2021 Triumph Trident 660 | First Look Review

DaveM

Rock & Roll
Riding for 48 Years
Administrator
Local time
Today, 13:48
Joined
Jan 5, 2006
Messages
49,682
Points
1,327
First Name
Dave
My Ride
Speedmaster
2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review

The 2021 Triumph Trident 660 shown in “Silver Ice & Diablo Red” (left) and “Crystal White” (right).

The 2021 Triumph Trident 660 has finally been unveiled, and Triumph hopes that its triple-cylinder-powered roadster has what it takes to shake up the twin-cylinder dominated middleweight class. Aggressively priced at $7,995 and equipped with ABS, switchable traction control and selectable ride modes, the British marque is bringing the fight to its competition.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review


Pitted against the likes of the Suzuki SV650, Yamaha MT-07 / XSR 700, Kawasaki Z650 and Honda CBR650R, the Trident 660 has its work cut out for it. However, the Triumph offers plenty of up-spec componentry and features for a few hundred dollars above most of its competition — and significantly less than the Honda.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 Seat Height


The Trident moniker is an essential piece of history for Triumph, as it was the brand’s first triple-cylinder powered machine, launched in 1968. A full-factory racing Trident known as “Slipper Sam” also claimed five consecutive Isle of Mann Production TT wins from 1972 to 1975. In the early 1990s, the Trident name was revisited with the Trident 750 and 900 roadsters.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review


Triumph began teasing the 2021 Trident 660 earlier this year when it revealed a design prototype at the London Design Museum, which displayed the new roadster’s rough concept. Shortly after, Triumph broke tradition and officially released images of the new Trident during its final testing stages. Details have been scarce until now.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review

2021 Triumph Trident 660 shown in “Matt Jet Black & Silver Ice”

Beginning with its Euro 5 compliant powerplant, the 2021 Trident is powered by a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 660cc inline-triple cylinder engine making a claimed 79.9 horsepower at 10,250 rpm and 47 lb-ft of torque at 6,250 rpm. Notably, the Trident’s engine is said to provide 90-percent of its peak torque at an impressively low 3,600 rpm. Triumph engineers stated that low end and midrange power is prioritized in its design and it will also offer top-end power that middleweight parallel and V-twin engines are not known for. A sleek underslung 3-into-1-exhaust system is almost surely going to produce the triple-cylinder howl that Triumph fans adore.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review


If the engine cases and bolt patterns look familiar, that’s because the engine is an evolution of what was used in the 2013-2016 Triumph Street Triple 675. This refined engine features 67 new components and significant design changes. Engineers narrowed the 74mm bore and lengthened the 51.1mm stroke, resulting in decreased displacement and paving the way for a new crankshaft, piston design and cam profiles. Additionally, an all-new intake and exhaust system was needed for the Trident’s application.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 Horsepower


The 6-speed gearbox is updated with new internal gear and final drive ratios and a redesigned slip-assist clutch that is said to offer a light clutch pull for urban riding. The lever itself is non-adjustable. The Trident can be fitted with an optional factory up/down quickshifter, which isn’t offered by its direct competition.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 Valve Service


Thanks to the modern throttle-by-wire, the Trident 660 boasts two preset ride modes, Road and Rain, which alter throttle response and rider aid intervention. Traction control can be disabled, while ABS cannot, per Euro 5 standards. To help keep the MSRP down, the Trident does not use an IMU, but Triumph staff says that its rider aids are tested at full-lean, suggesting that its system may not be as heavy-handed with intervention.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review


A round TFT/LCD instrument panel offers an uncluttered design. The optional Bluetooth module provides modern amenities such as turn-by-turn navigation, GoPro control, phone, and music control, all accessed from the switchgear.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review


Stylistically, the Trident strikes a careful balance between its heritage and modern lineups. Triumph is flexing its fit-and-finish prowess with numerous embossed components and LED lighting all around. Four liveries are available: Crystal White, Matt Jet Black & Matt Silver Ice, Sapphire Black and Silver Ice & Diablo Red.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 Middleweight Motorcycle


