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2024 Triumph Speed 400 & Scrambler 400 X Launch Ride

Triumph are the latest motorcycle brand to release their learner legal motorcycles into what is becoming the hottest contested marketplace in Australia, or perhaps the world for that matter.

Triumph’s Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X are designed to wet novice and returning riders appetite for the road with their modern classic lineage whilst still capturing that iconic punk attitude that only a classic Triumph can provide.

We here in the land down under are currently enjoying a utopian era for learner legal accessible motorcycles which are no longer just an entry point until you can pilot your dream ride.

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With Royal Enfield lifting the bar and all the major players including Harley, Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki releasing new learner models has there ever been a better time to learn to ride a motorcycle.

Triumph are marketing these new learner legal motorcycles as a gateway drug for new riders to to begin their journey with Triumph, the brand is hoping to maintain those riders as they increase their love for motorcycles and move to larger capacity motorcycles.

2024 Triumph Speed 400
2024 Triumph Speed 400

Of course there is also a much larger slice of the pie to be had in this small to mid capacity market segment, in India where bikes sales not only dwarf Australia, but coincidently where these new Triumph models are manufactured.

We will touch on the build quality a little further into this review.

Just perhaps the most clever part of this entry point model release from Triumph’s point of view though, is the segregation form the more modern learner legal models the Trident 660 and Tiger Sport 660 and the soon to be released Daytona 660 which is also destined to be released in a learner legal variant.

Although all 5 models are learner legal they do not overlap in style or function, both attracting two very different buyers to the brand with different path ways to larger capacity motorcycles in the Triumph range.

The Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X share a lot of the same componentry but both have very unique characters and are going to suit different purposes for different riders. Both bikes pay homage to the modern classic genre and are mini versions of Triumph’s larger Speed and Scrambler models.

2024 Triumph Speed 400
2024 Triumph Speed 400

Melbourne turned on a beautiful sunny day for the launch of both models with our test loop setting off from Collingwood and allowing us to experience a little inner city commuting before heading for the hills to test the performance of the learner legal models in some nice twisty country roads.

Initially we were most excited to get behind the bars of the new Scrambler X, having spent time and enjoying the Scrambler 1200 previously. Upon greeting the press fleet for the ride, we were immediately drawn to the Speed 400 in Caspian Blue / Storm Grey. The styling was unmistakeably Triumph and the bike looked great.

Climbing aboard the Speed 400 and being a larger human specimen the bike didn’t feel small or tiny like some learner motorcycles can, which is always appreciated by yours truly, however importantly the Speed 400 did not feel intimidating.

Ergonomically the Speed 400 ticks all the boxes a learner motorcycle should and this was proven as we hit the road and started to make our way out of Melbourne metro. The riding position was upright and relaxed with a very manageable seat height of 790mm, the foot pegs were positioned well and the controls were uncluttered and not complicated in anyway.

The speedo is a nice modern affair featuring an Analogue speedometer with integrated multi-function LCD screen which presents all required rider info clearly and simply again reinforcing the user friendliness of this motorcycle for a learner rider.

2024 Triumph Speed 400
2024 Triumph Speed 400

The speedo also features a fully functioning fuel gauge and gear indicator which is a nice plus in a marketplace where others don’t.

On the road Triumph’s Speed 400 doesn’t disappoint, the 398cc power plant works well whether in the city commuting to work, bar hopping or out on the open road.

Power is taken care of by a fuel-injected liquid-cooled 398cc single-cylinder engine with a four-valve, DOHC cylinder head and a crankshaft that has been perfectly weighted and balanced to optimise inertia for low-speed rideability.

Producing close to 30kW and 37.5Nm of torque the Speed 400 delivers a broad power band across the entire rev range. The six speed box works well although if we were being picky maybe slightly longer gearing down low would add a little more user friendliness to this punchy little single cylinder set up.

The Wet, multi-plate, slip clutch is super soft and makes changing gears and pulling away from a stationary stop a breeze, again a massive tick for novice riders. The Speed 400 stops well utilising a 300mm fixed disc with four-piston radial calliper setup on the front of the bike.

2024 Triumph Speed 400
2024 Triumph Speed 400

On the rear a 230mm fixed disc with floating calliper is utilised with both front and rear brakes featuring ABS. Pirelli Rosso 3 tyres are fitted as standard and provide plenty of stickiness to the tarmac.

