Triumph reveal the new Trident

And it's a 660cc middleweight triple starting at £7,195 and available from Spring next year. Triumph have made this more of an online reveal due to the restrictions in place because of the Coronavirus situation. Triumph are hoping to attract sales away from other manufacturers popular streetfighter models.

The machine develops 80 bhp, 64 Nm, and has a 10,000 mile service interval. The engine is a Euro5 compliant lump that has been derived from the original Daytona 675 and made to be A2 licence compliant. It has some impressive technology for such a low-priced machine - slip assist clutch, ride-by-wire with traction control, Showa 41mm upside-down forks, twin front disc brakes, TFT display, and all LED lighting. However despite the marketing push being all about the technology, all we can see is technology already on other machines - nothing new and nothing exciting and only two rider modes.

The seat height is good at 805mm, but that is still taller than the Street Twin's 760mm. The wheelbase is short at 1401mm which means it will turn a lot better in London traffic than the Street Triple, and the rake has been increased to keep the stability. We expect this machine to handle as well as the Street and Speed Triples.

It will come in three colour schemes - Sapphire Black, Matt Jet Black and Silver Ice (£100 extra), and Silver Ice and Diablo Red (£100 extra).

So how does it stack up to the competition? The Yamaha MT-07 is probably it's most popular adversary in sales and at £6,697 it is cheaper. The Trident wins on power but loses out on torque. The Trident's brakes are more capable than the Yamaha's. Dimensions wise they are the same. The Yamaha is also a twin whereas the Trident is a triple which gives a better exhaust note. The main advantage the Trident has is the standard fit technology - which comes back to the marketing again. For just shy of £500 extra you are getting things that don't usually feature on budget machines. Is that going to be enough for the Trident to take a big enough slice of the market?

Triumph's web site wasn't able to cope with the number of people trying to download and watch the various videos and crashed several times. Although this was acceptable several years ago, with the wide-spread availability of Cloud services and the speed at which they can be ramped up to serve demand (and down when that demand subsides) these days it shows short-sightedness.