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2009 Triumph Sprint ST Sport-Touring Comparison Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2009 Triumph Sprint ST in the 2009 Sport-Touring Shootout in this Triumph Sprint ST photo gallery.

Twist the wrist and the Sprint’s heavy sportbike leanings manifest, literally, as one of the quickest and most aggressive corner carvers.
The Triumph’s brakes haul things down in fine enough fashion, but they rated at the bottom amongst its high-performance company. The 4-piston Nissin calipers up front transmit a more wooden feel to the lever when biting on the dual 320mm rotors, with a more pronounced front end dive too.
While it's sportier ergos hinder touring comfort, the Triumph's uncompromising character will fit perfectly with some riders.
The Sprint’s sportbike shortcomings build as the miles pile on. The sporty, forward pitch of the riding position aids in handling but places pressure on the wrists and lower back.
Viewed side by side, the Sprint's smaller screen and reduced rider protection in obvious.
The Triumph’s 578-lb curb weight mitigates, in part, the Triple’s displacement disadvantage as it pushes a full 86 fewer lbs than its closest competitor!
In spite of its touring hindrances, the Sprint’s lively Triple and reasonable MSRP make it an attractive sport-touring option.
The brilliant star of the Sprint ST is the 1050cc three-cylinder engine.
As the sole chain-driven bike in the test, the Sprint ST’s transfer of power to the rear wheel is one of the smoothest of the lot.
Sure, the Sprint’s 1050cc are outclassed by double digits on the dyno by the Fours’ 200-plus extra cc. However, even in stock trim, nothing matches the English mill’s pure personality and character.
While the Beemer and Kawi motor proved the big brutes in our ST testing cadre, the Triumph’s scrappy Triple belts out a robust powerband too.
At $11,999 in base trim, with $12,799 for ABS, the Sprint's MSRP beats its closest competitor, the Kawasaki, by a full $1500.
The 2009 Triumph Sprint ST is a fine motorcycle, but its lack of touring refinements placed it behind its competition.