Triumph is working on a new model and fans of the brand might recognize the name: Trident. The Trident was first launched in 1968 and sold until 1975. It was also sold as the BSA Rocket 3 at the same time, as the two companies were part of the same group. It was Triumph’s first 3-cylinder, intended to go against the Honda CB750 and Kawasaki Mach III H1.
The new Trident hopes to mark the beginning of a new chapter for Triumph. The Trident took 4 years to develop, by a dedicated team based in Hinckley, Leicestershire, Triumph’s headquarters in the UK. The goal was to deliver a distinctive, dynamic, and attractive new take on Triumph style and attitude.
Besides the work of its design team, the bike received additional styling input from Rodolfo Frascoli. Frascoli is a passionate Triumph fan who has already brought Italian design flair to the Triumph lineup, as seen in the new Tiger 900.
As such, the Trident isn’t just a new model. It will showcase Triumph’s new design language and attitude. Fans of the brand can expect to see elements of the Trident carried over to future models.
That design language is a pure, minimalistic form, with clean lines and uncluttered features that incorporates Triumph’s design DNA. It’s composed of signature tank knee indents and key cues from the iconic Speed Triple’s muscular poise. The Trident is built around a compact powerful Triumph triple engine, with the perfect balance of low down torque and top end power.
Besides design, the Trident also focuses on rider ergonomics, providing a natural upright riding position that is comfortable and confidence-inspiring. An all-new chassis will return an engaged and dynamic ride that is accessible to riders of all levels. The design prototype also integrates digital technology in an elegant and easy to use way.
‘’The Trident design prototype marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Triumph,” said Steve Sargent, Triumph Chief Product Officer, “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’’.
The Trident design prototype was revealed at the London Design Museum. While Triumph has yet to specify when this new Trident will be sold in showrooms, many believe it is scheduled for 2021.