After what seems like an eternity, Bajaj Auto has finally launched the Dominar 400 at an astounding price of Rs 1.36 lakh; the ABS equipped variant is priced at Rs 1.5 lakh (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi). This exciting, mid-capacity, power cruiser, is sure to thrill many Indian enthusiasts.
The Dominar 400 appears to be styled along the lines of the Pulsar NS 200 and the Ducati Diavel. While the tank styling is borrowed from the NS 200, the fairly squat stance is seemingly inspired from Ducati’s power cruiser, the Diavel.
The freshly designed, and rather intimidating looking mosaic headlamp is a full LED unit with Auto Headlamp On function (AHO). There is a split instrument cluster, with the fully digital one mounted on the handlebars, and the other on the tank; a setup similar to the one seen on the Ducati. The compact but comprehensive digital instruments include a tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, an odometer and trip meters. It is equipped with good-quality, typically Bajaj illuminated switchgear, comfortable palm grips, a comfortable set of levers and KTM Duke-like mirrors.
The Dominar 400 comes with a beam-type perimeter frame, with 43mm telescopic forks at the front and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. It is fitted with a 13-litre fuel tank, a 320mm single disc brake in front and a 230mm unit at the rear, and gets dual-channel ABS on the fully loaded variant . The power cruiser rides on 110/70 R17 and 150/60 R17 front and rear wheels shod with MRF Revz C1 rubber. Weighing in at 182kg, the Dominar 400 is a bit on the heavier side.
The Dominar 400 sports the same 373cc,fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine as the KTM 390 series, and is mated to a six-speed gearbox that comes with a slipper-clutch as standard. The motor, however, has been tuned to meet the bike's requirements as a cruiser, so output is lower than that of the KTM family. It uses a finger-follower-camshaft 4-valve-per-cylinder setup along with Bajaj's triple spark-plug technology, and makes a respectable 35hp of power at 8,000rpm, and 35Nm of torque at 6,500rpm. Bajaj claims that the Dominar can go from 0-100kph in 8.23sec and reach a top-speed of 148kph.
Bookings have started for the Dominar 400 at Rs 9000, with deliveries set to commence in January 2017. We are quite excited to get our hands on the bike and test it in real-world conditions. So keep an eye out for our comprehensive review.
Although the Dominar 400 has no direct rivals, its price-tag puts it in the crosshairs of the Royal Enfield Himalayan and Mahindra Mojo. Here's how its ex-showroom, Delhi price compares with those of its closest competitors.
Bajaj Dominar 400 image gallery
|Bajaj Dominar||Rs 1.36 lakh|
|Mahindra Mojo||Rs 1.69 lakh|
|Royal Enfield Himalayan||Rs 1.57 lakh|