After a teaser campaign that left little to the imagination, the Triumph Trident 660 is finally here, and we we like what we see.
For those not in the know, the Trident 660 is a budget-focused middleweight from Triumph, with an emphasis on value – and we like what we see.
As the name implies, the bike features an 660cc three-cylinder engine (loosely based on the old 675cc triple, with over 60 new parts) that makes 80hp (60 kW) and 47 lbs•ft (64 Nm) of torque.
Boasting true linear power, 90% of that torque is available starting at 3,000 rpm, mind you. The Triumph Trident 660 also has a slip-assist clutch installed.
The chassis is tubular steel, with a double-sided swingarm, and the 2021 Triumph Trident 660 tips the scales at 417 lbs wet. Of note, Triumph claims that the Trident is the best handling machine in its class.
On the electronics side, the Triumph Trident 660 comes with two engine maps (Road & Rain), as well as a switchable traction control system that is sans IMU (gasp!). Traction control can be switched off, but the conventional ABS cannot. The bike is fully lit by LED lights.
Suspension is made up of basic units from Showa, with non-adjustable forks at the front, and a rear shock with pre-load adjustment only. Nissin is handling the brakes, with again some bargain-focused calipers that are conventional-mount, not radial.
The circular dash is a bit high-tech though, as it’s a TFT unit that features Triumph robust technology package, which includes turn-by-turn directions, GoPro control, and other smartphone connectivity items via the Triumph app – a pretty stout technology package, for any segment of motorcycle right now.
Of course, the big feature of the 2021 Triumph Trident 660 is the price tag. At $7,995 MSRP in the United States, the Triumph Trident 660 takes on stalwart bikes in this category, like the Honda CBR650F ($8,749) and Kawasaki Ninja 650 ($7,495).
Bare bones and basic? Sure, but so is the price tag for what you are getting. This middleweight sector is heating up, and folks in Hinckley just released a scorcher with the Triumph Trident 660.
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Source: Triumph Motorcycles