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Triumph Sprint ST 955
Triumph Sprint ST 955

The Perfect Compromise?

Amsterdam, 16, 1999 — Know that is? said the Triumph guy as we the stationary Sprint. None of the notice it when they the Sprint, he said shaking his in amazement as he leaned forward to open a small plastic cap low on the side of the bike. It’s got a plug for your heated gear.

Then he stepped to give me room to admire example of the commitment with Triumph has set out to build their new sport touring bike. forced me to pause for a few seconds in admiration, but an access plug what I was looking for from the There would have to be than that — a LOT — if it was going to come close to deposing the Honda the long-reigning King of the Sport

There’s been a Sprint in line-up since 1993, but the of the new generation T595 Daytona in created a sales slump as the struggled to find a place the new Daytona and the full-dressed Trophy. A dose of new technology was needed to Triumph’s place in a market that is small but relatively The most obvious strategy have been to do some work on the Daytona to take the off the sporty character of the bike.

The Sprint pulls strongly just off idle to the 9500 with the rev limiter kicking in immediately after.

But the problem was nagging doubts about the chassis led to its recall in 1997 a couple of bikes had the headstock under severe crash After that experience, had decided to bow to fashion and use a conventional frame for the upcoming TT600. its application on the Sprint would Triumph a little time to out any problems before they the bike on which their in the new millennium firmly rests.

So aluminum perimeter frame it is, a wheelbase slightly longer the Daytona and some tweaks to the geometry. The back end, the single-sided swingarm, has been from the Daytona and lower-spec grace the front and rear.

The engine is close to the 955i but with the inevitable changes as new cam profiles to soften power as well as suitable fuel re-mapping. Triumph claims to cut power to 112 bhp from the Daytona’s 130 but they kept the torque and flat around 65 ft lbs. 3500 rpm through redline at rpm. We were unable to get the to the dyno to check the figures, but the dyno says these are in the ballpark.

What Triumph has managed to cure is the hole in the delivery that the first had at 4000 rpm.

It’s that Triumph hasn’t the Sprint any over-rev capability the bike is still pulling and a few more revs would be by sport riders on a charge. The can be ridden on the edge but it’s work. With a dry weight of 456 and the new standards for sportbikes set by the R1 and copied by the new and GSXR-750, a few people might the Sprint positively obese.

it carries its weight well and turned into the corner like a rhino on a scent although the worn Bridgestone got quite loose mid-corner.

Turning in needs a determined on the bars and flip-flops have you you did more with your condition than check out Health every month. brakes to the units found on the do as good a job despite the extra If your friends ride but the latest generation of hypersports you should be able to use the ample and motor to keep them sight. But the Sprint’s not really scratching on Sunday mornings.

about riding 400 miles on to do some scratching on Sunday then riding 400 miles again on Sunday afternoon.

It has of the qualities that you need a bike to even consider a proposition.

The riding position is with the wide, flat exactly right. The mirrors are well out into the slipstream and do than let you admire your But you have to watch them lane splitting on gridlocked or else they’ll snag on car hands holding cigarettes, kids heads or anything sticking out of cars full of occupants.

The bike’s well-balanced and good at through traffic since the is light, the gearbox is smooth and the is full of grunt with fuel delivery. When the clears, nail the throttle at rpm and cruise at 100 mph all day — at least you if the seat were better Our test bike had 10,000 under its belt and the foam had to settle.

Sitting on a lightly-padded is not comfortable.

Triumph Sprint ST 955

Also, in true tradition, the vibration through the will leave you with a right pinkie after an so a stop every hour be welcome.The Sprint is incredibly efficient turning in 45 miles per on the highway and not dipping much 40 mpg on the backroads. Good for the pocket if not for the So there’s some niggly on the comfort level, but the rest of the ingredients for an excellent sports seem to be present and correct.

this bike’s generally of all-around goodness, it’s to feel passionate about the

It’s competent at everything but bland and dull all the same. is nothing to give the bike any of character.Even the potential excitement the snarling 3-cylinder engine is in the technical efficiency of the exhaust The styling itself, especially on the model, is very restrained, the perceived dullness of the bike.

not a bike to turn heads; it has nodding instead. Small that in Europe the red color outsells the black two to one. For the model year blue be offered as well.

So has the Sprint up on the VFR and stolen the honors in the sport class? It comes close, but the quantum leap of distinction will seriously dent the of VFR sales driven by 15 years of market domination. Yet Honda has themselves vulnerable. The lack of a hard bag option is, at least to a few journos, a serious flaw.

The BMW is an excellent machine, yet with all the options the retail price to approach Harley-Davidson territory.

They could well be of the Sport Tourers.

Ducati did a job when building the ST4 around the 916 with the engine and chassis and hard bags matching the good looks. But Ducatis are and expensive and 916 engines have known to go pop as well. Functionally, the can scarcely be faulted.

If only the had been a little more and some magical ingredient to reinforce the sportier side of the character, they could be King of the Sport Tourers. For the being the Sprint is just apparent.

Triumph Sprint ST 955
Triumph Sprint ST 955
Triumph Sprint ST 955
Triumph Sprint ST 955
Triumph Sprint ST 955
Triumph Sprint ST 955
Triumph Sprint ST 955

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