Best Value Motorcycle of 2021

Best Value Motorcycle of 2021: Triumph Trident 660

Being the penny tongs that we are, we love value for money when we see one, and the Triumph Trident 660 is definitely a smart choice for those looking to get what they pay for. Let’s take the price of $ 8,095 out of the equation for a moment. The Trident 660 is a good bike that we would expect to pay a few thousand more for. Starting with this nice three-cylinder engine, we were initially disappointed (and a little confused) to hear that its displacement had come down to 660cc compared to the 675cc which started its life as in the Triple Street and Daytona, but once you use it it all starts to make sense.

It might be a little smaller, but it still offers just as much fun as its big siblings. And then, of course, there’s the sound. The awesome Triple Whine is still so cool on the Trident 660. It’s also surprising how well it spins, handles and stops too. Add to that a basic electronics set that seems well suited for its purpose, and it’s no wonder John liked it after his first round. It’s also a little surprising to rethink its first place in our middleweight naked bike test, but consider the quality of the set – then bring its price down below $ 8,100 – and yes, well done to Triumph for hitting out of trouble in the Value department.

2021 Best Value Motorcycle Finalist: KTM 890 Duke

KTM really blocked the 890 Duke R when it first came out and paid little attention to the non-R version when it came out a year later and replaced the 790. We got that – you want to do your best. But do you really need the best Brembo fork and the best Brembo brakes? The 890 Duke – without R – says no. And we agree.

Before getting to the heart of the matter, a little note: this second place should have been occupied by the Yamaha MT-09 SP. However, if you remember, one of our rules is that at least one member of the MO the team must have ridden the bike before the selection process begins. Unfortunately for Yamaha, we did not get a bike in time. Fear not, he is now in contention for the 2022 honors, where he probably has a solid chance to do very well.

But back to the KTM. After mounting it during our 900cc-ish midweight bare bike test, he brought out all the good emotions in us. The 890 engine was an absolute pleasure to drive, its quickshifter (a problem on early 890 Duke R models) worked flawlessly, and the typical aggressive stance we learned from KTM shone bright. So much so that we barely missed the premium WP fork and Brembo calipers. And at $ 10,999 as of this writing, that’s not a lot of change to spend on a bike that can crack down on things costing a lot more. This seems to us to be the definition of value.



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