Bajaj Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X: A Dynamic Duo Unveiled in London

Triumph Motorcycles, the largest UK-owned motorcycle manufacturer, has joined forces with Bajaj to introduce their latest offerings: the Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X. This unveiling in London signifies the beginning of an exciting partnership between Triumph and Bajaj, with the motorcycles being manufactured in India. The Speed 400 draws inspiration from the popular Speed Twin 900, previously known as the Street Twin, while the Scrambler 400 X takes design cues from the Scrambler 900.

One of the notable features of these new bikes is the introduction of a hybrid spine/perimeter frame made of tubular steel. While the engine remains the same for both models, there are significant differences in the chassis department. Each bike benefits from a dedicated chassis and suspension setup, according to Triumph. The Speed 400 comes with 17-inch wheels on both ends, wrapped in premium and sporty Metzeler Sportec M9RR rubber. On the other hand, the Scrambler 400 X features a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel, both made of alloy and fitted with Metzeler Karoo Street tires.

In terms of suspension, both motorcycles share a similar format, featuring a 43mm big-piston fork and a monoshock. However, the Scrambler offers slightly more suspension travel, with 150mm at each end compared to the Speed’s 140mm front and 130mm rear travel. Additionally, there are slight differences in the braking systems, with the Scrambler boasting a larger 320mm front disc compared to the Speed’s 300mm unit. The Scrambler’s weight of 179kg makes it slightly heavier than the Speed’s 170kg kerb weight. Consequently, the Scrambler’s taller stance and longer suspension travel provide a higher seat height of 835mm, while the Speed offers a more accessible 790mm seat height.

Both the Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X come equipped with an array of features. Standard equipment includes 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 instrument panel features a large analog speedometer accompanied by a small LCD screen, providing a digital tachometer, gear position indicator, trip data, and fuel gauge. Notably, the display also features a symbol for heated grips, suggesting a potential optional accessory. In the case of the Scrambler, Triumph has stated that the dual-channel ABS is switchable for off-road use.

Powering these bikes is the revolutionary TR-series engine, a brand-new single-cylinder powerplant developed by Triumph. This liquid-cooled engine features DOHC architecture and boasts a displacement of 398cc. With an output of 40hp at 8000rpm and 37.5Nm of torque at 6500rpm, the Triumph motorcycles are poised to compete with KTM’s 390 lineup in terms of power and torque.

Interestingly, the British bikes achieve their peak figures earlier in the rev range. Both motorcycles are equipped with a 6-speed gearbox. Despite the presence of liquid cooling, the engine retains a touch of classic styling with cooling fins featuring a refined machined finish. The overall appearance of the engine resembles Triumph’s larger modern classic models, accentuated by the triangular engine cover on the right side.

On July 5th, the Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X will be officially unveiled in India, alongside their pricing details. The Speed 400 is expected to cost around Rs 3 lakh (ex-showroom), while theScrambler 400 X will be priced higher. These new offerings from Bajaj Triumph are set to make a strong statement in the Indian motorcycle market, catering to riders who seek a blend of performance, style, and affordability. With their impressive features, dedicated chassis, and powerful engines, the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X are sure to attract motorcycle enthusiasts looking for an exhilarating riding experience.

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