Triumph Motorcycles has honoured Hollywood star and motorcycle fanatic Steve McQueen with a tribute model Scrambler 1200.
The British brand has made many marketing miles out of the fact that McQueen not only rode and liked Triumphs, but starred in The Great Escape jumping a TR6 over a brand wire fence to escape the Nazis.
The stunt was actually performed by friend and bike fettler Bud Ekins, but the brand name has been indelibly linked with NcQueen ever since, bringing marketing and advertising gold to Triumph.
Now they have honoured McQueen, a talented off-row rider who represented America in the 1964 International Six-Day Enduro Trials in Europe.
The Scrambler 1200 Steve McQueen Special Edition will go on sale in Australia later this year with pricing closer to the date.
It is a limited version of the new Euro5-spec Scrambler 1200 with improved emissions and lower heat on the rider’s legs.
Only 1000 McQueen versions will be made, all numbered with special branding on the tank and handlebar clamps, brown bench seat with premium accessories fitted including stainless steel engine bars, laser-cut and pressed-aluminium radiator guard.
The “competition green” bikes come with a certificate of authenticity featuring the signatures of Triumph CEO Nick Bloor and Steve’s son, Chad.
The new 2021 Scrambler 1200 XC and XE are available in three colours: Cobalt Blue with a Jet Black stripe, Matt Khaki Green with a Jet Black stripe or the single tone Sapphire Black option.
They now come with more than 70 accessories for style, practicality, comfort, luggage, protection and security.
Britain’s motorcycling history is long and illustrious. In the early days, the British industry was championed as being the best in the world, but after World War II the industry fell into a steady decline. Today, the British industry is a fraction of the size that it once was, but over the last 100 years, it has produced some of the most iconic and celebrated motorcycles ever made.
Ariel, AJS, Brough Superior, BSA, Matchless, Norton, Triumph, Velocette, Vincent, and more! These are just some of the marques out there that have left a lasting impression on the global motorcycling industry. Each of those brands has produced notable motorcycles, but there are some that are a cut above the rest. Here are 10 of the best motorcycles to come out of Britain.
Brough Superior SS100
Let’s kickstart our list of the best of British with the most obvious option: the Brough Superior SS100. You could choose any Brough Superior motorcycle and it would be worthy of this list. Any surviving models are sought after and hold incredible value, even when they’re in the sorriest of states. The SS100 range is particularly valuable, with each model built to customer specifications.
While they had different characteristics, all SS100’s shared the same powertrain: a 998 cc air-cooled V-twin, manufactured by JAP or Matchless depending on which year you’re talking about. Each engine variation produced different horsepower figures, but all Brough Superior models were delivered with a factory guaranteed top speed of over 100 mph.
The SS100 has a storied history, setting numerous speed records, winning more than 50 racing events, and achieving critical acclaim. The model is famously tied to the famous T.E Lawrence who sadly lost his life while riding his beloved Brough Superior. His demise, however, led to the advent of motorcycle safety helmets, which changed the world of motorcycling forever.
Today, you can buy a new Brough Superior SS100. The brand has been revived and the bikes on sale are very much the “Rolls Royce of motorcycles” that their forebears were.
While we’re on the subject of obvious inclusions, then let’s look at the Triumph Bonneville. The Bonneville is arguably one of the most recognizable British motorcycle models in history. But which one should be on the list? All of them.
Over the years, the Bonnie has enjoyed three generations, and three separate production runs. The first Bonneville rolled onto the scene in 1959 and was a staple of the Triumph line-up until 1983. The second-gen Bonneville was a short-lived exercise between ’85 and ’88. Now, the current Bonneville has been in production since 2001 and shows no sign of slowing down.
All of the Bonneville models take their name from the legendary Bonneville Salt Flats, and all share a common engine format: a four-stroke parallel-twin motor. However, the overall displacement of these engines varies.
