Triumph has taken the wraps (somewhat) off a new model. And, they are bringing back an iconic name from the sixties and seventies. The Triumph Trident is coming back to life once again.
The Trident was manufactured from 1968 to 1975 and made its debut weeks before another iconic superbike of the time, the Honda CB750. Sporting a 740cc inline-three cylinder engine making 58hp, the Trident’s competitors for the time were few.
A recent teaser video shows us flashes of the bike. Stopping the video in places, we can see some traits of the new Trident.
We get views of the bike’s profile where we can see its three-cylinder engine, a tubular frame, curved swingarm, and cast wheels, including what appear to be old-style large brake rotors.
Particulars on the bike’s engine are scarce at the moment. We know that it will be an inline triple, but we don’t know much more about it. Triumph does say that the Trident is a middleweight machine. So speculating that Triumph won’t build an entirely new engine for the Trident, you can start thinking that some version of Triumph’s 765cc triple will provide the motive power.
There is also an underslung exhaust, a lower engine guard (likely for style mostly), and a clean bodywork free rear section. Although the seat is large enough for a pillion, no passenger footpegs are visible.
The video and the special webpage say that the machine shown is a prototype. So there could be several changes before the bike is finally released. And you won’t have to wait long for the new machine. Triumph says that it will be available in early 2021 and that more information will follow soon.
Triumph has yet to set a price for the Trident. However, its website says that the machine comes complete with:
…triple cylinder power and torque rich performance, class leading technology as standard and all of Triumph’s accessible agile and confidence inspiring handling, all at a price that represents great value.
What price represents “a great value” is anyone’s guess. But there have been plenty of rumblings that motorcycles are too expensive to buy and, more importantly, attract new younger riders. Perhaps the Trident will become a better alternative to those of us less “well-heeled” of the wallet.
Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing what Triumph has up its sleeve. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.