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2011 Triumph Sprint GT 1050 First Look

Tuesday, May 18, 2010
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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Rodders   August 11, 2011 04:21 PM
regarding chain drive comment below, The chain is the lightest way of dealing with HP without the weight. Shaft drive is heavier, Belt drive will handle torque but not HP, so..the obvious choice is chain to keep weight down at the expense of an aerosol 2 inch can of lube under the seat or cottoilers. Bike has centre stand for other maintenance if needed. Best of both worlds... lightness of belt with HP capacity of shaft.
Rodders   August 11, 2011 04:02 PM
I have the light weight of the ST with all the advantages of the GT since my 955 engine needed replacing.. Recipe : take one 2004 ST with engine on the way out. take one 2009 ST (3700kms damaged front forks and fairings and front rim) $2800.00 take one pair of GT 6th Gear cogs $300.00 pair Do this : I've integrated the 1050 engine into the 955 frame I've integrated the 1050 instruments into the 955 cockpit with help from fairing repair person I've upgraded the cpu and put it besides the forks like the 1050 has I've removed the old cpu for more underseat storage I've put the fuse box on the other side of the forks with glove box for more storage I've upgraded the 6th gear since I had the 1050 engine out anyway I've put the tailpipe of the 955 onto the headers of the 1050 for a less restrictive(shorter) exhaust but matching headers to engine. So now I have : 207kg (456.352 lbs) bike taller 6th gear (cost $300.00) 1050 engine headlights with 2 semi sealed beams (2 * 90/130w Xenon..ish bulbs $20.00) 955 panniers fit helmet if needed. less restrictive and shorter exhaust from 955 for more power. slightly longer wheelbase than 2009 but not as long as the GT steady mirrors that don't vibrate headlights that .....work very well and can be switched from off to one glove or two globes so I don't drain the alternator. high beam is 2 * 130watts. heated grips which were on the 955 anyway heated seat and backrest using from auto imports pads under reupholstered seat (cost 150.00pads + 50.00 upholstery) Best of both worlds Triumph...GO YOUR OWN WAY !!
rabbitruck -Chain  October 6, 2010 05:48 AM
They'd sell twice as many of these if there was a belt or shaft drive instead of chain.
jacko -bike  September 21, 2010 10:10 PM
Are you kidding me? People used to take vespas across the country! I have an 09 and I love it, it sits next to my FJR and it gets much more road time than the Yamaha, I will admit I would never buy this new incarnation of the bike, but that's what the FJR is for, you people who whine about heated seats and no cruise control crack me up, this bike is a European touring bike, meant to go a couple hundred miles in the twisties with some comfort, I have taken this from AZ to FL twice and have no complaints. If you want heated whatever go pay twice the amount and get a BMW, I'll wave as I go by in the curves :)
Keith Gill -Mr  July 9, 2010 10:20 AM
According to the Triumph mag the ST will continue without panniers and with the GT's headlight. Hopefully, they'll keep both in their catalogue for some years. It's obvious from the comments posted that they appeal to different types of motorcyclist.

I'm in the ST camp. I can't see me ever needing a pannier I can get my helmet in, I solved the headlight issue by using the flasher switch in corners, tools and puncture kit fit in the glove box, and I'll take the electronic cruise control I fitted over an extra 5 HP any day. In any case I couldn't live with that exhaust. Why Triumph felt the need to join the other major MC manufacturers in their efforts to out do John Deere in the ugliest exhaust contest I don't know.

