Triumph has announced a new prototype bike. No, it doesn’t have a fairing, I hear you ask, which is disappointing, but Triumph has put four years into this new project. Dubbed the Trident, it brings the classic triumph triple name back to the model line up.
With a design brief revolving around fun, the new trident looks to bring younger riders to the brand. Keeping the iconic triple configuration with a torque-rich profile, and ‘class-leading technology’ (hopefully the digital dash, quick shifter up and down and the GoPro connectivity),’ at a great price’.
The design team at Hinckley, have put four years into this prototype, working with Italian designer Rodolfo Frascoli who revamped the new Tiger 900.
This new bike will suit novice riders, looking for an A2 bike, but less sporty than the current Street Triple S. We would guess the new engine will derive around the old 660 engine used in the Street Triple S.
Aiming the middleweight roadsters already on the market (looking at you Yamaha MT07, Honda CB650R and Kawasaki Z800.) The new Trident prototype adds to Triumphs current naked lineup. In case you were wondering, that is an entirely naked lineup…
It remains to be seen whether Triumph intends to do multiple models on the same base, (think street triple S, R and RS). Common sense says why not.
Looking at the prototype, we see Michelin Road 5 tyres, upside-down forks, LED lighting and a single digital instrument cluster which isn’t the same TFT display from the Street triple. Brakes look like the same Nisin used on the Street/Speed, however again this could just be a placeholder. With triumph liking to use similar parts throughout the range, it would make sense to keep them.
The finished model is anticipated to arrive in dealerships in early 2021, but with the big motorcycle shows for late 2020 cancelled it will be interesting to see how Triumphs launches the production model.