Triumph Sprint ST 1050


Make Model

Triumph Sprint ST 1050




Four stroke, transverse three cylinder. DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder


1050 cc / 64.1 cu in
Bore x Stroke 79 x 71.4 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Lubrication Wet sump


Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Engine Oil Synthetic, 10W/40


Digital CDI
Spark Plug NGK, CR9EK
Starting Electric

Max Power

90 kW / 123 hp @ 9250 rpm

Max Torque

104 Nm / 10.6 kgf-m / 77 ft-lb @ 5000 rpm
Clutch Wet, multiple discs, cable operated


6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain
Frame Aluminum beam perimeter

Front Suspension

45 mm Forks with dual rate springs and adjustable preload

Rear Suspension

Monoshock with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping

Front Brakes

2 x 320 mm Discs, 4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 255 mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Front Wheel Alloy 5 spoke, 17 x 3.5 in
Rear Wheel Alloy 5 -spoke, 17 x 5.5 in

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tyre

180/55 ZR17
Rake 24.5°
Trail 80 mm / 3.1 in
Dimensions Length 2114 mm / 83.2 in
Width     745 mm / 29.3 in (handlebars)
Height 1215 mm / 47.1 in (tall screen)
Wheelbase 1457 mm / 57.4 in
Seat Height 805 mm / 31.7 in
Dry Weight 210 kg / 462 lbs (ABS model: 213kg / 469 lbs)

Wet Weight

241 kg / 530 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20 Litres / 5.3 US gal / 4.4 Imp gal

Consumption Average

5.7 L/100 km / 17.6 km/l / 41.4 US mpg / 49.7 Imp mpg

Standing ¼ Mile  

11.3 sec

Top Speed

258 km/h / 160 mph
Reviews MCN part 1 - part 2 - part 3 - part 4 - part 5 - part 6 - part 7 / Motorcycle.com shootout / Motorcycle-USA 

The 2008 ST now has a steel fuel tank to allow the use of magnetic tank bags, a new headlamp design to improve night vision and new footrests are claimed to be covered with more durable rubber.   The bike’s engine, chassis and bodywork is otherwise unchanged. It costs £7999 (£8599 for the ABS version) on the road and is available now in blue, red or graphite grey.

When Triumph created the Sprint ST it intended to “confuse”, in a good way, the motorcycling public. For that purpose the bike would have to go fast and still remain extremely comfortable while its stylish apparel didn’t quite help you to name it a sporty bike or an absolute tourer. The beauty of it is that it implements the best of everything, being best represented by the words power and all round practicability.

In the early 1990s, Triumph launched the Sprint 900, a sport-touring motorcycle fitted with a 955cc engine and three cylinders positioned inline. The bike was a big hit and it kept being produced without major changes until the end of 1997.

By 1998, the British manufacturer had planed to present the Sprint ST, a redesigned version of the previous model using the same engine which was slightly improved and now delivered its 105bhp smoothly while being mated to a six-speed gearbox.

In 2002, Triumph did what everybody expected it to; it upgraded the engine so that it would deliver 118bhp and 100Nm. This upgrade made it more able to fight its competitors and regain its crown. The adjustable clutch levers, LED taillights, and the relocation of the seat lock came in handy and helped the Sprint ST make a good figure.

The model year 2002 brought a major revamp of the inline triple as this unit now displaced 1050cc and was fed with the help of a fuel injection system. The displacement increase and the addition of fuel injection helped the engine on the Sprint ST develop 125bhp. The entire motorcycle was now more compact and behaved better while cornering thanks to a completely new chassis. Riders were more than happy with the miles-per-gallon and miles-to-empty displays because the bike could be ridden without worrying about a red light coming on and off. The Sprint ST spoiled its customers no only with the previously mentioned displays, but with a new under seat exhaust and cool headlights. 2005 model year was the last important year in the Sprint ST history.

In order to continue spoiling its customers, Triumph introduced for 2007 model year color-matched panniers, handlebar risers and an upgraded windscreen. By improving the bike’s apparel and levels of comfort, Triumph really pulled it through with this one.

