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost £430
New price -
Used price £2,900 - £4,900
Insurance group 15 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 75 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Tank range 185 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2005: Triumph Sprint ST 1050 introduced.
  • 2010: Triumph Sprint GT 1050 joins line-up.
  • 2011: Triumph Sprint ST 1050 goes off sale.

Other versions

  • Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS: Includes Advanced Braking System. Was originally an £850 premium on the new ST.

Owners' reviews for the TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050 (2005 - 2011)

58 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050 (2005 - 2011) 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 - 2011)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Equipment: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £430
4 out of 5 Good all rounder
13 May 2021 by Alex Morgan

Year: 2008

Great engine. Can be a screaming banshee full throttle or soulful and mellow if ridden lazily. Great popping and spluttering on over run coming off the throttle. Comfortable riding position, can ride all day. Rock solid on the motorway at 100+mph. Not really affected by side winds. Feels very stable.Worst thing is the mirrors. The right mirror is now held roughly in place by many rounds of black insulation tape around arm of the mirror where it mounts to the fairing. If the mirrors are regularly folded in and out then the mirror arm quickly becomes lose. A circular spring loaded clip has come off the spigot locating and holding the mirror in place so that it can swivel. Triumph wanted £140 +Vat for a replacement mirror and then an hour's labour + Vat on top to fit a new one.The std seat is nightmare to remove and re-secure being two long bolts under the top edge of the pillion seat. Although the std seat is remarkably comfortable. The bike can feel quite top heavy with a full tank of fuel and luggage. If you are short legged be careful manoeuvring it around as slow speeds.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The suspension is still the OE suspension. The front forks can suffer from dive under hard braking but this is probably because I need to increase the pre-load or change the fork oil. Have thought about upgrading the front suspension to HyperPro springs. Suspension is a little on the soft side. It can sometimes be over whelmed on a fast twisty bumpy B-road pushing on through the bends. It's best on faster straighter roads with longer sweeping bends and smoother surfaces which I guess is the same for most road bikes. Motorways and similar roads it is rock solid. Can ride it all day if need be but I like to take a break every 90 minutes or so just to take a leak and stretch the legs. Riding position is quite comfortable and not too cramped but then I'm only 5'7".EBC HH sintered brakes pads front and rear made a massive improvement to braking performance. The brakes are now good for what is quite a heavy bike. Not Brembo good but definitely not bad.

Engine 4 out of 5

Engine performance is good. Lots of low down and mid range torque from the triple engine. Characterful burbling and chattering coming off the throttle from the triple engine that is unique to triples. Full throttle it wails like a banshee although can become quite unrefined and run out of puff approaching the red line. Not as free revving as the newer triple engines from Triumph such as the Speed Triple 1050 RS.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Never let me down. No corrosion. Mine is garaged and doesn't get used in cold winter months or indeed when the weather is awful.Yes he right side mirror swivel arm has failed as mentioned above.The fuel gauge is a right PITA once you have re-filled the tank it takes at least 3/4 - 1 mile for the tank to register full on the fuel gauge. This seems to be a fault with all Triumphs. Was the same for a Street Triple RS I test rode several years ago and also a Thruxton RS and Speed Triple RS. Quite why Triumph can't have fuel gauges that reflect the fuel in them immediately is beyond them and me.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

I don't do a huge mileage 7.5k in 6 years. I do all my own servicing.My bike is garaged and well looked after so consequently is still in really nice condition. The start of the season each year I change the oil, filters and coolant. Check the brakes and bleed them if necessary. I get about 180-210 miles to each tank depending on how I ride.Insurance is reasonable as well.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Equipment by today's standards are quite quite limited and dated. No ABS, Traction Control, nor ANY riding modes. The clocks have basic distances, trips, ranges, average speed, MAX SPEED, fuel consumption figures, miles of fuel remaining, range. These functions are accessed by taking one hand off the bars and pushing the buttons surrounding the clocks in various combinations and frequencies which is now quite dated with handle bar switch gear operated controls on newer bikes.Had R&G crash bars fitted by the dealer selling it who did a good job.Tyres I have stuck with I think BT23s which have been ok for me. Not great but then not terrible. Had one puncture in the rear, an old screw, which necessitated a new tyre. I have some Michelin Road 5s to go on next.Would definitely recommend Oxford heated grips although I don't ride in winter. On those chilly mornings or cool days on long runs they are invaluable keeping your hands warm.I have the Triumph colour coded panniers for it. Had grand plans of using them to tour but never have. They are sat in my spare room. I have a large Givi top box which I use when carrying stuff and a heavy duty Ortlieb dry bag strapped onto the pillion seat behind me which both carry all I need. The Triumph panniers are a bit small and won't hold a full face helmet.

Buying experience: Bought in 2015 for £4k from a Honda dealer at the other end of the country over the phone. Bike was immaculate as they described with 6k miles on it, one owner and FTSH. Now mileage is 13k. Although when I did the first service a couple of months after getting it I was not happy as the coolant was like coffee and the air filter was filthy having masses of leaves, spiders and other debris in it. It had never ever been changed. The brake fluid was black. The only thing they did change was the oil. So the Triumph dealer saw servicing it as merely a tick box exercise and ripped the previous owner off big time which is why I service my own bikes and cars unless still under warranty, but I have never ever bought a new car or bike as you lose to much in depreciation.

