2024 Triumph Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X (launch ride)

Triumph are the latest to release a range of learner legal motorcycles, with the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X designed to wet novice and returning rider’s appetites for the road. They continue the bike maker’s “modern classic” lineage.

In what is somewhat of a utopia for those learning to ride, the array of choice includes new models from Royal Enfield, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki. It’s also apparent Triumph is hoping these bikes will be a gateway drug to their larger bikes.

In some clever marketing, the bike maker has also done a good job of separating these new models from the likes of the Trident 660, Tiger Sport 660, and the soon to be released Daytona 660 (which will be offered in a learner-approved variant).

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While all five are available as LAMS bikes, they don’t overlap in style or function, attracting different buyers, with different future pathways. In the case of the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400 X, both share lots of components, but have unique character and style.

Both are mini versions of Triumph’s larger Speed and Scrambler models. For the Australian media launch, we headed to Melbourne (where it was even sunny), with our test loop setting off from Collingwood before heading for the hills.

2024 Triumph Speed 400
2024 Triumph Speed 400

That allowed for a little inner city commuting, as well as being able to stretch the bike’s legs on some nice twisty country roads. Despite some initial keenness for the Scrambler 400 X (given our time with the 1200), it was the Speed 400 that attracted our attention.

Draped in Caspian Blue and Storm Grey, its styling is unmistakably Triumph, and looks great. The bike doesn’t feel small or tiny either, despite yours truly being a strapping lad, and nor does it feel intimidating.

It ticks all the boxes ergonomically too, with an upright and relaxed riding position that’s very manageable. A 790mm seat height and well positioned foot pegs make it easy to ride, and the controls are both uncluttered and uncomplicated.

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

A fully functioning fuel gauge and gear indicator is a nice plus in a space where most other brands come sans both. On the road, Triumph’s Speed 400 doesn’t disappoint; the 398cc power plant works well pretty much everywhere you might take it.

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X

The engine features a DOHC cylinder head, and a crankshaft that has been perfectly weighted and balanced to optimise inertia for low-speed rideability. Producing close to 30kW of power and 37.5Nm of torque, it delivers a broad power band across the rev range.

The six speed box works well too, although could do with slightly longer gearing down low. The wet, multi-plate, slipper clutch is super soft and makes changing gears and pulling away from a stationary stop a breeze. Again, that’s a massive tick for novice riders.

Stopping power comes from a 300mm fixed disc with four-piston radial calliper setup on the front of the bike, and a 230mm fixed disc with a floating calliper on the rear. Both feature ABS. The pike is shod in Pirelli Rosso 3 tyres.

A 43mm upside down Big Piston fork features up front, allowing 140mm of wheel travel (on a 17-inch front wheel), while the rear sports a gas mono-shock RSU with external reservoir and pre-load adjustment for 130mm of travel.

The combination works exceptionally well in moving the 170kg Triumph Speed 400 through the urban jungle or when you’re flinging the bike through some twisty bends, doing an outstanding job of soaking up bumps and uneven surfaces.

2024 Triumph Speed 400
2024 Triumph Speed 400

After a decent amount of riding time, we were left very impressed. From there, it was time for some lunch, before jumping aboard the Scrambler 400 X to put in another 100km or so and see how it stacked up.

Our new steed came in Phantom Black and Silver Ice, and much like the Speed 400, was immediately impressive in terms of fit and finish. $1,000 dearer than its sibling, the Scrambler 400 X runs the same engine, gearbox and clutch.

It does have its own unique exhaust note though, which offers a beefier burble through its upswept twin pipes, along with 901mm wide handlebars, a slightly higher 835mm seat height and extended wheel base. The latter adds to its off road prowess.

Both bikes feature 13-litres of fuel storage with the only difference being the graphic on tank itself. The electronics carryover from the Speed 400, as does the LCD screen and speedo. What is improved though is the suspension clearance, with well specified all-terrain tyres another nice addition.

In the case of the Scrambler 400 X you’ll find a 43mm upside down Big Piston fork with 150mm of wheel travel for the 19-inch front wheel. On the rear is a gas mono-shock RSU with external reservoir and pre-load adjustment for 150mm of travel (17-inch wheel).

2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X
2024 Triumph Scrambler 400 X

Metzler Karoo 3 tyres are standard on the Scrambler 400 X, offering better traction across multiple terrains. With our riding done, we headed back to the hotel for the official unveiling, pondering which one we liked more, a decision we left up in the air.

That’s because it really was difficult to choose, and we reckon leaner riders will make the call. Built in India, the build quality of both bikes is outstanding, and difficult to fault. While longevity is difficult to know just yet, what we saw in 200km was impressive.

With Triumph engineers overseeing the entire production process, we have high expectations. The 2024 Triumph Speed 400 will be priced from $8,990 ride away and is available in three colours.

These include Carnival Red/Storm Grey, Caspian Blue/Storm Grey and Phantom Black/Storm Grey. It comes with a 2-year unlimited kilometre warranty. The Scrambler 400 X will be priced from $9,990 ride away.

It comes in Carnival Red/Phantom Black, Matt Khaki Green/Fusion White and Phantom Black/Silver Ice, and the same warranty. Both bikes are available at local Triumph dealerships, and you can find out more on the Triumph Australia website.

2024 Triumph Speed 400
2024 Triumph Speed 400

Our test bikes were provided by Triumph Australia as part of an Australia/New Zealand media launch.  Pictures courtesy of Dean Walters Photography.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for 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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