The design of the Bonneville, in any generation or displacement, is simple. It features a tank, a saddle, and a round headlight. It’s everything a standard motorcycle should be, but there’s versatility in that simplicity. And that’s why the Bonneville can be found in café racer, scrambler, and bobber forms. It’s the perfect base for whatever you can dream of.
When it comes to top lists about British motorcycles, very few mention the Silk 700S. There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of it either, and that’s a shame because it’s a fantastic, innovative, and unusual machine. Produced between 1975 and 1979 by Derby-based Silk Engineering, the 700S featured state-of-the-art technology, big power, and an expensive price tag.
The heart of the Silk 700S was a formidable 653 cc water-cooled, two-stroke, twin-cylinder engine. It was able to produce 54 horsepower and hit top speeds of over 110 mph. It also featured electronic ignition, an advanced thermo-syphon cooling system, and an innovative lubrication system too. Despite the modern tech, it wasn’t a heavyweight beast. It even had an impressive power-to-weight ratio.
In 1976, Silk was taken over by another engineering firm and while there was legitimate interest in the 700S, the number crunchers worked out that the firm was losing £200 for every model produced. Given that each model sold for £1355, that was quite a heavy loss in the grand scheme of things.
While the Silk 700S isn’t as well-remembered as the others on this list, it shouldn’t be forgotten!
Ariel Square Four
The Ariel Square Four is a true British icon. When it first rolled onto the scene in 500cc form back in 1930 it boasted innovative engineering, and by the time the “Squariel” was finally retired in 1958, it would have left its mark as a true British design icon. If we had to choose a particular Square Four, it would be a model from between 1948 and 1952.
Built around a square four engine—essentially two parallel-twin engines fused together with opposite-turning crankshafts—the rest of the Square Four could fit into a standard Ariel rolling chassis with minimal modification. The later Square Four models featured larger displacements (600cc and 1000cc) and didn’t suffer from overheating as the earlier models did.
Most British motorcycles of yesteryear are often remembered for their funny quirks or unpredictable but charming character. The Square Four bucks that trend. It offered smooth and spritely acceleration, slick gear changes, and a comfortable, relaxed ride experience. Granted, the brakes are very much a product of their time and you won’t be getting any serious lean around any corners, but apart from that, you could easily fool yourself into believing that this bike was built in the 70s or 80s, rather than the early 1950s.
Norton V4 SS
Norton, like Triumph, is one of those quintessentially British motorcycle brands. It’s a classic name, but it has had a pretty rough history, with the marque being thrown from one owner to the next. And that’s not part of its history, it’s also very much a part of the brand’s present and future. After being purchased by British businessman Stuart Garner in 2008, everything looked grand for Norton. Unfortunately, the new Norton went bust in 2020 and is now owned by India’s TVS Motor Company.
However, during the Garner years, the new Norton pulled the covers off of something rather special: the Norton V4 SS. As you can see from the picture, it’s quite an attractive thing. It looks great. But while we love the shiny curves and commanding stance, it also packed some serious performance too.
Under the proverbial hood, the V4 SS features a 1200cc V4 engine that produces a claimed 200 horses, with plenty of midrange power. Combined with top-of-the-range suspension and top-shelf hardware, the V4 SS delivers real eye-watering performance. And it should since it’s the road-going equivalent of Norton’s TT-racer, the V4 RR.
The Vincent Black Shadow is a motorcycle that requires no introduction. It is legendary. It was a pioneering motorcycle chock full of new innovations. It was incredibly fast. And today, they always make headlines if they hit the auction because they are also incredibly rare. In fact, only 1,700 of these beauties were made, and that’s one of the reasons that pristine examples command such a high price.
Manufactured between 1948 and 1955, each Black Shadow was hand-assembled at the Vincent factory in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Powered by a 998 cc V-twin engine with 55 horsepower, the Black Shadow was already set for greatness. However, in 1948 the Black Shadow managed to clock an incredible top speed of 150.313 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. It’s not hard to see why the Vincent sales team adopted “The world’s fastest standard motorcycle: This is a FACT – NOT a Slogan!” as its…slogan.
