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2007 Triumph Sprint ST Bike Test

Monday, July 23, 2007
2007 Triumph Sprint ST - Wallpaper
The 2007 Triumph Sprint ST looks good, but to test out the Triple-powered British beauty we logged over a thousand miles on some of our favorite routes.
Shooting through a corner past a 200-foot tall Coastal Redwood, the candy apple red Triumph Sprint ST picked up easy as I aimed it at the next twist of asphalt and dipped into yet another apex on California's Redwood Highway,  US-199.

"Come on Red, show me what you got," I muttered under my helmet as the gigantic trees blurred in the periphery.

Alright, so naming and talking to inanimate objects is one of the first signs of dementia, but call us crazy because our borrowed Sprint ST was just the kind of machine you can carry on a conversation with. In fact, we chatted with the British beauty for well over a thousand miles this summer.

The 2007 Trumpet ST was evaluated over two long-distance rides by our ever-inquisitive minds. The first was a 953-mile journey by our resident sport-touring expert and regular photographic contributor, Tom Lavine, who headed south from our Medford, Oregon HQ for the AMA Superbike races at Infineon Raceway. The second was a 404-mile coastal trek by yours truly, which took us from our headquarters to the Pacific Coast via the aforementioned 199 and back. Those two journeys, along with a couple random rides thrown in for good measure, gave us ample time to evaluate the Trumpet's performance abilities.

It's common sense, when evaluating any motorcycle, to start with the engine. This logic makes double sense for the Triumph, as the Inline-Triple powerplant has come to define the modern designs created by this historic European marque. The liquid-cooled 1050cc mill on the Sprint is the same platform supporting its 1050 siblings, the Speed Triple and Tiger, sharing the same 79mm bore and 71.4mm stroke.

The Tornado Red Triumph just pops with color on our coastal journey. Photographer Tom Lavine noted again and again in his notes how good looking he thought this bike is. - 2007 Triumph Sprint ST
On the outside the Sprint ST looks good, but it's what's on the inside that counts, and the 1050cc Inline-Triple is what gives the Triumph some character and spunk.
Claimed horsepower on the three 1050s show that the Sprint (125 hp, 77 lb-ft) has been tuned somewhere in the middle ground between the high-octane Speed Triple streetfighter (131 hp, 77 lb-ft) and the less prodigious but versatile Tiger adventure-tourer (114 hp, 74 lb-ft). When we rolled the ST onto our rear-wheel dyno it topped out at 118.4 hp at 9400 rpm, with torque numbers peaking at 72.1 lb-ft at 7800 rpm. Power production on the Sprint is a nice blend of brute horsepower and usable torque. The flat torque curve right there from bottom to top, while horsepower comes on strong and steady with the upper revs really cranking it out.

The translation onto the street is a spunky motor, which delivers plenty of practical muscle in every situation. Downshifting into a curve and the torquey low end chugs along, even if you should have dropped it down another gear or two. The linear horsepower makes passing obstacles, like a double-trailer semi, a simple matter of twist and go.

Our only complaint with the Triple powerplant on the Sprint is the throttle response, which wasn't altogether smooth.

"We were riding through the twisties and I decided to wick it up a little," explained Lavine on his biggest knock about the Triumph. "That very moment when you start to accelerate is far from seamless, it actually was abrupt. Believe me I tried as hard as I could to be as smooth at possible and although it wasn't bad, it sure wasn't perfect either."

Power production on the Sprint is a nice blend of brute horsepower and usable torque. The flat torque curve means powert is always right there when you need it  from bottom to top  while horsepower comes on strong and steady with the upper revs really cranking it out. 2007 Triumph Sprint ST
The dyno chart reveals the character of the Triple powerplant motoring the Sprint, steady torque throughout the powerband and rising horsepower that tops out at 118 ponies at 9400 rpm.
Calling the Sprint's throttle abrupt may be a skosh harsh, but it could be smoother. The Sprint's choppy sensation continues on deceleration as well, but we couldn't get too upset at that fact, as one of the most lovable traits about the ST occurs when the throttle is let off and you can hear the burbling backbeat of the Triple.

Overall the Triple's positive traits, of which the exhaust tone is a vital aspect, won us over. There is just so much character and vitality coming out of the Trumpet engine that it brings a smile behind the helmet.

