All-New Triumph Trident 660
The all-new Triumph Trident 660 is the British motorcycle manufacturer's most affordable offering at Rs. 6.95 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). It is a simple bike, but doesn't lack entertainment, and packs a lot of value.
The Triumph Trident 660 has a blend of Triumph's heritage design, like the Bonneville family, but with modern touches. It's still a member of Triumph's roadster range, sitting below the Triumph Street Triple, and it's compact, sharp, and sporty.
The motorcycle comes with a muscular fuel tank, and sharp and minimalistic tail section. It comes with a sleek LED taillight, similar to the headlamps, and turn indicators are self-cancelling ones.
Among the motorcycle's several styling elements, the round headlight gives a hint of retro appeal. However the LED lights make it modern enough.
The Triumph Trident 660 comes with a 17-inch alloy wheels at both ends, which are shod with sticky Michelin Road 5 tyres. The suspension system includes 41 mm Showa non-adjustable fork up front and a monoshock which can be only tweaked for preload at the rear.
The Trident 660 gets a circular TFT instrument console that is split into two sections. The top half shows the speed, rev counter, and fuel level, while the lower half displays the menus, riding modes, gear indicator, time, date, temperature, and odometer, all in different screens which can be toggled using the joystick-type four buttons on the left handlebar.
The Triumph Trident's 660 cc, inline three-cylinder engine is derived from the original Triumph 675, but it's a new unit from the ground up. The triple-cylinder engine makes 80 bhp at 10,250 rpm, and peak torque of 64 Nm at 6,250 rpm, but the spread of torque is wide.
The new Trident 660 is compact, light, nimble, and has a full-blown entertaining personality. The power delivery is soft, and in fact, idle to low rpms, the triple-cylinder engine also feels and sounds 'soft', even on the throttle.
Across the twisty black top of our test route, the Trident feels eager to dip in and out of a series of corners. Even when leaned over a tight corner, it always feels composed and will let you get away with more speed and even mid-corner correction, if needed.
The Trident 660 has been positioned as an entry-level premium bike, for riders with less experience, or for those looking for a bike to get back into motorcycling. It will be perfect for the daily commute, and will be up for some weekend fun, and will also happily take up touring duties if required.