Is there a ‘Perfect Motorcycle’? This is the question that played in my mind as I conquered the New Triumph 660 with wide curves above the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas. This is a fairly obvious question, but without any clear or correct answer. The simple truth is that there is no ‘perfect’ motorcycle. Period. Yes, there are bikes that will come close to perfecting on a good day. But they will sometimes not tick all the right boxes, except on some very rare occasions. But then it also depends on what kind of ride the person wants to ride.
Some prefer to pull the knee on a racetrack, and want to set a new lap time on their favorite racetrack. Others will look for an SUV-like appearance, and the ability to keep it running even when the road ends. And some would like the boast of other chrome, and larger displacement engines. Ultimately, the definition of the ‘right bike’ really depends on the rider behind the handlebar, and the kind of riding it is intended to do. But more often than not, the ‘perfect motorcycle’ is the one that brings happiness, and inspires you to take it out for ‘just one more spin’.
At just 20 kilometers in ride, the Trident 660 i has a strong perception. It is compact, light, nimble, and has a full-blown entertaining personality. If those are the qualities you want in a motorcycle, can the new Trident 660 have the ability to score high in search of the right motorcycle?
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The Triumph Trident 660 is a mix of Triumph’s heritage design similar to the Bonneville family, but with a modern touch. It is still a member of Triumph’s Roadster range, sits below the Triumph Street triple and is compact, sharp and sporty. The shape is the typical Triumph Roadster, with a muscular fuel tank, and a faster and lower tail section. The round headlight gives a hint of retro appeal, but it is LED, as are the taillight, and turn indicators, which are self-canceling, by the way.
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Overall, the Trident 660 has a sporty stance, and 17-inch alloy wheels with sticky Michelin Road 5 tires. The chassis is a steel perimeter frame, so there is nothing in common with the Street Triple, and even the suspension is basic, with a 41mm ShowA non-adjustable fork and a monoshock that can only be tweaked for preload is. It may sound basic on paper, but the chassis and suspension are designed to give the Trident 660 excellent maneuverability to make it an easy and accessible motorcycle for new and less-experienced riders.
Tech and Ergonomics
Applying the round LED headlight, the Trident 660 uses a circular TFT instrument console divided into two sections. The top half shows speed, custom counters and fuel levels, while the bottom half displays menus, riding modes, gear indicators, time, date, temperature, and odometer, all in separate screens, toggled using joystick-type can go. Four buttons on the left handle. The optional My Triumph connectivity system provides Bluetooth connectivity from Google Maps to display turn-by-turn navigation on the screen, and can also be used to control GoPro (Hero 7 and above).
With a shorter wheelbase, weighing 189 kg and curb 805 mm seat height, the Trident 660 is small-ish, but immediately turns out to be a friendly and accessible package. It is a no street triple RS with an extra dose of adrenaline, and the Trident comes in easy-to-ride and easy-to-handle. It feels light, and compact, whether you’re pushing it, or rolling it in a tight parking lot.
Performance and mobility
The 660 cc, inline three-cylinder engine derives from the original Triumph 675, which is from Daytona, but is a new unit from the ground up. The triple-cylinder engine produces 80 bhp at 10,250 rpm, and peak torque of 64 Nm at 6,250 rpm, but the torque spread is wide. The power distribution is soft, and in fact, the idle, triple-cylinder engine for low rpms feels and feels ‘soft’, even at the throttle. A light slip-and-assist clutch eases traffic, and the gentle throttle response makes it effortless, a limit of being almost submissive at low revs; All the attributes of the ‘entry-level’ triumph that it is designed for.
But things change as soon as it hits mid-range; There is a similar bridge across r above 9,000 rpm as low as 3,000 rpm. Whatever changes, low gear changes, and the Trident feels flexible and comfortable, even on a high gear you feel like you’re at the top of our test route with a black top, Trident Dip Sounds curious. In and out of a series of corners. Even when bent over a tight corner, it always remains and will let you get away with more speed and even mid-corner correction when needed. There is a level of agility that new riders will love, and will find reassuring and confident, but even experienced riders will love to explore the taut operation of the chassis.
