My riding partner, Steve in Levittown sold his 650 Suzuki and trailer, so I felt alone. Riding a motorcycle is great fun but it's always more fun if you're not alone. So for the last several years of our stay in Levittown my riding was curtailed drastically. Then we moved to Upstate New York and even though I did explore some of the wonderful roads in the new area, the bike sat for long periods of time. A BMW dealership, Bershire MotorWorks moved to Schenectady and I had them perform the necessary work to get it running better.
Then the dealer became a Triumph dealer as well and I really liked the Triumph Sprint ST. I did a lot of research on the Internet and I finally chose the ST over the Honda VFR. The engine is an in-line three-cylinder, water-cooled, fuel-injected producing around 95 smooth HP. The engine is so smooth that I oftentimes find myself happily motoring along in fourth or fifth gear. The few times I measured mileage it was close to 50 MPG.
The riding position is a little uncomfortable after about fifty miles but a little rest-stop cures that problem. The chain is slightly stretched in one spot, the gas gauge is almost unreliable but everything else is very likeable about this bike. I call it my testosterone-maker, as it will do 95 in second gear, with Mary on the back. Weeeeeeeeeee!
About ten years back I was to meet Steve in a motel outside of Watkins Glen. He hadn't seen the ST yet, so I chose it for the ride. I attached my textile saddlebags and packed them with my clothes and I was ready to leave when the bike wouldn't start. Disgustedly I transfered everything over to the BMW R60/5 and took off. Steve still talks about the ride we did once we met up. He was very impressed with the little 600, enjoying the exhaust note. Once I got home, the problem with the ST turned out to be loose battery connections.
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