New Delhi: If you are looking to upgrade to a super bike that is fun, smooth and easy and if your idea of a super bike is not to be the center of attention on the road but pure riding bliss, I have just the bike for you Triumph Trident 660.
I will start straight away with the heart of the motorcycle because that is the most special feature of this bike. Although the engine is derived from the famous Daytona but apart from platform design and engineering it has little in common with the 675. The internals have been completely reworked, cams, pins, pistons, intake everything is new.
The 660cc inline 3-cylinder, liquid cool engine produces 81 hp @10250rpm 64Nm Torque @6250rpm. The power of 3-cylinder is designed to gel well with the easy nature of this bike. It’s fun to ride, agile, got plenty of punch to it, right from the beginning of rev band and power delivery is absolutely linear all the way to 10000rpm. The gearing is shot, gives you quicker acceleration and healthy split of torque, Trident is extremely forgiving to wrong gear selections, even if you are at 40-50 kmph in 5th gear, there is no knocking from the engine and even though its 660cc trident never feels underpowered, you can even pull and overtake in 5th gear.
Triumph Trident is cut from the same fabric as the street triple, it has the same attitude towards fun, for a super bike, it’s a small bike with big engine in a compact sized motorcycle which is easy to ride and control. It’s extremely light and nimble (189kg) which will give immense confidence to first time big bike owners and seemingly short height is not a problem on this bike.
The handling character of the motorcycle is great, feels well controlled around the corners and Michelin road 5 tyres do their job well of sticking to the road, giving you confidence to attach corners at high speeds. The Shova suspension is set up well even though you only get pre road adjustability on the rear and the traction control feels tailored to new riders, but it is far too intrusive for the seasoned riders. It’s got 41mm upside down forks in the front and Showa monoshock at the rear, the ground clearance of 145mm is decent for broken roads, not the best in the segment but doable.
Can’t really push this bike for off-roading, it gets bumpy. For safety it’s got 310mm floating discs with ABS in the front and 255mm disc with ABS at the rear. The shockers and brakes could have been better, but this bike is not made for all out performance. So not complaining. The bike features ride by wire which enables riding modes, it has just rain and road, no sport.
The bike Looks Smart, proportionate and approachable with narrow profile, the horizontally split LED lamp works well for street use but are average for the highway. Simple smart looking round TFT display, the shape of the tank is rather unusual, the mirrors are average, but wider instead of round, the switch gear quality seems basic, and handlebars are wider than street triple to give leverage in the city environment, but early steering lock limits its ability to navigate and turn in tight spaces.
The tail section looks the most modern and bit more sophisticated with the little Triumph logo embedded in it. The overall fit and finish are hard to find faults with and generally feels premium than the motorcycles you are likely to be upgrading from.
Kawasaki z650, the Honda CB500X have Trident to worry about now.
Triumph Trident rides like a super bike and doesn’t feel like a compromise at all, it’s got a lot more character to it, with premium pedigree, looks attractive and gives you want you want at just 6.95 Lakh ex showroom and with low-cost maintenance, service interval is at 16000km/one year whichever is earlier, seems like it’s not that difficult to own superbikes anymore.
Engine: 660cc inline 3 cylinder, liquid cool
Power: 81 hp @10250rpm
Torque: 64Nm @6250
Seat Height: 805mm
Ground clearance: 145mm
Kerb Weight: 189kg
Front Suspension: Showa 41mm upside down separate function forks (SFF)
Rear Suspension: Showa monoshock RSU, with preload adjustment
Front Brakes: Twin 310mm floating discs, ABS
Rear Brakes: Single 255mm disc, ABS
Multi-function instruments with colour TFT screen
Price: 6.95 Lakh ex-showroom
Fuel Capacity: 14 L