Bajaj Auto has been one of the quickest manufacturers in the Indian bike industry to adapt according to the changing trends and introducing new innovation into its products. Back in 2012, the company shook the market with the launch of Pulsar 200 NS. The 200 NS proved to be a game changer as the bike was among the first ones to get liquid-cooling system and was among the fastest bikes of its segment as well.
In 2014, Bajaj Auto showcased the Pulsar CS400 concept at the Autoexpo and again gave nightmares to its competitors by such a product. After 2 year, the concept finally made it to the real life in form of the Dominar 400. If the looks alone were not enough, the price it was launched at must have surely shaken grounds below the other bike makers for sure. I mean seriously, who launches such an incredibly sweet machine at such an affordable price tag? And that is one of the reasons why Bajaj Dominar 400 will be a very successful product in the years to come. It just costs around Rs 3,000 more than the Pulsar RS 200 ABS, and in just that much money you are getting way better looks, 10 more horses, slipper clutch and much more. Who wouldn’t go for the Dominar 400 over the Pulsar RS 200 ABS? Not many until all they want is a faired bike!
Talking about the bike now, it houses a 373.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine that is built taking inspiration from the 373cc engine on the KTM 390 Duke. This engine delivers a healthy 35bhp of maximum power at 8,000rpm and 35Nm of peak torque at 6,5000rpm. The company claims the bike to cross 148km/hr while some of the videos already available on the internet prove the bike is good enough to do much higher top speeds than claimed. Also, there is plenty of torque available from the power mill that should help in delivering a solid ride and the bike should not gasp for more output from the engine, like sub 200cc bikes. What also should be noted is that Bajaj has done a great job adding the slipper clutch technology which is first ever in a Bajaj bike till date. For those who don’t know, the slipper clutch is a race bikes technology that helps the rider to do a rapid downshift without locking the rear wheel and hence reduces chances of any mishap.
The bike has been bolted on to a beam type perimeter frame. At the front, the bike utilizes 43mm telescopic forks while at the rear it is equipped with multistep adjustable mono shock suspension. At the front, it is equipped with 320mm disc brake and at the back, it comes with 230mm disc brake, and as expected the bike gets twin channel ABS to keep the bike safe in emergency braking conditions. The company claims an overall fuel efficiency of 32 to 35km/ltr and with 13 litres of maximum fuel capacity the bike should be good to go beyond 420 kilometres. With these figures, the bike has a better range than many other bikes including the KTM 200 Duke which can only manage about 340 km on a full tank.
Now talking about the bikes which need to fear the Dominar 400 the most. Well, first and the most obvious competitor to this bike is the Royal Enfield Classic 350 and why is that? It is because the bike shares the same cruiser segment, similar audience and is priced very closely. Apart from that, the KTM 200 Duke is also the bike which can be considered a competitor to the Dominar instead of the 390 Duke. In terms of looks, the Dominar 400 looks better than any of the bike standing against this. The 200 Duke doesn’t look bad either, but its looks are subjective as for some, it’s really a good looking bike with outstanding design and silhouette while some say it’s just too thin. Classic 350, on the other hand, is retro, share the same design as bikes in 9050s, so for old bike lovers, nothing else comes close.
Bajaj has done a tremendous job by launching such a capable touring machine at such an affordable price tag and we can’t wait to put out legs on one. Stay tuned as Autoportal brings you more updates from the motoring world and in the mean time, enjoy the TVC of the Dominar 400 below.