Triumph Thruxton 400 is likely to sit between the Speed 400 and Scrambler 400X and will offer the most aggressive posture of the lot…
In what comes as a big surprise, Triumph is already testing its third motorcycle on the new 400 platform that has, so far, spawned the Speed 400 roadster and the Scrambler 400X. Considering its international naming convention, this will be the Thruxton 400 – and will target bikers who like cafe racer kind of stuff.
The entry level Thruxton gets an old-school bubble semi fairing which appears to be directly bolted on Speed 400’s body. There is a round headlamp upfront but what it (the fairing) gives the motorcycle is a bigger bike feel – that the Speed 400 lacks.
Another change that we can notice is that lower-set handlebar, that is so expected on cafe racers. This will give the Thruxton a more aggressive rider geometry and in fact, it would be the motorcycle with the most aggressive riding posture in the company’s 400 range.
Most of the body parts appear to be direct lift-off from the Speed 400 that means that the motor is also likely to remain unchanged and produce the same 40 PS and 37.5 Nm from its 398cc single cylinder unit. Will there be tuning changes for the new application remains to be seen.
This is a direct leaf that Triumph has picked up from Royal Enfield. The Chennai based maker also created two iterations – a roadster and a cafe racer – on its 650 platform. Offering different versions on broadly similar design offers customers more choices and caters to wider tastes.
So for example, if there are people who did not buy the Speed 400 because it looks ‘small‘, then the Thruxton 400 clearly plugs that gap. In terms of placement, expect the cafe racer to be placed between the Speed and Scrambler. Looking a the completeness of the test mule, launch could take place sometime late next year. Interesting times ahead, for sure…
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