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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-18-2019, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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switching to a triumph

howdy all,

i was a second away from a sprint st back in 2009. i didn't do it because i didn't want the payment. i ended up with an aprilia caponord 6 months later that was a crate bike from 2006 with 0 miles. 4 years and 80,000 miles later i got the new version. so in 5 years i have put 85k on it and 43k on a mana. so i'm ready maybe to go english. what triumph would i want? my current commute is about 22k per year. i may be dropping that to 3500 miles per year if it goes my way. either way i ride in all weather which is ok here in the san francisco bay area. i see '08 sprints with 30k on the clock for less than $4000. would i get some miles before it died or would i be better off getting a tiger? i like the trophy too. please share your thoughts.


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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 09:40 AM
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I haven't ridden any of the bikes you've owned or a Sprint. But looking at the ergo data from some old back issues of Motorcycle Consumer News, I see that the Sprint has bars that are several inches lower and farther away from the seat vs the Mana and the Tiger. The Tiger's ergos look similar to the Mana's; the bars are almost 3 inches higher and almost 2 inches closer to the rider vs the Mana's. Good luck in your search!

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 02:13 PM
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I wouldn't be scared to buy a Sprint with 30k on it, I'm approaching 65k on my 2008 ST.

I would ride a Sprint ST, a Spring GT, the Tiger, and the Trophy to see which you prefer. I didn't much care for the Trophy when I was on it. I rented a Tiger 1200 last summer, and was rather happy to get back on my Sprint after that. I haven't ridden a GT, so I'm not sure how different that may feel from the ST.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-19-2019, 05:06 PM
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Even the earlier 955i are worth considering as a commute bike. The 1050 motor is pretty bullet proof. Ask on the Sprint section of this forum. They are a jolly bunch with good advice
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I've owned a 99 Tiger (889cc) did 90,000km, 02 Sprint (955cc) 120,000Km and 08 Sprint with 60,000Km would still have it if it wasn't written off. None of them have given me any trouble. Currently my GT has done 105,000 trouble free Kms.


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I don’t think 30K is much for a Triumph triple. I hear about Trophys going over 100K pretty often-comes down to maintenance, I think. Hope you find something you like!

if you think you might like a Sprint, check out the RAT classifieds, where our very own gil gautron is offering his very attractive Sprint ST, and just lowered the price to $2600.- US.


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Better get a Sprint AND a Tiger.
LoL, I think MHS was right about you being responsible for his multi bike garage.
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