Mavrick 440 vs Classic 350 vs Speed 400: Different Nature Bikes Face-off
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Mavrick 440 vs Classic 350 vs Speed 400: Different Nature Bikes Face-off

Reviews by Team Drivio | Feb 24, 2024

All three bikes have engines with three very different and distinct characters 

  • Royal Enfield has plonked the J-series engine onto the Classic 350
  • It’s one we really love with its 348cc mill making 20.2PS and 27Nm
  • The Speed 400, meanwhile, makes a solid 40PS and 37.5Nm

Hero has unveiled the Mavrick 440, aligning with their tradition of offering products at competitive prices. This latest addition to their lineup presents a compelling option for enthusiasts. In a bid to assess its standing among its counterparts, we pitted it against two formidable contenders in the retro roadster category: the Triumph Speed 400 and the perennial favourite, the Royal Enfield Classic 350. Here's the outcome of our comparison.

Mavrick 440 vs Classic 350 vs Speed 400: Designs

The design ethos of the Royal Enfield Classic 350 reveres the inception of motorcycling, steering away from the complexities of contemporary aesthetics. With its iconic hooded headlight and majestic pilot lamps, the Classic 350 exudes a sense of royal grace.

Delving deeper, the Classic reveals meticulous design enhancements, retaining its timeless outline whilst integrating modern elements such as a semi-digital instrumentation pod, delivering a sleek and captivating frontal appearance.

The Triumph Speed 400 showcases an enticing neo-retro design that incorporates numerous circular elements. Its headlight adopts a round shape, complemented by sleek taillights and indicators. The stylish fuel tank seamlessly merges with the single-piece seat, while the clean tail section is accentuated by a wide 150-section rear tire and an upswept exhaust.

Loaded with advanced features, the Triumph Speed 400 boasts all-LED lighting, bar-end mirrors, switchable traction control, and Bosch dual-channel ABS for heightened safety.

Despite its semi-digital instrument cluster lacking smartphone connectivity or navigation, it offers a plethora of information, including a gear position indicator, distance-to-empty readout, and various indicator lights. Furthermore, the motorcycle features a convenient USB-C port on the handlebars for keeping electronic devices charged.

Mavrick 440 vs Classic 350 vs Speed 400: Engines

SpecificationsHero Mavrick 440Triumph Speed 400Royal Enfield Classic 350
Engine440cc air-cooled engine398cc liquid-cooled engine349cc air-cooled 2-valve SOHC
Maximum power27.36PS40PS20.2PS
Maximum torque36Nm37.5Nm27Nm
Transmission6-speed6-speed5-speed

Exploring the essence of these machines, the Royal Enfield Classic 350 distinguishes itself with its long-stroke J-platform engine, delivering ample low-end torque for a relaxed and unhurried journey. The engine's performance seamlessly blends low-end power with a surprising surge higher up the rev range, devoid of vibrations or a waning power band. 

The Classic's distinctive thump, though deeper compared to its predecessor, maintains a rhythmic cadence, particularly delightful at lower RPMs. Hence, if you seek an authentic retro roadster with a laid-back riding experience, the Classic 350 undoubtedly presents a compelling proposition. The torque-rich ride experience is truly captivating.

While neither of these motorcycles prioritizes aggressive cornering, both the Speed 400 and the Royal Enfield Classic 350 exhibit adept handling, instilling confidence in riders, especially when negotiating bends. The lighter Mavrick 440 offers effortless steering, providing a natural and responsive feel. Conversely, the Classic demands a tad more input but upholds stability when leaned over, catering to riders who appreciate a more involving riding experience.

The suspension setup significantly influences the riding dynamics of each bike. The Classic features a softer suspension, ensuring a plush and comfortable ride across various terrains. However, at higher speeds, the front end may feel less secure, displaying some instability. In contrast, the Speed’s suspension strikes a harmonious balance, offering a composed and confident ride even during brisk cruising. Moreover, its upright and authoritative riding position further augments stability, rendering it the preferred choice for riders seeking a relaxed and pleasurable journey.

Beyond their aesthetics and performance, the dimensions of these motorcycles play a pivotal role in their overall allure. The Classic strikes a fine equilibrium between manoeuvrability and agility, welcoming novice riders. Its riding posture epitomizes comfort and leisurely cruising, with the broad and level seat, complemented by user-friendly controls, fostering a gratifying riding experience that can be sustained throughout the day.

