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Trident 660 - Triumph’s Friendliest Inline Triple Comes to India

Updated: Apr 6, 2021

Triumph has said from the beginning that the Trident offers the best of both worlds in its segment - the low end punch and manners of a parallel twin and the top end rush of an inline-4. The two things can already be had successfully and reliably in the forms of the Kawasaki Z650, Ninja 650, Yamaha MT 07 and the Honda CBR650R.

The Trident joins this ultra competitive, what we can call, budget middleweight motorcycle category at a starting price of 7,195 pounds. As exciting as it looks, the flexibility of Trident’s inline-3 engine is being heavily pushed forward by Triumph, especially when the Trident is going to be the most affordable and approachable inline-3 sport bike so far.

The Trident not only looks promising, it looks refreshing

While the engine is derived from the Street Triple platform, it is different enough that it’s quite new. The Trident’s engine has 67 new parts and a completely different power & torque curve making it friendlier to a wider variety of riders than ever before. What is unchanged, in essence, is the proven reliability and the dynamic performance.

The 660cc Trident engine produces 81 PS at 10,250 RPM and 64 NM of torque at 6,250 RPM. At the same time, Triumph claims that at least 90% of torque is available throughout most of the power band.

As you move away from the engine, the differences between Trident and the existing Street & Speed Triple range only get bigger.

The chassis is all new. It’s a simpler tubular perimeter frame made out of steel, designed to provide easy handling and more upright riding position while retaining the overall fun factor. And the rider sits at a very accessible 805 mm seat height.

The design is pleasing to the eye and it has that touch of timelessness due to the universal round headlight. The bodywork is bare minimum as the seamless fuel tank makes the most of it. The seat is a single-piece unit but has a step design. The overall look is far from extreme but the one that gives a nice mix of modern and old school design elements.

The motorcycle comes with some of the latest technologies though, such as LED lights all around, a circular TFT display, two riding modes (rain & road), ride by wire throttle, slip/assist clutch, obligatory ABS, as well as switchable traction control. The Trident is clearly taking the technological game ahead in this segment.

The impressive specifications don’t stop here. The front suspension is a pair of Showa upside down Separate Function Forks while the rear is also a Showa single shock absorber adjustable for preload. Front brakes are twin 310 mm discs with 2-piston Nissin callipers along with a 255 mm disc with a single-piston Nissin calliper at the rear.

The Trident is priced at 6.95 Lakh ex-showroom PAN India, it is now available in showrooms and deliveries are expected to comence this month itself (April 2021). With the recent launch of Honda's CB650R roadster, this segment is getting very interesting.

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(The article is edited and updated on 6-April-21)


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