When Triumph unveiled the Trident 660 in October of last year, it offered premium big bike performance at an affordable price point. Having ridden the Trident 660 several times, we can definitely say that it’s an impressive platform—one that’s approachable for beginners, and powerful enough for you to grow into. That said, it isn’t really surprising that just like many other manufacturers, Triumph will soon be using its middleweight platform as a base for other models.
The latest news to come out from the Hinckley company is that a new sport-tourer based on the Trident will soon be launched. Dubbed the Tiger Sport 660, the bike takes the Trident’s naked, street-oriented platform, and gives it an adventurous, long-distance-ready twist. It’s clear to see, based on the spy photos, that the Tiger Sport 660 carries over several parts from the trident—namely, its tubular steel chassis and 5-spoke, 17-inch alloy wheels. Because of this, chances are that Triumph could be going for the budget-friendly segment; likely within the ballpark of P600,000. As such, the bike will likely go head-to-head with the likes of the Yamaha Tenere 700 and Kawasaki Versys 650.
If the performance of the Trident is anything to go by, then chances are the Tiger Sport 660 will come equipped with the same 660cc inline-three-cylinder engine. Equipped with electronic fuel-injection and liquid-cooling, this Daytona-derived motor has been tuned to produce 80 horsepower—a decent amount of power for new and intermediate big bike riders.
Triumph describes the bike stating, “the new Tiger Sport 660 that is set to bring triple engine performance advantages to the middleweight adventure sports category.” At present, the exact specs—let alone its undisguised styling—of the upcoming Tiger Sport 660 have yet to be unveiled. Chances are it’ll come with a basic suite of electronic rider aids such as ABS and traction control, LED lights, and adjustable suspension.