New Triumph Trident 660 CC Bike – All Colours HD Images
I just got back from the brand new triumph trident 660 launch in Tenerife and it’s a bike that I’ve been really looking forward to riding after months of build-up and I’m happy to report that it didn’t disappoint in fact I’d argue that triumph absolutely nailed the brief with this one so in today’s post I’ll tell you exactly why I think the trident is probably now the best affordable middleweight naked motorcycle on the market and New Triumph Trident 660 CC Bike – All Colours and HD Images.
It’s important to set your expectations for this bike if you want fully adjustable suspension super sharp top-spec brakes and 120 horsepower then triumph already have the street triple we’ve had a number of press briefings from triumph about the trident and they’ve been super clear that this bike isn’t necessarily intended for more experienced riders it’s actually for three other categories of customer.
Firstly, new younger bikers for whom it will be their only mode of transport.
Secondly, a slightly older customer who’s new to biking but most likely has a car as well.
Lastly, a second bike for existing bikers maybe as something to commute on or ride through winter or perhaps something more manageable if you have a big adventure bike as your main machine.
The problem is though there are already loads of good options in this market there’s Suzuki’s SV 650 and Kawasaki z650 both at a super affordable price point the honda cb650r costs a bit more but has a 94 horsepower peak from its revi inline-four and then, of course, there’s the Yamaha MT07 a punchy parallel twin that’s extremely popular for its playful nature so how can triumph realistically cut through in a market that’s already well served by some awesome little bikes with the trident they’ve played to their strengths by taking the characteristics that make the street triple so popular and delivering them at a competitive price by choosing more appropriate components and materials for this market so I’m going to focus on three key areas in which triumph have managed to set this bike apart from the engine the chassis and the finish.
A quick recap on the specs of this engine then it’s a triple of course with 660 CC of displacement but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s the same 660 triple lifted out of the street triple s most of the components are new and they’ve done that to give it a different character based on the target audience whereas the street triple s is a2 licensed focus with 47 horsepower and 60 newton meters of peak torque the trident is capable of 80 horsepower peak and a touch more torque at 64 newton meters but triumphs say that 90 percent of that peak torque is produced right across the rev range and that makes it an easy bike for beginners to ride without having to always be in the optimal gear triumph are always keen to push the benefits of the triple cylinder layout claiming that it has more revvie power than a twin yet more low down grunt than an inline four making it the perfect balance but i have to say that it really is the case with the trident 80 horsepower is a sweet amount of power for the road as you can really feel like you’re pushing it hard without hitting silly speeds at the same time it’s still satisfying to keep the trident high up in the revs to get the most out the engine and it’ll still reward you with a lively response but if you do want to take it easy and keep it in third whilst driving out of a corner it’ll happily do so with a nice smooth torquey delivery there are plenty of switchbacks and sweeping bends as you ride up over mount teddy so there was plenty of chance on our day of riding to get a feel for the trident in a real range of riding scenarios i can only describe it as pure fun no fear of it spitting you off or picking up ridiculous speeds just a nice silky mid-range but still with enough of a rush at the top end to put a smile on your face on top of that the slip assist clutch feels light at the lever the gearbox is as refined as you’d expect and the throttle response feels smooth if a tiny bit laggy with that whopping great restrictive euro 5 exhaust there are two riding modes of road and rain which you won’t find anywhere else in the market both of which affect throttle map and traction control the tc kicked in a couple of times pulling out of a dusty or gravelly lay-by so it does its job but it’s not at all invasive on the road and it is switchable if you want to pop the front end up so back to the brief that i talked about at the start of this Post is it good for beginners young and old i’d say so it’s a more forgiving and friendly engine than something like the street triple r or rs and if you’re feeling super cautious you could always stick it in rain mode which gives you that less aggressive throttle response but what about as a second bike for those of us who already ride keep the revs up and it still delivers especially in this nice little nimble chassis.
