From online to on the road
Under the current circumstances with no big bike shows or launch events, brands have to channel their creativity during online launches.
Triumph a known for their spectacular introductions of new models. In recent years they have always managed to create fantastic events. We know, as we have been to a few.
The recent online launch of the brand new Trident 660 was smooth and flawless as well. The re-birthing of the all-new Trident 660 platform marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Triumph Roadster segment and in the company’s own words “competes in what is now one of the most dynamic and exciting categories in motorcycling”.
When in doubt, ride a Triumph
We have to be honest, when we saw the first pictures of the new bike we were very doubtful. Triumph have produced quite a number of iconic bikes in the last two decades. We weren’t sure if the new Trident series were going to be as exciting as its predecessors.
A sigh of relief
When the bikes were presented our team cheered in unison. Having just given the Speed Triple RS and Street Triple RS a thorough road work-out for a week, we are now collectively looking forward to thrashing around their little brother in 2021.
Its minimal design, combined with class-leading technology and a new 660cc triple powertrain, constitute the perfect combination for a new (younger) generation of riders to enter the Triumph world, with a motorcycle that provides class leading riding agility, thrilling performance, enhanced by state-of-the-art safety features, and an iconic and modern British design.
It’s in the details
According to Triumph the new 660 triple engine delivers all the character and performance advantages of a triple to the middle-weight category for the first time, which has been developed by the Triumph technicians specifically for the Trident. The engine houses no less than 67 new components and a unique torque and power rich tune.
What’s in store?
The new generation of Triumph (Trident) riders are lured in with a perfect balance of low-down torque, mid-range and top-end power, with the triple’s signature smooth, responsive and linear delivery. The Brits claim to have built an engine which has been designed to combine the low down and mid-range of a twin, with the top end performance of a four-cylinder engine, to deliver a major performance advantage with the best of all worlds.
It’s all in the torque
During introductions of all models in the last decade Triumph have been emphasizing the thrill of torque in all their machines. The Trident should be no exception as its riders will benefit from a punchy and linear power and torque delivery, with peak power of 81PS at 10,250 rpm and over 90% of the maximum torque being available across most of the rev range, peaking at 64Nm at 6,250rpm. Music to our ears!
Best in class
The British brand pulls no punches in its quest to reach the top position in the motorcycle world.
Only the best is good enough and Triumph wants to be the brand that sets the standard.
What does this new generation of Triumph lovers get when they sign on the dotted line:
– 6-speed gearbox with gear ratios and final drive optimized to suit Trident’s all round dynamic riding capability & reliability
– slip and assist clutch with a new span-optimized clutch lever
– shift assist up-&-down (quickshifter available as an accessory), enabling rider to upshift and downshift without engaging clutch.
– light steering weight, low seat height and slim width
– wet weight of just 189kg, all-new tubular steel chassis
– lightweight 17’’ aluminium spoke wheels
– tapered aluminium bars
– a seat designed with both rider and pillion needs in mind
– Front: Showa USD suspension separate function forks giving 120mm front wheel travel
– Rear: Showa preload adjustable monoshock rear suspension unit with linkage
– Michelin Road 5 tyres
– Nissin braking system
– Front: 2-piston Nissin sliding calipers with twin lightweight 310mm discs
– Rear: single piston Nissin rear caliper
– all-new dashboard, simple yet effective with a colour TFT screen
– 2 riding modes (road & rain)
– adjustable traction control
– 7’’ full LED headlight (including Triumph logo)
– integrated LED tail-light (including Triumph logo)
– Self-cancelling LED indicators
Triumph would not be Triumph if the manufacturer would not come up with a extensive range of accessories to make each bike more ‘personal’.
This is all very nice, but being the platform that we are, BikeBrewers are even more interested to see what individual builders will come up with to make this exciting new range even more attractive. We think the new Trident serves as an interesting new canvas for all those creative talents out there in workshops and sheds.
For more than one reason we want to leave 2020 behind us and look forward to a great new year.
Some engine specs:
– Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
– 660 cc
– 81 PS / 80 bhp (60 kW) @ 10,250 rpm
– 64 Nm (47 lbft) @ 6,250 rpm
– Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system with low single sided stainless steel silencer
– X-ring chain
– 6 speed