Wraps have finally come off the all-new Triumph Trident 660. The new middleweight roadster will be the most affordable 'Triple' from Triumph and is expected to go on sale in the Indian market in January 2021.
After teasing us with the design prototype of the Trident earlier, Triumph has now revealed the full details of its upcoming middleweight roadster. The Trident will be offered in a single variant across the globe, and it’s going to be launched in India in January 2021. In India, the motorcycle will be assembled locally, meaning it’ll be a CKD product.
Here’s everything you need to know about it in detail,
The Trident is Triumph’s brand-new middleweight roadster that’ll be positioned below the company’s Street Triple Range. As a result, it’ll be the most affordable ‘Triple’ in the company’s model line-up. According to Triumph, the motorcycle is aimed at a new generation of riders, who prioritise style, usable performance and accessible quality. With that in mind, the Trident has been designed and engineered to compete against products like the Kawasaki Z650, Honda CB650R and Yamaha MT-07. It’s also going to be the only motorcycle in its segment with a three-cylinder engine since the others incorporate either parallel-twin or four-cylinder engines.
What does it look like?
Even though it’s a Triumph roadster, it doesn’t share anything with the Street Triple range – not on the design front, at least. The design is all-new, and this follows a ‘pure, minimalist stance with clean lines’ approach. In comparison to rivals like the Z650 or MT-07, the Trident’s design has a design language that’s more like the CB650R – it, too, has a neo-retro touch. The round headlamp with full LED lamps, LED indicators, a stubby 14-litre fuel tank with Triumph’s signature knee cut-outs, five-spoke alloy wheels and its overall compact dimensions are all beautifully done. At the time of its launch, the motorcycle will be offered in four colour schemes – Silver Ice & Diablo Red, Matt Jet Black & Matt Silver Ice, Crystal White and Sapphire Black. All versions will have body-coloured radiator cowls, sculptured aluminium yokes, body-coloured fork protectors, tapered aluminium handlebars and teardrop shape mirrors.
On the whole, the Trident 660 has a very pleasing and premium design without being over the top. The quality and fit-and-finish are expected to be up to usual Triumph standards, meaning it should be top-notch.
What about its engine and gearbox?
According to Triumph, the new 660cc inline-three engine is all-new. Although it’s based on the same principles as of the Street Triple’s 765cc engine, the new unit features as many as 67 new components. The engine develops 80bhp @ 10,250rpm and 64Nm of torque at 6,250rpm. Now, according to Triumph, the engine has stronger low- and mid-range than the Street Triple’s engine. What’s more, the power delivery is going to be linear and progressive – Triumph claims 90% of the torque will be available between 3,600 – 9,750rpm. Compared to its rivals, the new 660cc engine, according to Triumph, clubs the low-end grunt of a twin with the peaky top-end of an inline-four.
Last but not least, the new engine is Euro 5 (BS6) compliant and comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip-and-assist clutch. A bi-directional quick-shifter will be offered as an optional extra.
Frame, suspension & brakes
The Trident features an all-new tubular steel frame, and the motorcycle tips the scales at 189kg (wet), which means it’s nearly as heavy as the Street Triple R. For suspension duties, the Trident gets non-adjustable Showa SFF upside-down front fork and a preload-adjustable Showa mono-shock at the rear. The braking hardware comprises Nissin brakes with twin 310mm discs at the front and a 255mm disc on the rear wheel. Dual-channel ABS will be standard. The Trident will come shod with Michelin Road 5 tyres (120/70-R17 at front and 180/55-R17 at rear).
Features and equipment
The Trident features a classy looking colour-TFT instrument dial. There are two riding modes on offer – Road and Rain, along with traction control and a ride-by-wire throttle. Optional extras include ‘My Triumph’ connectivity system – which brings along Bluetooth connectivity, turn-by-turn navigation and Go-Pro controls – a USB charging port, scrolling LED indicators (like new Audis) and tyre pressure monitoring system. That’s not all as there are around 45 dedicated accessories for the Trident.
The Trident 660 is expected to go on sale in the Indian market in January 2021. The motorcycle is expected to carry a price tag of Rs 7 lakh (ex-showroom).