The Triumph Trident 660 has been a runaway success for the British bikemaker in India and rightly so! Since it is the most affordable Triumph, the Trident 660 serves as an entry point in Triumph’s lineage. To build on its success, Triumph has now launched the Tiger Sport 660 in India at an introductory price of INR 8.95 Lakh (ex-showroom).
It might share its platform with the Trident 660 but the Tiger Sport 660 is developed while keeping just one thing in mind – to munch miles on wide-open highways like a hungry maniac.
There’s one thing for sure: the Tiger Sport 660 will turn more heads than the Trident 660. It might have carried forward the Tiger moniker but it doesn’t look like any other feline in Triumph’s lineup like the Tiger 900 or the updated Tiger 1200 for that matter.
The twin LED headlamps up front harken back to the front fascia of the elusive Daytona and if you ask us, that isn’t a bad thing. At all. The half-fairing looks quite proportional as well and doesn’t look like it is an afterthought. However, the rear profile of the Tiger Sport 660 remains virtually unchanged.
What has changed?
To justify its Tiger moniker, Triumph has lent the Tiger Sport 660 some noteworthy touring credentials. Trident 660’s 14-litre fuel tank has been replaced by a redesigned and bigger 17-litre fuel tank. The rider’s cockpit view has been completely overhauled, courtesy of a taller windscreen and a new instrument console.
Seat height has shot up to 835mm from Trident’s 805mm. It now also gets a new 40mm wider handlebar mounted on tall risers. To make the ergonomics more comfortable for long-distance touring, the footpegs are moved further ahead and the pillion seat is roomier than the Trident 660 as well. All these changes have accounted for a 17kg weight increment over the Trident as the Tiger Sport 660 weighs 206kg.
Since Triumph is pegging the Tiger Sport 660 as a sports-tourer, it gets more suspension travel as the company has increased the suspension travel to 150mm at both ends. While the monoshock gets a remote preload adjuster, the Showa 41 mm upside-down front fork is non-adjustable.
What hasn’t changed?
The Tiger Sport 660 retains Trident’s 660 cc inline three-cylinder engine that puts down 79 bhp at 10,250 rpm and 64 Nm at 6,250 rpm. The Tiger Sport 660 also carries forward Trident’s electronics package which includes two riding modes (Road and Rain), switchable traction control, and dual-channel ABS. Since it is still a road-biased proposition, it still rides on 17-inch wheels and Michelin Road 5 tyres.
Braking equipment is also shared between the two bikes as it includes two-piston sliding calipers gripping 310 mm twin front discs, and a single-piston caliper gripping a single 255 mm disc on the rear wheel.