The Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X are the first motorcycles to emerge from Triumph’s partnership with Bajaj and will be manufactured in India.
Let’s go over the key details:
- Engine: Both bikes are powered by a new 398cc liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine. This engine, called the TR-series engine by Triumph, features DOHC architecture. It produces an output of 40hp at 8000rpm and 37.5Nm of torque at 6500rpm. The power and torque figures are comparable to KTM’s 390 lineups, but the Triumph bikes achieve peak figures earlier in the rev range. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
- Chassis: Triumph has employed a hybrid spine/perimeter frame built from tubular steel for these motorcycles. While the engines are the same, each bike has a dedicated chassis and suspension setup. The Speed 400 has 17-inch wheels, while the Scrambler 400 X has a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel. The Speed 400 uses Metzeler Sportec M9RR tires, while the Scrambler 400 X is equipped with Metzeler Karoo Street tires. The Scrambler has slightly more suspension travel than the Speed, and the braking system also differs slightly, with the Scrambler featuring a more prominent front disc.
- Features: Triumph has included several features in these bikes. Both models come with all-LED lighting, ride-by-wire, switchable traction control, dual-channel ABS, an immobilizer, an assist clutch, a USB-C charging port, and semi-digital instrumentation. The instrumentation consists of a large analogue tachometer with an LCD screen displaying a digital tachometer, gear position indicator, trip data, and fuel gauge. The Scrambler also has switchable dual-channel ABS for off-road use.
- Launch and Price: The official launch and price announcement for the Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X in India will occur on July 5th. Considering the specifications and equipment offered, as well as Triumph’s brand value, the Speed 400 is expected to be priced around Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom), with the Scrambler 400 X likely to be priced slightly higher.
Here are some potential pros and cons of the Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X:
- Performance: The bikes feature a 398cc engine with 40hp and 37.5Nm of torque, providing a good balance of power for their respective categories. They offer a sporty and engaging riding experience.
- Styling: Drawing inspiration from their larger counterparts, the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X boast attractive design cues that align with Triumph’s modern classic models. The aesthetic appeal will likely appeal to riders who appreciate the brand’s heritage.
- Features: Both motorcycles have modern features such as all-LED lighting, ride-by-wire, switchable traction control, dual-channel ABS, and semi-digital instrumentation. These features enhance convenience, safety, and overall riding experience.
- Brand Value: Triumph has established itself as a reputable motorcycle manufacturer known for its quality, craftsmanship, and heritage. Owning a Triumph bike carries a certain prestige and brand appeal.
- Partnership with Bajaj: Triumph’s partnership with Bajaj has allowed for the production of these bikes in India, potentially resulting in a more competitive pricing strategy and accessibility for customers.
- Limited Engine Options: The Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X only have a 398cc single-cylinder engine. This may limit the options for riders seeking different engine configurations or power outputs.
- Competition: The 400cc segment is highly competitive, with several established players offering similar bikes. Triumph will need to ensure that its offerings stand out in terms of performance, features, and pricing to compete in this crowded market effectively.
- Weight: The Scrambler 400 X is slightly heavier than the Speed 400, which may affect manoeuvrability, especially for off-road or agile riding. Riders seeking lightweight motorcycles may find the weight of these bikes to be a drawback.
- Pricing: While the official price hasn’t been announced yet, Triumph motorcycles generally tend to be priced at a premium. The expected price range of around Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom) may deter price-conscious buyers looking for more affordable options.
- Limited Off-Road Capability: Although the Scrambler 400 X carries the “Scrambler” name, its off-road capabilities might be limited compared to more dedicated off-road motorcycles. The focus of these bikes appears to be more on-road performance and styling.
The Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X bring exciting prospects to the motorcycle market. With their powerful 398cc engines, attractive styling, and modern features, they aim to cater to riders who appreciate performance, aesthetics, and the heritage of the Triumph brand.
The partnership between Triumph and Bajaj allows for local production in India, potentially resulting in competitive pricing and increased accessibility for customers. However, it’s worth considering the limited engine options and the weight of the bikes, especially in the case of the Scrambler 400 X, might impact certain aspects of the riding experience.
Triumph’s reputation for quality and brand value adds to the appeal of these motorcycles. The official launch and pricing announcement will provide a clearer understanding of their value proposition.