With aggressive pricing, the new Bajaj Dominar 400 motorcycle goes against the Royal Enfield Himalayan & Mahindra Mojo.
Bajaj Dominar 400 is the fastest & most powerful bike from the Pune-based motorcycle manufacturer.
Bajaj Auto, the homegrown automaker had launched the Bajaj Dominar 400 earlier this year. After getting a positive response from buyers, the sales of the motorcycle has witnessed a constant decline. In order to further improve its sales, Bajaj Auto is planning to add a new Matte Black paint scheme to Dominar 400 lineup. However, this model could be a dealer level modification. As a reminder, the naked street-fighter was launched in three colour options – Midnight Blue, Twilight Plum and Moon White. The motorcycle was launched at an introductory price of Rs 1.36 lakh for standard model and Rs 1.50 lakh for ABS model.
The company has already increased the prices of the motorcycle for a couple of times. The motorcycle prices were first raised by Rs 2,000 in April, followed by another increase of Rs 999 on both disc and ABS trims. The ABS variant is priced at Rs 1.53 lakh, while the non-ABS model is tagged at Rs 1.39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). As a reminder, the Dominar 400 forayed into the sub-400cc segment in December 2016 after a long wait followed by its display (in concept form) at the 2014 Auto Expo. Read About: 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 150 | 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 180
With this power cruiser, Bajaj not only tapped into the sub-400cc space, but it also introduced its new brand Dominar which it envisages expanding in the coming years. The Pune-based maker has already started exporting this naked streetfighter to select overseas markets. Design inspiration for the bike comes from the Pulsar NS 200. Featuring a butch stance, the cruiser is claimed to offer best of the both worlds-comfort of a cruiser and ruggedness of a naked streetfighter.
The Dominar 400 is also the most powerful Bajaj bike in the country. It is powered by a 373.3cc single-cylinder liquid cooled FI engine that produces 35PS and 35Nm of torque. Power will be transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed gearbox. It is also the most affordable motorcycle to offer a slipper clutch. The new entrant from Bajaj has no direct rival, but its aggressive pricing puts it in crosshairs of Royal Enfield Himalayan and Mahindra Mojo.
|Variant||Price (Ex-showroom, Delhi)|
|Bajaj Dominar 400 Non-ABS||Rs 1.38 Lakh|
|Bajaj Dominar ASB||Rs 1.52 Lakh|
This power cruiser is available in two avatars – ABS and Non-ABS. The model was launched at an introductory price of Rs 1.36 lakh for non-ABS model and Rs 1.50 lakh for the ABS equipped variant. The company had increased the prices of the motorcycle by Rs 2,000 in April, followed by another increase of Rs 1000. Now, the ABS version is priced at Rs 1.53 lakh while the non-ABS model costs Rs 1.38 lakh. All the prices are ex-showroom Delhi. Read More – 2017 Bajaj Pulsar 220 Price & Other Details
|Engine||373.27cc, single-cylinder liquid-cooled|
|Max Power||35bhp @ 8,000rpm|
|Max Torque||30Nm @ 6,500rpm|
The Dominar 400 is the most powerful Bajaj motorcycle currently on sale in the Indian market. It is powered by the new 373.27cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine. This is the same engine that also powers the KTM Duke 390 and RC390. However, Bajaj has detuned this engine to suit power cruiser needs, and it also features the company’s DTS-i technology. This engine is now capable of churns out a maximum power output of 35bhp at 8,000rpm and a peak torque of 30Nm at 6,500, making it significantly less powerful than the KTM cousins. The engine uses a 6-speed manual unit for transmitting power and propels to 0-100kmph mark in 8.3 seconds while maintaining a top-speed of 148kmph. Read More – Upcoming Bajaj Bikes In India In 2016, 2017
The detuned 373.2cc engine with DTS-i technology returns impressive fuel economy. The Duke 390 with same engine (slightly powerful) returns 25kmpl, whereas Bajaj Dominar 400 can deliver between 25kmpl to 30kmpl.
The Dominar 400 range is offered with three colours-Midnight Blue, Twilight Plum and Moon White
The power cruiser shares most of the styling and design cues from the Pulsar CS400 concept, which was first unveiled at the 2014 Auto Expo. Some of the design inspiration for the bike also comes from the Bajaj Pulsar NS 200, which recently received a FI engine. Design elements of the bike include full LED headlamp cluster with two separate switches for adjusting beam and auto headlamp on (AHO) technology, raised decals, handlebar mounts and alloy bits on the footrest give it an aggressive stance.
The naked street-fighter also gets sculpted fuel tank that gives it robust look. This fuel tank has 13-litres of capacity, which ensures long range. The well-padded seat offers enough room for rider and pillion. Up front, the digitalized instrument cluster keeps the rider updated about the fuel level and engine speed etc. Round the back, the bike gets LED tail-lamps that complement the overall look.
Length – 2156 mm
Width – 813 mm
Height – 1112 mm
Front – 110/70 R17 Radial
Rear – 150/60 R17 Radial
Front – 43 mm Telescopic Forks
Rear – Multi Step Adjustable Monoshock
Front – 320 mm
Rear – 230 mm
With most of the styling and design inputs sourced from the concept version showcased at the 2014 Auto Expo, the production model looks largely identical to its prototype. Instead of the USD front fork suspension system of the concept, the bike now features the telescopic front forks and mono-shock rear absorbers.
The bike rides on 17-inch wheels shod with MRF RevZ C1 tyres instead of the Metzelers from KTM. There is an optional dual-channel ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) is offered with the top-spec variant. The non-ABS model on the other hand features single-drilled disc units. It also comes with a robust box-section swingarm.
Talking about features, the Dominar 400 has lots of styling elements and useful features. It gets LED headlamp in front and twin-slash LED rear tail-lamp inspired by the Pulsar. Other elements incuding LED turn indicators, digital instrument console and stepped saddle seat for the comfort of rider and pillion. The tank mounted digital display provides speed and gear position related information. It is also the most affordable motorcycle in India to get a slipper clutch.
Slotted between cruiser and naked streetfighter, the bike has no direct competitor, albeit it goes up against Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350, Honda CBR250R, Mahindra Mojo and UM Renegade Commando in terms of pricing.
Aggressive styling, great performance and aggressive pricing are the three things that define the new Bajaj Dominar 400.