Granted you can see where they’ve managed to keep the price down versus the street triple garner the aluminium frame and swing arm in favor of steel suspension is from showa and although the 41 millimeter fort looks similar on the face of it there’s no adjustability only preload on the shock and the brakes are from nissin with a pair of two pot calipers on three ten millimeter discs at the front as opposed to the radially mounted full pop brembos on the street triples but triumph know how to make a bike handle and just because the materials and components are specked to a price it doesn’t mean that this bike bypasses all that knowledge the riding position is more relaxed and comfortable than a street triple with wider sweat back bars lower foot pegs and a 5 mil lower seat height of 805 millimeters but it still handles like an absolute peach in fact it’s the definition of the word nippy as soon as we rolled off the forecourt of the hotel it was immediately noticeable just how easy it was to maneuver at low speeds with a slender wet weight of 189 kilograms and a nice stable feel and as we started to wind up over the mountain and the pace picked up i found it to be a real treat through the corners just point it where you want it to go and it will gladly follow now i have ridden that road before but it was long enough ago to completely forget it so occasionally you’re coming into a turn a little quicker than you’d like or having to tweak your line on a blind corner that tightened and it rarely flustered the trident i’m about 80 kilograms and the suspension setup felt sweet so perhaps it’s only riders at either end of the weight spectrum who will miss the adjustment or if you’re really pushing on as for the brakes this was where is expecting the trident to come up short on paper the braking looks under spec with the likes of the CB650R offering four part radially mounted missing calipers but honestly and i know i sound like i’m being extremely positive about this bike but they didn’t feel under speed on the road there’s a nice initial bite plenty of feel and abs is of course on hand if you need it but like the traction control it doesn’t feel too keen the entire package really feels like trying to reply everything they know about making sweet handling roasters from over the past few decades that lightweight slender feel results in something that’s very accessible for novice riders whilst the poised through corners is satisfying enough for any ability if any part of the market is likely to buy a bike based on its looks.
It’s the novice surely they’re obviously less well read on the finer points of motorcycle specs and equipment and therefore much more prone to walking into a dealer and picking the best looking bike that’s in their budget now i have to admit when i saw the prototype version that try and first unveiled which had been painted entirely white i wasn’t sold straight away but after spending a few days taking videos and photos of the bike and reviewing the footage it’s grown on me massively personally i like retro bikes i own a street twin and i like the classic proportions of a motorcycle when i compare the trident to a more modern bike like the street triple it just looks right it looks clean uncluttered and i love the shortness of the front end and tail section the little touches are there too led lighting all round looks great and the triumph logos on the bar clamp filler cap engine cases and in the brake light all add a more premium feel than the price tag suggests and the choice of finishes particularly this matte black version looks spot-on to me when you’re actually on the bike you don’t see all that but they’ve nailed the dash too.
Seems to value something that’s clear and easy to read over flashy and overly styled and i’d have to agree the trident does this with a super contrasty reverse lcd which shows revs speed and fuel in the top half of the dash it’s so punchy that it’s easy to read even in bright conditions like a clear day in tenerife and the simplicity makes it quick to interpret at a glance the bottom half of the dash hosts the usual lights as well as a small square tft screen whilst riding it clearly shows your gear position and you can also change riding modes and go through the menus but should you wish to stump up the extra 200 quid you can also add the ability to pair with your phone for navigation prompts and phone and media control unfortunately we didn’t get to test it out but i did see a demo the night before the ride and it looked pretty decent i’d like to give it a proper review but on the face of it it looks like good value given a simple navigation device like the b-line moto costs about 150 quid and that doesn’t include controlling your phone or music and it’s another device to remember and keep charged other accessories include an up and down quick shifter pillion grab rails and heated grips there’s no exhaust accessory however and try and say that that’s because there’s little they can do beyond the standard exhaust with the heavy restrictions on noise emissions that are part of euro 5 and to be fair it does sound pretty sweet in stock form .
honestly i’m struggling to find anything i didn’t really like about the trident i was expecting the brakes to feel a bit weak but they weren’t perhaps the steel frame wouldn’t feel as nimble as the street triple but it pretty much is i guess the only reason you might buy one of the competitors is the price the trident is at the top end of the market with the kawasaki z650 for example costing over 500 quid less and once you add a couple of accessories and perhaps 100 quid for one of the more premium paint jobs then it can start to add up quickly whether it’s worth it depends on what you’re looking for from a bike but personally i’d find the trident hard to resist if you’re looking for a bike in this segment i’d strongly recommend that you at least take one for a spin before you pull the trigger as always i’d love to know what you guys think of it down in the comments below let me know if you’ve got any questions about this first ride and i’ll try to get back to as many of you as possible and if you’re new here Then Hit Like Button.