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Howdy kids!

Ive been riding sport bikes for the past 6 yrs and decided to take a trip to the touring side of things.

I've owned Hondas all my riding life and love em but after many friend deaths on the street I;ve gotta hang the fast pace life and slow things down a bit. I've done a few track days and love it to death but lifes not worth trying to beat the guy faster than you.

I live in Georgetown ky and am purchasing a new 08 sprint next week (hopefully). i;m new to triumph but love the looks of the sprint. I dont know much about the bike and cant wait for the education you people can give me.

So thanks for the replies and lessons.
 

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Hi and welcome to our Sprint forum UKTURFROCKS:)

Don and I like all our noobs to please take time out to read our forum stickies.:)

Thanks in advance.

I have had sports bikes all my life and still do, you will enjoy the Sprint, it is sportier than most Sports Touring bikes on the market and once set up correctly will not disappoint.

If you doubt it can be ridden like a sports bike...................think again:)

Enjoy the forum
DaveM:cool:
 

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Welcome,

You do know the great Sprint ST...certainly the later models will still hit v close to 160......should you want to, and, with a good rider on board wouldn't be TOO far behind a CBR1000....


I used to ride with my mate ,on an early '04 CBR1000, me, Sprint RS........he didn't leave me too far behind, and he was Italian, so mad as a box of frogs.....!!

I didn't find myself slowing down too much, when I jumped ship from a very hard ridden RF900R.......and I saw that go 'off the clock' coming down the Mountain Mile.............to my 'touring RS Sprint!!!

Congrats on getting a Triumph!!!!, you might miss the stronger pull of the 4 pot CBR motor, but I bet the sweet Triple engine sucks you in, eventually!!!
 

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If you doubt it can be ridden like a sports bike...................think again:)

DaveM:cool:
Wise words. Take it from a guy who has personal experience - you can ride ANY bike fast; its all about throttle discipline. Guys who can ride can ride anything quickly. I have a good friend who's on a scooter (forget the make/model) now and he's still faster in the twisty stuff than most of the guys we ride with. He's a gifted rider, and used to race, so his skill level is way up there, but there's no slowing him down. In fact, it's almost like he pushes himself to see just how much he can extract from whatever he's on. It's a challenge for him.

I sold a late model R1 and bought a V-Strom 650 under the auspices of slowing down, but found that I was riding just as quickly as before; in some case even quicker because I was more comfortable. I was just working harder to do it. Its kind of scary, because on a sport bike, you KNOW that the bike has way more than you do. On a dual sport, that margin of error shrinks considerably. What was 60% on a modern sport bike is maybe 85% on a lesser bike.

The Sprint ST has more than enough to keep you entertained on the streets. I'm on my second ST 955i and its a conscious choice to go slower, because I could easily get myself in a heap of trouble on it if I was so inclined.

Enjoy it, stay safe, and be confident in the knowledge that you can still punk squids on crotch rockets if the mood strikes you :)

Good luck!
 

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Thanks guys. My only fear is that I do start pushing it again. The only major difference are the tires, i'll be on. I've always ran Corsa
3's or pirelli race tires. I could never out ride them but on touring tires I dont know how much grip or how far i can take em. We shall see though.
 

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Thanks guys. My only fear is that I do start pushing it again. The only major difference are the tires, i'll be on. I've always ran Corsa
3's or pirelli race tires. I could never out ride them but on touring tires I dont know how much grip or how far i can take em. We shall see though.
I have run many sets of Bridgestone BT 002 medium race and Michelin Pilot Race mediums on the Sprint but they don't last long.

Any good sports tyre like a Michelin Pilot Power or even the Michelin Pilot Road 2 will provide more grip than you need in the dry and the PR2 is excellent in the wet also.

I have used many sets of Pilot Power 2's on my Sprint and had the fronts edge to edge grip is not a problem.

I have plenty of tyre porn in my albums in the clicky links in my sig:p


Most modern sports tyres will provide enough grip to put most edge to edge front and rear.


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Yeah I think im going to pick up some PR2. Ive ran powers before and love em but the mileage is horrible. Metzler m3's have been the best for me as far as longevity and stickiness but not a touring tyre. Thanks for the advice. ive peeked at some of those pics, i love it when the tires ball up.
 
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