2011 Triumph Sprint GT | First Ride

What James Bond would ride

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Graeme Brown, Tim Keeton

tech
SPEC
Evolution
Triumph's Sprint ST sport-tourer, reconfigured to increase practicality, passenger comfort and performance, and rechristened the Sprint GT.

Rivals
BMW K1300GT, Honda VFR1200F, Kawasaki Concours14 and Yamaha FJR1300.

TECH
Price $13,199
Engine type l-c inline-triple
Valve train DOHC, 12v
Displacement 1050cc
Bore x stroke 79.0 x 71.4mm
Compression 12.0:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 128.7 bhp @ 9200 rpm
Claimed torque 80 lb.-ft. @ 6300 rpm
Frame Aluminum twin-spar with single-sided swingarm
Front suspension 43mm Showa fork
Rear suspension Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Nissin four-piston calipers, 320mm discs
Rear brake Nissin two-piston caliper, 255mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone BT-021
Rear tire 180/55ZR-17 Bridgestone BT-021
Rake/trail 23.5°/3.3 in.
Seat height 32.1 in.
Wheelbase 60.5 in.
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal.
Claimed dry weight 558 lbs.
Color Pacific Blue, Aluminum Silver
Available September
Warranty 2 yrs., unlimited mi.

Contact
Triumph Motorcycles America
385 Walt Sanders Memorial Dr. #100
Newnan, GA 30265
678.854.2010
www.triumphmotorcycles.com

Verdict 3.5 stars out of 5
The GT retains the sporting prowess of the Sprint ST while improving its touring ability, all at a value price.

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armarra
Great review, but radial brakes were actually invented to stop the steering shakes because of upside down forks. placing the callipers at another point around the disc like radial ones, does not improve braking performance. The usd forks are heavier and not used on the GT to keep weight down. The spongyness of the front brake lever was reduced to give more feel, even though this brings the takeup point further away from the grips.

For an Aston martin style bike, it would have been nice if it was available in ...well Aston Green as was the 2004 sprint.
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