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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Mar 29th, 2007, 9:01 am Thread Starter
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GT v New Sprint ST

About the only gripe I have with my K1200GT is that it would be nice to have a bike with a few less kilos (or pounds to the no-metric people amongst us). As I would like to try out the more sporty end of Sports Tourer, I had a look at a 2007 Triumph Sprint ST the other day at a local dealer as a possible replacement candidate (please excuse the heresy). The press reviews have been positive, especially about the 1050cc engine, and at 213kg (dry) it is about 70kg lighter than my K1200GT.

However, on closer inspection, it become clear that one of the reasons that the Sprint ST is so much lighter is because it has been fitted with wafer thin plastic components. I was amazed at how flimsy the bike feels.

So, although the K1200GT is a big heffa-lump, I am sure it will last for a good many years over many thousands of Kilometers. Looks like the K1200GT is staying put.

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The one important point for me if I'm going to replace my Brick (not likely) is, does the replacement candidate have a shaft or a chain? Chain drive for me is a no-go. My last chain bike was many, many moons ago, and I have no intention of cleaning/lubing a chain ever again, if I can help it.

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Triumph Sprint ST

I test rode the Triumph Sprint ST (the new one with the 1050 cc engine) before I settle on buying the new (to me) 1999 k1200RS.

As I recalled, the Sprint ST was a comfortable bike, much torquey motor. The part I didn't like was the vague steering and reactions from the front wheel. You get that sort of disconnected from the pavement feeling. Also, the instruments numbers on the dials are very small, so you could never read the speed when you are moving.

In comparison, even the K1200RS is a lot heavier, it handles and corners way better than the Sprint ST. And the brakes are much more superior. (plus shaft drive).

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