Triumph Sprint GT - Gadget Ready

2011 Triumph Sprint GT

Photos by Triumph Motorcycles Inc.

First introduced in 2011, the Sprint GT (Grand Touring) is the next generation of the Triumph Sprint ST (Sport Touring). The Sprint GT is a refined sport touring motorcycle that delivers on performance while providing the touring features you need for longer trips. The motorcycle delivers the classic look you see in many sport bikes and comes standard with features you expect in a touring bike; most notably the saddlebags. The fairing is well designed and is sculpted around the engine with the turn signals moved from the fairing to the mirrors. The front fairing has a distinctive look with 3 halogen headlights and a sporty, low profile windscreen.

After spending some time with the Sprint GT, you will conclude that the bike falls more in the sport category than the touring category. As with many sport bikes, there are few extras. Absent are the heated grips, cruise control, adjustable windscreen and other features most required for a touring motorcycle. The Spring GT is capable of becoming the touring vehicle many riders want. Present is the power required for long distances. What is needed are a few accessories and gadgets, hence the title “Gadget Ready”.

The Sprint GT borrows the same 1050cc inline 3-cylinder engine found in Triumph’s Speed Triple sport motorcycle. The fuel injected engine puts out 128hp at 9200rpms. The Sprint GT is improved over the ST with smoother throttle response, more power and torque and improved fuel consumption. The bike is a little on the heavy side, weighing in at 583lbs with a full 5.3 gallons of fuel.

Features

Performance

Those familiar with the previous models will immediately notice the change from the under seat exhaust to the side exhaust. This change was notably made to improve the passenger comfort. The Sprint GT features a sporty single swing arm that keeps the exhaust tucked away tight against the bike. As with previous models, anti-lock breaks are standard and is welcome with a bike this heavy. A feature seen on most motorcycles in this class but missing on the Sprint GT is the shaft drive. A blessing or curse depending on which side of the fence you are on. The chain provides the feel of a sport bike engagement, but requires the constant cleaning and adjustment for those use to the maintenance free advantage of the shaft drive.

Accessories

Triumph, unlike other motorcycle manufactures, offer a variety of accessories from the top box to a first aid kit. Some accessories worth investing in would be the higher windscreen, comfort gel seat and of course the top box. These accessories truly transform the Sprint GT from a pure sports bike to the sport touring bike it is intended to be. As with most manufacturer accessories, there is a high price for most accessories. The top box with all the necessary components will cost you $700. The Triumph toolkit, manufactured by Cruz Tools, is actually the Cruz EconoKit M2 with a Triumph logo. At a cost of $59.95, you may want to consider the same toolkit at $20 less.

The most notable touring feature is the standard-equipment saddlebags that hold a large 31 liters and are big enough to hold even the largest helmet. The aluminum rack is also standard, and comes pre-wired to accept an optional 55-liter top box. The top box features an internal mounted 12-volt power socket.

The dash features two analog (tach. and speedometer) and one digital gauge with a digital clock, fuel gauge and trip computer. The trip computer, operated by the 3 buttons below the tachometer, offers average and instantaneous fuel consumption, range, trip distance, average and maximum speed.