By the way I have a Cameleon oiler to solve the chain maintenance issue. 10 minutes to adjust it every 5,000 mls is as easy as changing the oil in a shaft drive.
Lyle -ST or not ST?  June 25, 2010 04:24 PM
Have Triumph said that they are discontinuing the ST? I asked that question of the guys on the demo tour, and they did not know.
Dan -Riding position etc  June 24, 2010 03:59 PM
I own a 2005 Sprint ST and it's the most comfortable bike I've owned by some distance. There's very little weight on the wrists and what there is disappears once wind pressure is taken into account. Personally, I don't find a more upright position more comfortable because all the weight goes through the spine. Having tried a Tiger before buying the Sprint I didn't feel it would have been as comfortable for long distances and it certainly didn't give me the same feeling of confidence in the twisties. Since the GT's bars are higher than the ST's, to say the GT's riding position is too sporty is a bit odd. Incidentally there are two ways of approaching the screen size/height and riding position. Either you build a 'barn door' type fairing and screen which prevents the rider from receiving any wind blast - in which case the rider can be very upright - or you go with something like the lower VFR 800/Sprint/BMW K1300's screen and let some wind blast through to the rider, in which case the riding position needs to be slightly canted to enable the wind blast to balance the rider and provide a neutral, comfortable position. By the way, if you feel the need for heated seats I'd suggest motorcycling isn't for you.
Roadrash -To heavy...  June 14, 2010 09:32 PM
For a moment I thought it was the VFR Honda should have built. To heavy and down on power.
os2 -not for me  June 9, 2010 03:53 PM
I currently own the 08 Sprint ST 1050 and would never consider the GT. Rather that keeping the ST line and adding sport package (front usd forks/radial brembos/hydraulic clutch) for 14k Triumph NA decided to go after old fart crow and make some easy money. They decontented the ST, went back to reflector headlights (bleh!), make bike bigger softer, got rid of cool underseat triple muffler and make mike more expensive to boot.
Dredmanwalkin -LOVE IT!  June 9, 2010 09:02 AM
A tourer for those of us who aren't yet ready to sit up and beg. Looks great. Now if I can just cut that muffler in half...
kenny t -triumph have ears  June 7, 2010 08:27 PM
i have jusr returned from a round trip to switzerland, through germany and france, my st exceeded the 200 range running on the 98 ron fuel while 2 up with luggage. the niggles were the lack of luggage space, no metal tank for easy mag mounts, night time lights, keeping a well oiled chain amd it could have done with another gear when at a constant 90mph.
looks to me that triumph have been listening to someone to have met all these niggles, subject to a test run i am up for one and will justify another switzerland trip this year.
Buckeye -Sprint GT  May 29, 2010 07:25 AM
If they'd put a belt drive on it I'd put a deposit down on one tomorrow.
Real deal -Pig in a poke  May 26, 2010 08:25 AM
Next Yamaha will stick some side cases on the R1 and then it will also be a "sport touring" bike. Give me a break - I do not want to spend my time messing with a chain when I am touring. No windscreen worth a crap, poor riding position and no cruise control. I think I will go with the true sport touring bikes made by BMW.
bakwheeltango -why doesn't it have a heated blanket and I need my teddy too lol  May 25, 2010 02:32 PM
wow. it's gotta be 700lbs and have a cup holder for your tea? do your homework! its on the sport side of sport touring. this is an upgrade to the existing '05 ST series. it's not trying to be the ST1300 or any of those huge sport touring on the touring side type bikes. where's my blanky!!!???? waaaaaaaaaaaaa
Chris -Hmmm  May 25, 2010 01:57 PM
This reminds me quite a bit of the Ducati ST series. Small, light, sporty position, but with bags. To be honest though, I think I'd stick with my C10 Concours...
Dart0366 -Triumph Does it right AGAIN  May 25, 2010 01:05 PM
I own a 2006 ST1050 and love the bike. It is plenty comfortable to do very long stretches and is a blast once you hit the twisties. This bike is much more fun then my friends FJR. It is not quite as comfortable but then again I like to feel in touch with the road and the bike. If you want a big touring bike buy a gold wing. Emphasis is on the Sport touring. Touring comes after the sport :) If anything Triumph has gone the wrong way with this bike and tried to refine it to much. I am young enough to still want a pure sport bike but old enough I want something that I can walk after I spend 500 miles on it and able to take a weekends worth of stuff for 2.
mcguire -sewer rat  May 23, 2010 02:21 PM
Kinda wide isnt' it? Look at the full face shot above. It looks as wide as my Royal Star and that's pretty wide
Vic -Not Interested  May 23, 2010 01:54 PM
Good God - chain drive, no windscreen, no heated seats, no cruise control, poor seating position - must I go on. This is just another sport bike re bagged as a sport touring bike. Triumph is using the old Harley trick. Take a bike off the shelf, rename it and now you got a whole new model. Sorry I am not interested.
Brock -MPG  May 21, 2010 06:52 PM
The ST already has a 200+ mile range. Mine gets between 45-49mpg on the highway. "On a more positive note, the Triumph registered the best fuel efficiency at 45 mpg. Teamed with its 5.2-gallon tank, the Sprint gets a respectable 234-mile range. Not bad for a “sportbike with bags.” " People really seem to have trouble grasping that sport-touring is a pretty wide range. The Sprint shoots for the sport side of the equation like the old Ducati ST's, BMW RS's, and Aprilia Futura's did. Triumph's ST is really the only one left in this niche (1K cc SPORT-tourer) now. Its not a big transcontinental cruise missile like the Connie, BMW, or FJR. Its not meant to be. Its a holdover from an old Euro motorcycle arms race that sort of went away quietly. Belt drive would be awesome though.
RT Rider -Not a Sport Touring Bike  May 21, 2010 09:24 AM
How can Triumph call this a Sport Touring bike. It has a chain drive, no heated seats or cruise control a terrible wind screen and small gas tank. Triumph can not jump into the sport touring field with a jazzed up sport bike. Why don't they do it right and just design a new sport touring bike from the ground up. This bike has the wrong ergos to be a true sport touring bike.
JC -Fuel Correction  May 19, 2010 02:11 PM
Hey Gang, the fuel capacity was improperly listed by Triumph, pardon the mistake, it has been corrected. Triumph confirmed for us that the tank capacity is 5.3 gallons.
steve -fuel capacity  May 19, 2010 08:28 AM
Fuel capacity is 5.2 US gallons or about 20 liters. NOT 8.2 gallons
Bob -Pig  May 19, 2010 08:25 AM
Too heavy. My HD FXFX weighs 612 lbs wet. I'll be keeping my 530 lb wet BMW R1100SA. It also has a 2" shorter wheelbase. Despite being 40 HP weaker, it's hard to beat 45 mpg on trips and when the road turns to spaghetti, the BMW can flick easily and drag head covers...and hard system cases.

Shame...I've been wanting a triple for years, but it needs to be closer to the sport side than the tour side. My R1100SA is sporty but does 7000 mile trips comfortably. Give me full adjustable suspension too.
Yo mama -Range  May 18, 2010 07:46 PM
Sorry but the fuel tank is the same size as the st. 5.2 gallons.