The Bajaj Dominar 400 has been launched. This is an all-new bike and the first 400cc for Bajaj. The company has priced it aggressively. Bajaj Dominar 400 comes with a 373cc engine and a six-speed gearbox.
The Bajaj Dominar400 bike comes loaded with an array of features. This makes it a good option to consider for those who need a more affordable 400cc bike and not compromise on features. Born as the Bajaj Pulsar CS400 concept, Bajaj changed the brand name to differentiate it from the existing Pulsar brand. Read complete Bajaj Dominar 400 review and full technical specifications here. Also, read Yamaha FZ25 street-fighter Review.
Bajaj Dominar 400 Review:
The company is looking at selling 10,000cc units and has put it in the leisure bike segment, like the Mahindra Mojo or Royal Enfield. Dominar means to dominate and that is what Bajaj will try and do with this bike. We review the Bajaj Dominar 400 and tell you what it is all about.
New Bajaj Dominar 400 Design:
Bajaj calls the Dominar 400 a power cruiser, which means that it is a blend of a cruiser bike and a street fighter bike. It is supposed to offer the best of these two genres. Born as a Pulsar CS400, the design of the Bajaj Dominar 400 does resemble a Pulsar, but it is bigger. There is a large fuel tank that will grab your attention and it makes the bike look aggressive.
The exquisite headlamp assembly houses LED lamps which also have DRLs. The headlamps have a smoked out effect. The alloy wheels are unique and look stylish and appealing. They have a curved spoke design with a black machined finish – first in the segment. LED tail lamps and the design of the bike is well-balanced.
New Bajaj Dominar 400 surely looks bigger, wider and bulkier than the 150-200cc bikes in the market. This 400cc bike weighs about 182 kilograms. It has a tough frame which makes it heavier. The Bajaj Dominar 400 has a wide enough seat and is more comfortable for long touring. In terms of design, Bajaj has got it spot on. The stance, the quality of paint and the headlamp make it look premium.
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Powerful Bajaj Dominar 400cc Engine:
The Bajaj Dominar 400 is powered by a new 373cc engine. This mill churns out 35bhp of power and comes with a six-speed transmission. There is also a slipper clutch present. The Bajaj Dominar 400 produces 35Nm of torque, which is good enough for its segment. This engine shares some of its parts with the KTM Duke 390cc engine. The power and torque figures are matched to provide an easy riding experience across the power band. Hold on! you will not get a sudden rush of power on wringing the throttle. The power buildup is more linear in nature.
The mid-range is where the meat of the power lies and the Bajaj Dominar 400 impresses there. Its top speed is 148km/h. The engine is quite refined, however, the only downside is that beyond 5000rpm there are vibrations present and you feel them on the handlebar and footpegs. This is the only sure thing we could spot in this bike. Another thing we like is the exhaust note. It has a nice deep rumble and this feels sophisticated.
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Bajaj Dominar 400 Ride and Handling:
This is the most impressive area of the Bajaj Dominar 400. You sit straight and upright. The seat is broad and comfortable. The handlebar is wide and this gives it a big bike feel and also keeps you comfortable. Despite being heavy, it doesn’t feel so on the move. Taking turns and banking on curves are quite enjoyable on this machine.
The tires on the Bajaj Dominar 400 also need to be complimented. These MRFs are soft compound tires that offer very good grip. The ride is on the firmer side. It’s not stiff as such but at low speeds on bad roads, you tend to feel some jolts. The firm suspension setting though helps a lot in handling and weight management of this bike. Braking is very impressive too. The large 320mm front discs have great stopping powers and with twin channel ABS or Dual Channel ABS, it’s very reassuring.
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Bajaj Dominar 400cc Full Technical Specifications:
|Engine Cc||373.3 CC|
|No Of Cylinder||1|
|Max Power||34.5 bhp @ 8000 rpm|
|Max Torque||35 Nm @ 6500 rpm|
|Valves Per Cylinder||4|
|Fuel Delivery||Fuel Injection|
|Cooling System||Liquid Cooled|
Dimension and Weight
|Kerb Weight||182 kg|
|Ground Clearance||157 mm|
Chassis and Suspension
|Chassis Type||Beam type perimeter frame|
|Front Suspension||Telescopic, 43mm forks|
|Rear Suspension||Multi Step Adjustable Monoshock|
Wheel and Tyres
|Wheel Size||17 inches|
|Wheel Type||Alloy Wheel|
|Front Tyre||110/70 R17 Radial|
|Rear Tyre||150/60-17 Radial|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||13 L|
|Reserve Fuel Capacity||NA|
|Overall Riding Range||351 km|
|No. Of Gears||6|
|Front Brake Type||Twin-channel ABS, Disc|
|Rear Brake Type||Twin-channel ABS, Disc|
|Front Disc/Drum Size||320 mm|
|Rear Disc/Drum Size||230 mm|
|Battery 12V,||8Ah VRLA|
|Headlight||Full LED with Auto Headlamp On (AHO)|
|Split Reverse LCD Display||Yes|
|Full Led Headlamp||Yes|
|Beam Type Perimeter Frame||Yes|
|Stamped Metal Swing Arm||Yes|
|Stance and Design||Yes|
|Fuel Warning Indicator||Yes|
|Low Oil Indicator||Yes|
|Low Battery Indicator||Yes|
|Engine Kill Switch||Yes|
The Bajaj Dominar 400 does not have any direct competition as such. However, it falls in a similar price bracket of the Royal Enfield, Mahindra Mojo and KTM Duke 390. The BMW G310R is also expected to be a competitor when launched. This is a fast-growing segment and Bajaj will want to try to dominate it.
So why should you buy the Bajaj Dominar 400? Well, if you want a comfortable bike for frequent long highway rides and also want it to double up as a daily commuter bike, then at this price point, with all the features, the Bajaj Dominar 400 is currently the best buy.
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