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. Riders looking for a machine that is not only fun on the road, but also is able to cover distance with ease. It’s fast, comfy, practical, reliable and above all stonking value for money. With its 1050cc triple it easily outgunned Honda’s VFR800 for pure drive and without the need for an awkward V-TEC system, while its chassis is also far more accomplished.
Triumph’s 1050cc three cylinder 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. Any bike Triumph put the 1050 triple engine in instantly has one huge factor in its favour and the Sprint is no exception. Not only does the engine sound superb, it’s also a joy to use with excellent fuel injection and a relaxed and torque-laden midrange.
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. 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.
The Sprint comes with an extremely well padded seat that is equally comfortable for the pillion, the clip-on bars are set nice and high while the pegs are reasonably low and the fairing is effective. It’s a comfortable bike for covering distance and has a tank range well over 150 miles. Check out the bags!! Lots of storage. Ready for the long haul?? Triumph Sprint ST is!!! Fully serviced, and ready to ride!!!
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