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TRIDENT TRUSTED Triumph Trident 660 review: Lighweight triple roadster ticks all the biking boxes

Light, nimble and incredibly easy to ride, this is a motorcycle that reminds us what two-wheeled fun is all about  

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The sweet triple engine's the trump card with the Trident 660

The sweet triple engine's the trump card with the Trident 660

The Trident 660 comes with a TFT display

The Trident 660 comes with a TFT display

The Trident 660 is incredibly easy to ride thanks to a new chassis

The Trident 660 is incredibly easy to ride thanks to a new chassis

Roadster looks rule - Triumph's Trident 660

Roadster looks rule - Triumph's Trident 660

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The sweet triple engine's the trump card with the Trident 660

After only a few minutes on Triumph’s Trident, it’s obvious that the engine is still where it’s at with this bike.

This bike is a Roadster, just like the Street and Speed Triples that came before it. The Street Triple in particular was the one that we all hated giving back after a tyre test or product launch. The Trident is very much cut from the same cloth.

The three cylinder unit puts out a more-than-respectable 80bhp. This makes it so very usable in the real world. There’s no riding around at 3,000rpm on this thing.

But it’s not just a rev-hungry ‘small bike’. Largely because of the way the engine is set up, the engineers have managed to pull just shy of 65Nm of torque from the machine. This is a bike that was just as satisfying to commute into the city on as it was to ride across the Wicklow Gap. And did I mention that weighs in at only 189kg wet?

All the secondary brand names that we’ve come to know and love are in the right places, with a set of those rather excellent Michelin Road 5 tyres as standard, Nissin brakes with 310mm discs do the stopping and there is Showa suspension on both ends. All this comes, of course, with a full ABS system.

The switchable traction control system is managed through the mode selector. There is a choice of two, ‘Road’ or ‘Rain’.

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Roadster looks rule - Triumph's Trident 660

Roadster looks rule - Triumph's Trident 660

Roadster looks rule - Triumph's Trident 660

The technology continues with a slipper clutch, a ride-by-wire throttle and a TFT screen with connectivity to your smart phone. The lighting is an all-LED affair on both ends and there is even a conversion kit that the dealer can fit to make the Trident A2 licence-compatible for those of us in our first bloom of youth.

It’s the noise from the triple that does it for me. The motor is so incredibly rewarding to ride it’s almost addictive. The new chassis makes it extremely easy to steer and there wasn’t anywhere that I felt this was going to get out of shape in any way. It really is that easy to ride.

For those of us who have done the ‘big bike’ thing, the Trident reminds us not just what’s so good about riding a triple, but what’s so good about riding a motorbike.

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The Trident 660 comes with a TFT display

The Trident 660 comes with a TFT display

The Trident 660 comes with a TFT display

The people at Triumph are incredibly proud of what they do and the fact that they are British. To this end, they use their national flag as a brand. On the Trident featured, it’s quite proudly displayed on either side of the tank. If this isn’t to your taste, then fear not – there are three other colours available.

Meanwhile, you can make it your own thanks to the company having a collection of 45 dedicated accessories for the Trident.

Give Declan at the Triumph store in Dublin a call on 014642211 and start livin’ the dream from only €9,995.

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Tech spec: Trimph Trident 660

Engine: Six-speed, liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, inline 660cc three-cylinder

Power: 80bhp (A2 restriction 46bhp, or 35kW

Brakes: Nissin two-piston sliding calipers on the front. Nissin single-piston sliding caliper on the rear. ABS all round

Tech and features: Traction control, power modes, slipper clutch, ride-by-wire throttle, multi-function instruments with colour TFT screen

Seat height: 805mm

Weight: 189kg wet

Tank: 14 litres 

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