See photos of the 2009 Triumph Sprint ST in the 2009 Sport-Touring Shootout in this Triumph Sprint ST photo gallery.
- 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.
- The Triumph Sprint ST's sportbike characteristics lend itself to quick cornering and one of the sportiest dispositions.
- 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.
- 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.