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2011 Triumph Sprint GT – Click above for high-res image gallery

American touring motorcycles, including the Road King from Harley-Davidson or the Vision from Victory, are built for the kind of vast stretches of wide-open roadways America is known for, and such machines are perfect to watching the miles roll by in open-air comfort. For those looking to add some additional sport to their touring rides, though, Triumph has cooked up something that may very well be of interest.

The British motorcycle company has seen fit to update its Sprint sport tourer for the 2011 model year with a 1050cc inline-triple powerplant that puts out 130 horses, five more than before. Anti-lock brakes are standard, as are 8.2-gallon saddlebags and a 12-volt power port. Optional amenities include heated grips, a taller windscreen, gel seats and a large top case for additional storage.

Styling is slightly revised as well, with a smoother fairing, new optics up front and the addition of a single low-mount exhaust in lieu of the previous underseat system. For whatever reason, the name of the bike is now the Sprint GT, not ST. Check it out for yourself in our high-res image gallery below.

[Source: Triumph]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Triumph updates 2011 Sprint GT with emphasis on touring over sport — Autoblog abner@comemail.net
      • 5 Years Ago
      The projectors look better.
      Triumph should have kept the projectors, but move to a central HID with flanking high beams.

      Jeremy, such a tease when you put 8.2 gallon, saddlebag because 8.2 gallons of fuel would be a long haul machine indeed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have had the opportunity to ride an ST a few years ago at a demo day. It reminded me of a VFR I used to own. I love the triple's exaust note. I think if I ever went after a bike I could do day and weekend trips on again, I would not go this route. I probably would do a few minor, choice modifications to a Hayabusa or ZX14 to give it some touring capabilties and it would be a lot more entertaining day to day than a full on sport tourer. I just can't see wanting to jump on something like the GT or RT etc for a quick romp on the back roads and the wife probably would not go for 2 bikes in the garage!
      • 5 Years Ago
      While it does look good I will stick with my R1200RT. I have tried other sport tourers, including my friends Triumph, but always come back to the RT, my current one being the fourth I owned. Maybe its the motor, or just perhaps its because it just works. Whatever, BMW did very good with the R1200RT. Keep

      Its great to see they made ABS standard, nothing beats it. It has made some bad weather conditions more tolerable.

      Hopefully other makers like Triumph keep the pressure on BMW to keep improving their sport tourers. Kawasaki made great strives with there new Concours and Honda has always been competent with the ST. Yamaha came out and credit to them for not sitting on their laurels and kept improving theirs.

      All around, its a great time to own a sport tourer. The choices seem to just keep getting better
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like some of the changes but it's not a touring bike until it drops the chain drive for a shaft or belt drive. I'm also not a fan of the single exhaust on the side, the underseat was much more elegant and balanced. I've own Triumphs in the past but they can count me out on this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      While they may have added some comfort goodies, that is still a Sport Touring bike to me, not a rolling couch like the HD 'glides, Vision, or Gold Wing. The GT will still have more 'sport' abilities and less long-haul comfort than those 3, and is therefore a different 'market' of ride.

      It's still nice, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just a mild restyle for an aging bike, while the competition has moved on, particularly Honda with the new VFR, and it's dual-clutch ransmission (and much more powerful too).

      Fine sports tourer when it was launched, but that was a while ago. Now it's too little too late, and no proper tourer in the range (full tourer, that is, not an ST)
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should have gotten a taller rider, he looks uncomfortable, arms streched out and back hunched, the passenger though has lots of room.