During its production, the Black Shadow was available in three different Series, as well as in White Shadow form, which was essentially the same as the Black Shadow but with a polished engine rather than enameled. Only 15 of those were ever made. Despite the success of those models, the Black Shadow story came to an end in 1955, when Vincent HRD ceased all motorcycle production.
You can’t have a list of British motorcycles without including a Velocette. We were torn between the Viper and the Venom, but it was the Venom that won out. Both motorcycles are great, but the Venom was bigger and enjoyed a slightly longer production period. Though both were introduced in 1955, the Viper was discontinued in 1968, while the Venom hung on for a couple more years before ending in 1970—just before Velocette closed for good in ’71.
Manufactured in Birmingham, the Velocette Venom featured a 499cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine that produced an impressive 34 horsepower and could propel the Venom to speeds of over 100 mph. It was available in a number of forms, such as the off-road-focused Venom Scrambler, the sports-focused Venom Clubman, and the range-topping Venom Thruxton.
Not only was the Velocette Venom a great motorcycle but it’s also a record holder too. In 1961, a Venom Clubman successfully set the 24-hour world record, hitting an average speed of 100.05 mph. Even today, that feat remains unbeaten for the engine class. In 2008, an attempt was made to break it, but it wasn’t to be, and the Velocette Venom remains supreme.
BSA Rocket Gold Star
The BSA Gold Star is a regular on these top list kind of articles about British motorcycles but why include the Gold Star and ignore its heavier duty stablemate, the Rocket Gold Star? There are plenty of good BSA models worthy of this list, but it’s the Rocket Gold Star that we’d choose if we really wanted something interesting.
The standard Gold Star was something of a legend: produced between 1939 and 1963, the Gold Star was a beautiful motorcycle available in 350 or 500 forms, driven by a powerful single-cylinder engine. The Rocket Gold Star, however, only enjoyed a short-lived run between 1962 and 1963, but rather than a single, it drew power from a 646 cc twin-cylinder engine. The bigger engine produced 40 horsepower and could propel the Rocket Gold Star to speeds of up to 115 mph.
Only a small number of these beautiful motorcycles were produced. Of the 1,584 units that rolled off of the production line, 272 of them were modified for off-road scrambling. If you can find one of those these days, snap it up. It could be worth a serious amount of cash!
Triumph Speed Triple
While there are plenty of “modern” Triumph motorcycles that could fit on this list, if we had to choose one that really defines the brand then it has to be the Speed Triple. The Speed Triple first rolled onto the scene in 1994, taking inspiration from the Speed Twin of the 1930s. Though it took inspiration from Triumph’s past, it was designed with the future in mind. Even today, the Speed Triple is everything that a modern factory-built streetfighter should be. And more.
Over the years, the Speed Triple has enjoyed a number of evolutions. It began life with an 855 cc engine, before evolving into a 1,050 cc, to the 1,160 cc engine that we have for 2021. All of the Speed Triple’s engines are triple-cylinder units—obviously. The latest model boasts 176 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of peak torque. It’s an absolute powerhouse.
Now, the looks of the Speed Triple is always a good conversation topic. It provides plenty of debate! The distinctive bug-eye headlights are one of those features that you’re either going to love or you’re going to hate. But even if you hate the front end, you can’t hate the agile nature and superior performance of this modern British motorcycle.
The Norton Commando is an unmistakable British icon. Manufactured by Norton-Villiers between 1967 and 1977, the Commando is often lauded as one of the last great British motorcycles before the real decline of the British motorcycle industry. Between 1968 and 1972, the Commando won MCN’s “Machine of the Year” award every year, which should prove that this is a motorcycle with real attitude.
Originally, the Norton Commando came with a displacement of 750cc, however, that was increased to 850cc in 1973—which is the size most people remember. The 850 was powered by an 829 cc parallel-twin four-stroke engine, producing 60 horsepower and a top speed of about 125 mph. It was fast, but it was no sports bike. Instead, it was a sports touring machine, without the kind of vibration you’d expect from a British bike of the era.