4 out of 5
09 May 2021 by Matty r

Year: 2008

Annual servicing cost: £350

As sports touring bike it does everything I ask of her and more.when I have the panniers on and the wife on the back I don’t know they are there.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

It’s a great all rounder a little heavy but very good over all. I’ve rode here for 6 hour in one journey got off her a little stiff but it was very comfortable as the gel seat was a great investment

Engine 4 out of 5

The exhaust is a little noisy after a couple of hours using

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Very well built

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

The shape and the single swing arm looks realy nice Also the Scott oiler I have had fitted

Buying experience: Dealer 2999

4 out of 5 Gez's ST
13 February 2021 by Gez

Year: 2009

Annual servicing cost: £300

I bought a second hand ST1050, I didn't want to spend a great deal of money in case I was underwhelmed. I have to say that this machine does everything I need from a Sports tourer. It handles well, fuel economy is reasonable. I had a choice of the RS model with the larger panniers and in hindsight I wish I had gone for that, only because of the pannier size, but I think my bike is better looking. Like the MCN tester, I am not happy with the mirrors, but that's it.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

This bike does everything that you could want, its great on the open road, stable on the motorway and has enough presence not to be intimidated in the City traffic. The smaller panniers come into their own in the city traffic, if there is a need to filter? My old BMW K1200 used to make my legs ache at the knee joint after 150 miles or so, I have not found this on the Triumph. I feel really chuffed to have a British bike, my only regret is that I didn't do it years ago.

Engine 4 out of 5

It has plenty of grunt, power delivery is even.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

I have only done 2000 miles on mine, the only issue is that the fairing chrome trim fell off, clearly a dodgy repair. But no problems thus far

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

This is the price the dealer quoted, I am a qualified mechanic so do my own servicing/repairs and I have to say getting bits for the bike is easy through the dealer network. I am keeping an eye on the chain and sprockets as having owned shaft drive bikes for the past 25 years, I didn't have to worry on this point, the Scott Oiler is a God send. At the moment it compares really well with The BMWs and Yamaha I have owned.

Equipment 4 out of 5

I am more than happy with the equipment, I like the USB charger point and the saddle is comfortable. As I say, the panniers are too small for serious touring and will not accept a helmet. But that said, more than adequate for a week away in Ireland or Scotland.

Buying experience: I bought the machine from CMC near Cannock, Staffs and I have to say it was a pleasant experience. When I upgrade they will get my business. Full service carried out and new tyres front and rear.

4 out of 5 Now iconic but weaknesses lack of factory support let it diwn.
24 January 2021 by Colin Holce

Version: ABS

Year: 2006

Annual servicing cost: £600

Not as well supported by the manufacturer now the company is firmly established.

Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5

Brakes are poor but seating position is good for the rider and not so good for the pillion

Engine 4 out of 5

Weak clutch lets down what is basically a bullet proof engine

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Sprag clutch and voltage regulator are known weaknesses.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Major service is expensive and hard to find a dealer that knows how to do this properly

Equipment 3 out of 5

Luggage is pants but heated grips are great. Gel seat is also a must have.

Buying experience: Dealer. Competitive price but still high. Brilliant support which is why you buy from a dealer.

4 out of 5 Triumph not as customer focused as they used to be
09 December 2020 by Colin Holce

Version: ABS

Year: 2007

Annual servicing cost: £500

Has some weaknesses

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The gel seat makes it very comfortable but at slow speeds can put weight on your wrists. The rear shock fails early and the sprag clutch and voltage reg are it main weaknesses. Sounds fantastic on the over run. Pillion seat is a little high with the underseat exhaust. Needs a smart charger to protect the sprag clutch. Dealers are thin on the ground.

Engine 5 out of 5

Brilliant triple engine so feels like a real bike. Sounds great on the overrun. Steppers can be troublesome. Semi auto box makes for rapid fear changes. Cluth can drag. Loads of grunt though.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

You have to buy things like a hugger to protect the suspension for example

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Full service Interims are cheaper

Equipment 3 out of 5

Luggage is over engineered Headlights is a joke Corbin seat makes removal a doddle as the original set up is impossible to access. Bridgestones great tyres. Needs a screen mid to lessen wind blast

Buying experience: From a dealer Best part of £4k second hand

5 out of 5 Great choice all round
29 November 2020 by SprintST Red

Year: 2006

Annual servicing cost: £500

Does everything you ask it to do

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Brakes are ok but not good

Engine 5 out of 5

Sounds great

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Needs to be maintained and kept protected at the Swingarm and hub.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5

Buying experience: Dealer purchase fair price but bike did need new tyres

4 out of 5 Triumph not supported by the company as in the early days
12 September 2020 by Colin

Version: ABS

Year: 2007

Annual servicing cost: £500

Triumph is a great brand but not as customer focused as in the earlier year under John Bloor

Ride quality & brakes 2 out of 5

Brakes as not as they should be for a 1050

Engine 4 out of 5

Sprag clutch is a weakness

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Major service requires a valve clearance check so is pricy

Equipment 4 out of 5

Gel seat and heated grips (optional extras)

Buying experience: But my first one 2004 model brand new £10k which was recently written off by a car Replaced with a 2007 model 16 k on the clock £4k

4 out of 5 A1 Sport Tourer
26 August 2020 by Dave Johnston

Year: 2010

Annual servicing cost: £400

Best Sports Tourer (remember those?) of it's time, if a little outdated in style and technology now. The engine is an absolute peach, steering a little slow but very stable handling, suspension pretty good. With the gel seat it was very comfortable. I bought mine in 2012 showing 5k miles fitted with 3 box luggage, gel seat, heated grips and rear hugger. In 6 years I did another 25k, touring all over the UK, Europe once in Morocco.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

This is a very flexible bike. Great for a spirited day ride or a 2 week tour. On tours I would aim to stop every 80 - 90 miles but have done Eurotunnel to home (190 miles) non stop.

