Triumph Sprint 900 Reviews from United States of America

1996 Triumph Sprint 900

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance28000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB650 Nighthawk

Summary:

A big comfortable all purpose road bike with a great motor

Faults:

Oil leak when new. Seal replaced under warranty.

Head light bulbs and instrument bulbs have been replaced.

Carburetors plugged up once, my own fault; left it parked all winter.

General Comments:

I should probably want a new motorcycle, but I don't. I have so much fun on this thing every time I ride it.

I had a DynoJet carburetor kit and some Micron slip-ons installed a few years ago with impressive results. The motor has a great personality, the power is easily accessible with no four cylinder buzz.

Everyone says these bikes are top heavy, it's only noticeable when not moving or at extremely slow speeds, I don't consider it a problem.

Very stable at high speeds. Big sweeping curves are lots of fun. Even though it's not considered a real sport bike, it does pretty well against the repli-racers on a curvy road.

I could get a serious sport bike, but then I'd have to give up some comfort and I'm not old enough for a cruiser, so, I think I'll keep it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th February, 2008

1995 Triumph Sprint 900

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.9 / 10
Distance when acquired12200 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CX500

Summary:

A delightful bike; sturdy for daily riding, and fun for fair weather friends

Faults:

There are only three items that come to mind when I think of what is 'wrong' about my '95 Sprint. None of them affects the bike in motion so they are more annoyances than systemic problems.

One: I have reached that mile stone of many fellow Sprint riders my ignition system failed. Prior to the failure, the only start up problem I had was a drained battery from long winter rests. The blessing of ignition failure is that the bike is not in motion when the problem arises, except if you stall from user error (as I did), and the system decides to quit on a trip, you're walking or waiting for help.

Two: If I leave the Sprint in the hot sun, no shade and high humidity with a half or less tank of fuel, the choke doesn't work properly because a vacuum seem to be created. If the vent on the tank is whistling like a banshee, I now open the fuel lid to release the pressure. The back pressure created stalls the bike within 200 feet of the starting point. Open the fuel lid, wait a couple minutes, and you're good to go with no more stalls.

Three: The kick stand switch gets stuck. When the stand is put up, the switch doesn't completely extend this, then shuts the bike off as it is put into first gear and the clutch is released. On dryer days, here in Virginia, the switch is less sticky. I have a habit now to check its extension and pull it out, if need be, prior to engaging the clutch / gear sequence.

General Comments:

This is the second motorcycle I have owned, and I did a fair amount of research prior to the purchase. I find it to be a comfortable bike due to its height (I am 6'-1"), seat and handle bar height, but on a long ride, 250 miles or more, both become more noticeable.

If I was to buy another motorcycle tomorrow, I would definitely stick with the Triumph Sprint; it is engineered well, and designed to please the everyday rider.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2007

1996 Triumph Sprint 900

Model year1996
Year of manufacture1996
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2007
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 7 / 10
Handling marks 2 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.1 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance13000 miles

Summary:

A lovely-looking, relatively reliable new classic with plenty of power, but poor low-speed handling

Faults:

The ignition coils failed after about 8 years, as did the ignition pickup coil. Very common with T3 Triumphs.

At about 12,000, clogged carburetors caused running failure.

General Comments:

A beautiful-looking bike that draws attention everywhere.

Quite top-heavy, which makes slow handling difficult.

Very tall - if you're short it's tough to get your feet on the ground. However, the bike can be lowered 1-2 inches by rotating the rear axle 180 degrees and slipping the fork tubes up.

Lovely on the highway.

Bulletproof motor.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2007

29th Jul 2009, 13:40

Is there a weight requirement for riding a 1996 Sprint?

Can someone who weighs 320 lbs safely operate this bike?

17th Oct 2009, 17:25

Should not be a problem. Two up skinny people with gear is more than 320.

Average review marks: 7.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews