Jitender Sharma December 19, 2018

The Bajaj Dominar is presently the flagship bearer for the homegrown automaker and has picked up a good demand in the segment. Meant to be a sporty motorcycle-cum-cruiser, this hyper-riding motorcycle has eased of long rides, big time.

The Bajaj Dominar 400 does hold a good bit of market share in the sub-400 cc segment, including all the motorcycle types despite being one of the newest additions. Want to know the reason behind it being so popular? The Dominar 400 price and the value-for-money are the real backbones.

Here is a detailed approach to the most affordable 400 cc motorcycle in India.

Design

The Bajaj Dominar 400 looks like refreshment among the motorcycles in the price segment, and it isn’t the body type on a whole. It does look like a very bulky naked street motorcycle but is more focused on hyper riding. It has a very conventional stance and gives very little away to the cruising family.

However, the presence of many modern features takes the motorcycle to be more preferred over most of the competitors. Up front, the LED headlamp has a very attractive setting and is very bright. The diamond-cut alloy wheels look simply superb, especially with the thick tyres at both ends. The front has 110 mm tyre while the rear wheel gets a 150 mm rubber.

The fuel tank is very muscular and has a lot of attractive and striking contours. The dual split seats aren’t very purposed-focused and offer better comfort than otherwise. The ergonomics are upright rather than sporty and does not stress the rider out while on long tours.

Power and Performance

The Bajaj Dominar 400 is probably the best touring motorcycle for the entry level riders and complements it with a huge engine as well. The motor is derived from the Duke 390, which means, the same 373.3 cc setup is seen. However, with minor additions and tunings, the total power output remains at 34.5 bhp at 8,000 rpm while the peak torque of 35 Nm comes at 6,500 rpm.

The produced power is channelled to the wheel via a 6-speed gearbox which is butter smooth and slick, thanks to the slipper clutch. The engine has a similar low-end punch as the KTM and there is an exceptional amount of torque available in the mid-range. However, the top end feels a little vibey, especially post the 9,000 rpm mark. Anything below it, the engine feels gleeful. In fact, the low-end punch is so amazing that the engine feels at ease even when you are pulling from 65 kmph at the top gear.

The summary

The Bajaj Dominar 400 combines the qualities of being as sporty as the KTM and comfortable and easy as any cruiser. All of this, along with dual channel ABS and a price tag of around Rs. 1.6 lakhs, make for the perfect motorcycle for hardcore touring purpose.

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