New Triumph Trident concept shows Hinckley's new A2 middleweight contender
This is a design concept for a new Triumph Trident, which the brand says will take on the classleading middleweights. Currently the entry-level models into the Triumph brand are the Street Twin and the Street Triple S, both of which cost £8100. A far cry from the sale success Yamaha MT-07, which is just £6697 - and it’s this bike, along with others like it, that the new Trident is gunning for...
"This bike is going to be aimed at people who have been riding a while but this is their first, new large-capacity machine," says Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer at Triumph. "It’s going to be very competitively priced but we’re sticking with Triumph’s roots to maintain a premium presence in that market."
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A key part of the success Triumph are hoping for lies in the engine which, as a mid-capacity triple, will make it the stand-out bike in a sector full of parallel twins. Although it’s based on existing architecture, Triumph say it’s an all-new unit both inside and out, sharing just a few common parts.
For now Triumph aren’t releasing any figures about the new powerplant, other than to say it will be A2 compliant. We imagine it will take a leaf out of the A2-legal Street Triple S’ book, so expect 660cc and 47bhp in restricted form.
Starting from scratch
The frame is new, designed just for this bike to deliver the sort of ‘roadster’ handling Triumph have become famous for.
The styling is fresh too, taking hints from Honda’s ‘neo-café’ retro meets-modern approach where classic Triumph design cues, such as the cut-outs in the tank, work alongside the modern shapes of the subframe. There’s even a dash of Italian flair with the work of Rodolfo Frascoli, whose previous penmanship has brought us the fantastic Tiger 900.
2021 Triumph Trident: Bang up to date
The new bike should be right up there technology-wise, with all new switchgear clearly visible, alongside a brand new dash and funky LED lights. There’s no indication what tech to expect, but based on the Hinckley operation’s current models, that switchgear and a desire to outdo the competition, don’t be surprised to see riding modes, cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction control.
What will the 2021 Triumph Trident cost? There’s no official word on pricing but based on the competition, plus the anticipated finish quality, sub-£7500 doesn’t seem unreasonable.
Triumph plan to reveal the full machine, along with all the specs and price in just a few weeks, ahead of its arrival in dealers early next year.