Triumph Trident makes its global debut

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Words: NZ Autocar
2 Nov 2020

All the details on the incoming new mid-sized Triumph have now been revealed, the reborn Trident a fresh entry point into the three-cylinder British roadster experience. The company has designed it to be at the top of the middleweight naked tree.

At its heart is a revised version of the 660cc three-cylinder engine used in the Street Triple S LAMS bike. Coming up against the likes of MT-07 and Z650, Triumph is betting on the three-cylinder engine to attract new riders, even if the bike proves more expensive than its rivals.

In unrestricted form, it is good for 80hp (60kW) and a bit over half that (35 kW) for the LAMS version. Respective torque figures are 64 and 59Nm.

With almost 70 engine changes, the main improvement is rideability, as 90 per cent of peak torque is available from 3600-9750rpm.

The engine is mated to a six-speed gearbox with an assisted slipper clutch featuring an adjustable span lever, and a quickshifter is optional.

Service time is also reduced compared with the competition, so Triumph states.

The Trident’s superstructure is also new, comprising tubular steel, with a double-sided swingarm. Triumph reckons it scales up at 189kg wet. Two main aims were exciting handling and accessible ergonomics.

The fixed 41mm USD forks are produced by Showa, as is the rear shock which is adjustable for preload only. Brakes are by Nissin with two-piston calipers and 310mm discs up front. ABS is standard, unswitchable.

A hybrid TFT screen features an LCD rev counter and speedo. Selectable Rain and Road modes are standard, varying the throttle map and TC, the latter being switchable. Full LED lights are part of the deal.

Compared with its four main Japanese rivals, it is likely to be highly price competitive, kicking off at $NZ12,990 despite its more premium components.

Colours include silver, red, white and black, with some matt options. It should arrive here some time in Q1 next year.


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