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4 reasons why the Triumph Trident 660 is an excellent all-around big bike

The Trident may be Triumph’s smallest and most affordable offering, but it has many things going for it.

4 reasons why the Triumph Trident 660 is an excellent all-around big bike

Neo-retro enthusiasts and fans of naked sportbikes were ecstatic when Triumph revealed the Trident 660 in the global market in 2021. The Triumph Street Triple RS, which gained international fame thanks to its potent inline-three cylinder engine, was both very expensive and incredibly powerful, making it a fairly scary alternative for anybody hoping to buy a tractable big bike from the legendary British brand. 

All of that was changed by the Triumph Trident 660. It is not only the most beginner-friendly motorbike in Triumph's lineup, but it is also the most reasonably priced, while staying true to its sporty charm. That being said, if you’re looking for a big bike you can ride on the daily, here are a few reasons why the Trident 660 should be at the top of your list. 

A British take on sporty, neo-retro styling

When it comes to styling, Triumph consistently gets it right. From vintage motorcycles like the Bonneville T120 to race-ready rides like the Triumph Speed Triple RR, this venerable British firm is adept at creating stunning two-wheeled pieces of art. The Yamaha XSR700 and Honda CB650R have long held sway in the neo-retro market, but the Trident 660 occupies the spot smack in the middle between vintage and contemporary. The Trident 660 has a large fuel tank, an upswept tail, and a circular headlamp, giving it an aggressive and sporting appearance that serves as a suitable cover for the compact, maneuverable machine that lies beneath.

Powerful enough to give you a thrilling ride

Triumph Trident 660

The engine of the Triumph Trident 660 is a 660cc inline-three cylinder motor that produces a healthy, though not overpowering 80 horsepower. It is a slightly detuned and revised version of the engine found in the renowned Triumph Daytona 675R. Thanks to the bike's capable liquid-cooling system, the engine's compression ratio of 11.95:1 is strong, effective, and efficient in dissipating heat. The distinctive sound that three-cylinder engines make is another notable quality that makes them popular. The Trident 660 is no exception, though, and its extraordinary engine produces all the iconic, racing-inspired noises you could ever want.

Premium components

Triumph Trident 660

The Trident 660 is not lacking in features. Triumph has installed the Trident with its advanced ride-by-wire throttle technology to go along with its powerful engine. The Trident 660 is equipped with a comprehensive array of high-tech rider aids thanks to its electronic throttle controller. It comes with switchable traction control as standard and two riding modes for road and rain situations.

The Showa inverted forks and rear-mounted monoshock with built-in preload adjustment are the bike's chassis components. A set of Nissin brakes up front and one disc in rear with dual-channel ABS come standard, too. Last but not least, the Trident has utterly contemporary conveniences despite its classic design. As a premium addition, it receives a full-color TFT display with My Triumph Bluetooth connection. A complete set of LED lights ensures that everything is well-lit at night.

A motorcycle with a story to tell

Triumph Trident 660

Younger motorcycle enthusiasts would rightly assume that Triumph's Trident is a brand-new design. The Trident, however, was one of the first motorcycles made by the English firm with a three-cylinder engine. The original Trident T160 made its debut back in 1975 and was powered by an air-cooled, 740cc, push-rod, inline-three cylinder engine—a setup that is unheard of nowadays. It was only produced for two years before it was stopped. Despite this, the Trident 660 is a faithful recreation of this vintage motorbike in the present day.

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