Triumph Scrambler 400 X

Triumph’s entry into the Indian market with the Speed 400 made waves, creating a significant buzz around its sibling, the Scrambler 400 X. Both bikes are products of the partnership between Triumph and Bajaj Auto, which was formally announced five years ago. While the initial reception of the Speed 400 was positive, the question remains: does the Scrambler 400 X live up to the hype, or is it merely a cosmetic variant of its predecessor? 

Triumph Scrambler 400 X Cosmetic Tweaks: A Deeper Look 

On the surface, the Scrambler 400 X appears nearly identical to the Speed 400. However, closer inspection reveals some differentiating features. These include a headlight grille, conventional mirrors, knuckle guards, a bash plate, an altered exhaust system, and a larger front wheel.

Triumph Scrambler 400 X Design: A Blend Of New And Old?

The Scrambler 400 X shares many design elements with Speed 400, such as the headlamp, fuel tank, switchgear, instrument cluster, and tail lamp. 

While the Khaki Green paint shade sets it apart, the build quality, welds, switchgear, and overall attention to detail are commendable. Triumph has taken extra steps to enhance the bike’s road presence with a taller stature, dual-barrel exhaust, and a selection of standard accessories like LED turn indicators, a quilted seat, windscreen, mudguard extension, and various touring accessories. It’s worth noting that most of these accessories are also compatible with the Speed 400.

Triumph Scrambler 400 X Ergonomics: Mixed Comfort and Height Challenges

In addition to the cosmetic changes, Triumph has tweaked the ergonomics. Forward-set foot pegs with added rubber padding and a wider, taller handlebar with a brace pad provide a more upright riding posture. 

While this enhances comfort for both touring and daily commuting, it comes at the expense of an increased seat height of 835 mm, which may prove problematic for shorter riders.

Features: Scrambler 400 X

The Scrambler 400 X comes equipped with desirable features, including traction control, dual-channel ABS, and an off-road mode. However, operating these features may not be as intuitive as riders would hope. 

The bike features an analogue speedometer with a digital display, featuring a vertical tachometer, gear position indicator, twin trip meters, odometer, average fuel economy, and distance-to-empty information. The absence of Bluetooth connectivity may disappoint some.

Triumph Scrambler 400 X Performance

Sharing its engine with the Speed 400, the Scrambler 400 X is powered by a 398.15 cc liquid-cooled unit producing 39.5 bhp and 37.5 Nm of torque. 

Triumph claims that the engine has been retuned for improved engine braking, especially beneficial on off-road terrains.

The power delivery is smooth and linear, with 30 Nm of torque available from just 3,000 rpm. However, vibrations begin to creep in beyond 5,000 rpm, causing discomfort in the footpegs and handlebar.

Ride and Handling: Triumph Scrambler 400 X

The Scrambler 400 X truly shines in terms of its ride and handling. It navigates corners adeptly, adhering to the rider’s chosen lines. 

The tyres perform well, with a front measuring 100/90 and a rear at 140/80. The suspension has been upgraded, offering more travel, making it a suitable choice for Indian roads. However, there’s room for improvement in the suspension adjustment options.

Triumph Scrambler 400 X Brakes: Progressive But Could Be Sharper

The Scrambler 400 X is equipped with a larger 320 mm front disc brake, while the rear brake remains the same. The front brake’s bite is progressive rather than sharp, primarily due to the use of non-sintered brake pads. 

While this decision may enhance safety off-road, it falls short of delivering the sharp bite found in the Speed 400. The dual-channel ABS and traction control, though, perform admirably without being intrusive.

Triumph Scrambler 400 X Verdict

At ₹2.63 lakh ex-showroom, the Scrambler 400 X is ₹30,000 costlier than the Speed 400. It offers enhanced ergonomics, superior suspension, and rider-friendly features. 

If you’re eyeing this bike for touring, it’s a worthy consideration. However, the heightened seat height may pose challenges for shorter riders. 

While the engine delivers, it comes with vibrations at higher revs. The Scrambler 400 X is a step up for those currently on 150-200 cc motorcycles, but it’s not without its quirks.

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