The premium motorcycle space in India has expanded with the newly released: Harley-Davidson X440 and Triumph Speed 400. These two latest offerings are a product of collaborations; Hero MotoCorp will produce the new Harley-Davidson X440, while Bajaj Auto will make the Triumph Speed 400 in India. The local manufacturing of these vehicles has led to their reasonable prices in our market. The brand-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle has three variants: Denim, Vivid, and S, priced at Rs 2.29 lakh, Rs 2.49 lakh, and Rs 2.69 lakh, respectively. In contrast, the newest bike from the house of Triumph is available in only one version and comes at a price tag of 2.33 lakh. However, the first 10,000 clients will be able to purchase the Triumph model for Rs. 2.23 lakh. All prices are ex-showroom. As these bikes are new to the premium motorcycle category, let's see how they will fare against each other in terms of engine, features, and other specifications.
Harley-Davidson X440 vs Triumph Speed 400: Engine
The Speed 400 has a 398.15cc, liquid-cooled, 4-valve DOHC engine. Triumph claims that the unit has been adjusted to churn out a peak torque of 37.5Nm at 6,500rpm and a maximum power output of 39.5bhp at 8,000rpm. On the other hand, the brand-new Harley-Davidson X440 uses a 440cc, single-cylinder, air/oil-cooled engine that delivers a peak power output of 27bhp and a maximum torque of 38Nm. However, both motorcycles have a six-speed gearbox for transmission.
Harley-Davidson X440 vs Triumph Speed 400: Hardware
The trellis-frame-based X440 has twin gas-charged, preload-adjustable rear shocks and 43mm upside-down front forks for suspension. On both wheels, single-disc brakes are employed for braking. Aside from having disc brakes on each wheel, the Triumph Speed 400 also has front forks that are mounted upside-down. The Triumph motorcycle has a rear mono-shock, whereas the Harley-Davidson motorbike has twin-sided springs. Further, the higher-spec versions of the X440 roll on alloy wheels, while the base model rides on spoke wheels. The Triumph motorcycle gets 17-inch alloy wheels up front and back, whereas the Harley bike features an 18-inch front and 17-inch rear arrangement.
Harley-Davidson X440 vs Triumph Speed 400: Design
The Triumph Speed 400 comes in three paint combinations: Carnival Red and Phantom Black, Caspian Blue and Storm Grey, as well as, Phantom Black and Storm Grey. The retro style of the Speed 400 is enhanced by the standard Triumph engine profile with its triangle insignia, finned cylinder head, and exhaust header clamps. A step-up seat, a side-slung exhaust, a curved fuel tank with knee recesses, a semi-digital instrument panel, and a circular headlight are additional features of the motorcycle's Speed Twin-inspired design.
The all-new X440 borrows design cues from the XR1200, which includes a streamlined tail section, a single-pod instrument cluster, circular indicators, a flat handlebar, and a round headlight with an integrated Harley-Davidson logo. Mustard Denim, Metallic Thick Red, Metallic Dark Silver, and Matte Black are the four paint schemes for the Harley-Davidson bike. According to the selected variant, there are different paint options.
Harley-Davidson X440 vs Triumph Speed 400: Variants & Features
There is just one fully equipped variant of the Triumph Speed 400. The Harley Davidson X440, on the other hand, comes in three different models: Denim, Vivid, and S. Features-wise, the Triumph Speed 400 has a semi-digital console, whereas the Harley-Davidson X440 has a complete TFT dash with smartphone compatibility. The Triumph bike, however, features traction control, whereas the Harley-Davidson model does not.