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G'Day Guys,
looking for an "warts & All" view of the ST (thinking of going 07 with ABS)

Curent main bike is my XB9S Buell (no***** please as I love it) and have sold off the other two crusiers as I have grown up and need more than just bling.

The Buell is my FUN bike, twists, stoppies, wheelies, etc and it stays. What I want is a touring but fun bike; something with the handling of the Buell but more than 'old man' retired riding style. (FJR etc)

Let me know if you think the ST would suite and what breaks and what to look out fore

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Podday.

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Poddy,

There are lots of guys on this site with far more experience with the Sprint than me but I'll add this for you to consider.

I've been riding for years and can't completely lose the "sports" style but I'm getting older and want to be more comfortable.

My last bike was a big, comfy, yet quick BMW K1200RS and I find the Sprint ST ('07) fantastic. Not quite as comfortable as the BM but bloody close and so much more nimble.

As I'm sure everyone will tell you, the engine is an absolute gem, with plenty of torque to make cruising miles a breeze. It's also fun for that quick day ride or a run up and down the mountains.

The headlights suck (although after some adjustment they were much better) but that's the only real complaint I have.

See your local dealer and get a test ride - make sure you can ride it for at least an hour to get a feel for it.

I think you'll love it.

I hope this helps.

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Tickets, I would watch out for tickets. I love mine, light suck though, but just re aim them. Other wise the only thing is the speed is deceptive. It's hard to do the limit, gotta put a radar detector on this thing.

It took me one 20 minute test ride to know I had to have one. No regrets since.

Enjoy,

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G'day Poddy;

I have had my '07 Sprint ST for just on 2 weeks now.

Everything that the previous respondents have said is what I would say.

Just on 1000 km now, and the engine is starting to loosen up a bit. Must really watch out for the speed limits, though, as they are very deceptive....(Was I REALLY going that fast, Constable??).

I have adusted my suspension to suit my weight and riding style, and it just rides extraordinarily well. Squids on race replicas are affronted by being rounded up by something large, red and with a full set of hard luggage!

Email me off forum if you wish to discuss dealers in Melbourne and servicing.

And here is the most recent photo of the baby.



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I've had my 2007 for 4 weeks with around 800 miles on the clock and the bike is a blast. I traded my 2004 BMW RT as I never really took to it, the ST is pure fun and not just great transportation. I was considering the BMW GT but at twice the price, it's just not worth it. Also, at less weight the ST is much more nimble. I 'm 50 years old, like comfort and still a speed junkie so the ST does it for me, fast but comfortable. My only negative are the side bag and Triumph top case capacity, Triumph should stay out of the luggage business. Having said that, there is no perfect bike out there but this one comes very close. Did I mention 50 MPG around town. I've spoken with a few other ST owners and they are all impressed with the bike. If you decide to purchase, enjoy.
 

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Poddy-You will not regret buying a Sprint. I believe that it's the best sport tourer out right now. The motor alone is worth it. I'll tell you what issues I've had and what I've done to make it a better bike.

Mine is an '06 abs model-blue of course.

Genmar bar risers-Big relief to my neck
Hugger and fender eliminator-Keeps the back end cleaner and looks cool
Heated grips-Not as comfortable as the stock grips when not in use, but great when cold
Nautilus compact air horn-No explaination neccesary
HID conversion for the high beam-In my book an absolute necessity
Gamin Zumo GPS andRam GPS mount with Scala rider blue tooth headset
Escort Passport radar detector
Pilot Powers-because I don't like the stock Bridgestones-too greasy at the limit IMHO
New M/C for the front brakes-just installed yesterday too early to tell if this is a perm fix

Still on the menu;
Carbon fiber exhaust and ceramic coating mid pipe-to improve power and cool my butt
New seat for long distance-probably Corbin
Clear alternatives clear front turn signals-cause they look good
Suspension work-yet to be determined to tighten up the handleing

The high beam and the heat are the major issues. I've taken care of one with the HID conversion and the new exhaust will take care of a good part of the heat.

Ride on
Charlie
 

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just to restate what the others have said watch your speed
it is very easy to hit 100mph without realising it then you look down at the clocks and quickly shut off the throttle to bring it back under the local limits :) :wink:
 

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In the spirit of being balanced, a few things to look out for:

The 05+ series is not the most comfortable bike for a pillion if that is a consideration for you.

Heat is a much talked about issue, but really depends on your comfort level. I'm on my second ST and find it only a problem on really hot days in traffic. Then again, thats uncomfortable in bike gear anyway.

IMHO the current factory luggage is c***. Some do like it. I have GIVI boxes and SW Motech metal work. It works very well.

The Sprint is notoriously under sprung and lacks adjustment, especially if youre going to go from weekend scratching to all day touring. They respond very well to an upgrade in suspension dept.

The seat bolts are a biatch to get out.
Getting fuel prices to come down is easier than getting them back in.

I have about 25k on my 05 ST and absolutely love it. Its my everyday and is the best all rounder available.

Hope this helps,
Brett..
 
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