However, a minor inconvenience arises from the elevated angle of the heel and toe section of the gear shifter, which can be slightly cumbersome. Many riders have found it more practical to utilize the toe side for smoother shifting in the 5-speed gearbox. For those contemplating a pillion passenger, the Classic offers a spacious and comfortable seat suitable for short to medium rides. While adequate for shorter journeys, the seat may lack optimal support for extended periods, prompting periodic breaks to enhance overall comfort.

Mavrick 440 vs Classic 350 vs Speed 400: Suspension

SpecificationsHero Mavrick 440 Triumph Speed 400Royal Enfield Classic 350
Front suspensionInverted ForkInverted Fork41mm Telescopic Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshockMonoshockTwin Shocks
Front tyre17-inch alloys17-inch alloys100/90-19
Rear tyre17-inch alloys17-inch alloys120/80-18
Front brakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake300mm Disc
Rear brakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake270mm Disc/ 153mm Drum
ABSDual-channel ABSDual-channel ABSDual-channel is optional

Despite its sporty demeanor, the Speed 400 prioritizes comfort without compromise. The inverted fork and monoshock suspension have undergone meticulous tuning for Indian road conditions, ensuring a reasonably comfortable ride. Even when traversing our renowned rough roads, the bike retains its composure and adeptly manages large potholes. Riders of varying sizes and body shapes will discover this bike to offer considerable comfort.

Mavrick 440 vs Classic 350 vs Speed 400: Dimensions

As previously mentioned, the Speed 400 offers an incredibly engaging riding experience, and we thoroughly relished pushing its limits. Its lightweight and agility are remarkable, with the 170kg weight placing it among the lightest in its segment. Moreover, the 790mm seat height ensures accessibility for riders of varying shapes and sizes. Crucially, the 13-litre fuel tank provides ample capacity for touring purposes as well.

Mavrick 440 vs Classic 350 vs Speed 400: Prices

PriceHero Mavrick 440Triumph Speed 400Royal Enfield Classic 350
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 1.99 lakh onwards Rs 2.33 lakh Rs 1.92 lakh onwards 

The price range of all three bikes here isn’t a whole lot different from one another. The most affordable bike comes from the stable of Royal Enfield. The Classic 350 has been priced at Rs 1.92 lakh onwards, which, as Royal Enfields are, is brilliantly priced. 

As for the brilliantly finished and elegant Triumph Speed 400, its Rs 2.33 lakh is the biggest price tag of the lot but its performance and finish levels justify the price easily. 

Verdict

Does the Speed 400 reign as the premier sub-500cc retro bike. The unequivocal response? A resounding affirmation! The Triumph Speed 400 has undeniably established new standards in this category, seamlessly blending retro charm with modern prowess. It exudes speed and excitement while retaining a nostalgic aura, a combination we wholeheartedly embrace!

Regarding Triumph’s cost-saving strategies, there are no discernible compromises. Therefore, the remarkable price tag of Rs 2.33 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) merely adds to the allure of the Triumph Speed 400, serving as the perfect finishing touch to this phenomenal offering.

As for the Mavrick 440 and the Classic 350, they are both very different riding experiences. The Royal Enfield Classic 350 is just an absolute bliss to ride, especially in slow, city conditions. 80-90 kmph is where it loves to sit and is its sweet spot. But don’t expect anything too sporty or flashy out of it. That said, it does have incredible road presence and those who buy it will have something very substantial in hand. That said, if you want something sporty, the Mavrick 440 is the one for you. 

The introductory price of Rs 1.99 lakh applies to the base variant of the Mavrick, featuring wire-spoke wheels, which may not be preferable. Opting for the mid variant with alloy wheels, available in two appealing colours, will cost Rs 2.14 lakh. For those desiring eSIM connectivity and associated features, the top variant is priced at Rs 2.24 lakh, also offering machined finish on the wheels and engine cooling fins.

This competitive pricing positions the Mavrick squarely against the Royal Enfield Classic 350, which, despite its charm and popularity, lags behind in terms of speed, size, and features. Furthermore, the Mavrick significantly undercuts rivals like the Triumph Speed 400 and starts Rs 40,000 lower than the Harley X440.

In summary, the Mavrick isn't just a commendable motorcycle; it's an exceptional deal. While its Harley counterpart may boast slightly more refinement and premium features, the Mavrick delivers a comparable riding experience at a significantly lower price point, albeit with fewer extravagant embellishments.