Suspension wise 43mm upside down Big Piston forks are fitted to the front of the Speed 400 allowing 140mm of wheel travel for the 17 inch front wheel. On the rear a gas mono-shock RSU with external reservoir and pre-load adjustment setup is utilised which allows 130mm of rear wheel travel.

This setup work exceptionally well for moving the 170kgs of Triumph Speed 400 through the urban jungle or flinging the bike through some country roads with suspension soaking up the bumps on uneven surfaces well.

We enjoyed our morning ride on the more road focussed Speed 400 and were left very impressed, after a quick bite to eat, it was time to jump aboard the Scrambler X and put in another 100klms or so and see how it stacked up.

We threw a leg over a Phantom Black/ Silver Ice variant of the Scrambler 400 X and much like the Speed 400 we were immediately impressed with the fit and finish of the bike. Attracting a 1k premium over the Speed 400 we had spent the morning on we were very keen to see how the slight spec differences affected the ride character if at all.

Scrambler 400 X
2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X

It was evident after completing the first 20klms or so that the bikes both had there own unique character and it was simply not a styling exercise to have two different models in the 400 line up.

Both models feature the same single cylinder 398cc engine setup, which utilise the same gear box and clutch, however both make different soundtracks through the different exhaust setups although this does not affect power output figures on the spec sheet or performance of the motor on the road.

The Scrambler 400 X has more of a burble through its upswept twin pipes which is a little more pleasing to the ear then the Speed 400. Both models feature the 13 litre fuel tank with the only difference being the graphic on the tank.

Ergonomically the Scrambler 400 X is also on the money with the 901mm wide handlebars within easy reach, maintaining a nice and relaxed upright position for the rider. The Scrambler 400 X features a slightly higher seat height of 835mm then the Speed 400 with a slightly extended wheel base as well for a little more off road prowess.

The Analogue speedometer with integrated multi-function LCD screen and controls are all carried over from the Speed 400 with the rider friendliness and usability remaining on point for learner riders.

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X

Suspension and tyres are upgraded on The Scrambler 400 X allowing for more versatility to hit off road tracks. 43mm upside down Big Piston forks are fitted to the front of the Scrambler 400 X  allowing an improved 150mm of wheel travel for the 19 inch front wheel.

On the rear a gas mono-shock RSU with external reservoir and pre-load adjustment which allows an increased 150mm of wheel travel for the 17 inch rear wheel. Metzler Karoo 3 tyres are also fitted as standard spec to the Scrambler 400 X.

As we made our way back to the hotel to prepare for the official public launch of the bikes, we couldn’t help but ponder which bike we preferred. Again different bikes with different purposes was the result we kept coming back to, which in the end is really going to dictate which bike punters prefer.

As for the Indian build quality, it could not be faulted. With a lasting memory of looking in our mirrors and seeing a convoy of learner legal Triunph’s with gold forks that looked exactly like their larger capacity siblings,  for us that was a good mark of success.

Of course we will have to wait a period of time to see how these bikes last and will not be able to make comment after a 200klm launch ride, however from what we did experience there was a lot to be impressed about and with the confidence that the Triumph engineers had overseen the entire production process – illustrates the importance of this product to the brand.

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X

The official launch party would see the two new Triumphs introduced to the public over some good food and cold beverages at Rupert on Rupert. Not surprisingly the learner legal motorcycles were received well and it is evident that there will be strong interest and sales for these new models.

The 2024 Speed 400 will be priced from $8,990 ride away and is available in three colours Carnival Red/Storm Grey, Caspian Blue/Storm Grey and Phantom Black/Storm Grey. Price includes a 2 year unlimited kilometre warrant and there is over 20 genuine accessories to individualise your Speed 400 with.

The 2024 Scrambler 400 X will be priced from $9,990 ride away and will be available in three colours also Carnival Red/Phantom Black, Matt Khaki Green/Fusion White and Phantom Black/Silver Ice. Price includes a 2 year unlimited kilometre warranty and there is over 20 genuine accessories to individualise your Scrambler 400 X with.

The 2024 Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X are now in Australian dealerships. For further information you can visit the Triumph Australia website or visit your local Triumph dealer.

Our test bikes were provided by Triumph Australia as part of the ANZ media launch.  Pictures courtesy of Dean Walters Photography.

2024 Triumph Speed 400
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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