REVIEW – TRIUMPH SPRINT ST

The Sprint ST represents the very pinnacle of sports touring refinement.   It’s a bike that has never made compromises – it’s defied them. It’s a sports bike that covers distance, a touring bike that carves corners. It possesses a truly usable mix of poise, power and all-round practicality and in many ways is a true ‘GT’ motorcycle.

 

The ST’s 1050cc, fuel-injected, three-cylinder motor has huge reserves of torque for linear, effortless drive in any gear and ample horsepower for when it’s needed. Peak power is an impressive 125PS at 9,250rpm while peak torque of 104Nm arrives at just 5,000rpm.

Enhancing the engine is a buttery six-speed gearbox – with remote gear change linkage – and clutch fitted with an anti-backlash gear. The character of the three-cylinder layout is unfettered but the engine has a seamless polish that provides a perfect counterpoint to the lusty power delivery. The Sprint ST has an engine to revel in, to explore and, most of all, use to the full.

Matching the Sprint ST’s sublime engine is a superb chassis. An aluminium beam frame, featuring a wheelbase of 1454mm, makes for a fabulously composed yet fast-steering motorcycle, with a huge scope of ability. High quality 43mm cartridge telescopic forks, adjustable for spring preload, are used for fine control while the rear shock is remotely adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping. A pair of powerful, four-piston brake calipers mated to 320mm floating discs provide superb stopping power, a two-piston caliper and 255mm disc slow the rear wheel.

 

The Sprint ST’s sleek look is both functional and stunning and everywhere neat touches, like the chrome infill bars and front indicators set in the mirrors, add class. Styling cues, such as the triple front headlights and triple exit exhausts, LED rear light, complement each other fluidly and the Sprint ST has a cohesive air of a machine that mixes function and form perfectly. Instrumentation includes an LCD trip computer with average MPG and speed functions, amongst others. Fuel capacity is a useful 21 litres (5.5 gal US).

 

Further expanding the Sprint ST’s role is the colour-matched factory-designed hard luggage (available as an optional extra), which has been specifically designed for the ST.  A host of other accessory items are also available, including GPS and an ABS braking system, which features high on the list of desired attributes for touring riders, particularly on the continent.

Triumph’s ABS system is carefully designed to be unobtrusive and to retain all the sensations and feel of riding, simply adding to the rider’s control under hard braking.    The system, which works independently on the front and rear brakes, operates at 100 calculations per second and so can sense the exact moment the wheel is about to lock up.  It then releases the brake a fraction of a second to allow the wheel to regain grip before reapplying the brake.  The switch controlling this process operates at a mere four milliseconds and the system modulates the pressure between these two points to achieve optimum braking.

 

Three colour options – Caspian Blue, Sunset Red and Aluminium Silver – are available for both the standard and ABS models.

 

The Sprint ST has proved itself a class mover – in more than one sense – and is undoubtedly the shrewd choice of any rider looking for a versatile, all-round motorcycle with a sporting edge and real sense of style and panache.

Colour Options

Sunset Red

Caspian Blue

Aluminium Silver

 

Triumph Accessories

 

Panniers                                               Heated Grips

Top Box                                               Aero Screen

GPS Satellite Navigation                          Carbon Tank Pad

Tank Bag (20-30 or 15 litres)                   Pannier Inner Bags

Sports Throwover Panniers                      Top Box Inner Bag

Gel Seat                                              Top Box Back Rest

Colour Coordinated Mirrors                       All Weather Bike Cover

Accessory Silencer (for off road use only)      Alarm Immobiliser

Specification

Engine Type   Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Capacity   1050cc
Bore/Stroke   79 x 71.4mm
Compression Ratio   12.0:1
Fuel System   Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Ignition   Digital – inductive type – via electronic engine management system
Primary Drive   Gear
Final Drive   X ring chain
Clutch   Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox   6-speed
Frame   Aluminium beam perimeter
Swingarm   Single-sided, aluminium alloy with eccentric chain adjuster
Wheels Front Alloy 5 -spoke, 17 x 3.5in
  Rear Alloy 5 -spoke, 17 x 5.5in
Tyres Front 120/70 ZR 17
  Rear 180/55 ZR 17
Suspension Front 43mm cartridge forks with dual rate springs and adjustable preload
  Rear Monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound damping
Brakes Front Twin 320mm floating discs, 4 piston calipers

(ABS model available)

  Rear Single 255mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Length   2114mm (83.2in)
Width (Handlebars)   750mm (29.5in)
Height   1145mm (45.1in)
Seat Height   805mm (31.7in)
Wheelbase   1457mm (57.4in)
Rake/Trail   24º / 90mm
Weight (Dry)   210kg (462lbs)

(ABS model: 213kg (469lbs))

Fuel Tank Capacity   20 litres (5.2 gal US)
Maximum Power   125PS (123 bhp) at 9,100 rpm
Maximum Torque   105Nm (77ft.lbf) at 7,500 rpm

PERFORMANCE MEASURED AT CRANKSHAFT TO DIN 70020

 

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