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Old 11-13-2012, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Purchase Advise - ST vs GT

As the title states I'm looking at purchasing my first Triumph (but far from my first bike). I had my eyes on a 2011 or 2012 Sprint GT, but since Triumph has discontinued their production in North America finding a new or newly used one is becoming a challenge. So, I spotted a few Sprint ST's for sale (2009).

Other then the obvious mechanical differences (exhaust placement, smaller hard bags, longer wheelbase etc.) are there any other differences that I might have overlooked or not considered? Seems the R/R is a semi-common issue on the ST's, but not (yet) on the GT's.
I have no problem doing routine maintenance, but I don't want to pick up a used ST with 20-30K km on it if there's issues that the GT doesn't exhibit.

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Old 11-13-2012, 09:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi,

Other than the stuff you mentioned above, i'd say;

1) the GT's side cases are bigger than the ST's cases
2) the GT's front lighting assembly is way better; the ST got a "projector" type lighting assy while the GT have a "reflector" type. Reflector type is better, mainly at night.
3) Front forque is not plunging as hard when braking than the ST. I've got an 09 ST and this is my main complaint.

Overall, i think the GT was more "tuned" to challenge the Kawa concour and the Yamaha FJR.

Some members owned both models. I am sure they will comment.

If possible at your dealer, you should try both models. Just a matter of your own preferences. One thing is sure, once you taste the 3 cylinders, you'll love it !
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Sly, well since the NHL has decided, "No hockey for you!" why not come on down to Sommerville, Massachusetts to a dealer called Riverside Motorsports. They have been advertising a new leftover GT in silver. I really love my GT. Great bike that does just about everything well.
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Old 11-13-2012, 09:23 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just love the look of the ST over the GT(I have an ST).
That stated, if you're going to have a passenger, the GT should be your choice. The luggage on the GT will be noticed if you ever take a trip. As stated before, the headlights are better on the GT, it's slightly longer, but other than that, I think you'd be hard pressed to really tell the difference in handling(other than the fork dive) between the two. Get the one that fits your eye better, or whichever one you can find, LOL.
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Did not noticed that you were north of the border. Always good to see i am not alone up north. You can use the search function and type ST vs GT. If you got some time, a lot of good stuff was written on the subject.

Example; http://www.triumphrat.net/sprint-for...evious-st.html
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Most of the differences have been called out already. The GT makes nominally more power and has a taller 6th gear (8% or something), but otherwise the drivetrain is the same. I think the rear wheel is also lighter on the GT, and the bags, in addition to being larger and included on the GT, are a better design than the ST's.
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Old 11-13-2012, 10:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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You can use the search function and type ST vs GT. If you got some time, a lot of good stuff was written on the subject.

Example; http://www.triumphrat.net/sprint-for...evious-st.html
Thanks Sparky! And everyone else for their input...

I guess one more question I have (which could be the deciding factor) is how well suited is the bike for a 200, 300, or 400 km day ride with a passenger? My wife is of average height (5'3") and build, but won't be impressed if I bring home a toy that won't fit her for the occasional day ride here and there. I guess I want to know how the bike rides with the additional weight of a passenger, and is that passenger going to be cranky when we get home?
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Old 11-14-2012, 01:26 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks Sparky! And everyone else for their input...

I guess one more question I have (which could be the deciding factor) is how well suited is the bike for a 200, 300, or 400 km day ride with a passenger? My wife is of average height (5'3") and build, but won't be impressed if I bring home a toy that won't fit her for the occasional day ride here and there. I guess I want to know how the bike rides with the additional weight of a passenger, and is that passenger going to be cranky when we get home?
GT for pillions I would say. My lady is about the same size and she's not wrapped in my bike....
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SLY DVL possibly useful thread for you

Hi mate you may find this thread of interest;

http://www.triumphrat.net/sprint-for...evious-st.html

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Pillion comfort will depend on how you both like to sit on the bike. If you're a tank hugger and your pillion prefers to sit forward right up to you, the GT seat will put her right on the ledge that drops into the rider's area of the seat, making her slide into you a lot.

If she's okay sitting further back, you'll be hard pressed to notice she's even there until you reall get into some twisties.

We've tried it both ways, but she's just not comfortable sitting back and being out there by herself, so I'm going to build a custom seat to move that ledge forward.

BTW, it was solo, but I've done nearly 1200km on my GT in a single day (very little interstate, plenty of stops, cold temps), so long days are certinatly doable.
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