Vibration was a big problem for a lot of British motorcycles, especially older Nortons. This problem was eliminated thanks to the introduction of a new Isolastic System frame. This new system isolated parts of the frame and joined them with rubber mountings to reduce vibration. And it was a success. The result was a smooth and comfortable ride experience from one of the most iconic British motorcycles ever made.
Motorcycle Shows Cancelled Across the United States
It’s no secret that there have been some cancellations of major exhibitions across the country. This hurdle had to be overcome for motorcycle manufacturers across the globe. Per autoevolution.com, Triumph had planned a “New Product Tour” but with a global pandemic, they’ve had to adapt and change their original plans.
While there will not be any test rides of the unreleased Triumphs, they will be travelling across the nation to Triumph dealerships. These bikes are the only two sets of the Triumph Trident 660 and Tiger 850 Sport, outside of Europe. “With the cancellation of the motorcycles shows, it was an obvious choice for us to get these in the hands of as many dealerships as possible.” Adam VanderVeen – Marketing Director, Triumph Motorcycles America.
The Trident and Tiger will be following a scheduled trip across the US that you can follow via the TriumphOnTour website.
When Can I Own One and for How Much?
The Triumph Trident 660, a beginner to intermediate naked styled bike will be available for purchase January 2021. The Trident is currently listed at $7,995.00 USD per the Triumph website. Not a bad price considering the 10,000 mile / 12 month service interval, giving you a lower ownership cost overall.
Now for the Tiger 850 Sport, a new addition to the Triumph Tiger family. It has been specifically developed for road focused versatility. The Tiger is currently listed at $11,995.00 USD, a fair price considering the impressive specifications it carries. Triumph should also be released January 2021.
Officially Supporting the Performance Technical Racing Team
Triumph and Performance Technical Racing (PTR) team have partnered up to bring Triumph back to the English Supersport Championship. The team will be led by Simon Buckmaster, who has been in competitions like the Supersport World Championship and the Isle of Man TT.
Triumph will provide official support to PTR. The bike will be directly based on the Street Triple RS model, specifically the Triple 765cc engine used in Moto2. The team will be racing to win and to develop experience so Triumph can return to the Supersport World Championship in 2022.
“Triumph has a consolidated experience, built on numerous successes, in the Supersport category through the Daytona 675, and lately through the remarkable results achieved with the supply of 3-cylinder engines for Moto2. Supersport has always been a crucial category for training riders capable of competing at high levels in WSBK and MotoGP. For this reason, we are pleased that MSVR, Dorna, and the FIM are working on the evolution of Supersport regulations, also encouraging manufactures like Triumph to fall into this category,” said Steve Sargent, Triumph Motorcycle Chief Product Officer, according to Motociclismo.
It will be interesting to see how this goes for Triumph. All the ingredients seem to be there now the racing team just has to execute.
The greatly anticipated and highly praised Triumph Trident 660 is coming to India! If you are an Indian rider and are looking to get your hands on some British middle-weight firepower, Triumph has announced that preorders are now open (fully refundable, as well) for a fee of Rs 50,000.
Triumph has also mentioned that they will be offering special financing options allowing for riders to get on an equated monthly installment plan of Rs 9,999 for five months. This financing plan will only be available for a limited time through Indian dealers, though.
This entry-priced hoon-machine will be powered by Trump’s brand-spankin’ new 660cc inline-three motorcycle producing 89 horsepower and 47 lb-ft of torque.
If the naked styling of the Trident isn’t your thing though, be patient and wait out the storm. Rumor has it that Triumph has a few other motorcycles planned around this 660cc engine configuration and we will likely see an entry-level ADV bike and perhaps even a full-fairing sportbike. Only time will tell.
Regardless, this motorcycle was designed to compete with the likes of Yamaha’s MT-07 among other Japanese mid-displacement naked motorcycles and the pricing reflects that. If you’re trying to get onto a British manufactured naked motorcycle, the Triumph Trident is your best bet.
