2011 Triumph Sprint GT announced
New sport tourer puts emphasis on the "tourer"
The 2011 Triumph Sprint GT (for Grand Tourer) comes five years after the introduction of the Sprint ST. The Sprint GT uses an updated version of Triumph’s 1050cc three-cylinder engine while a new side-mounted exhaust replaces the Sprint ST’s underseat pipe. According to Triumph, the Sprint GT gets more power (128 hp versus 123 hp) and torque (79.7 ft-lb. @ 6,300 rpm vs 76.0 ft-lb. @ 7,500 rpm) than the Sprint ST.
“The motorcycle market continues to become more refined, which calls for manufacturers to evolve our product lines to provide what customers are demanding,” says Jim Callahan, North American marketing manager for Triumph Motorcycles. “The Sprint GT blends all of the great performance and style of the Sprint ST with some additional comfort and storage space that sport touring riders are looking for.”
The Sprint GT comes standard with matching 31L (8.2 gallon) panniers. For more storage, Triumph offers an optional topbox capable of holding two full sized helmets and equipped with a 12V power socket.
Triumph is offering the Sprint GT with ABS as standard equipment (it was optional for the Sprint ST). The Sprint GT also gets a new rear shock with tooless pre-load adjustment and 152 mm of travel, designed to be more accommodating for two-up riding. Up front, the 43mm Showa fork receives updated internals aimed at improving damping.
According to Triumph, the fairing has been restyled for a sharper, more contemporary look. The headlight design looks similar to the Sprint ST but Triumph say it has improved light distribution.
The Sprint GT uses the same twin-spar aluminum beam frame as the Sprint ST but chassis updates make the Sprint GT longer (89.0 inches compared to 83.2 inches) with a 60.5 inch wheelbase compared to the Sprint ST’s 57.3 inch wheelbase. The Sprint GT is also heavier than the Sprint ST, with Triumph claiming a wet weight of 590.8 pounds, 60 pounds heavier than the Sprint ST.
Triumph is offering the Sprint GT in two colors, Pacific Blue and Aluminum Silver. The 2011 Triumph Sprint GT will be available in U.S. dealerships in the fall at a retail price of $13,199.
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