2021 Triumph Trident Begins Final Testing

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung
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We’re fast approaching the season for new motorcycle launches, which usually means its prime time for spy photographs of test bikes dressed in camouflage getting their final shakedowns before being signed off for production. Whether you believe most spy photos are legitimate or carefully orchestrated by manufacturers, Triumph has decided to cut out the middleman and release images of its new Trident roadster undergoing final road tests around its headquarters in Hinckley, U.K.

New Triumph Trident Roadster Coming for 2021

Dressed in Triumph’s test livery and sporting its own social media hashtag, the Trident heads out for some fine tuning before its full reveal. The pre-production model looks fairly similar to the prototype, except it’s fully operational and equipped for public roads. That means mirrors, turn signals, foot controls and cabling, all of which were missing on the prototype.

Also new are the license plate holder and rear lighting, which are now confirmed to be found on a tire-hugging mount attached to the swingarm instead of a tail-mounted unit.

2021 triumph trident begins final testing

The test bike also confirms a Showa inverted fork and Nissin calipers (now with actual brake discs) suggested by the prototype. It does appear the fork and front brakes are similar to the components used on the entry-level “S” version of the Street Triple from 2018. That would make sense as Triumph is positioning the Trident as the “competitively priced” entry-point to its three-cylinder roadster lineup.

2021 triumph trident begins final testing

Triumph promises to reveal further details including specifications soon, with production models heading to dealerships in the spring.

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  • Martin collins Martin collins on Sep 30, 2020

    A new entry level Trumpy for the masses. Looks good and will go pretty well with that triple. I'm liking this.

  • Imtoomuch Imtoomuch on Oct 04, 2020

    The parallel twin is the hot new engine (again). Not long ago it was relegated to cheap and “sporty” bikes like the Ninja 250/300 and 650. The number one reason the engine is back is because it’s cheap to make. I’m all for trying one with a 270 degree crank such as this bike. They sound great - like a V-twin. I’d also love to try a 315 degree twin like on the Husky Nuda. That thing sounds angry! Sadly, it never came to the US.