Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400X

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Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400X

Triumph Speed 400 and its sister Scrambler 400X have just been revealed in India. This happened right after Harley-Davidson revealed its X440. The Asian market is on fire!

The project

In August 2017, Triumph Motorcycles tied up with Indian two-wheeler giant Bajaj to build small to mid-capacity motorcycles for emerging markets. Yesterday, after six years of hard work, the first two products of this joint venture were unveiled in Indian: the Triumph Speed 400 and the Triumph Scrambler 400X.

Both bikes, designed by Triumph, will be built by Bajaj at their Chakan plant near Pune. Triumph has big expectations for these two motorcycles considering they are meant to bring in, relatively, huge numbers: the British company, which only has a handful of showrooms across India, plans to expand to 80 showrooms by the end of the year to handle a demand that starts from 400 motorcycles.

Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400X

These two motorcycles have a lot in common. They will both be powered by a 398 cc, four valve, liquid cooled, dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) single-cylinder engine that puts out 40 HP of peak power at 8,000 RPM and 37.5 NM of peak torque at 6,500 RPM. The engine is paired with a six-speed gearbox which will allow for an incredible fuel economy: Triumph Motorcycle claims 80 miles per gallon or about 28 kilometres per liter.

Of course, both motorcycles have been built keeping in mind beginner to intermediate riders and have friendly ergonomics: the low seat height and the low weight are a pretty good example.

The Triumph Speed 400 comes with 17 inch alloy wheels at both ends, with a 110/70 section front tyre and 150/70 rear. The seat height is set at an accessible 790 mm while the ready-to-ride weight is just 176 kg.

The Scrambler, on the other hand, is slightly beefier – weights 185kg – and has a little more suspension travel than the Speed 400; also the seat height – which is in line with most scrambler-style motorcycles on the market – is slightly higher too: 835 mm.

Our thoughts on the Triumph Speed 400 and the Scrambler 400X

With these two motorcycles Triumph is aiming at a slice of the market that now is ruled by Royal Enfield in India. The Royal Enfield 350 cc motorcycles are the highest selling mid-capacity bikes in the country, and by a fair margin.

Competition is getting stiff in the Asian market and the new Harley Davidson X440 looks like it’s trying to steal the market. Was it a good move to drop the new bikes right after HD, or was it a smart move? Only the market will tell. What I am curious to see is that the baby Triumphs will be sold in the EU market as well. Would you test it?

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