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post #1 of 16 Old 07-05-2008, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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The new Sprints sure are nice lookin.....

Anybody ride one?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-05-2008, 04:11 PM
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Come on now... there is very little triumph I have not been lucky enough to ride.

I place this bike in the VFR ST class, not the FJR ST Class.

Engine... Tons of torque, very lively and fun.
New bars have made ergos much better than a couple of years ago.

It was nocked out of byy my tiger when I went to buy due to the Suple Tiger Suspension, however it was in the running.

As far as reliability, but "a" buddy has over 20K on his with no issues.

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your "but buddy"??? wtf man?

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I place this bike in the VFR ST class, not the FJR ST Class.

It was nocked out of byy my tiger when I went to buy due to the Suple Tiger Suspension, however it was in the running.

just a quirky thought, why not VFR > ST1300/1100, why bring the yama fjr? is it better than the ST?

also that second sentence didn't read correctly to me... to clarify, you bought a tiger over the sprint because the tiger has softer suspension? i'm looking for a sport touring bike that won't put me to sleep, the st1100 did when i rode it but my pillion loved it

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As I refered to them, the Sprint belongs in a conversation with the VFR. It's ergos are good for long sport rides, but I would not attempt a cross country run on either the Sprint or VFR.

VFR is just a reference to a bike that people know.
-- as far as sport touring (ST), the VFR, Sprint and several others are far more sport than touring.

FJR is another reference to a well known bike.
-- as far as sport touring (ST), the FJR type tourers are far more touring than sport.

The FJR is to me... younger man's GoldWing. It can hustle, but it was more built to be a comfy tourer.

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The Tiger has Dual Sport Suspension. SO it is super long travel and the bike stock used to feel like it was floating ('06 model and previous).

Mine has been changed with fork oil weight and height to give it a much more firm feel, but it still feels awesome heading down the interstate. It is half faired, so the rider gets some winde protection, but not as much as other Sport Tourers.

And the Tiger falls into that Adventurer tourer realm.

Here is how that sentence should have read...

"I liked the Sprint ST, however due to the long travel suspension on the Tiger, I chose the Tiger. However, the Sprint was on my list of bikes I was interested in."

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awesome thanks! seems to me that you know your bikes pretty well, how about some feedback for me please =]

(i'm not taking this to PMs in the hope that someone else finds this useful)

my bike history: 1988 Yamaha FZR400 > 1996 Yamaha YZF600 > 2004 Honda 919

things i like: riding 2 up in comfort, 5+ hour stints on the slab (arriving comfortably), trackdays, commuting to work (little maint required), weekend romps with the sportbike buddies

so the 919 falls short a number of these issues and will eventually be replaced with a dedicated track/sport bike and a more touring oriented one as my requirements are impossible for just one bike to satisfy

the part where i'd like your help is the more touring oriented part of it =]

i rode a friends honda st1100 with my regular pillion and she loved the comfortable (wide - she has a big butt) seat. i on the other hand hated how removed the engine felt and the size of the beast.

i have ridden a 2002 honda vfr solo and felt also very removed from the bike and i can describe it as a sewing machine - the size though was very spot on

given this info do you have any thoughts or info for me? anything that i would/should be looking at?

oh also i like the bandit 1250s with hard bags seems like it would be a good bike.

thanks very much f4iguy!

ps - i'm 24 so i *should* fall into the young man's category you mentioned

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hmmm..... let me think about it and I will get back to you on this.

(my personal preference is the "Adventure Touring" bikes)

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Easy one. Bandit 1250.

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lol - I love your Bandit and certainly loved my old Bandito as well.

But it is a serious question probably best answered over several beers and hot wings. Too bad it will be over then internet.

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True enough. But of his list, "riding 2 up in comfort, 5+ hour stints on the slab (arriving comfortably), trackdays, commuting to work (little maint required), weekend romps with the sportbike buddies", the Bandit will excel at all of these things with the weakest link being track days.

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ken will you be at the meet in CT? i'd like to see the bandit

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ken will you be at the meet in CT? i'd like to see the bandit
I wish I was but I'm taking my wife to Lake George that weekend for her Birthday.

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Guys, we have totally jacked GPz's thread.

Think we need to start up a new one and I will come back and do some clean up here.

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Yep, that new Sprint sure is nice lookin'...

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nah, dude. keep it here. it's all good.

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So I rode the 06 Sprint today, again.

But this time I thought about this inquiry.

Mods to this bike...
Heated Grips (non issue for this ride)
Triumph Gel Seat
40mm bar risors (06/07 bars are lower than 08)
Aftermarket windshield with "double bouble" design.


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Impressions, smoothest motor of the three triples I rode today. The bike worked up smoothly whenever you give it gas. The gel seat was not on this bike before. It raises the rider up some over stock, but super comfy - a great upgrade. With the bar risors, you are not hunched over, but still leaning forward a bit. Not bad, but I am used to the upright Tiger position. The aftermarket widshield helps make up for the windflow with the new risors.

Overall my impression is not better than before. It is still sportier than my likings, but a couple hour ride is very reasonable.

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