TRIUMPH Motorcycles has taken the covers off its new middleweight roadster, the Trident, revealed in prototype form at a special event at the London Design Museum. It’s the reward of four year development program and marks the return of a legendary name.
Scheduled for a global release in early 2021, the new look Trident is set to be powered by a 650cc Triple engine, a smaller version of the type that gives life to the Street Triple and Tiger ranges.
A2 licence approved in the UK (that’s the equivalent of LAMS-approved here), we’re expecting this should be a learner-legal ride, meaning it will go head to head with with Honda’s CB 650, Kawasaki’s Z 650 and Yamaha’s MT-07.
A legendary name from Triumph’s past and a design classic in its day, the original three-cylinder Trident set a new standard for performance in 1968, and in racing form, won five consecutive Isle of Man production TT race wins.
The new Trident embraces that design thinking, and introduces a contemporary take on Triumph style and attitude, with a pure, minimalist form, clean lines and uncluttered features.
Signature knee indents on the tank and key cues from Triumph’s iconic Speed Triple’s muscular poise feature, with the compact yet powerful triple engine also marking a category first.
Manufacturing of the Triumph Trident will be carried out in Thailand, with all design and prototype works completed at the company’s Hinckley facility in the UK, with additional styling input from Rodolfo Frascoli, the man behind the Tiger 900.
With a distinctive and confident stance and poise, the Trident will deliver rider ergonomics, paired with all of Triumph’s handling expertise, for the perfect balance of an engaged, agile and dynamic ride.
The design prototype also highlights another key aim, with the integration of modern digital technology into the design. Despite scarce details, the Trident is expected to have selectable riding modes and a digital tacho.
Features that will be distinctive to the new Triumph Trident will include five spoke wheels, an elegant swingarm silencer and a minimal rear end, with a plate hugger, complementing its design strategy.
“The Trident design prototype marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Triumph, where the brief was all about fun, from the look to the ride,” Triumph’s chief product officer Steve Sargeant said.
“With its pure minimalist form, clean lines, Triumph design DNA and more than a hint of our Speed Triple’s muscular poise, this gives the first exciting glimpse at the full Trident story to come,” he added.
“Ultimately our aim was to bring a new take on character and style, alongside the accessible easy handling and quality Triumph is known for – at a price that’s really competitive.”
Additional specifications will be revealed in the coming weeks.