2019 Triumph Speed Twin vs rivals: Price, specifications comparison

Triumph has launched the Velocity Twin in India and priced it reasonably competitively at Rs 9.46 lakh. That makes it simply Rs 2 lakh dearer than the lower-capacity Road Twin. At this worth level, the Velocity Twin has no direct rivals in India, however the Ducati Scrambler 1100 comes shut by way of displacement and energy figures. With the Velocity Twin, Triumph may also be coming into the market that homes equally priced bikes just like the Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight. So these are the 2 bikes we’ll be contemplating for this comparability. That stated, the BMW R 9 T is one other motorbike designed for a similar objective, however at Rs 17.45 lakh, it prices practically double the value of the Velocity Twin, so we haven’t taken it into consideration right here.

Triumph Velocity Twin Ducati Scrambler 1100 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight
Worth (ex-showroom, pan-India) Rs 9.46 lakh Rs 11.42 lakh Rs 10.58 lakh


The powertrain on the Velocity Twin isn’t precisely new – the 1,200cc parallel-twin motor can also be seen on the Thruxton. The Velocity Twin makes use of an up to date model of this engine with a magnesium cam cowl to scale back weight, and a revised clutch meeting aiding the 6-speed transmission. With a peak torque of 112Nm, the Velocity Twin produces significantly extra torque than the Harley and the Ducati. Its peak energy of 97hp can also be greater than the Ducati, which makes 11hp much less. That stated, the Ducati has a bigger rev band. The Forty-Eight, however, produces 97Nm of torque and, as is Harley-Davidson custom, we don’t have a precise energy determine for its V-twin motor. All three bikes come outfitted with a 6-speed gearbox.

Triumph Velocity Twin Ducati Scrambler 1100 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight
Engine 1200cc, parallel-twin 1079cc, L-twin 1202cc, V-twin
Energy 97hp at 6,750rpm 86hp at 7,500rpm NA
Torque 112Nm 4950rpm 88Nm at 4750 rpm 97Nm at 4250rpm
Energy-to-weight ratio 494.89hp/tonne 455.02hp/tonne NA

Design and styling

The Velocity Twin is a part of Triumph’s Trendy Classics line-up and its styling is sort of indicative of that. Whereas the retro styling might not essentially assist the motorbike stand out in a crowd, what is going to seize consideration is the excessive ranges of match and end. Brushed aluminium entrance and rear mudguards, throttle physique covers, aspect panel trim, and heel guards with anodised aluminium bits for the headlight brackets, swingarm and wheels support its premium really feel. The Ducati Scrambler 1100, however, additionally options its justifiable share of brushed aluminium bits and its comparatively extra unconventional design provides it a larger on-road presence. The third motorbike of the lot, the Forty-Eight is a part of the model’s Sportster household and can also be ergonomically totally different from the opposite two. The stand out options of this Harley are its slim tank, and minimalistic styling. The Forty-Eight can also be obtainable in a Forty-Eight Particular variant that gives a extra laid-back using place, with ape-hanger like handlebars and a distinct color scheme on the gas tank.


Triumph has used an identical body to the Thruxton, nevertheless it now sits on a standard telescopic fork and twin shock absorbers. Having stated that, the suspensions are stated to be high-quality items from KYB. The Ducati comes with the most effective tools on this regard, with its absolutely adjustable Marzocchi USD fork and pre-load and rebound adjustable KYB monoshock. Whereas the Forty-Eight doesn’t include as refined as its rivals right here, the place it does beat the competitors is with its low seat top. At 710mm, the Forty-Eight affords a really accessible trip, even for shorter riders. The record of high-end parts on the Ducati and Triumph continues with the tyres – the Pirelli Diablo Rosso IIIs on the Velocity Twin and the Pirelli MT 60 RSs on the Scrambler 1100 are a few of the most succesful tyres for his or her supposed functions.

Triumph Velocity Twin Ducati Scrambler 1100 Harley-Davidson Forty-Eight
Brakes (f) 305mm discs, four-piston caliper, ABS 320mm discs, four-piston caliper, ABS Disc, dual-piston caliper, ABS
Brakes (r) 220mm disc, dual-piston caliper, ABS 245 mm disc, single-piston caliper, ABS Disc, dual-piston caliper, ABS
Suspension (f) 41mm telescopic fork 45mm USD fork 49mm telescopic fork
Suspension (r) Twin shock absorbers Monoshock Twin shock absorbers
Tyres (f) 120/70 ZR17 120/70 ZR18 130/90B16
Tyres (r) 160/60 ZR17 180/55 ZR17 150/80B16
Wheelbase 1430mm 1514mm 1495mm
Gasoline capability 14.5 litres 15 litres 7.9 litres


The Velocity Twin appears to be like like a retro motorbike, however there’s little that’s quaint about it. The bike options switchable traction management, three using modes (Street, Rain and Sport), full-LED lighting and a USB port. The instrument console is an analogue unit however conveys a good quantity of data. Nevertheless, the Scrambler 1100 affords a tad extra, with superior cornering-ABS, four-stage traction management and three rider modes. The bottom of those modes, Metropolis, reduces energy to 75hp, and reduces throttle response and maximises the traction management. The opposite using modes have all 86 horses on supply. In the meantime, the Forty-Eight is an easy motorbike that comes with no digital aids, other than ABS.

Summing it up

The Velocity Twin affords a good quantity of high-end tech and that justifies its pricing. And, at Rs 9.46 lakh, it additionally undercuts its opposition by a good margin. The Ducati Scrambler 1100, however, is barely dearer but additionally comes with extra superior rider tech and higher-spec suspension; and although the Scrambler 1100 is sort of firmly arrange, and the Velocity Twin could also be extra snug on this regard.  They each produce nearly comparable output figures, with the Velocity Twin being barely extra highly effective. The higher bike between the 2 comes all the way down to the supposed software and requirement.

The Forty-Eight is rather more of an old-school machine, and it affords comparatively much less. Nevertheless, Harley-Davidson does have a major following within the nation, and it’s that very section of market that Triumph will likely be seeking to lure with the brand new Velocity Twin.

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