Engine 5 out of 5

The best S/T engine ever made. Great torque, power, snatch free fuelling and then that triple cylinder sound.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Starter relay failed in Spain but I had breakdown insurance, otherwise reliable. Also had a couple of rear punctures - no fault of the bike. Never skimp on having that breakdown insurance back up.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Minor services every 6k, full every 12k, more frequent that similar bikes?

Equipment 4 out of 5

The 3 box luggage was rugged and waterproof, the gel seat and heated grips useful and the rear hugger effective. After trying most of the S/T tyres, Roadtec 01's proved the best for comfort, feel and grip, but rear flatted at 4.5k. Can get 2 fronts to 3 rears. Did not try Roadsmart 3's which I will be trying on my Tiger Sport 1050 which replaced the ST 1050. You can get 190 motorway miles to a tank even if the fuel light is flashing for the last 30! Headlight poor on unlit roads.

Buying experience: Dealer. £5,800 cash in November 2012, no part ex. and with all listed extra's fitted. Good buy

4 out of 5 The best Sports Tourer of its Generation bar none.
05 June 2020 by Steve Lynskey

Year: 2010

A really comfortable long distance tourer,good fuel economy.I have been to France and Holland on it and it performed impeccably.A gel seat is a must and far better than the standard seat.I have fitted a shorter rear shock as I am a bit short in the leg and this makes manoeuvres a lot easier in car-parks and tight spaces.The bike can feel a bit top heavy with a tank bag and full tank of fuel,but it always puts a smile on my face every time I take it out.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The bike is great at a long distance tour or a Sunday afternoon ride .I can spend all day on it and not get tired.

Engine 5 out of 5

Brilliant power delivery,with lots of power through the Rev range and plenty of low down torque.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

A very well put together motorcycle,the only problem I have had has been with the imobiliser fob but just got a new one from a Triumph dealer.The bike is kept in a garage all year round and so there is no corrosion on the bike as it is well looked after.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I have just had the bike serviced at 32.000 miles valve clearances checked,and they were found to be fine.All other jobs I carry out myself,oil and filter change,and brake overhauls.

Equipment 4 out of 5

A Motorbatt battery is a very good choice for this bike,a givi rack and top box and heated grips are also great extras,and a gel seat.

Buying experience: I bought the bike fromA1 moots in York and they were very helpful and even resprayed the tank for me.

5 out of 5 Top notch
02 May 2019 by Ben

Year: 2006

The bike has been faultless since I bought it new in 2007 for £6000 as the new 2007 bike had been introduced. The 12,000 mile service was a rip-off carried out by the now defunct Birmingham Triumph. I needed new pads all round plus new chain and sprockets. I pointed out that i rarely used the back brake, to which they said they meant the front pads. The chain and sprockets were not changed and went on for another 18,000 miles. Regarding the chain, the hand book says set the tension while the bike is on the sidestand, but MOT testers check it on main stand and it failed a few times I now take the handbook with me to its MOT. The bike has now done 46,000 miles, I rarely clean it and it shows on the fork sliders. When running in I got 63 mpg, the way I ride I get 53mpg. A few weeks ago I was at the Horseshoe Pass and was low on fuel (computer said 74 miles left in tank) with 78 miles to home. I stuck to the speed limits keeping my eye on fuel and made it back home with 18 miles left in the tank. I have got through 4 sets of front discs after using EBC hard pads. I then turned to EBC green pads and no more warping of discs.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

My other bike is a 1974 T150V so no surprise there.

Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I have had it serviced every 16,000 miles.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: I was in the show room for two hours in 2007, a 2004 unregistered Daytona or my unregistered 2006 ST were my options. The centre stand decided it, I paid £6000, saving £15,000.

5 out of 5 Perfect all-rounder - an absolute joy to ride
11 November 2017 by Alec696

Year: 2007

Annual servicing cost: £200

Bought as an 'upgrade' from having 2 Sprint RS. Found it slower initially but this turned out to be the clutch on its way out at only 24,000, got (supposedly) replaced only for it to go again 2 months later. Was replaced properly and fully serviced (thanks to Revolution Motorcycles) and wow - like a brand new bike. Use every day, long/short journeys, London commuting, two-up jaunts, it does it all. Best bike I've had in 30 years of riding.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Perfect all-rounder, does everything I need it for, brilliantly, even in torrential rain (solo and two-up), weather protection is best I've found out of all faired bikes I've ridden. Seat recovered (looks like Corbin) very comfy, like riding armchair! Pillion - added anti-slip mat, though I've used them on all my previous bikes as well. Brakes could be sharper.

Engine 5 out of 5

This is why I bought the bike. Being really into 1000cc sporty v-twins, but finding them either problematic, poor finish or thirsty and a dislike of inline 4s, I took a chance on the Triumph triples and have never looked back, this is my third.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

2 months after purchase at 24,000 miles - clutch failed, rectifier/regulator replaced, battery upgrade, factory fitted alarm failed and replaced Datatool S4. Filler cap leaks, pitting on tank, paint pealing on Triumph fitted top box. No metal corrosion considering left out in all weathers.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Initial outlay was high due to problems mentioned (£1,500) in first 8 months of ownership - however now bike is sorted, running costs and servicing perfectly acceptable, this is also due to excellent mechanics at Revolution.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Speedo could be larger/clearer - the clock is bigger and easier to see! Deliberately bought non-ABS version, don't like it, also like fact doesn't have any 'rider aids' or other 'bells and whistles' has what it needs, for me anyway.

