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[] - 2025 Triumph Trident Triple Tribute First Look

For the 2025 model year, Triumph’s middleweight streetbike gets a fetching tribute livery, a quickshifter, a fly screen, and a bellypan.

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The 2025 Triumph Trident Triple Tribute. (Triumph/)When Triumph released the new Trident for 2021, it revived one of the most famous model names in its history. To pay more respect to its glorious past, Triumph is now releasing a special-edition Trident that pays homage to Slippery Sam, the works production-racer T150 Trident that claimed five consecutive production-class victories at the Isle of Man TT from 1971–1975.

The 2025 Triumph Trident Triple Tribute features a Slippery Sam–inspired white, blue, and red color scheme, in addition to a bellypan, color-matched fly screen, and a bidirectional quickshifter as standard. The Trident Triple Tribute will be produced for one year only. At $8,595, it’s—amazingly—the same price as the current base model.

The tank covers wear the number 67 in honor of Slippery Sam, Triumph’s historic TT-winning T150 Trident. (Triumph/)We think the color scheme looks mint and is a nice tip of the hat to the most famous Triumph roadracer of all time. One of three works production racers built in 1970, Slippery Sam earned its nickname at the Bol d’Or 24 Hours thanks to a malfunctioning oil pump that coated its rider and tires in the slippery black stuff. A British motorcycle leaking oil in the 1970s was, umm, not exactly unheard of, but Sam’s somewhat dubious nickname would soon become the stuff of legend. In 1971, with the great Tony Jefferies behind the bars, Sam lapped the Snaefell Mountain Course with a best lap average of 98.38 mph, earning its first of five consecutive wins. A rule change after the 1975 TT outlawed models older than five years old, ending Sam’s run, but not its legacy.

A color-matched fly screen sits atop the circular headlight. (Triumph/)Ironically, Slippery Sam’s glory came at the nadir of the British motorcycle industry’s sufferings. Norton Villiers Triumph (NVT), who owned Norton, BSA, and Triumph, was put into receivership at the end of 1975. And just like that, the Trident legacy abruptly ended.

When Hinckley Triumph revived the Trident name, it began to write the missing chapters of a story that ended prematurely. So far, it’s been a great narrative. According to Paul Stroud, Triumph’s chief commercial officer, the Trident 660 has sold more than 35,600 units worldwide since its introduction.

The 660cc triple produces a claimed 81 hp at 10,250 rpm and 47 lb.-ft. of torque at 6,250 rpm. With a 31.7-inch seat height and a claimed wet weight of 417 pounds, the Trident immediately found its lane in the supercompetitive middleweight streetbike category.

The 660cc engine is a shorter-stroke version of the triple that once powered Triumph’s 675 supersport. In this lower-performing application, maintenance intervals are stretched to 10,000 miles. (Triumph/)The Trident uses a tubular steel frame, Showa front fork and Showa monoshock (adjustable for preload), and Nissin-branded brakes to maximize bang for the buck. Cast aluminum 17-inch wheels come wrapped in Michelin Road 5 tires. In terms of electronics, the Trident doesn’t disappoint: ABS, switchable traction control, two ride modes, and an LCD and TFT display help bring an old name into the modern era.

Despite costing under $9,000, Triumph doesn’t skimp on the detailing and fit and finish. (Triumph/)Hinckley Triumph has consistently done a good job of capitalizing on the brand’s history, drawing lines from its storied past to endow its current models with a strong identity. Even for customers who may not be interested in racing history, the Trident Triple Tribute comes with value added. And that paint scheme is sure to stand out on the showroom floor.

The Trident uses a nonadjustable Showa fork and a preload-adjustable shock. (Triumph/)2025 Triumph Trident Triple Tribute Specs

MSRP:$8,595Engine:DOHC, liquid-cooled inline three-cylinder; 12-valveDisplacement:660ccBore x Stroke:74.0 x 51.1mmCompression Ratio:11.95:1Transmission/Final Drive:6-speed/chainFuel Delivery:Fuel injection w/ 38mm throttle bodiesClutch:Wet, multiplate slipper/assist; hydraulic actuationEngine Management/Ignition:N/AFrame:Steel tubular perimeterFront Suspension:41mm Showa inverted fork; 4.7 in. travelRear Suspension:Single shock, spring preload adjustable; 5.3 in. travelFront Brake:2-piston calipers, 310mm discs w/ ABSRear Brake:1-piston caliper, 255mm disc w/ ABSWheels, Front/Rear:Cast alloy; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 5.5 in.Tires, Front/Rear:Michelin Road 5; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17Rake/Trail:24.6°/4.2 in.Wheelbase:55.2 in.Ground Clearance:N/ASeat Height:31.7 in.Fuel Capacity:3.7 gal.Dry Weight:417
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