My previous 2004 955 Sprint ST was traded after 7 years hard labour with 76,000kms on the clock. (Ask Welshrob or Steventhechef if you want yo know how hard it worked two up)
It was immaculate in appearance only burnt about 200ml of oil between oil changes, made no weird noises, started first time and ran like a top.
I also received my on line Triumph owners article by email today and there is a chap with 160,000kms on his 955 Sprint St and still running perfectly.
My dealer services two in that range that run fine.
On top of this you may want to read about the Nurburgring 50,000kms test between a dozen sports tourers which the 2005 Sprint 1050 ST won.
Quoted from http://www.r3owners.net
about the Motorad magazine Nurburgring test in 2005;
SPRINT ST WINS ENDURANCE TEST
The Sprint ST has just fought off the BMW K1200S and the Honda VFR-ABS to win Motorrad’s 50,000km endurance test, beating 12 other competitor bikes to the top spot. Motorrad, Germany’s best-selling and most influential motorcycle magazine, found that after 50,000km the Sprint ST’s compression and performance figures were the same as a brand new bike, the oil consumption was marginal, the engine, clutch and gearbox were all in very good condition and the painted parts, frame and exhaust pipe showed no sign of corrosion at all. The inspiring, characterized engine and the excellent handling of the bike also impressed them.
The condition of the bike after the 50,000km endurance test is outlined below:
- All valves were leak proof
- Valve seats were satisfactory
- Valve guides and stems were within figures for new
- Camshaft-bearings had visible marks but were within tolerance
- Cam lobes are very good
- All liners had visible marks but were within tolerances
- RHS liner slightly more noncircular but still within tolerances
- Piston free play is satisfactory with not much charcoal
- Main bearings like new
- Big ends perfect
- Small ends and gudgeon pins slightly worn
- Gear box in very good condition with no pitting
- Clutch plates like new
- Premium and reliable paintwork
- No hidden corrosion on powder coated frame
Motorrad concluded that, as a result of the moderate depreciation and reasonable costs of the Sprint ST, combined with the proven reliability and excellent condition of the bike during and after the endurance test, the Sprint ST was the sure winner for this test.