Triumph are set to release a new entry point to the Tiger kingdom in February next year in a more road focussed model dubbed the Tiger 850 Sport.
It does share the 888 cc capacity and new T-Plane crankshaft of its elder Tiger 900 siblings. However, the 850 Sport does though produce ten less horsepower than the 900 models, 84 horsepower compared to the 94 ponies produced by the 900 range. Torque is down by 5 Nm, but peaks 750 rpm earlier.
Triumph tell us, ’with its own unique 850 tune designed for a more accessible and manageable delivery of usable power and torque, the new 850 delivers enhanced all-round easy-riding versatility for commuting, touring or just having spirited two-wheeled fun at the weekends.’
We think it is a move to introduce a model in the Tiger line-up at a lower price point while maintaining a degree of separation to the Tiger 900 models, the cheapest of which is $2000 more than the $15,990 +ORC sticker price that the Tiger 850 Sport will wear when it arrives next year.
Overseas markets have had Tiger 800 models selling alongside the Tiger 900 range but Triumph Australia chose only to take the 900 model when it was introduced. Thus the new Tiger 850 Sport fills a void in the range for our market.
The bike is not a stripped specification in regards to the chassis. It shares the 45 mm Marzocchi inverted forks and gas charged shock that are also fitted to the Tiger 900 GT.The forks and shock do not appear to offer the range of adjustment found on the GT though. From what we can ascertain, the only adjustment available is rear pre-load.
From the early pre-release information we are unable to discern if they are as adjustable as the units fitted to the GT.Quoted travel though is the same, a generous 180 mm up front and 170 mm at the rear.
The 850 Sport also shares the top shelf Brembo Stylema stoppers complete with radial master cylinder. Brembo also supply the single-piston rear.
An adventure ready 19-inch front combines with a 17-inch rear for a blend of performance.
The electronics package is comprehensive with Road and Rain riding modes provided as standard. The power delivery modes are married to complimentary traction control maps.There is also that important ‘off’ button on the traction control settings for when you feel that way inclined. Presumably extra modes, including off-road mapped traction control and ABS settings, will be able to be unlocked for an extra cost.
Triumph’s well proven slip-assist clutch also makes an appearance while a two-way quick-shifter is optional.
A five-inch TFT and full LED lighting add to the feature list along with a standard 12-volt power socket.
A 20-litre fuel tank should give you a touring range approaching 400 kilometres while the standard screen is adjustable to suit rider preference. The seat height is also adjustable between 810 and 830 mm. Dry weight is 192 kg.
16,000 kilometre service intervals help contain the cost of ownership and Triumph back all their models with a two-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
As the Tiger 850 Sport shares its tubular steel frame with the rest of the Tiger range that means a huge range of accessories are available, many of which we feature in an image gallery at the bottom of this page.
What are your thoughts on this latest more affordable addition to the Tiger range? Let us know below.
2021 Triumph Tiger 850 Specfications
Engine & Transmission
888 cc Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Bore / Stroke
78.0 mm / 61.9 mm
85 PS / 84 bhp (62.5 kW) @ 8,500 rpm
82 Nm (60lbft) @ 6,500 rpm
Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection
Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system, side mounted stainless steel silencer
Wet, multi-plate, slip & assist
Tubular steel frame, bolt on sub frame
Twin-sided, cast aluminium
Cast alloy, 19 x 2.5 in
Cast alloy, 17 x 4.25 in
Marzocchi 45mm upside down forks
Marzocchi rear suspension unit, manual preload adjustment
What’s cooler than a classic motorcycle modified in modern times to accommodate a race-oriented look and style? The same thing, but with the modifications actually being done during the period of the initial sale.
This bike was modified way back in the ’70s when it was new and was fully restored in 2001 by its current owner after buying it from a collection in 1991.
The engine is a 750cc parallel-twin that was taken from a ’69 TR6R and married to a five-speed gearbox. What makes this a racebike? The Trackmaster frame, racing fairings, and all the performance add-ons a 1970’s racer could dream of.
