Voted most helpful review
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Reviewed on October 22, 2006
This is my second Sprint ST. I had the 2003 version for 9000mi until I ran out of road and talent all at the same time on Higway 74 Alternate in Lake Lure, NC. Ouch - worst day of my life, but, no injuries. Just totaled a really great bike... But my 2006 Aluminum Silver 1050 Sprint ST is stronger, looks be...
This is my second Sprint ST. I had the 2003 version for 9000mi until I ran out of road and talent all at the same time on Higway 74 Alternate in Lake Lure, NC. Ouch - worst day of my life, but, no injuries. Just totaled a really great bike... But my 2006 Aluminum Silver 1050 Sprint ST is stronger, looks better, and is more comfortable than the 2003. I fully investigated 3 models before making my final decision. The Ducati ST/3 and an HD Electraglide. The Ducati had that sexy Italion look and great handling (brakes...), but was $1000 more per year to insure. Not worth the extra money considering roads in SE North Carolina are very straight. The Electraglide was like riding in an overstuffed comfy chair. Too big for my butt, too heavy and too slow. On long stretches of highway, I want to be able to make time in comfort and control. And when I get to the curves I want to be able to brake, lean and accelerate with ease. The 2006 ST is the best all around sport bike with all day touring ability. My longest day ride is 680mi from Fayetteville to Highlands, NC and back (had to check out the old crash site). 5:30am to 10:30pm. The ST did everything beautifully. Its great low end torque eliminates first gear on even the most severe switch backs. It powers out of sharp curves in second or third. High end will keep pace with just about any sport bike and just embarasses Boulevards. It is just a great bike to do everything I need from daily driver, to highway cruiser and two lane carver. I do ride more cautiously now-a-days. The styling is stunning (very industrial), was not sure that I would care for the under seat exhaust, but it looks and sounds great and makes room for the luggage. To my relief/suprise, there is no heat from under the seat. There is heat from the engine, but I can't remember when I straddled a liter engine and couldn't feel heat. Am I missing something here? Heat from engine...4 for comfort...Not! The seat position is great, the handle bars are just right. O.K...the lights. The projector beam lights look really good, and the pattern is great, but the range on low beam does not reach out far out enough for me at night and I don't think drivers see me well in the daylight (unless they are within the pattern) so I run the high beam. So...4 for perfomance... I don't think so. The engine is too good, the ABS brakes are excellent, the suspension is great. Quality? Reliability? No doubt. Great job Triumph! There was no other choice.