Triumph Sprint GT

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Hair, May 29, 2011.

  1. Hair

    Hair Outside the boxer

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    I recently took a test ride on a new GT. I loved the bike. I think that this will be my next bike. Not to big, Not to small. Handles well.

    Any GT owners on here? I would like to track this bike for a while. I'm looking to buy next winter.
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  2. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    hmmm...

    why test ride a bike if you're not ready to buy?
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  3. doublen

    doublen Been here awhile

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    Why not? That's why they have demo units.
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  4. Ultravoyageant

    Ultravoyageant Been here awhile

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    So you can have a specific goal in mind for which to save up all that money. I think I've heard it called "planning."
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  5. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    Excellent bike. I, too, test-rode one. I still have my R1200R, but that GT keeps whispering to me...
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  6. Pica Hudsonia

    Pica Hudsonia Super-dupergenius

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    Bingo. I'm in the same boat. I'll be ready to buy next Spring, but I'm starting right now to shorten my list. I've been taking demo rides and talking to lots of people, so hopefully I can focus on the model I want, then it will be easier to plan and save.

    I have friends who buy and sell bikes like so many thrift store neckties. I'm not in a position to do that, so I have to make my next purchase count. (It will be the third motorcycle I've ever owned, and I plan to keep it for at least 10 years, possibly the rest of my life.)

    So, Hair, what did you think of the GT's seating position? I understand it's more upright and relaxed than the ST. I'm looking for something very neutral, with maybe just a very light forward bias--the kind of bike you can sit on all day with no wrist, shoulder, neck, or back pain.
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  7. radianrider

    radianrider Adventurer wanna'be

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    Checkout the last several episodes of The Pace Podcast. One of the hosts recently bought a Sprint GT after ten years with an SV650. He did a review shortly after buying the bike.

    Had a lot of good things to say about the bike, including a discussion about the riding position.
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  8. Hair

    Hair Outside the boxer

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    Test riding,
    I have a very good memory when it comes to bikes. I often ride the bike that I am thinking about a year or even two before I buy. For me the Triumph is a brand that I have owned in the past. I had forgotten how much I loved the 3 cylinder motor way back when.


    Seating position.
    I sat on an ST a few years back. I didn't like it because I have loose knees. The seat to peg distance was too short for me.
    The GT seems more open. But I might want to try to drop the pegs a little more.
    As far as the upright seating position goes. Again the GT is not as tight as the ST was. It is still way more forward than my Adventure class bikes that I have owned in the past.
    I feel that the seating position is workable for me. I will not know until I ride it a bunch. But it seems ok. A lot of the BMW road bikes have bar risers on them. Everyone of those bikes that I have ridden pushes the rider position outside of the pocket. And the bike becomes harder to handle. I know that the setup on the bike can be changed to put some of the weight back on the front wheel. Given my past experience with bar risers, I would be reluctant to put risers on the GT. I think that I could do back to back 700-mile days on the GT.



    More on test riding.

    I am very grateful to dealers who let me test ride thier stock. I know that the demo bikes come from the factory as demos. But the dealer still has to be willing to work the program. I always try to respect the bike that I am riding. I don't just go out and ride the hell out of it. And to be honest I will not buy a bike that I can't test ride.
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  9. mrbreeze

    mrbreeze Long timer

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    I will not buy a bike I can't test ride either, but I don't ask for a test ride until I KNOW I want the bike (if it rides out OK) and the price is agreed upon. I rarely even ride demo units, because they almost always ask you to sign a form that says you (or your estate) will buy it if there is any damage to the unit - what if you are hit by an uninsured motorist? I don't like putting my family at risk so I can have a joy ride.


    I like the GT, but the ergos are too aggressive for me.
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  10. Yostwerks

    Yostwerks Been here awhile

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  11. harfooz

    harfooz FJR1300 / FLHX

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    Things must be different where you are. I walk into the Triumph dealership and the owner says "Take it for a ride." I haven't gotten on the GT yet, but the demo ride on the Thunderbird sure made me want that cruiser! Our test ride was 2-up too. No problems demo'ing it that way either.