"I really liked this engine and its exhaust note," said Lavine. "This bike can flat get with it!"

While the fueling isn't super smooth, the ST's clutch and 6-speed transmission are. The transmission/clutch package is almost without comment, which is not to say it is bland, just refined and effortless. The adjustable clutch lever didn't require an iron grip and the wet, multi-plate clutch is fitted with an anti-backlash gear.

The "without comment" statement above could also be affixed to the Sprint's suspension. The two suspenders, a 43mm front fork and single rear shock, said everything by what we didn't feel. There weren't any shakes in the road that caused us alarm, no sketchy moments with the front end, no garbled feedback, no instances where the units were overwhelmed, and they didn't feel stiff either. The two Showa units delivered just the kind of performance you'd seek from a sport-touring machine.

2007 Triumph Sprint ST
When the twists and turns begin, the Triumph reveals that it has truly mastered the sport aspect of its ST moniker with its easy handling.
The Sprint's Nissin stoppers get the job done without any drama. Lever feel is nice and progressive with the Sprint coming to a halt without any trouble. If you want the 130-to-0 mph, stoppie-inducing super stompers, throw some bags on your superbike. For your sport-touring Sprint, the dual 320mm rotor/four-piston caliper front and single 255mm rotor/two-piston caliper configurations get the job done.

Our test model also came equipped with Triumph's $800 optional ABS. Unlike BMW's linked ABS system, the Triumph design works independently on the front and rear binders. Under hard application the ABS senses wheel lock-up and releases braking for a fraction of a second. Triumph claims the system can make 100 calculations per second, and we'll take their word for it since my brain can't even make the calculations to rub my stomach and pat my head at the same time. Although we were fortunate to never encounter an adrenaline-jolting ABS moment during our testing time, the system does deliver a safer braking package to the rider, which we appreciate.

Once the road starts throwing some curves, the Sprint shines with its sporty handling. The Sprint's "ST" moniker designates it a "sport-tourer" after all, and a rider will have no trouble engaging the sportiest of roads aboard the Triumph. Handling is quick and, there's that word again, effortless. Our testers never tired from shifting around a bulky, top-heavy tourer, as the Sprint ST feels like it carries much of its 554-lb tank-full weight down low (523 lbs tank empty).

Red poses next to one of the giant Coastal Redwoods that litter US-199 - the Redwood Highway.
The Triumph Sprint ST sure looks small next to this Coastal Redwood and on the road, the Trumpet doesn't feel bulky or lethargic in transitions, seeming to carry its 554 tank-full weight close to the ground.
On top of its light feel, the Sprint's sporty nature is aided by a 57.4-inch wheelbase and 24-degree rake. Compared side-by-side, the Sprint's geometry reads closer to a superbike than larger sport-tourers like the Yamaha FJR1300 or BMW K1200GT.

"I realize this bike is classified as a sport-touring bike, but I do feel it's leaning heavily toward the sport end of the spectrum," said Lavine. "This bike is for the guy who has ridden sportbikes most of his life and wants something with a little more comfort and luggage."

The riding position has a slight forward pitch. It was decent but didn't feel quite right on my 400-mile excursion. Either my lower back or wrists ended up aching after a couple hundred miles, depending on which one I wanted to take the brunt of the pressure from the sport-inclined position. The 2007 Sprint is touted in Triumph's literature as having had the bars raised and moved back to "give a more relaxed riding position", but I could have used another inch or so in height. The seat was comfy but not as tush-friendly as some we have sampled.

While the Sprint excels at the sport designation in its ST intentions, the touring aspects are not as impressive. This is not to say the Triumph does anything horrible, it just didn't blow us away. There were a number of features missing from our ST which would make it a more comfortable touring platform, like heated handgrips and an adjustable windshield. The good thing is the Sprint is supported by numerous accessories and aftermarket options to personalize the bike, so thawing your frozen mitts isn't a problem with the $200 Heated Grip Kit available in Triumph's accessory catalog.

The Sprint s riding position is upright with a slight pitch forward. This takes a toll on the rider s wrists during long highway stints. - 2007 Triumph Sprint ST
The Triumph's riding position is pretty comfortable, but the slight pitch forward puts some pressure on the wrists and can get uncomfortable after a couple hundred consecutive miles in the saddle.
As far as the windscreen is concerned, it offers decent wind protection, but a taller rider is still going to feel a fair amount of breeze. The '07 Sprint had its screen raised to improve protection but, like the handlebars, we would've liked it to stretch just a little further. The $139 Flip Up Screen available as an accessory might be a solution.

