The Indian market is slowly opening up to the middleweight segment of motorcycles, with premium brand’s like Triumph getting ready to launch multiple cylinder motorcycles such as the Trident. While Triumph only commenced bookings for the Trident 660 in India, Honda surprised everyone by launching the CB650R naked roadster in India, which directly competes with the Triumph. Here we pin the Honda CB650R with the Triumph Trident 660 in a technical specification comparison.
Powering the Honda CB650R is a 649cc liquid-cooled in-line four-cylinder 16-valve DOHC motor with a PGM-FI electronic fuel injection that produces 86 Hp of power and 57.5 Nm of torque. The engine comes with a 6-speed gearbox and an assist/slipper clutch that enables a light clutch action as well as prevent the rear wheel from locking up during aggressive downshifts. Powering the Triumph Trident 660 is a 660cc liquid-cooled three-cylinder 12-valve DOHC engine that produces 81 PS of power and 64 Nm of torque. The engine comes with a 6-speed gearbox and a stainless steel 3 into 1 header system with a single-sided stainless steel exhaust pipe.
Chassis, Suspension & Brakes
The Honda CB650R comes with a twin-tube frame that rides on Showa Separate Function-Big Piston (SSF-BP) upside-down front fork suspension, a monoshock on the rear and an optimised swingarm that aids in stability and keeps the centre of gravity low and the mass centralized. The Triumph Trident features a tubular steel perimeter frame that rides on 41mm Showa ‘separate function forks’ (SFF) on the front and a preload-adjustable Showa monoshock. Braking power on the Honda comes from a 310mm dual-disc on the front and a 240mm single disc on the rear with hydraulic brake callipers. The Trident comes with dual 310mm floating discs with Nissin callipers on the front and a single 255mm disc with Nissin single-piston calliper on the rear. Both motorcycles come with dual-channel ABS for safety.
The Honda CB650R comes with features such as LED headlamps, LED indicators and LED taillamps, Honda Ignition Security System (HISS), ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) technology, a digital LCD instrument cluster with speed, RPM, trip meter, gear position, fuel level and fuel consumption, clock, engine temperature, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC) switchable traction control system. The Triumph Trident features LED headlights, LED taillights and self-cancelling LED indicators, Road and Rain riding modes, colour TFT multi-functional instruments cluster with My Triumph Connectivity System accessory module, ride-by-wire technology and adjustable traction control.
The 2021 Honda CB650R comes at the price of INR 8.67 lakh ex-showroom and bookings for the neo-retro sports motorcycle have commenced at all BigWing Topline showrooms across India. Triumph commenced bookings on the Trident 660 with the amount of INR 50,000. The brand is yet to announce the price of the Triumph Trident 660 in India.