Triumph has announced that is reviving the well-known Trident model name in the form of barns-new middleweight roadster.
The prototype was unveiled at the London Design Museum, which the firm says “marks the beginning of a new modern chapter for a legendary name”.
The rather weird-looking all white machine on display didn’t give away too much in terms of detail.
It’s clearly a triple-cylinder engine, which the Triumph bods assure us will have a “torque-rich” performance.
It has been developed as new entry point into the firm’s triple-engined roadster line-up and we are told it will be “competitively priced to deliver get value for a new generation of riders”.
The Trident was conceived and developed by the design team at the Hinckley, Leics, facility, with additional input from Italian Rodolfo Frascoli – the man responsible for the Tiger 900 among many other well-known models.
Triumph assure us the new bike will include “class-leading technology” which it will no doubt need, assuming it is going up against the likes of Yamaha’s MT07, Honda’s CB650R and the Kawasaki Z650.
Chief product officer at Triumph, Steve Sargent, told Mirror Motorcycling: “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.”
The Trident will be properly launched in the coming weeks and will go on sale next spring.
*As previously reported by Mirror Motorcycling, Royal Enfield announced in February that it is to cease manufacture of its 500cc single-cylinder engine this year.
The iconic and much-loved motor has been in use in the Bullet and Classic models since 2008, but has a heritage stretching back to the 1950s.
To mark the occasion, Enfield has launched a special limited-edition Classic “Tribute Black” model.
This comes with a range of exclusively designed accessories, including canvas pannier bags, with mounting racks, touring mirror kits, a pillion seat and a machined oil filler cap.
The bike itself features a unique dual-tone paint scheme, with fenders and fuel tank having both gloss and matt finishes, and with hand-painted pinstripe details.
Each of the 1,000 motorcycles produced will carry a serial-numbered plaque.
Enfield CEO Vinod Dasari told Mirror Motorcycling: “The Classic 500 Tribute Black is an opportunity for aficionados to own a piece of Royal Enfield and motorcycling history.”