Triumph’s NEW Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X

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The British firm has revealed two all-new models which are set to join the range later this year.

That’s right. We’ve been talking about it for years, but Triumph has finally revealed its new A2-licence offering. And there’s not one, but two, to choose from.

Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400
Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400

There was speculation that the Hinkley-based firm wouldn’t sell them in the UK, instead focusing on making waves in markets where sub-500cc bikes make up the bulk of sales. But we’re chuffed to here that we’re going to have access to the two funky, retro-styled bikes on British shores.

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They certainly look the part, with the Speed 400 aping Triumph’s massively successful range of Bonnevilles (with the most obvious comparison between its Speed Twin 900 and 1200), and the Scrambler 400 X does much the same (though with design cues from the Scrambler 900 and 1200). There’re a few colours to choose from, too, with the Speed 400 available in Carnival Red, Caspian Blue and Phantom Black, and the Scrambler 400 X coming in either Matt Khaki Green and Fusion White, Carnival Red and Phantom Black, or Phantom Black and Silver Ice.

But the big news is that Triumph’s developed an all-new fuel-injected, liquid-cooled 398cc single-cylinder engine to power them. It’s not the most ground-breaking thing in the world, but it should offer all that’s needed to help the two new bikes stand up to the competition. Talking numbers, it kicks out 39.4bhp and offers 27.6lb-ft of peak torque.

Both models also benefit from their own model-specific chassis set up, with a new frame, bolt-on rear subframe and cast-aluminium swingarm paired with suspension set ups tailored to each. More specifically, the Speed 400 features 43mm big-piston upside-down front forks, a mono-shock rear suspension unit with external reservoir, lightweight 17-inch wheels and roadster-specific geometry. In turn, the Scrambler 400 X offers a slightly longer wheelbase, longer travel suspension, a larger 19-inch front wheel and wider handlebars. There’s also a larger cast steel brake pedal and high-grip foot pegs, which are positioned lower and wider (to help make it more comfortable for riders who fancy getting up on the pegs and hitting the rough stuff).

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There’re also plenty of mod cons on both bikes, including ride-by-wire throttles, Traction Control, dual-channel ABS (which is switchable on Scrambler 400 X), and a torque-assist clutch. Not bad for a pair of more budget-focused bikes.

Well, that’s what we’re assuming there are – because Triumph’s actually not announced the prices yet. All it has said is that they’ll be ‘competitively priced’. We shouldn’t have to wait too much longer to find out though, as both models will launch in India starting soon (before going on sale here at the end of the year).

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