Triumph Trophy – What to expect from an older Triumph Sprint Executive?

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Triumph Sprint Executive

What to expect from an older Triumph Sprint Executive?

I’m thinking of purchasing a 1998 Sprint with 34,000 miles on it. Frankly, that’s what I

consider high mileage. How many miles can I expect to rack up on one of these bikes, given

Re: What to expect from an older Triumph Sprint Executive?

My main ride for the past 11 years has been a 96 Sprint (candy apple red).

It’s at 84,000 miles right now.

On its 2nd set of sprockets (changed ’em out right around 50k miles), several drivechains, many sets of tyres and brakepads.

Never had the carbs apart.

At around 50k miles, my starter’s sprag-clutch went south. Probably my own fault for trying to start the bike for the first time of the new riding season on a cold day in late winter with a VERY weak battery, which these bikes’ sprag clutches don’t like a’tall.

New fork seals (1st time I’ve had them apart) last winter at about 80k miles, along with a new rear shock. If your bike doesn’t have them, get a pair of little plastic shields that go onto the top of the lower fork leg. These will protect the portion of the upper leg that is in-and-out of the lower leg from being scarred-up by bugs and dust.

When i first bought my bike, Triumph were calling for oil-changes at 3,000 mi intervals, then went to 6,000. I still do mine every 3, but renew filter at 6.

I went to a kn cleanable air filter rather than paying 60 bucks (probably more now) for a new one every 24k miles.

Sidestand from a trophy is a good idea as the sprint’s mounting lug twists and lets the bike list further and further to port as the years go by.

I change all fluids every winter (something to do when the roads are too icy).

At 12 years old with 84k on the clock, my engine uses NO OIL between changes, gets the same 40 mpg that it did when new, and runs just as quick and fast.


They are a bit noisy, sound kinda like a sewing machine, but if it’s REALLY a noisy, rattling sound, check out the alternator shaft-bolt (right there with the sprag clutch) because some of them have broken, making a definite rattling sound. An engine stethoscope might aid you there.

If you’re near Pennsylvania, bring it to the Triumph Come Home Rally at White Rose MC, near York, I’d love to see it.

Bill

johnhatch53 [hidden email] wrote:

I’m thinking of purchasing a 1998 Sprint with 34,000 miles on it. Frankly, that’s what I

consider high mileage. How many miles can I expect to rack up on one of these bikes, given

that it’s well cared for?

Also, the engine sounds like a bucket of bolts, but the sellers tells me that they ALL sound

like that. I’m worried that it might need some top end work, like a cam chain replacement.

Anybody shed any light on this for me?

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