You can say anything you want about the 2008 Triumph Sprint ST (you’ll have a hard time trying to find something wrong with it, anyway), but you can never ever call it ugly.

The bike is immediately identified with the help of its stylish design which makes it look like its moving even when its not. That’s when you know you’re bike got more than a piece of the action when it was designed.

The front end is dominated by the headlights which are arranged in a form of “wise smile” giving a clue of what’s about to come once you get familiar with it. The middle headlight shows us the way towards the aerodynamic windshield with the fairing rising to sustain its aggressive form. On each side, the sharp-looking mirrors which implement signal lights are carefully attached so that they won’t interfere with the general design.

By simply taking a look at its curves, you know where the airflow is directed and how this thing offers you the best wind protection you’ve ever experienced on such a bike.

On each side, the fairing looks relatively simple, but still features a stylish ornament right above the “Sprint ST 1050” writing on the fairing. The fuel tank looks impressive and the seat comfortable and ready to face those long journeys that the riders who buy these things enjoy taking.

Further announcing what this bike is destined for are the color matched hard bags, ideal for touring. At the rear end you’ll find LED taillights and a three-pipe exhaust that will definitely impress you.

Colors available for the 2008 model are destined to further evidence the sharp lines of the Sprint ST. You’ll surely be attracted by either Graphite, Pacific Blue, Tornado Red color schemes.

I took my time and rode the Triumph Sprint ST for approximately 800 miles and formed a pretty good impression on what you’re going to experience once you’ve bought such a beauty.

Starting the 1050cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline three-cylinder engine makes you feel like when you open a Christmas present as that whistle promises to bring a lot of surprises. The first one immediately makes its entry as you get going. You will feel the throttle response a bit abrupt and interpret it as Triumph’s attempt to make it a sprinter right from the start. Even in forth or fifth gear, the bike retains its sporty attitude and proves that sometimes three cylinders are just as good as four. You only need to tune the engine properly and get it revving as high and as efficient as needed. In this case you’ll enjoy 125bhp at 9,250rpm and there’s no need for more.

The six-speed transmission in collaboration with the wet, multiplate clutch makes shifting as easy as a kid’s play. The only concern for you remaining is to take it easy on the throttle after shifting because such a bike should never be underestimated. It is actually destined to riders who enjoyed widely opening the throttle on supersport bikes and now feel like going for a more comfy and less powerful sportbike with both touring and sports in mind.

Once I stopped thanking Triumph engineers for the bulletproof mechanics the road ahead introduced me to some pretty demanding twists which didn’t made their point in this case. The Sprint ST can be easily leaned over and it becomes a real reminder of those supersport machines, except the knee-dragging part. It disposes of enough low end power for those strong accelerating portions of the road so it can be easily straightened by only playing with the throttle.

I have to say that the suspensions proved their best and made me feel like I was on a true touring motorcycle by simply being sufficiently hard while cornering and comfortable while absorbing bumps. At front, the 43mm cartridge forks with dual rate springs and adjustable preload are efficient under hard braking and the rear end remains stable with the help of monoshock with adjustable preload and rebound and compression damping.

Having sorted everything up, the easy to handle, quick accelerating bike now had to stop quickly and the success was guaranteed. With the help of twin 320mm floating discs, 4 piston calipers at front and single 255mm disc, 2 piston caliper at the rear, the Triumph Sprint ST brakes efficiently and always inspires confidence. I won’t recommend you to hit the brakes with courage in a corner, but to be retained and careful. There is also an ABS model available and the safety levels are way increased once the rider applies the brakes with confidence in an emergency situation.

The Triumph Sprint ST has the talent of presenting itself as the wonderful piece of jewelry in the city and as the hard-hitting tourer out on the highway and on mountain roads. This is the result of its versatile character and the whole beauty of it. You’ll probably find a faster bike, but never a more stylish, quicker-handling machine to suit your requirements.