Hi Triumph riders,
I'm 24, I've been a self-taught motorcyclist since my late teens. The parents said "you'll never get a motorcycle!" so obviously I saved my paychecks and did the exact opposite. Please ignore my inclination towards not following advice and offer your expertise if you can take a moment
thanks in advance!
Over the last 6 or so years, I've owned cruisers. My Suzuki M50 (loved it) and my H-D XL-883 (hated) aren’t what I’d consider powerful. Now I want to try a sport touring bike, preferably with some standard almost UJM-like ergonomics. Enter this 1999 Triumph Sprint ST.
It has a windshield and plastic fairings and all this other stuff that’s completely foreign to my riding experience, but most of all, it has POWER.
Obviously this bike is much lighter than the cruisers I’ve been riding, meaning the difference in power to weight ratio is even greater. The nice thing about the cruisers is the long and low weight distribution. Some say they handle like hell, I say having all of that weight so close to the ground makes them easy to ride and grind. Yeehaw!
I’m just wondering how big the step up from a midsize v-twin cruiser to basically a liter triple is? Weight distribution as far as handling, and power delivery are my real concerns.
- Have others out there done this kind of upgrade?
- Will I be overwhelmed?
- I’ve heard the FI mapping on the early Sprints wasn’t very smooth. Any truth to this or is it just one guy blaming his misfortune on his OEM?
Also I have questions about this particular sprint itself. It seems immaculate and the owner lists upgrades to the exhausts and handlebar risers (the cruiser rider in me likes these a lot), and a zero grav windshield (indifferent towards)… the thing is, the bike also has 50,000 km or about 32k miles.
- Is that a good amount of wear on this bike?
- What should I be budgeting for repair in the next 5,000 miles or so?
- Has anyone had any concerns regarding buying a used, high mile Sprint, or with their own high mile Sprint?
Thanks in advance for your help guys and gals!