Tri­umph Sprint GT

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While Tri­umph’s Sprint ST (it stands for Sport Tour­ing) was al­ready ca­pa­ble of eat­ing big miles, the Sprint GT 1050 (stands for Grand Tour­ing) takes things to an all-new level. With a lock­able, de­tach­able and wa­ter­proof hard lug­gage sys­tem as stan­dard, im­proved pil­lion seat and built-in grab rails, the GT is about as comfy as sports tourers get. It’s good for 200 miles between fill-ups, it’s re­li­able and has plenty of poke, even when fully loaded with 117 litres of lug­gage (there’s a rack for a top box). The GT was first launched in 2010 so you can pick up an early model for around £4300 while newer ones will set you back any­thing up to £8000.

An­other great op­tion from Tri­umph is the Tiger 1050 Sport. Although its pre­de­ces­sor, the Tri­umph Tiger 1050, was more of an ad­ven­ture bike, the restyled Sport is more of an all­round sports tourer. But be warned – you’ll need to pay ex­tra for all the bolt-on tour­ing good­ies (pan­niers, heated grips, taller screen etc) if you plan on do­ing big trips. Bril­liant 123bhp three-cylin­der mo­tor, ad­justable Showa sus­pen­sion and ABS as stan­dard.

If you pre­fer your en­gines in an in­line-four for­ma­tion, the orig­i­nal Kawasaki Z1000SX, built from 2010 to 2013, is now avail­able at a very rea­son­able price. You can pick one up for as lit­tle as £4000 and you’ll get a lot of metal for your money. The SX kicks out 138bhp, which is plenty to have fun on, but it’s also ca­pa­ble for ev­ery­day com­mut­ing use and for tour­ing trips abroad if you fit a taller screen and lug­gage.

An­other great-value in­line-four op­tion is the of­ten-over­looked Suzuki GSX1250FA. Same su­per-smooth, ef­fort­lessly torquey 1255cc mo­tor as the water-cooled Ban­dit, with a sharp-look­ing full fair­ing, cen­tre­stand and ad­justable seat. For £4000 you should get one with less than 20,000 miles, and maybe even a full set of three-piece hard lug­gage too; our up­per £6000 limit will buy one that’s barely been used at all.

The Tri­umph Sprint GT is a ca­pa­ble mile-eater and well equipped

likes 2012 Kawasaki Z1000SX. One owner from new, 50,000 miles on the clock, comes with im­mo­biliser. £3995. Dealer ad on www.mc­n­bikesfor­sale. com

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