Triumph Trident 660: A pocket rocket?
Triumph has unveiled the all-new 2021 Trident 660. The new motorcycle from the British firm had gained quite some publicity ever since its concept prototype was showcased to the public earlier this year. Now, as the bike has been announced publicly, most of the specifications have also come out.
Triumph will bring the all-new Trident 660 to our country sometime in 2021 via the CKD route.
Powering the 2021 Triumph Trident 660 is a 3-cylinder inline 660cc engine that has been optimized to produce a maximum power of 81 hp and peak torque of 64 Nm. It has been suggested that the Trident 660 engine is the same unit used by Triumph in the new Street Triple S, but the company has stated that it is not. In fact, Triumph said that the powerplant of the Trident 660 has 67 new components.
Another impressive fact about the current 2021 Trident 660 is that a service interval of 16,000 km has been allocated to it by Triumph. The 2021 Triumph Trident 660 will feature a 6-speed gearbox for the transmission, which could be supplemented as an optional accessory by a bi-directional quick shifter.
The 2021 Trident 660 will be an entry-level middleweight roadster but in terms of consistency and specifications, that does not mean that Triumph has cut any slack. Much like its elder brothers, the Trident 660 seems to be rock-solid. As for the features, it has Bluetooth communication with a rather elegant-looking single-pod fully optical instrument cluster. Traction control and two riding modes (Road and Rain) are also available on the 2021 Trident 660. Although it is possible to fully shut off the traction control, the dual-channel ABS can't be turned all the way off.
The Design of the bike is very similar to that seen in the testing images. The front has a round headlight which is flanked by USD forks. There is a round single pod dash and the headlight reminds of the Bonneville family. It sports an aluminium frame as seen on the Street Tripple range. the handlebars are flat and wide. Also, the seat is short and almost flat. This makes the riding ergonomics very relaxed. Meaning riding in peak traffic won't be that tiresome.
Trident 660 gets 2 riding modes – Road and Rain. Also, the traction control is manageable with the offering of ride by wire. The instrument cluster is well packed with information and there is a Bluetooth module for turn by turn navigation GoPro and phone control.
Coming to the main motorcycle components, the suspension configuration is from Showa, the braking duties are done upfront by two-piston Nissin calipers with twin 310 mm discs. The motorcycle tyres come from Michelin (Road 5).
Not only will the Trident 660 be a significant commodity in the foreign markets, this motorcycle may also be a game-changer for the British business here in India. The all-new Trident 660 will be brought to our nation by Triumph sometime in 2021 along the CKD route.
Speculation indicates that the Trident 660 will be priced about the INR 7 lakh (ex-showroom) level, though we are still waiting for an official word on the cost.
If Triumph manages to do that, the 2021 Trident 660 would certainly be looked upon by many enthusiasts who would like to upgrade to a middleweight motorcycle or just want to become a part of the Triumph family without spending a fortune. When launched in India, the 2021 Trident 660 will compete with the likes of Kawasaki Z650, Honda CB650R, Yamaha MT-06.