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Hondax

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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:
Cylinder head:
- 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
Liners/Pistons:
- All liners had visible marks but were within tolerances
- RHS liner slightly more noncircular but still within tolerances
- Piston free play is satisfactory with not much charcoal
Crank assembly:
- Main bearings like new
- Big ends perfect
- Small ends and gudgeon pins slightly worn
Transmission:
- Gear box in very good condition with no pitting
- Clutch plates like new
Frame/Chassis:
- 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.
 
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Jamie

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Thanks Hondax. I never doubted Hinckley's ability to produce truly outstanding motorycles (the Rocket and the Daytona 675 being my 2nd and 3rd Hinckley-produced mounts). But it's good to see that the motorcycle press, world-wide, is awakening to that, albeit belatedly. Even more so considering that DAS MOTORRAD, unsurprisingly, often tends to have a pro-BMW bias:) (one of the reasons I cancelled my subscription!!!)

Jamie
 
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