Moving towards the “touring” end of the Sport Touring spectrum, Triumph has introduced the Sprint GT. Details can be found here on Triumph’s web site.
The Sprint GT utilizes the frame of the existing Sprint ST, but just about every other significant aspect of the machine is new. More upright and comfortable, the Sprint GT appears to offer better wind protection, much better headlights, standard 31 litre panniers and ABS brakes. An optional top box can hold two full-size helmets and includes a 12 volt power supply to charge your mobile electronics while riding.
Gone is the under-seat exhaust system in favor of a lower slung, higher flowing unit that contributes to an increase in power from the 1050cc triple. Both horsepower and torque go up by 5 units, with horsepower now at 130 and torque at 80 pound feet. Notably, despite the peak power increases, torque gets delivered much lower in the rev range with the peak now coming at 6300 rpm.
Brakes and suspension get tweaked, as well, with the rear shock now offering a remote pre-load adjustor that does not require tools. Triumph is boasting about the price of the new Sprint GT, which will be quite a bit less expensive than some of its main competition in Europe. Triumph advises that the Sprint GT will be available in U.S. dealerships this Fall as an early release 2011 model priced at $13,199.