Touring luggage often feels awkward and causes a lot of head scratching while getting accustomed to a new system on a new bike. The hard saddlebags which come standard on the 2007 Sprint were no exception. Once we realized the big area surrounded by the pop-up handle was the button to open the bag, we were able to unlock and remove the bags without any hassle. The bags themselves are functional and large enough to support some weekend trips, but extended tours would benefit from the accessory top case ($345) or tank bag ($140).

The fit and finish on the Sprint is good, but not perfect. We'd have said it was better if we hadn't had to disassemble much of the bodywork to get a reading on our dyno. In our effort to find the right wire we removed much of the side fairing and noticed that some of the parts, although they looked great, seemed a bit chintzy, like the wobbling chrome accent fin on the side panel. Also, some of the switch-gear was pretty vanilla, like the standard turn signal button. Self-cancelling signals would be nice, but hey, we're tough, so we can live with the status quo.

On the plus side, Lavine noted one of the ST's nicer subtleties in the rim-mounted valve stems, which make pressure changes a one-handed affair. We also enjoyed the mirrors, which provided ample views out back. The mirror arms also housed the front turn signals, whose prominence make the bike more visible on the road, something we can't get enough of.

When the road starts to get twisty  the Triumph Sprint ST delivers what all great bikes should; a smile underneath the rider s helmet. 2007 Triumph Sprint ST
When the sun settles into the horizon this trio of head lamps really light things up by throwing a wide path of light ahead. On high-beam, the center bulb illuminates much farther ahead but does not quite provide the side-to-side coverage of the low beams.
As far as the cockpit goes, instrumentation is neat and readable, with analog speedo and tach teamed next to an LCD display. The information displayed on the right-side screen was both informative and fun, with the real-time mpg figure a favorite of Lavine's in particular.

"I was most interested in the instantaneous fuel consumption," mused Tom. "Just a slight rotation of the throttle resulted in the mileage going down, right now. If the bike were in sixth gear, coasting downhill, the fuel consumption would drop to 99.9."

A novelty at first, we'd gladly trade half of the amusing-but-less-vital info, even instantaneous fuel consumption, for a gear position indicator. Speaking of fuel consumption, during Lavine's 953-mile trek the Sprint averaged 49.2 mpg, while our shorter, curvier coastal route saw 40.5 mpg figures.

But enough with the stats and numbers! Let us get subjective for a minute and delve into the Sprint's looks. Of course, fashion is subject to taste, but both Lavine and I kept going gaga over our Tornado Red ST. Throughout testing we'd prop the red machine next to a scenic backdrop and it would just pop with color. Maybe we're nuts, but on more than one occasion I heard Tom exclaim my exact thoughts when he'd say, "Damn that's a good looking bike!"

People like pictures of lighthouses and motorcycles  so...
With an asking price of $11,699 for the ABS version, the Triumph Sprint ST presents a competitive and affordable option in the sport-touring market.
There are conscious styling cues, we assume, to incorporate the triple motif on the Sprint, including the trio of headlights up front and three-pipe exhaust. The single-sided swingarm is both trick-looking and clean and the bodywork just looks damn good. The color and lines make the Sprint almost irresistible.

Beyond the performance evaluations and raw data, there's something about a bike that you can't quite describe. We like to call this intangible element the Grin Factor, and the Sprint gave us plenty to smile about. It's a question of character, and with its sweet-sounding motor and agreeable nature the Sprint has that extra something.

As for its place in the sport-touring market, would the Sprint hold up in a head-to-head comparo? Well, it's got some great contenders to battle with, but its $10,899 ($11,699 with ABS) MSRP fares well against the ABS-equipped FJR at $13,799. Performance-wise we imagine the Sprint would do just fine (hmm, speaking of which, we haven't done a sport-touring comparo for a while now...). That's where the Triumph's bubbling personality comes into play. The rambunctious Sprint is a machine we envision someone buying and riding many thousands of miles on touring adventures and weekend play rides.

Come to think of it, it's just the type of machine that has enough character and personality that you'd want to name it. And maybe, just maybe, when no one was looking, start talking to it.


