Triumph Sprint 900 Review from United Kingdom

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: 7.8 / 10, based on 1 review