Sprint ST WINS Endurance Test!
The Sprint ST has just fought off the BMW K1200S and the Honda VFR-ABS to win Motorrad's 50,000km endurance test, beating 12 other competitor bikes to the top spot.
Motorrad, Germany's best selling and most influential motorcycle magazine, found that after 50,000km the Sprint ST's compression and performance figures were the same as a brand new bike, the oil consumption was marginal, the engine, clutch and gearbox were all in very good condition and the painted parts, frame and exhaust pipe showed no sign of corrosion at all. The inspiring, characterized engine and the excellent handling of the bike also impressed them.
The condition of the bike after the 50,000km endurance test is outlined below:
- All valves were leak proof
- Valve seats were satisfactory
- Valve guides and stems were within figures for new
- Camshaft-bearings had visible marks but were within tolerance
- Cam lobes are very good
- All liners had visible marks but were within tolerances
- RHS liner slightly more non-circular but still within tolerances
- Piston free play is satisfactory with not much charcoal
- Main bearings like new
- Big ends perfect
- Small ends and gudgeon pins slightly worn
- Gear box in very good condition with no pitting
- Clutch plates like new
- Premium and reliable paintwork
- No hidden corrosion on powder coated frame
Motorrad concluded that, as a result of the moderate depreciation and reasonable costs of the Sprint ST, combined with the proven reliability and excellent condition of the bike during and after the endurance test, the Sprint ST was the sure winner for this test.