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DeaconBlues   October 26, 2014 01:31 PM
I purchased a Sapphire Blue 2008 model in June of 2013, and it definitely made commuting a lot more fun. Only got to take short trips on it due to work schedule (three-four hour rides outside of Dallas and a jaunt over to Hot Springs AK) but even so, I always looked forward to my time in the saddle. However... I did fall victim to something that has popped up occasionally with Triumph 955 and early 1050 motors. In December of 2013 I encountered a harsh rattling noise on a lunch ride, so I nursed it home and garaged it until I could get funds to have it repaired. Originally the shop thought it was a top-end problem (loose cam chain tensioner) but they couldn't replicate the noise. So in February of 2014 I got the bike back. 5 miles later... it was dead at the side of the freeway. The noise was a failing connecting rod bearing, and that last bit of high-rev highway travel had spun it completely and FUBAR'd one of the pistons. Rather than have the mechanic tear apart the motor and redo the bottom end, we elected to try and find another bike to transplant the engine from. I suppose it's a good thing that Triumph Speed Triples and Sprints don't often show up as salvage bikes in North Texas... wasn't good for my problem, but it did mean that people don't just dump them for newer or better bikes when they get damaged. We spent eight months looking around locally before I broke down and ordered a salvage motor from New Jersey. The motor has been delivered and the transplant work is ongoing - I hope to have my Strumpet back by the first weekend in November. The point to this tale? When buying a Sprint (or Speed Triple or Tiger) used, look carefully at it, and if it appears to have gone sideways hard enough to rash up the plastics, ask the owner if the motor was allowed to run while the bike was down. This position causes oil sump issues that can possibly lead to failed bearings a couple thousand miles down the road. If you do get such a bike, don't push it hard, bounce it off redline frequently, or otherwise hammer the motor (*shifty eyes*). And if it starts sounding harsh, take it to a mechanic immediately and have them put the stethoscope to the bottom end and make sure. Other than that? Can't say enough good things. The Sprint rides well, carries a decent amount of luggage, and looks great.
Joel W -MotoUSA's video review and article helped me purchase a Sprint ST  November 18, 2010 09:19 PM
Just wanted to say that I will be taking delivery of a second hand 2007 Sprint ST (with only 18000km) in just over a week now. MotoUSA's video review on their tornado-red sprint st, praising the bike to high heaven really helped me make my purchase. So I too bought it in tornado-red. Dang it looks nice with panniers! Cheers guys. (Also, it's really nice to hear everyone's opinions on the bike. It's one thing to hear a bike reviewed by a professional journalist, but it's something entirely different - and perhaps more valuable - to hear it from the consumers.)
D. Alan -Reply to shock comments  September 24, 2010 08:38 PM
http://video.yahoo.com/watch/4405173/11814754

good video about "out-of-the-box" suspension ability. Get something like this done, unless you fall in the 150-160 category (unloaded) as this video does.

