The Triumph Speed 400 has taken the Indian automobile industry by storm. The price and quality are unprecedented. You don’t actually see a premium product in the sub-500cc single-cylinder class at such a price. And yet, the Triumph Speed 400 is all of that, a lot more.
But things will never be so easy to come by for the new Triumph motorcycle with the introduction of the Harley-Davidson X440. Both motorcycles were launched around the same time and are in a similar price bracket. And though the X440 comes from a family of cruisers, the similar price and roadster appeal brings it head-to-head with the Speed 400.
If you have been inclined to buy any of these two motorcycles, wait up. Read this review before you make a decision!
Also Read: Harley-Davidson X440 Review (Video Inside)
Triumph Speed 400 vs Harley-Davidson X440
The Triumph Speed 400 street roadster is a treat to look at. The golden-coloured USD forks, dual-tone bodywork, and bar-end mirrors add a sense of muscularity to the way it looks. The round headlamps are wonderfully designed with a Triumph logo right at the center. Indicators are LED units and look impressive. The analogue-digital instrument meter brings a retro charm.
The Harley-Davidson, on the other hand, is more of a power cruiser than a roadster. The design reminds us of the UM Renegade Sports S, minus the headlamp fairing. The front end of the motorcycle is a full-on mean machine to look at, though the rear end (especially things mounted on the subframe) is polarising. The chances of you loving the design is directly proportionate to you loving the way the TVS Ronin looks from behind.
The X440 gets a round all-digital unit, which many people love. However, the motorcycle could have done a lot better with LED indicators.
On paper, the Harley-Davidson X440 is more loaded with features. It has 18-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels compared to the 17s in the Triumph. However, the spoked wheels mean you don’t get tubeless tyres on the base Harley. The front and rear disc brakes of 320 mm and 240 mm in the Harley are bigger than Triumph’s 300 mm and 230 mm.
That said, you will still be more at ease riding the Triumph. You can tuck into the tank better, and the footpegs are more rear-set than the Harley. Moreover, the width of the handlebar is smaller in the Speed 400. When that’s paired with a perimeter frame and lighter kerb weight, you get a motorcycle perfect for taking on the city and the highway alike.
Engine & Performance
The Triumph Speed 400 is powered by a 398.15cc, single-cylinder engine that can produce a maximum power of 39.5 bhp at 8,000 RPM and a peak torque of 37.5 Nm at 6,500 RPM. This is a completely new engine from the brand and rides smoothly. The low-end isn’t as strong as the mid-range, though you can easily pick up speed from a lower speed at a higher gear. There are absolutely no vibrations till around 80 kmph, but you will feel slight tingling past that. Mated with a 6-speed gearbox, the Speed 400 can achieve a top speed of over 160 kmph.
The Harley-Davidson X440 has a bigger engine at its heart. The 440cc engine produces 27 bhp at 6,000 RPM and 38 Nm of torque at 4,000 RPM. It is a 2-valve setup compared to the better 4-valve of the Triumph. The engine produces more torque at an early rev band, which means the low-end pull is better than the Speed 400. Plus, considering that the engine maxes out on the revs pretty soon, you need more gearshifts in stop-go traffic. The top-end is non-existent, and the motorcycle feels happy around the mid-range when you cruise around 100-110 kmph. Anything beyond that, and you will start feeling buzzy from the fuel tank.
Our Final Verdict
Here at MotorInsane, we believe both motorcycles are purpose-built for the city, one more than the other. With the Triumph Speed 400 review, we feel that it has every box ticked to make it perfect for the city and the occasional highway trips. With an almost KTM 390 Duke-like power production, there is nothing to complain about.
On the other hand, the Harley-Davidson X440 is more Royal Enfield than Jawa. It is refined and power-packed, but not the absolute best in either the city or the highway. At 190 kgs kerb weight and a seat height of 805 mm, it is not the easiest motorcycle to ride for people around 5.5 feet, especially in heavy traffic. Out on the highway, it clearly lacks a top-end, something you would want to have so dearly.