The engine has been modified with Mikuni carburetors, a full racing exhaust system, an alloy fuel tank for added weight reduction, clip-on handlebars and rear sets, original Grimeca triple-disc brakes, and a Ceriani fork with Works shock to top it all off.
You won’t be able to ride this motorcycle on public roadways in its current shape, as its been fully kitted for the racetrack and features a headlight, signal, and taillight delete to keep it track-spec.
The total mileage is unknown, but the bike comes with an Oregon bill of sale and I would assume it has a clean title otherwise it would be specified in the bringatrailer.com ad.
This may be one of the most beautiful period-correct replica racebikes I have ever seen, and it could be yours if you act fast and win the auction found on bringatrailer.com. I’m going to go out on a limb and assume that this motorcycle will fetch quite a pretty penny, as bids currently sit at $7000 USD with 4 days remaining on the auction as I type this article.
The Trident name returns to the Triumph stable as a learner-approved motorcycle in the Australian and New Zealand markets.
The previous Trident was a porky 900cc triple with 72.9kW of power and weighing 235kg, while the new lightweight Trident is a 660cc triple weighing 189kg with power limited to 39.8kW to meet the Learner-Approved Motorcycle System.
It will arrive in Australia and New Zealand in February 2021 starting at $A10,999 (plus on-road costs).
While that’s expensive for a learner bike, Triumph boasts that it will be one of the cheapest in its category to maintain with a whopping 16,000km service interval.
Learners will also benefit from safety features such as the slip and assist clutch which prevents rear-wheel lock-up on downshifts, road and rain riding modes and switchable traction control.
High-tech features include colour TFT display, with accessory fit “My Triumph” Connectivity System and LED lighting.
Triumph says it will have class-leading handling with Showa upside down forks and Showa preload adjustable monoshock RSU, Nissin brakes with twin 310mm discs and Michelin Road 5 tyres.
There will be 45 dedicated Trident accessories and it will be available in four colour choices with a two-year unlimited mileage warranty.
Triumph Motorcycles have been heading more and more upmarket in recent years with higher specification models that wear premium price tags to match.At the moment the entry point in to the range is the Australian LAMS edition of the Street Triple 660 at $13,175 +ORC. Australian pricing from importer Peter Stevens is actually quite aggressive, with many comparable models actually more affordable here than in the UK. Still, overall, there are many more Triumph models that sell for 20k+ on the road than there are under that marker.
Clearly a circuit breaker was needed to bring the entry point down further, particularly for the Asian market. The new model that Triumph hope will spark more interest among motorcyclists brings back the Trident appellation.
While the Trident name has long been associated with Triumph it is interesting to note that a trident is not only the weapon of Neptune or Poseidon, but also the weapon of Shiva, one of the primary deities of Hinduism. Useless facts with Trev #478…
Developed in Britain, the Trident will be manufactured in Triumph’s own Thailand plant, and is not a product of any collaboration with Bajaj or any other brand. Undoubtedly though there will be models coming down the pipeline that leverage those partnerships and allow Triumph to offer a much more affordable range to expand their global sales.
Trident is due to arrive in Australia early next year, and Triumph Australia have indicated to us that the sticker price they are hoping to achieve with Trident is $10,999 +ORC.That is only marginally more expensive than Honda’s CBR650R, Kawasaki’s Ninja/Z 650 duo or Yamaha’s hugely successful Yamaha MT-07. Of the major brands only Suzuki seriously undercuts them with SV650.
Trident though mounts a very convincing argument in its favour with a specification level far higher than all those aforementioned options.
Full-colour TFT instrumentation with Bluetooth and phone driven navigation via the ‘My Triumph’ app’. Complete with music and GoPro control functionality directly from the motorcycle via a bar-mounted switch-cube. The target market will certainly appreciate this sort of 21st century functionality.
ABS, Riding Modes and a switchable traction control system add to the tech package and tick all the boxes in regards to safety aids. Integrated tyre pressure monitoring is an optional extra, as are heated grips and a USB charging socket.