note - I have no connection to the vid. stumbled across it and found it useful. At 155 soaking wet, I understand why I haven't had any problems with shocks that some others have reported.
Fraser -Rear Suspension 2009 Sprint St 1050  August 19, 2010 09:47 PM
I just wondered if anyone had replaced the rear shock on their Sprint's I have an 2009 and love the bike but the rear shock does not work well up for me fully loaded. I did the math and was carrying 475 lb's fully loaded counting the weight of the 2 saddle bags, duffle bag on rear, and tank bag plus, wife and yours truly. Granted most of you may not be carrying this much but I haven't had a bike before where the shock bottomed out so regularly - even on fairly smooth back roads. It was cranked up to the maximum preload. Any suggestions - make model, experiences would be appreciated
Reece -Sprint ST vs K1100LT  September 21, 2009 08:55 AM
Just bought a used 2007 Sprint ST and am looking forward to compairing it to my 94 K1100LT. I wanted something a bit sportier. I did not want to drop 20K on the BMW K1200GT
relfie -triumph st pillion  September 9, 2009 08:57 AM
can anyone give me some feedback on the pillion comfort.need to convince the wife so i can buy one.
turfy -sprint st  August 9, 2009 08:50 AM
how tall is madson im 6 ft and thinking of getting one .are they ok for big guys
Tim -2007 Sprint ST Follow-up  August 2, 2009 08:23 PM
I now have put 16K on my 2007 Sprint ST and still love it! So glad I put more padding in the seat though. Rode it from San Jose, CA over Sonora Pass, down 395, through Death Valley, to St George, UT, then to Zion, Nat. Park, then Bryce Canyon Nat Park, through Red Rock Canyon, through the Monument Valley, to the Grand Canyon and back in 2 days and the bike could not have been better! Only downer is it is in the shop now for a bad starter motor (I think), and am putting the "Off-road" Silencer on it, because the stock pipes are just too quiet - you can hear the whir of the engine over the exhaust note (but all stock mufflers are all that way - over-regulated to the point of ridiculousness). I can't get over how easy and enjoyable it is to ride, with plenty of power, too, even with two up. And, I got tons of compliments on the look of the bike, from men and women. The guys all said "nice bike", and the women all said, "nice bike, I love the color". On the trip I averaged over 55 miles per gallon. Rode from San Jose to San Diego in 2 days taking the "long way" and it was sweet! Then rode it back the San Jose mostly on I-405 and Rt 101 the next day and loved every minute of it (except when it got over a 100 degrees :-).
Steve -Twisty  June 9, 2009 03:10 AM
Hi all st's, I'm from South Africa and just did approx 1000k's over two days in what we know as the the lowveld (Mpumalanga). Awesome riding with plenty twisties of different nature. I did all this with loaded panniers and was reasonably impressed with the handling for my limitations. Would love to and will do it with no panniers to compare. Any comments with respect to comparison.
Russ -2nd Triumph  June 5, 2009 03:02 PM
Hi all... Russ from the UK here. I bought a new Sprint ST in July 2008 (Tornado Red of course!) - my first new bike since a Yamaha 350YPVS in 1989 (which was stolen after 28 days!). My previous bike was a Tiger 955i, which I did 32,000 on over 2 years (great bike!) I fancied a change so went for the Sprint. Took a little while to get used to the riding position, but now I have moulded to it (like you eventually do with any bike), it's perfect. Engine is superb, SO much character. Should be noted that for the first 3,500 miles it used quite a bit of oil (1.5 litres in total), but in the last 2,000 miles since then it has used virtually none, so don't be too concerened if the ST burns a bit in it's early miles, seems a trait that affects the 675 Daytona too... The bike has just hit 6,000 miles and the engine is better than ever. Noticed on my Tiger that it was at it's best after the 12,000 mile service, so am sure there is more to come. Longest trip so far was a 500 mile weekend trip to Scotland. Good comfort, screen and riding position excellent for my 6'1" frame (far quieter than the Tiger!). The included paniers are crap compared to the Tiger's / old style Sprint items, flimsy and overly complicated to remove / open and close. Givi items are far better if your Sprint doesn't come with Triumph's as standard. The panniers will NOT take a full face helmet either (although the matching Triumph topbox will... just!) Bike is superb apart from 2 things... 1. The mirrors are excellent below 75mph, but after that they vibrate so badly it's hard to see what's behind you, and 2. The "improved" headlights are very good on low beam, but high beam is laughable, just makes the centre of the low beam spread a tiny bit brighter, no extra "throw". I don't ride too much after darkthough so not too bothered. Conclusion? After 23 years and 19 different bikes, the best I've ever owned. If you get a Sprint ST 1050, you won't be disappointed! Cheerio chaps...
Johny Dubya -I love my sprint  June 1, 2009 10:51 PM
I own an '05 Sprint ST. LOVE it. Beautiful, as fast as you could want at anything less than insane speeds, effortless handling. The factory bags are a snap. Very easy, in comparison to what the article says. They're awesome. I keep up just fine with my buddies on their '08 gixers and cbr1000s. And carry all their crap for them too! Comfortable for the long haul on the highway as well. I've done 8 hours in the saddle at a stretch with no undue discomfort. Basically, I wouldn't trade it for any other bike on the road...period.
