Triumph Trident 660 vs Honda CB650R: Photo Comparison
Apart from the massive price gap, how different are the two middleweights?
After much anticipation, Triumph has finally launched its most affordable motorcycle, the Trident 660, in India. However, it’s not the only naked bike currently available in the middleweight section. We also have the Trident’s foe in the form of the Honda CB650R. While we’re yet to conduct a real-world comparison of both the bikes, let’s stack up both the bikes visually for now and see what’s what.
Triumph has equipped the Trident 660 with LED lights overall. The Honda CB650R too uses an LED headlight with DRLs as well LED turn indicators and an LED taillight.
The Triumph Trident 660 gets a circular TFT-LCD instrument cluster. Riders can pair their smartphone with the bike, which will enable functions like turn-by-turn navigation, phone call/ music control and GoPro control. The Honda CB650R gets an LCD digital instrument console featuring two trip meters and information such as fuel gauge and average fuel consumption, a clock, and gear position and shift indicator. No connectivity feature available on the CB650R.
Powering the Trident 660 is a BS6-compliant liquid-cooled 660cc inline three-cylinder engine that makes 81PS and 64Nm, mated to a 6-speed transmission with a slip and assist clutch. Triumph also offers an optional bi-directional quick shifter. The CB650R on the other hand uses a liquid-cooled 649cc inline-four motor that makes 87PS and 57.5Nm. It’s mated to a 6-speed transmission with a slip and assist clutch.
For rider aids, the Trident 660 gets two rider modes: Road and Rain, traction control and switchable dual-channel ABS. Honda has equipped the CB650R with switchable Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSTC). It also gets Honda's ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) technology to automatically activate the hazard lights in case of sudden braking, and an Ignition Security System (HISS), Honda-speak for an anti-theft system.
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The Triumph Trident 660 is suspended on Showa 41mm inverted separate function fork and a linked rear monoshock, both with preload adjustability. The Honda CB650R also uses 41mm Showa separate inverted fork and a pro-link monoshock.
Braking hardware on the Trident 660 comprises twin 310mm front discs with sliding Nissin callipers up front and a 255mm disc at the rear. The Honda CB650R sheds speed with dual 310mm front discs using Nissin callipers and a 240mm rear unit.
The Trident 660 weighs in at 189kg whereas the CB650R tips the scale at 206kg. The British naked can hold up to 14-litres of fuel whereas the Honda gets a larger 15.4-litre fuel tank.
Triumph has wrapped the Trident’s 17-inch cast aluminium wheels with Michelin Road 5 tyres. The Honda CB650R also sits on 17-inch alloys wrapped in Metzeler rubber.
Lastly, Triumph has priced the Trident 660 at Rs 6,95,000 while the Honda CB650R retails at a hefty Rs 8,67,000.
*All prices ex-showroom Delhi