Triumph Trident 660 platform may spawn two new motorcycles

    Published On Oct 31, 2020 08:00:00 AM

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    Triumph's new 660cc platform aims to make their motorcycles accessible to a wider audience.

    Triumph Motorcycles could possibly be working on developing more motorcycles on its new 660cc platform, that currently underpins the new Triumph Trident.

    • New Trident is likely to share its engine and motor with two new 660cc motorcycles

    • Triumph is aiming for the middleweight Adventure motorcycle and Adventure Sport motorcycle segment

    • First motorcycle on the platform, the Trident goes on sale in India, in 2021

    Triumph Trident platform siblings 

    Triumph recently introduced the new Trident, it's a 660cc roadster and it will go on sale in India, in 2021. That very platform, however, could also spawn other motorcycles, judging by a clip of the presentation that was shown to a few international dealers during a recent summit.

    Look closely and you'll notice that the image of the Triumph Trident is flanked by an Adventure Motorcycle and an Adventure Sport motorcycle on either side, likely to be powered by the Trident's inline-triple engine. That said, Triumph is expected to optimise the engine's state of tune and gearing to suit the applications of each of these motorcycles.

    Under the distinctive bodywork on these motorcycles, the main frame appears to be the same, once again, hinting these are based on the same platform. We shall confirm this once Triumph reveals these motorcycles in production form.

    Triumph Trident Styling

    Although the motorcycles may be based on the same platform, the styling is markedly distinct and in keeping with the purpose of the motorcycles.

    The Trident is the quintessential roadster, that's built to take on the cut and thrust of the city. The yet unnamed Adventure motorcycle, looks the part with its Triumph Tiger 900 inspired design. Also, notice the large wire spoke wheels, the beak, long travel suspension and the bash plate on the bike in the sketches. Typical Adventure motorcycle stuff!

    In the middle of this range, lies the Adventure Sport motorcycle that should offer the performance and practicality of a street motorcycle (Trident in this case), while offering comfier ergonomics, a fairing as well as a windscreen to keep the wind off your chest, possibly more features and a provision to mount luggage. 

    Triumph Trident future plans

    Triumph seems to be betting big with its new 660cc platform, going by these images. The new motorcycles should give Triumph the ability to compete in a burgeoning middle-weight motorcycle market.  

    We've already seen Kawasaki leverage the benefits of platform sharing with its wide 650cc platform. The Japanese manufacturer has built the Z650, Ninja 650, Versys 650 and the Vulcan 650 on the same platform. And all of these motorcycles are currently on sale in India.

    With such clear benefits, Triumph is expected to expand its 660cc, middleweight platform soon. While the Trident goes up against the Kawasaki Z650 and Yamaha MT-07, the 660cc Adventure Sport should lock horns with the Kawasaki Versys 650. The Triumph adventure motorcycle, on the other hand, should compete with the likes of the Suzuki V-Strom 650.

    Also see:

    Triumph Tiger 900 launched from Rs 13.7 lakh

    Triumph Street Triple R launched in India at Rs 8.84 lakh

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