The Showa suspension may be basic, but combined with the steel perimeter frame, the Triumph is able to fine tune it to make it perfectly delightful. Nissin brakes offer more than enough bite to propose power-stopping power. ABS is not swatchable, but traction control is for those looking for a somewhat more ‘adventurous’ type of ride. In fact, Trident may feel like a docile goodie to-shoe in low revs, but it would depend on work for some old-fashioned debauchery if it offends him.
Price and competition
The Trident 660 has been launched with a base price of Rs. 6.95 lakh (ex-showroom) for the base variant. What you don’t get in the base variant are the Grab Rails, dual-tone color options and top-spec variants. K fuel tank decals. For those extras, you have to shell out ₹ 7.08 lakh (ex-showroom) for the high-spec variants.
Optional extras are my Triumph connectivity system and QuickShifter, which further raise prices. Will increase to 50,000. In India, the closest competitor to the Trishul 660 is the Honda CB650R, which makes slightly more power, but has less torque, and is more expensive than the Triumph at Ph 8.67 lakh. The trident also goes against the Kawasaki Z650 (up 6.18 lakh), but the Z650 is due to an update and has far less power than the Trident 660.
Also read: Specification comparison with Honda CB650R and Kawasaki Z650
The Trident 660 is positioned as an entry-level premium bike for riders with less experience, or for those looking for a bike to return to the motorcycle. Just looking at the numbers, the Trident may not feel much, but with 80 bhp power, 90 percent of torque is spread across the rev range, in a 189 kg curb weight package, making for a fairly entertaining motorcycle. It will be perfect for daily commuting, and some weekends for fun, and will also happily do touring duty when needed.
So, any negatives, then? Yes, some in my book, but not really deal-breakers. For starters, the throttle feels a bit softer at low revs, and I felt that the traction control system is a bit too tricky. In fact, after shutting down the TC, the throttle somehow felt more responsive. The six-speed gearbox is slick, but it needs to work to get the right push out and get the music flowing from the triple. Our test route of about 200 km consisted of sweeping curves and tight twists, and the once trident 660 did not fall short of expectations, providing a confidence-inspiring and fun experience during the day. But the test route did not provide an opportunity to test actual top-end performance; Not that it matters, but it may just be some of the more experienced riders who yearn for it.
What matters is whether you are a new rider, or even have some experience under your belt, the Trident 660 has more than enough to keep you suitably entertained. Isn’t that what motorcycles are all about? It may not give you the fast acceleration or bragging rights of a liter-class sportbike, but the Triumph Trident will definitely put a smile on your face every time you explore its capabilities, and performance limitations. . It may not be your ideal motorcycle, but it should be an ideal recreational roadster. Triumph has completely reversed this, to create an attractive and compact motorcycle that just screams ‘FUN’ at every turn of the throttle!
(Photography: Prashant Choudhary)
|Engine capacity||660 cc|
|engine type||Liquid-cooled, 12-valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder|
|to bore||74 mm|
|the strokes||51.1. Mm|
|compression ratio||11.1: 1|
|Maximum power||80 bhp @ 10,250 rpm|
|peak torque||64 Nm @ 6,250 rpm|
|The clutch||Wet, multi-plate, slip and support|
|The frame||Tubular steel perimeter frame|
|front tire||120/70-R17 Michelin Road 5|
|Rear tire||180/55-R17 Michelin Road 5|
|front suspension||Shoma 41mm upside down with separate function fork|
|rear suspension||Showa monoshock rsu with preload adjustment|
|Front brake||Nisin two-piston sliding calipers, twin 310mm discs, ABS|
|Rear brake||Nisin Single-Piston Sliding Calipers, Single 255mm Disc, ABS|
|seat height||805 mm|
|Kerb weight||189 kg (wet)|
|fuel tank capacity||14 liters|