Buying experience: Dealer - £3750, 2007, 24,000miles, full luggage, mint cosmetic condition, supposedly fully serviced - false as had poor mechanical condition as mentioned above.

2 out of 5 Triumph Sprint ST 1050 ABS grows old dangerously.One to avoid as a long term bike.
03 August 2017 by Colin Holce

Version: 1050 ABS

Year: 2005

Annual servicing cost: £350

Have owned Triumph's for many years but sadly have experienced a marked decline in the support the factory used to offer. The bike has not done that many miles and a number of serious issues which have cost plenty to attend to are totally dismissed by Triumph as problems needing their support.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride quality is excellent although you may need to attend to the suspension as it is a little on the soft side.

Engine 5 out of 5

The triple engine is fabulous shame about the ancillary components.

Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5

Both clutches failed. Front brake dangerous. Headlamp poor in the dark. Tank chips manifested out of nowhere. Corrosion. Failed indicator switch (replaced) but does not work in the rain.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Big service always more expensive last one over £1000 but given the woefully poor after sales service probably better to go to a non Triumph dealer as there is no benefit to a Triumph dealer service

Equipment 3 out of 5

Panniers were replaced but the luggage system overall not really roomy enough to hold even a lid. Like the way the revised version now detaches from the bike. Heated grips are good to. Used Bridgestone tyres from new which really cope in the wet.

Buying experience: Bought from a dealer. The dealer support some years ago was excellent but now seems to have declined considerably. Not sure if it is the lack of investment in the network or apathy. Perhaps a combination of the two.

5 out of 5
27 April 2017 by Charles ODonnell

Year: 2007

Been a motorcyclist for over 40 years - Harleys and Rice Grinders - this by far is the best overall bike for commuting and touring that I have owned. It put a smile on my face every time I ride it unless it is after dark... Lights could be improved!!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

For overall touring great but the bars were too low for me - raised the bars of overall comfort. Handles canyons and twisted roads with ease - I push it a little for a old mand and have less than an 1/8 inch chicken strip on my rear tire. I do have the ABS brake system and like it - no complaints

Engine 5 out of 5

One word to discribe - Sweet. Not Harley torque - but great roll on power for passing - may drop a gear or two for a fast pass but normally do not need too. Definitely not a requirement like my friends' sport bikes....

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Absolutely no problems. Quality is outstanding - I did upgrade the tires but that was a personnal choice for handling.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

My mpg is outstanding and I could extend my gas stops if not for riding with others....

Equipment 5 out of 5

Quick detachable bags. I should have added heated grips.

5 out of 5 Great bike for crossing continents
28 January 2017 by Mark

Version: ABS

Year: 2009

Annual servicing cost: £400

Best feature - Engine. Worst Feature - headlight Such a reliable, good looking bike. I have taken mine to Turkey and back and am just about to head off across the USA.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Very good normally. With a pillion it does seem to be a bit underbraked (but I am 16st)

Engine 5 out of 5

Best bit of the bike by a mile. Love the wail at high speed.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Battery died once in the middle of Romania without any warning. Part from that it does tend to leak water if the reservoir is full.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Hefty service costs from the dealer. My last big service was at 24000 and cost more that £700

Equipment 3 out of 5

Bit old fashioned now in terms of switchgear and controlling the display. Nothing too bad - just you have to reach through the bars to touch the display.

5 out of 5 Superbike performance with comfort
13 September 2016 by Ray

Year: 2008

Annual servicing cost: £1,000

Superbike performance with comfort. So much torque (from 60km/h up to 280 in 6th gear)

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

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No problems.

Value vs rivals 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

Year: 2006

Annual servicing cost: £180

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 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
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Major service considerably more

Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Triple awesome.
24 June 2016 by Misiu Misiu

Year: 2006

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 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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

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

Year: 2007

Annual servicing cost: £300

best ENGINE worst front brake, front light

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)

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Best RELIABILITY Minor worst UNSOLVABLE OCCASIONAL STARTING DIFFICULTY (HOT ONLY)

Value vs rivals 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

Year: 2005

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 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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 What a bike!
06 June 2015 by Jan Hess

Year: 2008

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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 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
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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 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
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 1 out of 5
Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Gobsmax
25 August 2011 by vitesse7749

I know there are some who own this machine and find fault. That's a personal thing unless you are "over exposed" to bikes like most bike journalists. From the first ride to the thing just sitting outside my window I can say this is by far the most fun, most character I have ever found in one machine. Riding a bike and living with it, "getting into" it is a completely other thing. After 50 years of riding and 40 bikes on 3 continents I have found THE machine. Sit at the lights or park up walk away from it, the sensation of this bike is subtle but unique once you begin operating it. The power ban is nothing short of phenomenal, riding position and seat fits like a 1911 .45 in your hand. Piddle around like a 250 then hit open road and be amazed. There are faster bikes, some lust for that alone. This is in a class of it's own.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Gobsmax
25 August 2011 by vitesse7749

