Nearly knocking Honda's invincible VFR from atop the sporty sport-touring/GT heap, the Triumph Sprint ST is a first-class blend of refined performance and reliability with European style and character. Who doesn't love that three-cylinder shriek? If its fit-and-finish score was a 10 instead of an eight, and its retail price closer to $10,000 than $11,000, Triumph might have had a winner. Nevertheless, in the land of the motorcycle classified ads, those numbers are moot. Unlike Honda's VFR, the Sprint ST can't match the VFR's reputation or resale value. For smart buyers, that's good. Take your pick of clean 1999s--with hard bags--for around six-large. If you rate practicality over investment value, check out the Sprint.