2011 Triumph Sprint ST: the GT with underseat pipes

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Love the 2011 Triumph Sprint GT‘s less Fisher-Price looking headlights, but don’t fancy the side-mount exhaust and standard panniers? You’re in luck, because the 2011 Triumph Sprint ST is identical to the GT, but retains its three-exit underseat exhaust and lacks luggage. Hooray!

Update: official word is that the ’11 ST won’t be coming stateside. The GT, however, arrives in dealers in September.
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The ST also gains the GT’s new ECU, which means 128bhp and 80lb/ft of
torque instead of the old model’s 123bhp, 76lb/ft numbers. Suspension is
also brought in line with the GT: rake has been reduced by half a
degree to 23.5°; trail reduced by 6mm to 84mm and wheelbase increased by
80mm to 1537mm. Wet weight unfortunately increases as well, up from
241kg/530lbs to 268kg/590lbs.

New clocks apparently include fuel consumption, miles-to-empty, journey
time, average speed and clock functions.

While it makes sense to bring the ST inline with the GTs new styling and
power, we’re a little disappointed with the increase in wheelbase and
weight, both seem like unnecessary limitations on the ST’s performance
and point to cost-saving on Triumphs part. The decision to standardize
the ST and GT will cut production costs, but an opportunity has been
lost to differentiate the functionality of the two models, with the GT
adopting two-up, long distance touring duties, the ST could have become
more of a comfortable sports bike, judging by the specs, it hasn’t. But
hey, the ST is £1,000 cheaper than the GT in England, US prices haven’t
yet been announced.

  • HammSammich

    My next bike is going to be a Sport Tourer, and the Sprint ST was at the top of my list until the GT was announced. I guess I’ll have to wait to see pricing and determine if it’s cheaper to buy the ST and add panniers and a trunk, or if the GT and a trunk is less. I could really care less about the underseat/vs. standard exhaust.

    • HammSammich

      I should also mention that if all of the new models Triumph is planning to announce in the next 2 years are as boringly similar to their existing products I’m going to be quite dissappointed.

    • Jason Stone

      At this point what do you gain going for the GT/ST over even their Tiger1050 or the new Multistrada? (seriously curious since this looks more leaned forward and i find an upright riding position better for distance)

  • HammSammich

    Personally, I’ve found that rear-set foot controls coupled with moderately upright hand controls are very comfortable for me. I would probably consider raising the hand controls slightly on a Sprint if/when I get one. Standard foot controls like those on the Tiger are acceptable but the further forward the foot controls are moved, the more pressure seems to be placed on my bad lower back. Also, I do prefer the sport bike aesthetic of the Sprint (even with the out going model’s apparently divisive headlamp) to the so-called “adventure bike” look of the Tiger. The real question to me would be, why buy a Tiger, which combines the ungainly looks of an adventure bike without offering any of the off-road ability of a Multistrada or GS?

    • Jason Stone

      I have yet to ride a true ST and come from a dirt riding background so you very well might be right. I would definitely pick the new Multistrada over the Tiger1050 at this point but i would likely step into a used ST or VFR or some other ST as my initial foray. People love the old concours also but the styling kills me until the concours14 and I have always liked a smaller bike so far

      • HammSammich

        Yeah, I can only afford to own two bikes right now: My Bonneville and if all goes according to plan, another next spring. I ride with a lot of different people and I go from being bored tooling around with one of my buddies on his Harley Somethinerother (I think it’s a dyna), to being exhausted after following another on his BMW K1150RT all day, to scaring myself trying to keep up with my cousin on her GSXR-750. With the changes I’ve made to the Bonnie, it’s been a surprisingly versatile bike (that is far from “shit boring,” Wes), but I think a Sport Tourer would be a good second bike for the riding I want to do. That would leave my Bonneville as my commuter/city bike (also for those few times when I go out with Cruiser riding friends). There are a number of Sport tourer’s out there, but the Triumph is well priced, and I have a good relationship with the local Triumph Dealer and want to support their business.

        • Jason Stone

          I have a dual sport with a set of supermoto wheels for it that’s my commuter/off road/fire road dual sport ride/carve the canyon sort of all purpose bike right now. I’d like something for 2up and longer distances plus something for pure off road or MX riding. The supermoto is just too fun chasing people around corners, if they sold it in the US (are they now?) I think the KTM 990 SM-T would be a great all round bike

  • Johndo

    I think one thing they didnt do to the “new” ST and really SHOULD have (considering it costs almost nothing) is at least change the wheel designs…otherwise, it’s got the same looks, same wheels, will be hard telling them appart from the 5 year old ST and that isn’t something to make ST owners trade in their old STs for a new one. After all this time I was expecting somewhat of a bolder design, but it’s just a Sprint ST version 1.1

  • GeddyT

    Still the garbage bin suspension and brakes. Hopefully the feel of their ABS system has improved over the 2010 model, as there was no way I’d own a bike with a brake lever that feels that bad.

    I really don’t get this bike. It actually looks pretty good, I’ll give it that, but its weight puts it in seriously tough company. I imagine price with bags is going to put it dangerously close to C14 land, which seems to me to be a lot more bike for the money at a very similar (and ridiculously high) weight. Hell, at that weight even Shamu is going to offer a serious performance advantage.

    I, too, really like my local Triumph dealership. Small shop, owned by the nicest guy ever, and right next door to a brewery! So I went in to sample the ’10 Tiger and the ’10 Sprint ST. Personally, I liked the Tiger better. Brakes were better (and no ABS), suspension was WAY better, and the motors were exactly the same. I will give Triumph one thing, though: their seats are the most comfortable bike seats I have sat on in my life. I could ride on either bike just fine for as far as I’d need to go.

    Subract at LEAST 100 pounds, upgrade the suspension at both ends to something designed this century, delete ABS, and they’ve got a winner on their hands. In other words, they’re not even close.

  • Lyle

    If you want to get more information on the 2011 Sprint ST, just go the Triumph’s website and tell it you’re from the United Kingdom! :-)

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