Svartpilen 401 vs Scrambler 400 X: Scrambler Compared!
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Svartpilen 401 vs Scrambler 400 X: Scrambler Compared!

Reviews by Team Drivio | Feb 22, 2024

Interestingly, both are powered by a near 400cc engine with identical output figures

  • Powering the Svartpilen 401 is the new 390 Duke’s mad 399cc engine
  • It puts out a solid 46PS and 39Nm
  • As for the Scrambler 400 X, its output figures stand at 40PS and 37.5Nm

Husqvarna recently launched the Svartpilen 401. While it is essentially a retro roadster, what it wants to be a bit is also a scrambler. But how much of a true blue scrambler is it? We find that out by pitting it against an actual true blue scrambler in the same segment, the Triumph Scrambler 400 X. And here is how that comparison test went:

Svartpilen 401 vs Scrambler 400 X: Design & Features

The Triumph Scrambler 400X stands out with its distinctive design. It features a 19-inch front wheel and a taller stance compared to the Speed 400, creating a larger visual impression. This effect is enhanced by a 45mm taller seat height, now measuring 835mm and a wider handlebar. While the physical dimensions of the bike, including the fuel tank and chassis, remain the same, the rider experiences a more commanding and comfortable seating position.

This setup, with lower, forward-set pegs, is particularly appealing to larger riders and promotes extended riding comfort. However, it's worth noting that riders shorter than 5'8" may find themselves on tiptoes when seated.

The increase in seat height on the Triumph Scrambler 400X is primarily due to the incorporation of chunkier tyres and longer-travel suspension, measuring 150mm at both the front and rear ends. This adjustment leads to higher ground clearance, now at 195mm, and a 40mm extension of the wheelbase. Triumph achieved this without lengthening the swingarm but by extending the chassis headstock, creating the impression of a sharper rake angle. Furthermore, the 19-inch front wheel features an offset axle, which, in turn, lengthens the trail and enhances stability.

The Scrambler 400X's instrument panel offers a captivating blend of classic aesthetics and modern information, presenting all the essential details for a 2023 motorcycle. However, it's worth noting that the small digital tachometer may pose challenges in obtaining precise readings. While the bike lacks Bluetooth connectivity and adjustable levers, these compromises are necessary to maintain its competitive pricing. These areas of compromise, though, are relatively easy to accept in the context of cost-cutting measures.

Svartpilen 401 vs Scrambler 400 X: Engines

Specifications2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401Triumph Scrambler 400X
Engine399cc engine398cc liquid-cooled engine
Maximum Power46PS40PS
Maximum Torque39Nm37.5Nm
Transmission6-speed6-speed

Engaging the all-new 398cc single-cylinder engine is a moment of anticipation after admiring the bike's unique features. The engine, while functional, doesn't produce the most evocative sounds. It offers a pleasant note while revving through the range when in motion. However, at idle, it lacks the distinctive character that enthusiasts might associate with classics like the Royal Enfield Classic 350 or the Harley X440.

Similar to the Speed 400, the Scrambler 400X prioritizes a quick and effortless riding experience over extreme performance. The engine remains familiar, featuring the same tuning and internal gearing. Triumph has made a noteworthy change by installing a one-tooth smaller front sprocket. This adjustment, despite making an already short-geared motorcycle even shorter, is counteracted by the tall and chunky rear tyre, which increases the rear wheel's rolling diameter.

The intention behind this modification was to match the overall gearing on paper with the Speed. In practice, it achieves a similar feel, but riders may notice a slightly more relaxed sensation at cruising speeds. This subtle change contributes to making the Scrambler 400X a more suitable choice for extended highway journeys.

The Svartpilen 401 offers exhilarating performance, with a more tractable 399cc motor facilitating smoother low-speed maneuvering. Equipped with the KTM 390 chassis package, including adjustable suspension, it combines agility with off-road capability. However, the inclusion of spoked wheels and blocky tyres introduces an unconventional element to its handling dynamics.

Significant improvements in ergonomics render the Svartpilen 401 more spacious and comfortable, particularly for larger riders. The reduced seat height, now at 820mm, enhances accessibility without compromising on stature. Despite its larger dimensions, it remains slightly taller than new-gen KTMs but is no longer excessively lofty.