Showa provide the suspension. SFF forks up front with 120 mm of travel and a pre-load adjustable monoshock rear with a generous 134 mm of travel suggests Trident will ride well. Triumph claim the suspension has been tuned to be pillion capable and offers best in class handling.
Name dropping continues when it comes to the braking components, here Nissin provide the hardware with twin-piston calipers clamping on full-sized 310 mm rotors and a 255 mm rear disc.
LED lighting features throughout from the handsome seven-inch headlight through to integrated LED tail-lights and self-cancelling indicators.
A sculpted 14-litre fuel cell has nooks for your knees and the seat height is a modest 805 mm. The frame is tubular steel.
Most overseas markets get a Trident with 80 horsepower and 64 Nm of torque but to meet our learner requirements the Australian model arrives with 53 horsepower and 59 Nm of torque. The revs these peaks are reached at are also considerably lower than on the overseas model.LAMS peak power arrives at 8750 rpm, 1500 rpm less than the full power models, and torque peaks 1250 rpm lower.
While the LAMS model is 27 horsepower down, we don’t miss out on much torque, that suggests the Aussie spec’ Trident will be a flexible mill. The full power engine boasts 90 per cent of its maximum torque from as low as 3600 rpm, Aussie models could be even stronger when driving out of the basement.
While the engine does share some common characteristics with the Street Triple it is virtually all-new with 67 different components that include a new crank, cams, pistons, cylinder head, balancer, throttle bodies, air-box and stainless steel exhaust system. The radiator and fan set-up is also different.
Six gears are there to shuffle with the aid of the now customary Triumph slip-assist clutch while a two-way quick-shifter is an optional extra.
Ready to roll with a full tank the Australian specification Trident tips the scales at 189 kg.
The ride away price is estimated to be $12,699 and Triumph are boasting the lowest servicing costs in the segment with 16,000 kilometre service intervals that add more value to the ownership equation.Warranty coverage is two-years unlimited kilometres.
We expect to throw a leg over the machine when they land in February. Trident certainly looks to be a top shelf option for the discernible LAMS rider, and it could even make an affordable commuter for experienced riders that clock up big kilometres to and from work each day. I look forward to sampling it.
2021 Triumph Trident Specifications
Engine / Transmission
660 cc / Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder
Bore / Stroke
74.0 mm / 51.1 mm
53 bhp (39.8 kW) @ 8,750 rpm (LAMS approved)
59 Nm @ 5,000 rpm (LAMS approved)
Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with electronic throttle control
Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system with low single sided stainless steel silencer
Wet, multi-plate, slip & assist
Tubular steel perimeter frame
Twin-sided, fabricated steel
Cast aluminium, 17 x 3.5 in
Cast aluminium, 17 x 5.5 in
Showa 41mm upside down separate function forks (SFF)
It doesn’t make much sense for a motorcycle company to spend millions on R&D for a new engine to only use it in a single bike. That is typically why you find engines being repurposed into multiple bikes to save on costs. If you can buy a 1000cc supersport race bike, you can bet that same manufacturer packaged that engine into a naked option, and in some cases even a few more bikes.
With the recent announcement of the Triumph Trident, we can only speculate if the brand has any plans on packaging the (rumored) 660cc engine into some other motorcycle variations to fill some gaps in their current lineup.
With many brands coming out with mid displacement ADV motorcycles to fill the niche for new riders looking to get their gear a little muddy, It’ll be up to Triumph if they want to explore that market by using their new 660cc platform.
inSella.it shared a picture that was taken during a Triumph dealership presentation showcasing a projected image of three new bikes with the titles “Adventure Bike”, “Roadster” and “Adventure Sport”.
The “Roadster” model is very obviously the new Trident, so it would only make sense that the models to the left and right of it would be bikes built around the same engine platform. You can see on the Adventure Sport model that it has three exhaust headers, meaning it’s an inline-three much like the roadster is rumored to be.
If you’re a new rider looking to get on a Triumph, perhaps wait for these potential 660cc options to hit the market.