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Triumph Sprint RS
The incredibly adaptable and well-rounded Sprint RS now reaps the benefits of exactly the same engine that powers the new Speed Triple. This capable all-rounder with a well-proven proven aluminium beam frame chassis can more than handle this power hike – up by 10bhp to 120bhp.
This half-faired sportsbike has always been popular with riders who enjoy a degree of isolation from wind and weather, yet still like to see the heart of their machine.
The Sprint RS’s new powerplant is identical to the new 995cc 955cc three-cylinder engine fitted to the new Speed Triple. With high-pressure die-cast crankcases for both strength and lightness, the DOHC 12-valve liquid-cooled engine’s new cylinder head employs 1mm larger inlet valves and 1mm smaller exhaust valves, set at a narrower included angle. Both inlet and exhaust ports are redesigned for better gas flow and new cast pistons run in steel liners. The compression ratio is upped raised from 11.2:1 to 12:1 while crankcase breathing is revised to minimise power loss. The new engine is a whole 2.5kg lighter than its predecessor.
A larger, reshaped airbox feeds the new closed-loop fuel injection system, which features smaller, lighter injectors. The closed-loop system features an oxygen sensor that monitors and adjusts the air:fuel ratio at varying engine speeds idle to optimise engine performance, while compact, light plug-top ignition coils provide high intensity sparks. The fuel injection mapping is tuned for even more of the effortless mid-range torque that makes the Sprint RS so rewarding to ride.
The injection mapping is tuned for effortless mid-range torque.
As with the new Daytona 955i engine, the alternator and starter motor drive areis now located on the left-hand end of the crankshaft and the starter motor drive is located on the right. This layout, featuring a rare earth magnet (more compact than the previous unit), reduces noise, especially at idle as it eliminates the need for a gear train to drive the alternator. A revised claw-type gear-change mechanism gives a much smoother and more positive shift action.
The exhaust system has new headers and employs a balance-pipe to boost midrange output. For the German and Californian markets a secondary air injection system is fitted to minimise emissions.
Cooling and lubrication systems are revised with oil-jets cooling the undersides of the pistons. An increased 95 percent of the oil now passes through the new extra-capacity oil-cooler, whilewith the the coolant radiator now employs featuringes a thinner core, increasing efficiency without adding size or weight.
The highly regarded chassis – rigid twin-spar aluminium frame, lightweight twin-sided swing arm, powerful brakes and efficient suspension – remains unchanged.
For 2002 Acidic Yellow is added to the Jet Black colour option, replacing last year’s Lucifer Orange and Racing Yellow.
– Second-generation fuel-injected engine delivering 120bhp and masses of midrange torque.
– Closed loop fuel injection system for clean-burning, responsive performance.
– Acidic Yellow colour option
– Jet Black
– Acidic Yellow
– Integrated Alarm
– L.E.D fitted as OE on bike
– two circuit immobilisation
– ‘fail-safe’ engine immobilisation
– ‘hot-wire’ detection circuit
– internal rechargeable battery
– current draw of less than 5 mA
– Thatcham MC1 approved
– Performance Aftermarket Silencer
– 2×2 weave hi-temp carbon fibre wrap
– thermal blanket protection
– nitro-tec hardened bracket
– stainless steel external construction
– bespoke fuel injection mapping
– Tank Bag
– 14 litres expandable to 18 litres
– removable map pocket
– integral water resistant cover
– shoulder strap
– separate harness
– Throwover Panniers
– high visibility reflective edging
– 1250 denier polyester construction
– integrated, quick release panel protectors (also available separately)
– 24 litres capacity expandable to 48 litres
– integral water resistant covers
– Colour co-ordinated Top Box
– 45 litres capacity
– holds two full face helmets
– Cast Aluminium Top Rack
– Grab rail
– Heated Grips
– two position heat setting
– no visible external wiring when fitted
– Carbon Fibre Tank Pad
– Centre Stand
– Colour co-ordinated Belly Pan
– Clutch Span Reduction Lever
– Master Cylinder Guard
– Rear Hugger
– Front Mudguard Extension
– Auxiliary Power Plug
– facilitates remote charging of motorcycle battery
SPRINT RS SPECIFICATION
Type Liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
Bore/Stroke 79 x 65mm
Compression Ratio 12.0:1
Fuel System Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Ignition Digital -inductive type – via electronic engine management system
Primary Drive Gear
Final Drive X ring chain
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Frame Aluminium beam perimeter
Swingarm Twin-sided, aluminium alloy
Wheels FrontRear Alloy 3 spoke, 17 x 3.5inAlloy 3 spoke, 17 x 5.5in
Tyres FrontRear 120/70 ZR 17180/55 ZR 17
Suspension FrontRear 43mm forks with dual rate springs and adjustable pre-loadMonoshock with adjustable pre-load and rebound damping
Brakes FrontRear Twin 320mm floating discs, 4 piston calipersSingle 255mm disc, 2 piston caliper
Length 2120mm (83.5in)
Width (handlebars) 735mm (28.9in)
Height 1170mm (46.1in)
Seat Height 805mm (31.7in)
Wheelbase 1470mm (57.9in)
Rake / Trail 24.5º / 89mm
Weight (Dry) 199kg (438lb)
Fuel Tank Capacity 19.5 litres (5.1 gal US)
(Measured at crankshaft to DIN 70020)
Maximum Power 120PS (118bhp) at 9,100 rpm
Maximum Torque 100Nm (74ft.lbf) at 5,100 rpm
Jet Black, Acidic Yellow
2 years, unlimited mileage
6000 miles or one year, whichever comes first