I know there are some who own this machine and find fault. That's a personal thing unless you are "over exposed" to bikes like most bike journalists. From the first ride to the thing just sitting outside my window I can say this is by far the most fun, most character I have ever found in one machine. Riding a bike and living with it, "getting into" it is a completely other thing. After 50 years of riding and 40 bikes on 3 continents I have found THE machine. Sit at the lights or park up walk away from it, the sensation of this bike is subtle but unique once you begin operating it. The power ban is nothing short of phenomenal, riding position and seat fits like a 1911 .45 in your hand. Piddle around like a 250 then hit open road and be amazed. There are faster bikes, some lust for that alone. This is in a class of it's own.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 If God created bikes...!
16 October 2010 by arbg92

If god created bikes this in my opinion would be the one. I have had mine several months and love it more each time I ride it.A long tour into Europe recently showed how great it is. Handles fantastic, Goes like stink and sounds "Awesome". Always gets looks from everyone as you bimble along. Luggage is a let down (NOT waterproof) and how some on MCN said the heated grips could say they were "toastie..???" More of "are they on..?" Forget the rest and settle for one hell of a quick, responsive sounding bike.! Thank God for Triumph..!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 All Rounder with Bells and Whistles
04 September 2010 by glynipig

40,000 miles in two years is good going and I enjoyed most of them. Short review - it's great and you will not regret it. For a longer look at the bike my blog review is here: http://glyniblog.com/?page_id=79

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 sweep1960
19 August 2010 by alanhiggins

2years & 8000 miles - very good but not quite a maximum. Plus points Engine, finish is great & comfort - I have done 7 hours North Wales accross country to South Coast straight no problem. Would not want to carry pillion too far though as I find it a bit cramped due to stepped seat & I like to slide back & use rear pegs on motorway cruising. I get 46-50mpg & so 200 miles, could not stand having a small range. Niggles - brakes arn't brilliant, they work but don't feel strong (having said that after my ZRX1200S they seemed brilliant so maybe it was just me having got used to them they no longer feel special) Handling a bit heavy at slow speed & nowhere to put anything mainly because of routing of exhaust. Pet hate - engine heat, I do not like toatsed legs which is what you get in town under 10mph. As good as my VFR750 but more oompf

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5 Can they do better?
06 May 2010 by gibbozxr

5 years on and it's still as sweet as when it was new. The sprint 1050 is like a good wine it gets better with age. I have the standard mods on crash bungs,tail tidy,screen and exurst which is a big improvement on the sound which was already good but now in surround sound. Great motor and comfy for all day riding. Did 600 miles in a day through europe last year and not a blip. Will take a look at the new one and the GT to see if its worth trading up. But have been really happy with the one I have. PS Why has the bike never been in the ride best tour/sports bike top 10 when the bmw/ducatis are always there? The ST is much better.than the VFR and ST2

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 If Carlsberg made Motorcycles.............
10 October 2009 by 2sCompany3sariot

Before I start, just in case you don't read any further, I will say that this probably the best bike I have ever owned. It’s a fantastic machine. I’ve had an06 model since new ,and done approx 14k so far. I've owned about 48 bikes (including FJ’s, VFRs, and a Blackbird) in my 30 years of riding so it is a special machine for me to say that. I actually got my sunset red ST1050 in ’06 after having owned its predecessor, the 955 Sprint since 2000, so I was familiar with the excellent 3-cylinder motor. In fact, it took me quite a few test rides to convince myself that the 1050 was worth changing to!! The 1050 is a much better handling machine and feels more balanced. It has a sportier riding position and feel but it is still comfortable. The extra power and torque are not hugely different (which is good) but the newer chassis helps make better use of it. I feel so much more confidence in the 1050 in just about every situation. It’s great to feel that level of confidence in a bike and it’s a real credit to Triumph’s development riders. I use BT020 tyres (just on 3rd set so averaging 6.5 k ), which must play some part in that feel but it’s the way that everything works together so well that makes it such a satisfying ride. The facelift really made the bike look classy and I think it will stand the test of time well. The revised instruments are much clearer and well laid out and the fuel guage is reasonably accurate. I love that blue lighting of the far right dial at night. They can be difficult to see with a full tank bag though. I ride mostly 1 up and the standard suspension settings are just about right for me (about 189lbs) so no complaints there! The engine and fuelling is fantastic and it’s perfect for touring, town or fast riding and also returns great fuel economy. My fuel log says my average is 49.08mp(uk)g. The worst was 41.6mpg & best was 58.15mpg. My “2 up with luggage touring in Europe” average is 50mpg. The sound (with a triumph race can) just tops it off! I haven’t done any major engine servicing myself (I have it dealer serviced at the moment) but I have done the oil and filter changes, chain adjusts etc and found everything easy enough to do. It seems to use a little oil between services but nothing of any concern! The build quality seems high and apart from one or 2 small stone chips on the front lower fairing nothing has rusted, worn or broken unexpectedly and the original battery is still in the there!! I replaced the stock saddle with a Corbin but still get bum ache after 110 miles or so - must be me! The saddle is slightly flatter for the pillions who like to see where they are going but don’t like the wind blast being up high! The saddle is quite a climb for short pillions too compared to the 955. I fitted the high bar option as I found the standard set up aggravated a shoulder injury. I think they updated the position with the ’08 models. I also opted for the brake master cylinder mod to makes the brakes more responsive. These are all early on issues , so later bikes should be better . I you do tour, beware of the heat coming up to the rear(givi|) rack from the pipes at standstill –it melted the bag I had wrapped the tent and sleeping bags in!!!! I had pre-empted that by bolting an aluminium food tray to the rack underside to deflect heat but it split at the end of the tour. If you have never tried one, just do it. It may be the package you have been looking for! I’m keeping mine!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 One year on
07 October 2009 by mjf65