Steve -3rd Triumph  May 27, 2009 03:15 AM
I've had 3 Triumphs, with 2 sprints, 2000 and 2008 models. Both st's are great but the 2008 takes the cake. A pity you can't get after market top box fitting for a topbox, the original st bracket/fitting is so expensive
Tim -1 year old 8500 Miles  April 23, 2009 08:53 PM
This bike is a BLAST! Have it here in Chicago, and have rode this all thru the Smokeys and the Alleghenies, and just love to let it rip in 3rd and 4th at 5K to 8K RPM. I have no issues at all, just replaced the tires at 8500...brakes and pads are still 40%. I added Heated Grips.
Brendan -Just test rode a 2008 model - will purchase one soon  April 18, 2009 11:27 PM
My current ride is a FJR1300. Comfortabe, plenty of power, great tourer but too heavy to be the quite the sporty bike Yamaha claim. The Sprint is a sports bike that tours. My wife liked her half hour as a pillion and I hope that several hours on board find her just as happy. It should be a bike that enables me to keep up with the ST Ducatis that my mates ride. I agree with Tim that storage is tight. Another compartment on the left side would be handy but a small tail bag would help. No where to lock helmets to the bike or did I miss something? Anyway I'm hanging out to buy a red Sprint. (red is faster after all)
bakwheeltango -love mine!  February 18, 2009 04:42 PM
I love mine have had it for 2yrs and about 40000kms. the bike is a great all around package and as far as i'm concerned there's nothing else like it. the only thing that bugs me is the weak headlights.. but it hasn't affected me much since I hardly ever night ride. I would like to update them sometime soon. the brakes are sufficient - but could be way better. I love doing a weekend trip on mine. it does everything I need it to... along with the occasional wheelie. need proof well see "1050tango" on utube. ;)
H. Hilfiker -08 Sprint St  February 7, 2009 09:36 PM
I have to say that of all the bikes I've owned, from cruzers to sport to sport touring this is by far the best bike I have ever owned... I don't have really much negative to say about the bike... it's exceptionally comfortable, has all the power that you could ever want, it begs to be riden fast and is just so smooth yet responsive. The only thing that I really really would love to see is a belt drive, it's my only complaint... common, a bike like this loves endless miles as I love to put endless miles on it but to have to service the chain and replace it at such frequent intervals just doesn't makes sense. So to Triumph, please please please put a belt on this beautiful bike. Thank you. HH
Danny -Triumph Sprint 2007 purchased August 2007  December 24, 2008 11:44 AM
This is the first Sport-Tourer I've ever owned, former cruiser rider. It's hard to describe how much I enjoy this bike. The throttle response is great, you twist it and you go! Since August of 2007 I've put over 20,000 miles on it. Rode out to California on US50 from Missouri. The bike never faultered once. Even when riding thru Nevada at 38 degrees and raining, sleeting. I don't take much at all when I travel, a large drybag from Aerostitch and my tent, so the room in the saddlebags for me, is just right. I don't hot rod it but I love the corners and consequently, I'm on my fourth rear tire. I can't get enuff of this bike. The power delivery reminds me of the 250 motocross bike I raced back in the 80's. Maintenance thus far has been minimal, I'm able to do it all myself except for valve adjustments. Overall this is the best bike I've ever owned!!
Tim -Just Bought a 2007 Sprint ST with 5000 Miles on It  November 28, 2008 10:59 AM
Great article! Since purchase, I have put about 4000 miles on this baby, and LOVE it! The engine and transmission make this bike SO easy to ride. I am averaging 50 mpg according to the on-board mileage calculations. I agree, the seat was not super comfortable for the long haul, and my 36" inseam had my knees bumping uncomfortably on the fairing, so I took the seat to an automotive upholstery shop to add some height and padding, and that helped a lot. The new under-seat insulation for 2007 has successfully remedied the seat heating mentioned in former years. There is some minor heating on the ankles from the engine, but not bad. I only notice it when I wear shorts under my mesh protective pants. I wish it had just a little more storage in the front of the fairing - the small locking storage area barely holds the manual and tools. I find myself always having to carry a tank bag because I need convenient storage for gloves and the like. While I like the look of the under-seat muffler, I wish it had a side muffler (like my 2000 VFR had) that could be more easily replaceable with an after market canister - the stock pipe is too quiet. I bought the Triumph taller screen (I'm 6'4") and the wind protection is better than the stock shield, but there is little more helmet turbulence than I would like. It did take away the wind hitting me in the shoulders though. All in all, this is the smoothest, easiest riding motorcycle i've ever owned. Looking forward to putting 50K on it over the next few years.