All new 2022 TRIUMPH TRIDENT 660 testing in the Country road Brake system test, pillion ride and many more.

All new 2022 TRIUMPH TRIDENT 660 testing in the Country road  Brake system test, pillion ride and many more. 

With the Triumph Trident 660, the British want to stir up the middle class of naked bikes. The top test shows what the chances are and how hot the new one from Hinckley really is. With the Trident, Triumph brings the three-cylinder into a new class. This time in the round about 75 hp class. The perfect occasion for the top test. MOTORRAD top tester Timo prepares the measuring equipment and I use the time to inspect the Triumph Trident 660 more closely. Because Triumph is entering a new class for the brand below the current model range with the bike, I am particularly concerned with one question: What is the catch? Is it possible to get the finish quality you have come to expect from the British for less than 8,000 euros? Although Triumph recently raised the base price by 100 euros, at first glance everything literally seems worth the price.

The coating of the steel frame and swing arm is pleasing, as is the chic paintwork, and there are nice details everywhere on the Triumph Trident 660, such as Triumph logos in the headlights, taillights and fuel filler caps. Even a look under the bench - and now I'm looking almost fanatically - only shows well-sorted and accessible electronics. I could criticize the appearance of foot levers or switch units on the handlebars as not being on top level, but that doesn't look any better on many much more expensive bikes. No catch in sight. In the meantime Timo has packed his suitcase - let's top test.

The Triumph Trident 660 beeps with the ignition switched on. The 660 trident, based on the engine of the Daytona 675, is instantly wide awake at the push of a button. This triumphant whirring, he also has. When the noise level is pleasant - 94 dB when the vehicle is stationary, says the vehicle registration document. He only implements the first bursts of gas with a slight delay. It takes a moment for the ride-by-wire to send the command "Please open" to the servomotor of the throttle valve and for it to process it. Just a cold start peculiarity?

No. The Triumph Trident 660 always takes this short pause for thought when applying the throttle from overrun, this is clear after the first roll-up. What happens then, however, makes up for this bad habit to some extent. Without any load change reactions, the motor goes over to increasing the speed. Both in rain and road mode - you don't get two driving modes often in this class - absolutely jerk-free. And then pushes really hard forwards from low speeds. How was that again, four-cylinder quiet with two-cylinder pressure? Mission completed. The driver immediately feels the torque promised by Triumph for the long-stroke 660, especially in the road setup.

Those three whirring peaks are definitely not blunt. When switched to Rain you have to turn the tap a lot further, the engine feels more narrow-chested. How this feeling comes about is revealed when looking at the performance curves in the two modes: They are exactly the same. So it is the progression of the throttle that generates an almost massive acceleration in the road set-up. The Triumph Trident 660 feels stronger than the pulling power that Timo determines would suggest. You could also say: the trident is sharpened by the electronics at the bottom.

Its power development gets many points, surfing on a wide torque wave, the power increases linearly until the limiter intervenes at just over 10,000 rpm. This happens quite often at the beginning when you lose sight of the rev counter, because there is no performance plateau that announces the approaching rev limit. But the hearing soon saved when the hand had to grip the tight clutch lever and the foot had to shift into the next gear in the not excessively fluffy, but beautifully precise gearbox. It would also work without manual labor if the optional quickshifter were installed. However, it is noticeable that the clutch is not quite as smooth as it is with some of its competitors.

This is how the Triumph Trident 660 brakes

The Triumph Trident 660 continues with the brake measurement. Good news: The Nissin floating saddles not only look high-quality, but also bite firmly and easily dosed into the 310 millimeter discs. The threshold at which the ABS intervenes does not come too early and not too late, but the regulation itself is rather of the crude kind. With a noticeable pulsation in the hand lever, the system sometimes opens the brake for a long time and lets the front wheel stutter, which is noticeable in the measurement. As you can see in the picture, the rear wheel climbs downhill for two. Then the right hand reflexively releases the brake pressure in front of the electronics.

The picture also shows something positive in the spectacular: Take a look at the fork of the Triumph Trident 660. Squeezed together by two men, it shows no tendency to bottom out and, thanks to its tight damping, creates a sporty, direct connection to the front wheel on its own, does not work insensitive and guides the Trident safely even on rough terrain. The strut is a little more difficult. Also attenuated tightly, it builds up little progression. In two-person operation, it quickly rushes hard on the emergency rubber buffer. The only thing that helps is strong tension. Over successive waves, the tight rebound damping prevents the two from rapid rebound, and the Triumph Trident 660 tramples in the uncomfortable area. Blasphemers may note that there is a passenger on the little, although well-padded seat cushions won't last that long anyway. Instead, realists are happy that things look much better unloaded. With a driver's weight of 85 kilos, the chassis can only be pushed to the limit with a lot of effort.

    Picture : Arturo Riva

Hardly noticeably regulating traction control

So good conditions to finally plunge into the tumult of curves of the now warmed up pass after measuring. The ultimate country road performance test. Narrow bends are followed by further arcs, the asphalt changes from flat to roughly washed out. The Triumph Trident 660 turns neutrally throughout, its pronounced handiness is exceeded by the stability during cornering. Pleasantly upright, but with reference to the front wheel and moderate knee angle, this British woman also likes it really fast. The full leaning feeling known from other Hinckley naked bikes can be found here, even if not quite as pronounced. This character also corresponds to the inconspicuous Michelin series tires, which grip well on any asphalt and build up temperature quickly,

All new 2022 TRIUMPH TRIDENT 660 testing in the Country road  Brake system test, pillion ride and many more. 

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