Had the Sprint just over a year now and I have really gelled with it. The handling with Avon Storms fitted is superb, much better than those old Bridgestones. I have ridden friends bikes recently(CBF 1000 & FJR13) and they felt very wooly on the front end compared to the ST, nowhere near as stable and confidence inspiring, those four cylinder motors were also a bit souless but definately smoother. With 12k on the clock now the gearbox has improved no end nearly up to jap standards and less like BMW! On the downside the discs have warped slightly although they are still within tolerance, a common fault so I'm told. I would still recommend the Sprint as an excellent choice if you do a lot of mixed riding, not tried it on a track day yet tho.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 Brakes
07 September 2009 by Paul49

Hi Des, Take that plastic tie off your brake lever and try cleaning your caliper pistons. Believe me, problem solved.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5 First
05 July 2009 by Des264

Having owned a new one for over three years I feel qualified to rate the ST. A major improvement was having Ohlin springs and oil put in the front along with a splendid Ohlins unit on the rear. All fitted and set up by a qualified engineer. In addition, the power commander and bespoke exhaust raised the weedy 115hp (from new..dyno tested) to 127hp. However, the largest gain was in torque which went from 76ftlbs to 92ftlbs...great. The throttle is still too jerky for really accurate track day use but along with Bt016's I keep up with most of the big bikes on track although i'm beat on out and out excelleration and braking. All in all a good allrounder let down by poor panel work, too much plastic rattle, pethetic lights and silly panniers you cannot get your helmet in. Iv'e taken all that crap off anyway. I nice hugger helps and having the front brake blead regulary and keeping a plasti tie on the lever for 24hrs has improved the brakes by some considerable margin....wow.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
3 out of 5 Sooner have a 955
27 March 2009 by Paul49

I bought mine new June 2008 & covered 4k miles in 6 months including a trip to Italy & over the Bonnette 2802M into Provence, France. Good bits: Dipped beam lights are Brilliant when adjusted, handles well & feels light once under way, better leg room for pillion. Bad bits: Slower than my 955, much worse on fuel, panniers useless, slung them & fitted Givi's, rider seating feels like sat on camel, replaced seat with a Corbin style, main beam like a torch, terrible gearbox like stirring porridge with a teaspoon & finding lumps in it, not as much fun to ride as a 955, been designed by somebody on his notice. Luckily I kept my 955 ('cos it's done 54k (by me)so I was only offered £1300 in Part ex!) which I keep getting out in preference. Why couldn't Triumph have just refined the 955's handling a tad & put better headlights on it?

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Tidy Triple
04 February 2009 by Stunty69

I bought the Sprint ST kind of 'by accident' I was offered an 06 plate in excellent condition at just the right money, so I went and bought it. Totally standard bike. I liked the bikes ability to run at speed, yet remained 'softly' comfortable without being spongy. I decided that a few more horses were needed so I bought the Triumph Sports exhaust and had the ECU remapped to suit. This now lets the engine really growl and adds a few mors 'ponies' to the back wheel. It also makes that now famous (especially near where I live) triple growl even more exciting. The ride is great, I can cover many miles without any issue at all. To be honest when i push it quite hard, I find the front brakes a little spongy, maybe time for a fluid change, not sure. It does handle very well, even two up. My girlfriend finds it extremely comfortable as well, although when we have the panniers fitted she says that affects comfort a little in terms of leg position. The build quality is bestter then most of the current crop of Japanese beasts, there are a couple of corroded fastners, but the paintwork all seems to be great. All in all, its fantastic motorcycle, can be more sport focused than most people realise, and suprises a few hyper-sports bike riders when it goes whizzing past them. Yep it gets the Stunty thumbs up!! Now if only they made it in KTM ORANGE !!!!

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 12000mls in 2summers
16 January 2009 by skidlidsyd

ticks all the boxes,the virtues of a four,speed,perfomance,smoothness,quick revs,the benifits of a twin,torque out the corners,engine braking,with its own sound,unmistaken triple.in all the miles ive done in all the wearthers never mist a beat.

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 3000 mile SprintST2008 evaluation
04 December 2008 by sprintrider30

I have just covered 3000 miles on the Sprint now and she's spent every night outdoors. It is by far, the best all rounder I have ever ridden. I needed a bike that could easily chew the miles up carrying gear for work, yet would allow me to keep a reasonable amount of face on Sundays. This is not an old mans bike. It looks amazing and is totally reliable. Basically everything I think is great with the bike except for these things which I think Triumph and manufacturers could improve on. 1. The Triumph approved Datatool alarm took lots of tinkering over the phone as it wasn't going off when it should and vice versa. 2. The heated grips are poor. 3. I have to mention the crash bungs, they are amazing and probaly saved me a grand last night! 4. The skidmarx aftermrket hugger is rubbish, it can't be fastened down to the right hand side of the swingarm, I can here it rattle when I go over big bumps. Why don't Triumph make an approved one, or fit as standard? 5. I have found false neutral twice. I'd buy one again though!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 My first non Jap bike
19 October 2008 by mjf65

