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OFFICIAL: Triumph Trident in the final testing phase

Check out these official pictures of the new Triumph Trident undergoing final testing at the Triumph factory

JUST a month after the official unveiling of the new bike, Triumph has posted some more revealing images of the new Trident roadster undergoing final testing.

The official launch pictures of the bike were a teasing affair. True enough, they did show a Trident on stage, albeit in heavily disguised form and painted in a matt white finish. The idea was to give us an idea of the machine’s form, without disclosing too much detail relating to the construction and design of the bike.

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But we haven’t had to wait long for a more illuminating idea of how the bike will look, as hot on the heels of the reveal are these images. They show the machine undergoing what Triumph claim is final testing. The images of the bike are clearly taken at the Triumph factory and HQ at Hinckley, although its likely that the bulk of the testing program has taken place at a more secure location and away from prying eyes. The images do though show the Trident being ridden and without any of the dazzling white paintwork of before.

That’s not to say though that the bike is in full production form, as Triumph has done its best to withhold some of the motorcycle’s finer details from us. The tank, swingarm, and bodywork have all been covered in a kind of Triumph-branded dazzle camo. It does though give us the clearest indication yet of the bike’s final form though, and the early signs are very promising.

The bike is being pitched as a new, competitively priced entry point into the range of triple-powered roadsters. But, nothing about the bike seems to be budget or low-spec. in fact, it all looks rather good. The bike doesn’t carry the Brembo stoppers of the more illustrious models in the naked Triumph range, instead preferring to wear Nissin items, similar to those found on the Street Triple S. The rear caliper is also a Nissin caliper, unlike the rest of the roadsters that feature a Brembo stopper.

It’s tricky to tell which forks and shock the Trident is employing, although as the Street Triple S (Triumph’s current entry point into the range) wearing Showa front and rear, we wouldn’t bet against a similar setup on this bike.

The Trident is also claimed to come equipped with ‘Class-leading technology as standard’, and we can have a bit of a guess as to the form this could take. The bike in the pictures looks to be fitted with a small, circular tacho that’s mounted on top of the headlight. It’s a fairly thin looking unit, possibly pointing to the machine coming equipped with a new type of TFT dash.

With that in mind, it’s feasible that the new Trident could come equipped with some form of riding modes or switchable power modes. Lean sensitive traction control and ABS would be nice, although as they aren’t seen on some of Triumph’s higher-spec roadtsers, it’s highly unlikely they will be seen on this model.

We won’t have to wait long to find out how accurate our predictions are for this one, Triumph is advising the machine will be in dealerships for Spring 2021. That means a press riding launch should be winging its way to my inbox any day now!

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