Author: Billy Johnson

New Triumph Scrambler 400 X and Speed 400 announced

Triumph has just released images and specifications of two brand-new models, the Scrambler 400 X and the Speed 400. With eyes on the strong global sales of affordable A2-level motorcycles (think Royal Enfield), Triumph has decided to enter the market with two heritage-inspired models.

Designed in Hinckley and slotting into the brand’s lineup of modern classics, the two bikes will be produced in partnership with Indian company Bajaj Auto, rolling out of the behemoth auto manufacturer’s factories in India as well as Triumph plants in India and Thailand.

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Powered by a new liquid-cooled 398cc single that puts out 39.5bhp, the engine has been designed to be produced at scale but also with reliability in mind, with promising 10,000-mile service intervals and a two-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Brothers from another mother

Looks wise, the Speed and the Scrambler are based on their larger cousins, the Speed Twin and Scrambler 900 and 1200s, and despite their more budget-leaning design, the new bikes still capture the classic Triumph style.

And while the Speed and the Scrambler share the same engine, chassis (including a bolt-on rear subframe), and many parts, the two differ on riding geometry, with different wheel sizes, suspension set-ups, dimensions, and weights.

Both models have USD 43mm front forks, a rear monoshock with adjustable preload, a six-speed transmission, and a torque-assisted clutch for easier shifting.

The Scrambler and the Speed also come equipped with a handy electronic package, including traction control, ride-by-wire throttle, LED lights all round, and an anti-theft immobiliser.

Ready for the dirt

Notably for us, the Scrambler 400 X looks more capable of some light off-road duties, with a bigger 19-inch front wheel, greater suspension travel (150mm front and back), and a 20mm larger front brake disc compared to the Speed 400, as well as switchable ABS.

This does mean the Scrambler 400 X is up 9kgs on the Speed, clocking in at 179kg compared to the Speed’s 170kg, and the seat height is also taller, but still a manageable 835mm compared to 790mm on the Speed.

While it’s a far cry from being a dedicated dirt bike, the Scrambler looks like it will satisfy those who will primarily be doing city miles, with the occasional green lane thrown in.

And depending on the price (which is yet to be announced), it looks set to go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Royal Enfield Himalayan and Scram 411.

Both bikes will be available at the start of 2024, so we’ll have to wait to get our hands on them when to say how they perform.

But with good specs on paper, Triumph looks to be making quite an entry into the beginner market.

Find out more on Triumph’s website here.