The two-wheeler segment in India has evolved from a scooter only market to an exponentially growing space attracting new brands every year. From the time when choices were limited and fewer segments existed, the motorcycle segment has transformed into a humongous space today with each segment thriving rapidly. The motorcycles have gained traction lately, although it is more prevalent in global markets, like America where cruisers have been popular since the 1930s. Attributed to high set handlebars, unconventional riding position and contemporary styling, the cruisers have carved a niche spot amid various segments.
Before making an official debut in December last year, the new motorcycle in Bajaj’s range was first brought to light in concept form at the 2014 Auto Expo. Initially meant to be a new model in Bajaj’s famed Pulsar series, it was previously named Pulsar CS400, before the Dominar 400 nameplate was zeroed in. Before we get into the details of the cruiser, here is some quick trivia on the newly formed brand. The name is taken from a Spanish word, Dominar, which means dominating. Taking into account that Bajaj plans to launch more performance motorcycles under the brand, ‘Dominar’ seems to be a fitting choice for it. Coming to the specifications, Dominar 400 uses the 373.3cc single cylinder engine good for 35bho of power at 8000rpm and 30Nm of torque at 6500rpm. It uses a six-speed manual transmission and offers a top speed of 148kmph. Now the engine powering the cruiser is the same unit that is used in the Duke 390, though, it has been detuned to return higher fuel economy ranging between 25kmpl to 30kmpl. In terms of design, most of the cues have been retained from the concept version including sporty front cowl, raked front, large LED headlamp and sweptback visor. Other than these, it also gets the tank mounted digital display for speed & gear position, stepped saddle, digital instrument cluster etc. Available between Rs 1.36 lakh to Rs 1.50 lakh, the Dominar 400 is available with two variants with twin-channel ABS on the top-spec variant.