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Hi I'm Mike from New York, USA. This is my 11th motorcycle in 20 years of riding. It's my first Triumph. 2008 Sprint ST 1050. I used to ride sport bikes but I am loving the comfortable nature of the Sprint and I feel like it handles well for its size. I perused this forum quite a bit before making my purchase. I suspect I will learn a lot about these bikes on here so thanks in advance for the great resource.
 

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Welcome! Nice looking Sprint!
 

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What can you tell us about that seat?
The bike came with that seat. The previous owner didnt have the original. I will say its extremely comfortable, but I can't shift my weight around on it very easily during more spirited riding. I find it attractive though. I may use it for long rides and get a stock seat for fun mountain roads.
 

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Hi Mike

I wondered about that seat also.

For what it's worth the stock seat is very comfortable and capable of big miles / kms before bum rot sets in, as well as that it does allow some 'body English".

As I am 5'10" and have a 29" inseam and am built like a bull I also had the Triumph "low" seat which I also found very comfortable.

I used to use the stock one when I had Mrs DaveM on board and used the low seat when riding solo.

Enjoy your new toy, it's a great allrounder.

That seat does look very cool and looks comfy, but I can see how you can't move your arse around much, which can be a negative when the going gets a bit brisk in the curves :)

cheers
DaveM
 

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Hi Mike

I wondered about that seat also.

For what it's worth the stock seat is very comfortable and capable of big miles / kms before bum rot sets in, as well as that it does allow some 'body English".

As I am 5'10" and have a 29" inseam and am built like a bull I also had the Triumph "low" seat which I also found very comfortable.

I used to use the stock one when I had Mrs DaveM on board and used the low seat when riding solo.

Enjoy your new toy, it's a great allrounder.

That seat does look very cool and looks comfy, but I can see how you can't move your arse around much, which can be a negative when the going gets a bit brisk in the curves <img src="http://www.triumphrat.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />

cheers
DaveM
I will look for a stock seat. I also looked at the Corbin Gunfighter solo seat. I like the way it does away with the grab handle.
 

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Your bike's twin used to live in my garage- do you have the hard bags as well? I have a spare pair of the infill panels if you'd like I can send them your way. beautiful bike!

My '08:
Thanks, that's a great picture of your bike as well. Beautiful shot. I do have the hard bags and a top case also. I took off all the hardware until I'm ready for another out of state trip.
 

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Hi Mike

I wondered about that seat also.

For what it's worth the stock seat is very comfortable and capable of big miles / kms before bum rot sets in, as well as that it does allow some 'body English".

As I am 5'10" and have a 29" inseam and am built like a bull I also had the Triumph "low" seat which I also found very comfortable.

I used to use the stock one when I had Mrs DaveM on board and used the low seat when riding solo.

Enjoy your new toy, it's a great allrounder.

That seat does look very cool and looks comfy, but I can see how you can't move your arse around much, which can be a negative when the going gets a bit brisk in the curves <img src="http://www.triumphrat.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />

cheers
DaveM
I am loving the new steed. It's the heaviest bike I've owned. Coming from a GSXR 1000 that I used to occasionally tour on, the Sprint is so much more comfortable than the dedicated sport bikes I'm used to. It does take more work to tip it over, but I don't mind that. I find it's causing me to modify my riding style to suit this type of bike, which is good. I very much like the sound it makes when decelerating. I just wanted something different than all the Japanese bikes I've had, and something more mature so this was my 40th birthday present to myself. I'm very happy with it.
 

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I am loving the new steed. It's the heaviest bike I've owned. Coming from a GSXR 1000 that I used to occasionally tour on, the Sprint is so much more comfortable than the dedicated sport bikes I'm used to. It does take more work to tip it over, but I don't mind that. I find it's causing me to modify my riding style to suit this type of bike, which is good. I very much like the sound it makes when decelerating. I just wanted something different than all the Japanese bikes I've had, and something more mature so this was my 40th birthday present to myself. I'm very happy with it.
Welcome, Mike. I wish I could remember my 40th birthday! :crying:

As for turning effort and handling, these bikes perform well, albeit very differently, with a variety of tires. Lots of good reports from riders who prefer long-lasting high mileage touring rubber and the same from those of us who fancy sticky, fast burning sport skins. And there's a lot of ground in between. Personally, I go through at least one set of Q3s a season but most of my rides are day trips in the mountain twisties. I don't care about mileage. Please do not turn this into a "tire thread". I only wanted to note that the Sprint has a range of personalities and I'm sure there's a setup for you. Tire choice is a big part of that. Enjoy.
 

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Welcome Mike. Motorcycles make the very best birthday presents, don't they? I've done it once or twice. Happy birthday to you and good luck with your new ride. I remember reading an article before I bought mine, "Triumph makes the best Japanese bikes". Sprints are just that. Enjoy yours.
 

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Cheers guys. Loving the Sprint. I put on a set of Pirelli Angel GT 2, and adjusted the suspension settings to stiffen things up under my heavy set frame. Now it handles a bit more sporty. I like to get out of the city and up into the mountains around New Paltz for my day trips. This bike handles the highway and the twisties pretty well. I'm pleased with it for the type of riding I do nowadays.
 

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The bike came with that seat. The previous owner didnt have the original. I will say its extremely comfortable, but I can't shift my weight around on it very easily during more spirited riding. I find it attractive though. I may use it for long rides and get a stock seat for fun mountain roads.
Welcome Mike

Don't go stock. I found it extremely uncomfortable after a couple of hours

I found a Triumph gel seat on Ebay which has been good for 500 mile days

Cheers
Dave
 
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