Triumph Speed 400 Selective First Test

The British motorcycle industry has a long history of cooperation with India and the two-wheeled requirements of the subcontinent, so it is not surprising that the emergence of the new Triumph Speed 400 single-cylinder and its sister model Scrambler 400 X is the result of a partnership between Triumph UK and the Indian manufacturing giant Bajaj Auto. These motorcycles represent the first steps of the brand in the real entry-level market since its resurrection over 40 years ago and are extremely important motorcycles for Triumph. The new Speed 400 was unveiled to the press at the end of June, and now we can take a look at the new 398cc single to get a taste of what the world can expect when it goes on sale in 2024.When I showed the motorcycle for the first time, when it was presented to the press in June, I was immediately impressed. Although we didn’t know the price (and still didn’t know it), we could safely guess that it would compete with the budget-oriented competition that Triumph sees as the BMW G 310 R, KTM 390 Duke and Royal Enfield’s 350 series, but it was hard to see where the corners were cut to make it a player. The new motorcycle is produced in Thailand and Brazil, but it corresponds to the quality of a British triumph.

Another plus is that the Speed 400 was developed from scratch. The parts are not borrowed from existing models, and you will not find his single-cylinder engine in any other bike in India, Thailand or anywhere else. All its components have been specially and newly developed and emphatically declare that the Speed 400 is a full-fledged member of the modern classics of Triumph.

In the heart of the English Cotswolds and under the bright summer sun lies the new Speed 400 from Triumph, a small but significant new machine for Triumph and Bajaj Auto. Now, with the turnkey and a leg thrown on a low 31.1-inch seat, these good impressions from the beginning of June continue. I am greeted by clean, clear watches that have an old-fashioned analog speedometer, a digital tachometer and a large gear position indicator. The details are typical of Triumph-I’m a sucker for a nice, twist-open fuel cap – while the switch is neat and the one-piece seat is as inviting as it looks.

There is also a freshness and familiarity that lovers of the higher-capacity classics of Triumph will appreciate, while the technical data sheet (ABS, traction control, 43 mm fork with large inverted pistons, 17-inch alloy wheels and Metzeler Sportec M9 RR tires) would attract the attention of any bettor looking for a much larger top-of-the-range retro model.

Turn the key, press the start button and the simple barking of 39.5 hp and 398 cc will be pleasantly brought to life. Given the Speed 400’s 5 compliance, I expected its exhaust to sound about as good as a hair dryer, but there’s charisma and energy and its acoustic performance. It’s not loud, but it definitely has charm.