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Trident is back

This is a design concept for a new Triumph Trident, which Triumph says will take on the classleading middleweights. Currently the entry-level models into the Triumph brand are the Street Twin and the Street Triple S.

“This bike is going to be aimed at people who have been riding a while but this is their first, new large-capacity machine,” says Steve Sargent, Chief Product Officer at Triumph. “It’s going to be very competitively priced but we’re sticking with Triumph’s roots to maintain a premium presence in that market.”

 Although it’s based on existing architecture, Triumph say it’s an all-new unit both inside and out, sharing just a few common parts. The powerplant is expected to take a leaf out of the Street Triple S’ book, so expect 660cc and 47bhp in restricted form.

The frame is new, designed just for this bike to deliver the sort of ‘roadster’ handling Triumph have become famous for. The styling is fresh too, taking hints from Honda’s ‘neo-café’ retro meets-modern approach where classic Triumph design cues, such as the cut-outs in the tank, work alongside the modern shapes of the subframe. 

The new bike should be right up there technology-wise, with all new switchgear clearly visible, alongside a brand new dash and funky LED lights. There’s no indication what tech to expect, but based on the Hinckley operation’s current models, that switchgear and a desire to outdo the competition, don’t be surprised to see riding modes, cornering ABS and lean-sensitive traction control.

Triumph plan to reveal the full machine, along with all the specs and price in just a few weeks, ahead of its arrival in dealers early next year.