Triumph Speed 400: Fun and easy on the wallet

TRIUMPH'S Speed 400 isn’t your average bike for beginners.

Sure, it's friendly enough for new riders but beneath the stylish British flair lies a machine with a surprising amount of grunt and agility.

Here's my take on this exciting little motorcycle, having put it through its paces in the city, on highways and carving up some twisty hill roads.

Triumph hasn't skimped on aesthetics and the Speed 400 has a sharp, modern design with clear influences from its bigger sibling like the Speed Twin.

The twin headlight elements and sculpted fuel tank scream attitude while the minimalist tail section keeps things sleek.

I noticed that the fit and finish are excellent, and the whole package oozes British motorcycle charm.

The Speed 400 exceeds my expectations in its build quality as well.

Unlike some budget bikes, everything feels meticulously assembled.

Body panels fit together perfectly, the paintjob boasts a deep lustre, and there are no glaring gaps or loose components to be found.

Triumph hasn't cut corners on materials either.

The switchgear feels reassuringly solid in my hands, and the use of aluminium for the swingarm and other parts reinforces the impression of quality.

The engine (built by Bajaj, known for its robust powerplants) and its premium quality suggests this machine is built to last.

The 398cc single-cylinder engine is the heart of the Speed 400.

Don't be fooled by its design – this thing packs a punch.

Power delivery is smooth from 3,000rpm onwards, with a satisfying surge that pulls through the gears.

It's not a racing machine but is energetic enough to put a smile on my face.

The Speed 400 cruises comfortably at highway speeds between 100kph to 120kph without feeling strained.

I found the wind buffeting minimal, thanks to the crouched riding position.

While overtaking might require a gear change or two, it handles itself admirably.

However, the engine does get a bit buzzy at higher revs so long distance rides of more than 300km should be reconsidered.

Its 170kg lightweight design that makes navigating city traffic a breeze.

It squeezes effortlessly through gaps and whizzes between lanes with confidence.

The low-end torque helps with quick getaways from traffic lights, and the smooth gearbox makes manoeuvring a joy for me.

The light weight and punchy engine make the Speed 400 a blast on twisty mountain roads.

The suspension, which is only adjustable for the rear, is surprisingly good at handling bumps and dips while maintaining a composed feel.

The bike behaves like a natural when thrown onto corners with Metzeler tyres provide excellent grip.

I wouldn't expect knee-scrapping heroic banking but it's good enough for spirited carving through the hill roads.

The non-adjustable front suspension soaks up bumps effectively without feeling too soft and providing a balanced ride.


The brakes, with a single disc at the front and rear, are adequate for the bike's performance.

Though they lacked the hard bite of higher-spec motorcycles, they offer good feel and progressive stopping power.

The Speed 400's flickability is its biggest strength in the twisties.

The wide handlebars offer excellent leverage, and the neutral riding position is confidence inspiring.

The chassis feels planted, complemented by precise steering, making cornering a simple task for any beginners.

The comfortable riding position, sprightly performance and good fuel economy make it a good daily commuter bike.

The under-seat storage is a bit cramped but it can accommodate basic essentials.

I think upgrading the seat to a more comfort-oriented option might be a good idea for longer rides.


Priced at RM26,900, the Speed 400 has a stylish appearance, surprisingly powerful and an absolute blast to ride.

While it might not be the most comfortable for long highway hauls, it excels in other aspects.

New riders will find it approachable, while experienced riders like me will appreciate its playful character.

Triumph Speed 400
Engine: 398cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4 valve, DOHC,
Maximum power: 39.5hp at 8,000rpm
Maximum torque: 37.5Nm at 6,500rpm
Transmission: Six-speed
Suspension: Front 43mm USD forks, non-adjustable; rear monoshock, preload adjustable
Brakes: Front 300mm disc with four-piston radial calliper and ABS; rear 230mm disc with single-piston calliper and ABS
Fuel capacity: 13 litres
Wet weight: 170kg
Price: RM26,900 (without registration and insurance)
Autos Triumph
CarSifu's Rating: 6.8