After a 27 year diet of various Jap bikes I sold my FZS 1000 and I wasn't sure what to get next then along came a Sprint at the right price. Test rode it, loved it and bought it! The star attraction has got to be the engine, lovely torque right where and when you need it for the road. At first it seemed slow compared to the Yamaha but its a deceptively quick bike, the motor never feels strained so you need to keep an eye on the speedo. Wind protection is great, it destroys A roads and motorways. High speed handling is good and it always feels very planted and stable, great in the wet. The downside is it's a bit of a bus on the twisty Welsh B roads and it gets hot round town. Build quality seems a bit below par compared to the Jap or newer Italian bikes, plastic fairing panels are a bit thin and I've had the footplate hangers replaced due to corrosion already. Dealer is spot on though (Performance Triumph in Cheltenham)really helpful. So to sum up a great bike with character and best of all it's British.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Excellent and Unusual
11 October 2008 by cbr_lover

Myself and my partner have just upgraded to a 2008 Sprint 1050,and after test riding one,i can honestly say what a fantastic machine.Our previous bikes were a ZZR1100 & a CBR1000F. Ok so the sprint doesn't have the outright horsepower to compete with those two....but it is lighter,and the torque of the 3 cylinder motor is superb in any gear.If you want a great sports tourer with a more sporting bent then test ride one of these!Recommended!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Faith rewarded
01 October 2008 by waistedagain

I had an indifferent test ride on my ST spoiled by heavy traffic and what seemed like a lot of heat warming my inner thighs. I walked away from it but went back and found inspiration enough to buy it from the testimonials of others and its good looks. At 18 months old, it seemed expensive and its lifetime value is yet to be proved. The clincher was very low mileage and a continuing manufacturers warranty. I saw several Sprints like this and am suprised that anyone would buy this bike without setting off for the horizon and racking up some miles. Moving from and FZ6 Fazer accentuates the trading up element of the buy. Low down power from idle, mile-eating comfort, loads of carrying power and space and those good looks underpinned by the single sided swingarm. Two Euro tours in six weeks and even German BMW riders find themselves drawn to it. Other benefits with big outcomes for tourers include the power outlet (no more flat mobile phone) and the ability to play sports bike when the whim arises. The engine is the star, just listen to it crackling on over-run. On the downside, minor niggles include poor heat dispersal, brakes that could be a little more sustained from high speed and the petrol guage can be a bit optimistic in the middle of a tankful on long trips. The plastic handrails/pannier rails don't inspire confidence and a few more bungee points are needed. I've supplemented the Scottoiler with a lube tube; I hope I dont still own the bike when it needs re-filling as it only just fits. This bike was a leap of faith that in a very short time has rewarded me with excitement, long distances and a renewed faith in a great British bike name.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 fantastic
21 May 2008 by lulubike

my first triumph bike after owning many jap bikes was blown away by the handling and performance of the st . fantastic

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 '06 ST
06 February 2008 by Frampy

Due to a understanding employer I was supplied with a motorcycle of my choice to comute to London every day and also get around London. I got the '06 ABS ST as a new bike in August '07 it has just had it 12,000 mile service and has not really missed a beat. It had a fueling glitch in the low rev's early on but this has been recognised by Triumph and sorted. It's a shame the factory alarm does not have a warning 'bleep' once set i.e. if it gets an accidental knock, rather than going full alarm even if it gets a touch. This makes you think twice about leaving it in alarm. But apart from that I am soooooooo impressed.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 The Black Beast
13 January 2008 by mrt502

I have a phantom black 2007 model. I had the S4 alarm fitted and, to date, I can't fault it. The engine is the perfect blend of low down lazy torque and rev it hard power, whilst the agility is only let down by me. That said, it's the most stable bike in adverse conditions I've ridden in the decade I've been riding. For example, imagine this scenario: heavy rain, down hill, off camber corners, huge diesel spill. Despite all that, it still didn't fall over - all it needed to remain upright was the dab of a toe. Very confidence inspiring. Looking to take it to Spain in the summer so I'll let you know if any niggles crop up.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 Sprint ST 1050
09 December 2007 by gibbozxr

Had mine for nearly three years. Great bike, had it over to germany this year was so good on the autos and the roads aroune the ring its going back for more this coming may. Looking for a new can to get that bit more out of engin. Have looked at the two brthers can but have not seen one on a bike.Havn't seen many with mods come to thinkabout it. Any ideas out their?

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 top trump
01 November 2007 by scot_27

I've had my Sprint ST for 18 months now – it’s the ABS model and I love it. It's my first British bike and I did have some initial reservations about build quality and reliability. However I've now done 13,000 miles - the bike has proved totally reliable and has shrugged off a salt-caked winter with no problems or signs of corrosion. I'd considered a VFR but when ridden back to back with the Sprint the Honda was gutless and the VTEC irritating. The Triumph is comfier, faster, better looking and the triple sounds superb with the Triumph race can I’ve got fitted – just ride that wave of torque! I’ve done 300 miles in a day without any aches or pains – comfort is spot-on. Minor irritations are (1) a bit of a thirst for oil (used about 3litres outwith services in 13K). (2) headlights were poor but this is mainly because they were poorly adjusted from the factory – I’ve fitted uprated bulbs and moved the horizontal adjustment up a bit and now they’re fine (without annoying other road users). (3) front brakes need regular fettling to keep them sweet and the rear brake isn’t very impressive. (4) It took my local dealer 3 attempts to adjust the sensitivity of the Datatool System4 alarm to avoid false activations despite this being an official Triumph accessory. None of these niggles have spoiled my enjoyment of this bike – it’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face every time you ride it. I’d thoroughly recommend this bike – it pays to buy British!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 top trump
01 November 2007 by scot_27

