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Howdy.
Always kinda liked the look of the Sprint GT but when they came out, I couldn't seem to find one to get close enough to. Couldn't test ride one, couldn't sit on one or get the GF to test-sit one. Not wanting to buy one sight unseen, I ended up with a 2002 BMW K1200RS which I recently sold (great bike BTW).

Moving on, or maybe backing up- I've arrived back where I was 10 years ago: wishing I had a Triumph Sprint GT! Just doing some quick internet searches on the bikes, I saw there are some things that seem to be of importance on a used Sprint:
Rear suspension linkage lube/maintenance?
Valve adjustments?
By all accounts the triple is awesome, but maybe people don't love the front brake too well?

Any other compliments or complaints?

Ergonomics?
Rider comfort, all day or distance riding?
Passenger comfort, all day or distance riding?
Lighting, night time visibility?
Fairing/windscreen effectiveness?

Just glancing around, I don't see too many up for sale so it's an assumption that people must be liking them well enough. There's a low mileage GT currently for sale up on Long Island. I believe the mileage on the bike is listed as +/- 20,000.

Anyway, I'd love to hear everyone's opinions on the GT, xxx years in.

Any & all tips on what to look for in a used one will be appreciated. Meanwhile I'm happy to live & learn about these bikes as I wait for the "grace" period to end before I can access the RAT classifieds.

Thanks!
Tom
 

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They took care of the brakes with the GT.
They took care of just about all of the little gripes from the earlier models, actually.
It's really just replace the rectifier and maybe a Corbin seat, horn, muffler, fork gaiters, IACV lines, lots of screen options available and keep up with the maintenance.
Luggage weighs a ton!

I'd say get one, it's quite the motorcycle.
 

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I've got a 2011 Sprint GT

Ergonomics?
This is subjective but good for me @ 6'1 with long legs

Rider comfort, all day or distance riding?
I have done a 700 mile day without issue.

Passenger comfort, all day or distance riding?
It's not a goldwing but I have been told it's quite generous for the passenger.

Lighting, night time visibility?
Lights are good for a motorcycle - better than my other bikes.

Fairing/windscreen effectiveness?
It's effective - I have the tall Triumph screen and it's a little turbulent (just noise no head movement). I use custom ear plugs so the noise is not an issue,

Honestly, I think Triumph fixed the stuff that wasn't quite right with the Sprint 1050 when they released the GT.
 

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I have a 2013 GT with nearly 70K kms which does most all I want from a bike though I have done some upgrades to make it better.
1. Upgrade rear shock with a Wilber and remote preload.
2. Upgrade front forks with some fine tuning from a suspension specialist.
3. I replaced existing lights with HID because I was doing some night time riding but in hindsight I should have just added a set of Denali spot lights.
4. Replaced existing bars with a set of Triumph Tiger bars using an adapter plate and risers. Turned bike into a very comfortable long distance tourer and gave me more confidence in tight corners.

Ongoing maintenance.
1. Regular oil and filter changes.
2. Rear suspension linkagesand hub removal and greaseing every 2 years.
3. search on this forum for other maintenance etc.
 

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Thanks guys!
So the rear suspension linkage/hub work should be done every 2 years regardless of mileage?
Looking at a 2011 bike with 23K on the clock. Seller (motorcycle dealership of some sort) couldn't seem to tell me much about the bike- only that it was traded in.I only spoke to him over the phone- have yet to actually see the bike. For that matter all he has up on his website is stock photos- no pix of the actual bike itself. The bike is on Long Island where traffic is just terrible, far as I can tell, pretty much all the time- it's no walk in the park to get out there to see it.

Were I to buy this, I guess it's safe to assume that I should probably tend to the suspension linkage/hub pretty much straight away then? Which jacks the 5999.00 sticker price right on up.
 

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I don't know bike prices in the US but $6k for a 10 year old bike seems pretty steep. How much was a GT new in 2011? $11k?

I'd be offering more like $4500-5000.
 

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I'd say 13k euros including the top box.
Valves and hub every other maintenance. Linkage bearing greasing after 4 or 5 years.
I put higher handlebars ans screen (eaglesreen). Upgraded starter cables (a must do). Upgraded RR (must as well ). Changed the stator.
Iscv hoses don't need to be changed.
No pb w/ front brake. Abs is stock.
 

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I don't know bike prices in the US but $6k for a 10 year old bike seems pretty steep. How much was a GT new in 2011? $11k?

I'd be offering more like $4500-5000.
I thought it was steep too. It really better be amazing for that money, although the couple bikes I've seen were over 5,000 USD. Currently yhrere are only a couple nationwide so maybe the scarcity of these bikes adds to the asking prices? I'd definitely tru to talk him down if I went for this one.
 

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I thought it was steep too. It really better be amazing for that money, although the couple bikes I've seen were over 5,000 USD. Currently yhrere are only a couple nationwide so maybe the scarcity of these bikes adds to the asking prices? I'd definitely tru to talk him down if I went for this one.
I think you could easily find a nice low mileage example for under 5k, just keep looking. This is such a great bike, I think it's the perfect balance of sport and touring and it's nice riding something you don't see everyone and their grandmother riding. In the six years I've owned mine I've seen one other on the road. Make sure you scouring Craigslist with searchtempest, eBay and offerup/letgo. Good luck!
 

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I don't know about doing the linkage by time as grease isn't going to go bad sitting there.
When I buy a "new" bike, I just assume that it needs a lot of maintenance and go through it.
Tires, fork fluid, gaiters from a current Bonneville, Fiamm freeway blaster horn, Super Mosfet Kit, Yuasa battery, Ferodo pads, brake fluid, silicone IACV lines, plugs and valve clearance check, air filter, Mobil 1/Purolator filter, coolant change, shock linkage, rear hub service, seat, cannister.
It takes a while and adds up but I do the work myself.

Triumph parts are idiotically overpriced so this is the place to ask for aftermarket parts.
They don't need many as it's a really well designed motorcycle and appears to be bulletproof.
 

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Useful looking 2000 in the WI:
 

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Useful looking 2000 in the WI:

Thanks man BUT I'm looking for a GT. only, the ST isn't my cup of tea. edit: looking at teh link, I recognize their logo/backdrop in bike pix, from seeing them on eBay.
 

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There are a bunch on the SFBay and San Diego craigslist. There was a very low mileage one for under $4K (IIRC) but it might have sold.

I'm way over on the other (east) coast, so a CL score mightn't work out so well, from such a distance. Fly n Ride, maybe? 3000 miles would be a LONG "test ride" home....
 

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Steve yes that's the one I was looking at in New York. I spoke to "a" guy there, who answered the phone when I called. He could not say anything about it, knew nothing of the bike, only that it had been traded in. Their website and their advert only feature stock images of a Triumph Sprint GT- no actual photos of the bike. I'm skeptical.

EDIT: came across another website I hadn't seen in previous searches: smartcycleguide.com
Any advertised bikes there that are close enough to me, have been posted over 1 month ago. I did inquire about availability on a GT with like 3K miles on it- over in Marlton NJ. Used the "inquiry" link provided. This was 2 days ago- I've heard nothing back. The asking price was sky high tho, nearly 9 grand! Seems to have been on offer by a private seller and not a dealership.
 
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