It’s taken the Triumph Trident Prototype four years to see the light of day, but the look of this learner-oriented bike will influence future Triumph models.
Four years after work began on the development of the Triumph Trident, it was revealed yesterday with the hanky being whipped off at the London Design Museum. The Trident Prototype was developed at Triumph’s HQ in the UK with additional pencil work from Rodolfo Frascoli who is best known for his work with Moto Guzzi.
According to Triumph, “Working with Rodolfo, a passionate Triumph fan who has brought Italian design flair to the Triumph design language – most notably with our latest generation Tiger 900, the team focused on evolving what a contemporary Triumph should be, building on our recognised strengths and design DNA, the character and distinctive original style”.
Steve Sargent. Triumph Chief Product Officer said, “The Trident design prototype marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Triumph, where the brief was all about fun, from the look to the ride. With its pure minimalist form, clean lines, Triumph design DNA and more than a hint of our Speed Triple’s muscular poise, this gives the first exciting glimpse at the full Trident story to come. Ultimately our aim was to bring a new take on character and style, alongside the accessible easy handling and quality Triumph is known for – at a price that’s really competitive”.
Aimed at the learner market, the Trident is a much-loved Triumph model but don’t go thinking this new one is some sort of retro-lovefest. It isn’t. Triumph is carrying on with its triple engine rather than the usual twin setups on other learner bikes to set the Trident apart from competitors. The five-spoke alloys look awesome and the swing arm features a space to mount a rear number plate, keeping the bike looking clean.
Triumph said the new chassis will give “great rider accessibility, comfort and confidence inspiring feel, including a natural upright riding position”.
The Triumph Trident will be built in Thailand in Triumph’s factory and full details are expected in September.
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