An all-new tubular steel chassis and cast aluminum swingarm have typical roadster figures, with a 55.2-inch wheelbase and 24.6-degree rake. The standout number is the accommodating 31.7-inch seat height, which should appeal to a broad range of rider sizes. The 3.7-gallon fuel tank features knee cutouts, which are a classic styling cue from the Triumph playbook but also help keep the overall package slim. The claimed weight is listed as 417 pounds, which is noticeably heavier than the MT-07 and Z650.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 Specs


Suspension duties are handled by a non-adjustable 41mm inverted Showa fork and Showa shock featuring spring-preload adjustment only. Compared to the traditional fork found on most bikes in this class, the inverted fork is a step up, although costs were still saved with the lack of adjustment.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review


Class-appropriate 2-piston floating Nissin calipers work with 310mm floating rotors, and a single-piston Nissin caliper grabs onto a 255mm disc.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 Cost


High-quality Michelin Road 5 120/70 and 180/55 rubber is mounted on cast aluminum 17-inch wheels. Michelin Road 5 tires are a significant improvement when compared to the OEM rubber available in this class.

We can’t wait to throw a leg over the 2021 Triumph Trident, but until we do, feast your eyes on the images below.

2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review

2021 Triumph Trident 660 Specs


Base Price: $7,995
Website: triumphmotorcycles.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse in-line triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Displacement: 660cc
Bore x Stroke: 74.0 x 51.1mm
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated assist-and-slipper wet clutch
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Wheelbase: 55.2 in.
Rake/Trail: 24.6 degrees/4.2 in.
Seat Height: 32.5 in.
Claimed Wet Weight: 417 lbs.
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gals., last 1.0 gal. warning light on

2021 Triumph Trident 660 Photo Gallery:

  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 MSRP
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 Seat Height
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 Sport Motorcycle
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 Middleweight Motorcycle
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 Horsepower
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 Valve Service
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 First Look Review
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 Cost
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 Specs
  • 2021 Triumph Trident 660 Price

The post 2021 Triumph Trident 660 | First Look Review first appeared on Rider Magazine.

Source...
 

triumph david

Riding for 62 Years
Staff
Local time
Today, 06:48
Joined
Nov 25, 2013
Messages
6,249
Points
443
Age
74
Location
brookhaven
First Name
david
My Ride
1976 t140 Triumph, 2006 Road King, 1982 Honda CB 900 C, 1973 Yamaha 360 Enduro, 1972 Corbin
I bet this is a fine bike but the looks just don't attract me.
 

Rocky

Still Rocking
Riding for 30 Years
Administrator
Staff
Local time
Today, 08:48
Joined
Jan 28, 2006
Messages
20,299
Points
952
Age
84
Location
Halifax
First Name
Rocky
My Ride
2006 T100 Bonneville
I bet this is a fine bike but the looks just don't attract me.
I agree TD. The tail end up in the air and all that space under it turns me off.
 

brooke

Well-Known Member
Riding for 52 Years
Local time
Today, 08:48
Joined
Mar 11, 2017
Messages
1,051
Points
152
Age
72
Location
Charlottetown
First Name
Brooke
My Ride
16 thruxton r. 2011 tiger 800
The more I look at it the better I like it . It’s quite retro looking until you get to the tail section but lots of guys , or gals , who bought Thruxton R models installed Tail Tidy kits as soon as they got them home . Next year it will show up with a street triple engine model option package , I imagine ...
A couple of inches of snow in Charlottetown today but should be gone by tomorrow evening . No real cold weather yet which is driving all those back yard rink people crazy . Never have I seen some many before , around my place one house one in four homes has them and the winter forecast was mild , mild , mild .
 
Premium

Support TriumphTalk by becoming a Premium Member.

 What You Get

Donate

 

 

Search

Top Bottom