2011 Triumph Sprint GT 1050 First Look

May 18, 2010
JC Hilderbrand
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2011 Triumph Sprint GT
Triumph gives the GT a new look with an
updated fairing and repositioned exhaust.
2011 Triumph Sprint GT

So you’re not willing to give up the sportbike handling, but you’ve got places to go and people to see – and they’re a long way away. That’s where Sport Touring bikes come into play, but according to Triumph Motorcycles, for some customers the ST market is a tad short on the “touring” component.

For 2011, Triumph is introducing an updated version of the Sprint ST with greater comfort and storage amenities – the Sprint GT 1050 (Grand Tourer). The British manufacturer calls it “a composed machine with precise and intuitive handling to keep up with sports bikes on demanding roads, but equally delivering the comfort required for a long two-up ride cross-country.”

Powered by an updated 1050cc Triple, the GT promises a spirited ride with a claimed 130 horsepower (five more than the 2010 ST) and wonderful exhaust note. What make it a better touring bike are the new 31-liter hard saddlebags, ABS brakes and claimed 200-mile range.

“The motorcycle market continues to become more refined, which calls for manufacturers to evolve our product lines to provide what customers are demanding,” said Jim Callahan, Triumph’s North American Marketing Manager. “The Sprint GT blends all of the great performance and style of the Sprint ST with some additional comfort and storage space that sport touring riders are looking for.”

An exhaust muffler exits under the right saddlebag where the swingarm would be if it weren’t single-sided, rather than underseat. The fairing is redesigned for better performance while incorporating the familiar but updated three-light illumination setup. Reflector headlights replace the ST’s projector-style units. A three-dial computer display transmits data through an analog speedo and tach with a

2011 Triumph Sprint GT 1050 Specs
2011 Triumph Sprint GT
Engine: Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, Triple
Displacement: 1050cc
Bore/Stroke: 79 x 71.4mm
Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
Fuel System: Multipoint sequential EFI with SAI
Final Drive: X-ring chain
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox: 6-speed
Frame: Aluminum beam perimeter
Swingarm: Single-sided, aluminum
Front Wheel: Cast aluminum 5 -spoke, 17 x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel: Cast aluminum 5 – spoke, 17 x 5.5 in
Front Wheel: 120/70 ZR 17
Rear Tire: 180/55 ZR 17
Front Suspension: Showa 43mm cartridge forks with dual rate springs and adjustable preload, 5 in travel
Rear Suspension: Showa monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound damping, 6 in travel Front Brakes: Twin 320mm floating discs, Nissin 4-piston calipers, ABS standard
Rear Brakes: Single 255mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper, ABS standard
L x W x H: 88.6 x 29.9 x 47.6 in
Seat Height: 32.1 in
Wheelbase: 60.5 in
Rake/Trail: 23.5 degree / 84 mm
Wet Weight: 590 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 US gals
Colors: Pacific Blue, Aluminum Silver
MSRP: $13,199

digital unit to monitor fuel consumption, trip time, average speed, clock and range-to-empty. The dual 320mm floating front brake discs are lighter and pinched by Nissin four-piston calipers. The 255mm rear disc is also lighter for ’11, and ABS is now standard.

A 43mm Showa fork is carried over from the ST, but with updated internals. Out back is a completely new shock which uses a hand-twist, remote preload adjustment. Overall length increases 5.4 inches, width by 0.4 inches and seat height jumps 0.4 inches. Wheelbase stretches 3.2 inches to 60.5. Steering geometry is changed as well with 23.5 degrees of rake and 84mm of trail versus 24 degrees and 90mm on the ST. The claimed wet weight climbs to 590 pounds.

Watch for the new GT model in dealers this fall as an early release 2011 machine with a base price of $13,199. Available colors are Pacific Blue and Aluminum Silver, and riders can purchase accessories like heated grips, taller windscreen, gel seat, magnetic tank bags that provide an additional 30 liters of storage capacity and a large top box which features a 12-volt accessory outlet.

Be sure to check out this 2011 Sprint GT 1050 video which shows the bike, and its male/female riders, stripped down to their skivvies. 

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