I've had my Sprint ST for 18 months now and I love it. It's my first British bike and I did have some initial reservations about build quality and reliability. However I've now done 13,000 miles - the bike has proved totally reliable and has shrugged off a salty winter with no problems. I'd considered a VFR but when ridden back to back with the Sprint the Honda was just gutless and the VTEC irritating.vtec rode this

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 7500 miles later...........
21 October 2007 by GazST

I'm so happy I went for the sprint over the VFR . I love this bike so much , it's almost perfect in my eyes . It almost handles like a sports bike yet is comfortable for a whole days riding . My only concerns with the sprint are it's soft paintwork , it chips pretty easily . I was growing concerned about the engine using oil but this was just between 2000-4000 miles , it's not used a drop since . I'm planning a 2 week tour round western Europe next year and can't wait , this is THE bike to do it on . P.S. Did I say I loved this bike !

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 inspiring
07 August 2007 by jbmd

The ST's so good I started a blog about it, see www.motorcyclemeditation.com.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 Overall Pretty Good
04 July 2007 by 1050hayleytriumph

I have had my Sprint ST for 18 months now, I love it. Its a great bike, for a sports tourer its not too heavy and it handles brilliantly. I've put Raask pipes on it and it sounds much better - but not too loud. I've had many sports tourers over the years. Build quality is a little poor compared too jap bikes but as long as you keep on top of the maintenance and cleaning it should be fine. I do have one grievance with Triumph and that is the paintwork. I unfortunately dropped mine and had to replace a right hand fairing panel and had a lot of trouble getting a perfect match from an original panel ordered from Triumph. I have a sunset red coloured sprint st and it seems it was a different colour from the one that was being sold in the shop at the time I ordered my panel and it was also a different colour to the panel that eventually came. Triumph tell me they don't spray inhouse and had to have my original panel to match up new panel. Has anyone else had this problem? Otherwise great bike.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 wow!
11 June 2007 by englishbull666

This is truly an amazing machine, comfy yet nimble and able to scratch with the race boys. Looks are a little bespoke, yet the ride and the howl form the triple is awsome. Very friendly power delivery, yet quick also. I love this bike!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5 Sports bike w/o the pain
17 May 2007 by denman13

As my first British bike, I couldn't be much happier. Yes the mirrors still rattle a bit and the headlights aren't the best but hell, just put in some better beams. This thing handles so well, I almost forget it's a sport/TOUR bike. It's quick and fast and handles "almost" like the Daytona (which I almost got) but I can ride it for hours without getting stiff or cramped up. I got the ABS model which solved the brake issue I've heard from other people. The gel seat is kinder to my old ass than the pure sports ride and seat. I haven't had it too long so I'll write again once I've taken it on a longer trip.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Sprint ST
09 May 2007 by fergymilo

A British bike that beats the opposition. Fantastic to ride but mirrors poor and high beam headlights non existant otherwise a complete package

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Sprint ST
29 April 2007 by Acutulus

Great bike with great engine and good handling. The noise from the engine is very nice - it pops and bangs on closed throttle :) It doesn't come with an alarm, which seems a bit cheeky. I fitted a datatool system 4 and got the money back from my first years insurance. There is a triumph datatool alarm available so don't let any cowboys cut your wires.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 Fantastic Ride
14 April 2007 by sijoyce

I've had kwackers all my biking career with the last two being ZX9R's. What a waste, this bike - an 06 ST - is the best by far. Fantastic engine, excellent handling, beautifully comfortable (especially with the gel seat - maybe I'm getting a little old?) and most of all - it's stunning to look at...and that growl is to die for - I've binned the earplugs just to listen to her sing to me!!!! A fantastic bike - only let down by the good-looking but poorly performing headlights!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 Loadsa bike!!
29 March 2007 by franknshin

If you like sports bikes you'll like the ST. It's up,up and away right from the first twist of the throttle and asks to be ridden hard except when you're not in the mood- then it's happy to stroked. (The old bike/bird thing still works).

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5 New '07 Sprint ST
27 March 2007 by GazST

Have only had the sprint for a couple of weeks after trading in my trusty old Z750 . This thing is amazing , the engine is fantastic . The handling is rather good for a bike of it's size too . Still breaking her in so can't wait to see what the motor can really do . Will post another review once I have a few miles on the clock .

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5 ST 1050 Sprint (non ABS). Possibly the best road bike yet!
27 April 2006 by owen460

I traded in my 2005 zx6r for the sprint because my wife did'nt like riding pillion on the ninja, I'm so glad I did. The engine is fantastic, with loads of easy power anywhere in the rev range making it really easy to ride fast and letting you concentrate on your lines rather than paying attention to the revs. Handling is really good too, the bike turns in a little slower than the ninja but it can still be flicked from turn to turn with ease. The suspension gives plenty of feedback and is just right for the road. The brakes are good but don't have as much initial bite as the zx, they stop you fast though. The finish is also good, something I was a bit worried about! To top it off the bike looks great, sounds even better and now even the wife is happy! Strengths: Engine (with a great growl), comfort and the fact that a pillion does not effect the handling at all. Weaknesses: No hugger as standard. Thats it.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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