    'fooz
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  12. Tripped1

    Tripped1 Likely Lost.

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    Where are you at?

    Usually its just a waiver that you won't sue the dealer......the bike itself is covered on the dealer's insurance, I've bought parts off a couple demo-destructos.
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  13. hngngnthr

    hngngnthr Geriatric degenerate

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    I was going to buy one and went to the demo. I found that the 1050 Tiger had friendlier ergos, as much power, a lot lighter and could be had with saddlebags and ABS. I got a Tiger.
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  14. Bueller

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    Depends on the dealer. I've seen more than a few dealer waivers that hold the rider accountable for damages.
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  15. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    My motorcycle collision policy covers my bike, plus any bike I buy or "borrow" for the first 30 days of buying or borrowing it...including dealer demos. So, I sign their paper and don't worry about it. If I drop it, the nice people at GEICO will write the check...
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  16. Pica Hudsonia

    Pica Hudsonia Super-dupergenius

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    I'm still a little undecided about the Tiger 1050. You say it's actually lighter than a Sprint? Can the Sprint GT not be had with saddlebags?
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  17. littlefield

    littlefield Been here awhile

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    I purchased a Sprint GT about a month ago. Nothing but good things to say other than the seat to peg spacing gets tight after a full day. I've got some lower pegs ordered. This is the 3rd 1050 I've owned and the Sprint seems a little smoother than the others. Supposedly has a new ECU. To me, it turns easier than my 07 Tiger. The cornering is very confidence inspiring. Never owned a bike that I didn't upgrade the suspension but this may be the first. The final gearing is tall, 19/42 compared to 18/44 stock on a Tiger. I replaced the 19T sprocket with an 18 and it still gets mid 40's mpg at sea level. The bags are really nice and easy to operate.
    The Sprint replaces a K1300S that got totaled. The BMW worked well but there's something to be said for simplicity; no ESA, alarm, traction control, or shaft drive. The tank comes off with one bolt compared to a handful and several pieces of plastic on the K bike.
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  18. Ride1st

    Ride1st Been here awhile

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    I have an R1150RS in the shop for clutch problems and am considering making a change back to Triumph. I had a 2000 Sprint RS before owning the BMW and have ridden a friends 2005 Sprint ST. Does the new GT put off as much heat as the older models? I am assuming with the low pipe it would be much better. One of the things I really like about the BMW is you feel little to no engine heat. Any common issues with the GT or newer Sprints in general, I should be aware of?
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  19. petemat

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    hi,
    i got mine sprint gt 2 weeks ago. Ive been looking at Tiger 800 since i tested out last year at demo ride in NY and NJ.
    Couldn't be more happier with performance of engine,plenty of power,cultivated engine run and great brakes but i called dealer for test ride of 2011 Sprint gt in metallic blue(sale!!!) Instantly i fell in love with it.Sprint gt is very comfy,stable,no vibe,128hp,ABS very powerful and sensitive+24 months warranty standard ! I decided to buy sprint gt instead of tiger and i don't regret a bit of it.Handling precise and accurate,smooth ,little heavier but got aggressive yet luxury look. Triumph got reasonable prices better coverage than beamer or italians.I am 6'4" and bike totally fits me and there's no need to awkward leaning to bars like most japanese bikes.This will pay off in long ride. I agree with most of guys, I dont buy a bike without riding it 1st and i did good.Sprint GT has an exhaust on side instead of under seat like ST has,u don't have to feel ur butt hot anymore,replaced front headlights far more bright and effective.
    GLWB !!!!!

    adv rider:clap
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  20. Ride1st

    Ride1st Been here awhile

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    I have about 4000 miles on my GT since picking it up last August. So far I am very happy. I rode 280 miles of back roads today and plan to do the same thing tomorrow.
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