Svartpilen 401 vs Scrambler 400 X: Suspension, Tyres & Brakes

Specifications2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401Triumph Scrambler 400X
Front suspensionInverted ForkInverted Fork
Rear suspensionMonoshockMonoshock
Front tyre110/70-1719-inch alloys
Rear tyre150/60-1717-inch alloys
Front brakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake
Rear brakeDisc BrakeDisc Brake
ABSDual-channelDual-channel ABS

The Scrambler 400X delivers a different on-road experience than one might expect. With its 19-inch front wheel and chunky MRF tyres, the rider perceives a distinct change in feedback compared to the Speed. This model trades the Speed's light and immediate responses for a slightly slower yet more stable set of dynamics. It's essential to emphasize that the Scrambler doesn't become heavy or reluctant in its handling.

The suspension provides excellent control on the road, avoiding excessive softness or pronounced dive during braking. However, due to the reduced feedback from the larger wheel and the on/off-road tyres, this motorcycle excels in flowing through corners briskly rather than aggressively attacking them.

Noteworthy adjustments in dimensions include a 20% increase in length and width, accompanied by a 5-inch expansion in fuel tank width. The fuel capacity has also grown from 9.5 to 13.5 litres. Despite these alterations, the weight gain is a mere 5 kilograms compared to the previous Svartpilen 250. At 171 kilograms, it is marginally heavier than the new 390 Duke, primarily attributed to differences in wheels and tyres.

Svartpilen 401 vs Scrambler 400 X: Dimensions

Dimensions2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401Triumph Scrambler 400X
Wheelbase1354mm1418mm
Ground clearance183mmNA
Kerb weight171kg 185kg
Fuel tank capacity13.5-litres13-litres
Seat height800mm835mm

When it comes to the Scrambling aspect of the Scrambler 400X, it doesn't disappoint. The standing ergonomics are well-designed, offering a comfortable reach to the handlebar with minimal bending. The metal footpegs provide excellent grip, and the rubber inserts can be easily removed, enhancing traction in wet or slushy conditions.

Like the Speed, the Scrambler allows riders to deactivate the traction control, but it goes a step further by enabling the deactivation of the rear ABS, granting more control to experienced riders in varying conditions.

Off-road enthusiasts will find the Scrambler 400X to be more than just a showpiece. It boasts just 5mm less ground clearance than the KTM 390 Adventure and comes equipped with a robust metal bash plate, conveying a rugged, adventure-ready feel. The longer wheelbase contributes to greater stability off-road, encouraging riders to explore trails and engage in spirited off-road activities.

Weighing in at 185kg, the Scrambler 400X falls closer to the likes of the Himalayan in terms of weight rather than the XPulse. However, the limiting factor for more intense off-roading is the suspension. With 150mm of travel, it falls short of what you'd find on a dedicated adventure bike. While this setup can handle moderate abuse, riders may notice an unsettling thud from the front suspension when encountering significant obstacles.

It's worth noting that while the Scrambler 400X can tackle many off-road trails, it's not intended for serious, hardcore off-roading and is better suited for adventurers seeking versatile, on-and-off-road experiences.

Svartpilen 401 vs Scrambler 400 X: Price

Price2024 Husqvarna Svartpilen 401Triumph Scrambler 400X
Ex-showroom DelhiRs 2.92 lakh Rs 2.63 lakh 

Both the Husqvarna Svartpilen 401 and the Triumph Scrambler 400 X have been fantastically priced. And Rs 2.92 lakh, the Svartpilen 401 is Rs 18,520 less expensive than the KTM 390 Duke, while the Scrambler 400 X, at Rs 2.63 lakh, is just Rs 30,000 more than the Speed 400. 

Verdict

As likeable as the Speed 400 is, this comparison has clearly shown us that the Scrambler 400X is the better overall motorcycle of the two. It’s bigger, has more road presence and the more versatile of the two. Be it commuting, touring, scrambling or even cornering, the Scrambler 400X can do it all and be almost as fast as the Speed 400.

So if you were considering the Speed 400, we’d recommend making the extra investment and purchasing the Scrambler 400X instead.