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TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050 (2005-on) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

The best sports-touring motorcycle of its generation

TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050  (2005-on)

The best sports-touring motorcycle of its generation

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The Triumph Sprint ST is the best sports-touring motorcycle of its generation by some margin. It’s smooth, long-legged, comfortable and handsome, with a effortless power to shrinks distances with delightful ease. What's more, the Triumph Sprint ST's more sporty bent means it handles better than any motorcycle in its class.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The Triumph Sprint ST's initial turn-in is slow, but once the motorcycle's on its side it feels secure and reassuring. The Sprint ST's ride quality is superb, too, even with a pillion, with a suspension package that easily handles any road conditions at any speed. The four-piston front brakes are superb, only the vibratory mirrors spoil a near-perfect motorcycle.

Engine 5 out of 5

There’s something very special about the Triumph Sprint ST’s in-line triple. The DOHC, 1050cc motor howls when pushed and burbles when you rock off, like a thing alive. The Triumph Sprint ST is one fast motorcycle, too, thanks to slippery aerodynamics it’ll crack a true 160mph, which means leaving Honda’s VFR far behind. The fuel-injection is flawless, the ride vibe-free and as strong as an ox.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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. Find a Triumph Sprint ST 1050 for sale

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

Equipment 5 out of 5

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).

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued -
New price £8,675
Used price £2,500 to £6,700
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £400
Performance
Max power 123 bhp
Max torque 75 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Specification
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

History & Versions

Model history

2005: Triumph Sprint ST 1050 introduced.

Other versions

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

Owners' Reviews

48 owners have reviewed their TRIUMPH SPRINT ST 1050 (2005-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 ST 1050 (2005-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.9 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Perfect all-rounder - an absolute joy to ride

11 November 2017 by Alec696

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.
Build Quality & Reliability
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 & Running Costs
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

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.
Build Quality & Reliability
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 & Running Costs
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

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....
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Absolutely no problems. Quality is outstanding - I did upgrade the tires but that was a personnal choice for handling.
Value & Running Costs
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

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.
Build Quality & Reliability
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 & Running Costs
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

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
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems.
Value & Running Costs
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

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
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Major service considerably more
Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Triple awesome.

24 June 2016 by Misiu Misiu

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
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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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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

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)
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Best RELIABILITY Minor worst UNSOLVABLE OCCASIONAL STARTING DIFFICULTY (HOT ONLY)
Value & Running Costs
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

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
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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

What a bike!

06 June 2015 by Jan Hess

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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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
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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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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
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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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
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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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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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
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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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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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
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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

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
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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

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
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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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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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
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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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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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
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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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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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
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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

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
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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

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
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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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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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
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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
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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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
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Engine
4 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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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
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Engine
3 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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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 !!!!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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'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.

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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

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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 !

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inspiring

07 August 2007 by jbmd

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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 .

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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.

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