Triumph Sprint 900 Reviews from United Kingdom

1994 Triumph Sprint 900

Year of manufacture1994
First year of ownership1994
Most recent year of ownership2014
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.1 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance35000 miles

Summary:

Superb

Faults:

At 30k the bike started to cut out when hot and was running rough. Replaced the ignition pick up coil, which stopped it cutting out, and then also the ignition coils and spark plugs, which sorted out the poor running. Like new.

Other than that, just the usual tyres, brake pads etc.

General Comments:

Yes it is top heavy, but it's only noticeable if you're in slow moving traffic.

The seat is a bit uncomfortable after about 200 miles.

Very reliable, superb build quality, great handling (other than for the above), very quick, the engine sounds great - good stopping power.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st July, 2014

1995 Triumph Sprint 900

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1997
Most recent year of ownership2005
Acceleration marks 9 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired7000 miles
Most recent distance12000 miles

Summary:

An outstanding all rounder

Faults:

The CDI Pickup for the electronic ignition system. Apparently this is a relatively common problem.

The on board clock wears the battery down if stood for extended periods (more than 2 - 3 weeks).

General Comments:

Overall I'm very impressed, it's not the lightest, fastest or best handling bike I've ridden, but has that unique combination of being good enough in each department to make it a great bike that you can live with.

It is certainly one of the most comfortable bikes, I've owned at just over 6'3". I find it easy to ride and handle, and don't get cramp like I do on many other sports tourers.

The seat height is not so good if you like your saddle a bit closer to the ground.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th March, 2005

13th Dec 2006, 15:13

Just got a sprint 900 (1996) as my first bike. Bit heavy when manouvering, but fantastic fun. Generally above comments I agree with. But scary in strong side winds, but so was the Suzy GS500 I learnt on.

8th Mar 2007, 13:56

I bought my 1994 Sprint 7 years ago. I am still very happy with it, I have been to Switzerland on it, so I think that counts as a fair test ride. There is no other bike on the market at the moment that I am remotely tempted to have instead of the Sprint.

Your comments about seat hight are accurate. I am only 5'6", so the Sprint is really a bit tall for me, it is also quite top heavy, but I wanted one and I wasn't going to let common sense get in the way. This attitude has persisted throughout the time I have owned the bike.

The C.D.I. pickup went wrong on my Sprint as well. It was tricky to identify as the culprit as it was a temperamental fault.

27th Sep 2009, 19:30

I had a 96 Triumph Sprint 900 for a couple of months in 2007. Powerful, superbly built and very comfortable. However, it's top heavy and ugly, mine didn't have a mainstand, which was really annoying! Meant to challenge the VFR 750 - fat chance!

28th Jul 2014, 19:32

My 1993 Sprint - was running a little rough, with poor top end and a tendency to cut out when hot (34k miles, but stood a lot). So: used some additive in the fuel tank for a while to help clean the carbs; replaced the CDI pickup; all three coils and spark plugs - runs like new - CDI pickup and coils were definitely faulty. Great bike.

Average review marks: 7.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews