The 2018 Bajaj Dominar 400 sporty motorcycle has already started reaching Bajaj Auto dealerships around the country. The bike will get two new colours: Glossy Red and Electric Blue. The red bike was spied at a Bajaj dealership in Dehradun. Apart from the new colours, Bajaj has also given the entire range of Dominars alloy wheels with a golden finish. These are the two main cosmetic changes on the 2018 edition of the Dominar 400.
The Dominar will continue to use a 373cc four stroke engine whose design is inspired by the KTM Duke and RC390’s engine. On the Dominar, this engine gets lower power and torque outputs of 35 Bhp-35 Nm. It uses a single overhead camshaft compared to the Duke 390’s twin cams, but retains a 4 valve head. While the KTMs have a single spark plug, the Dominar uses Bajaj’s triple spark plug technology, which is said to boost mileage.
The engine also gets fuel injection as standard. The gearbox is a 6 speed unit with a slipper clutch that increases safety by preventing the rear wheel from locking up during hard downshifts. The bike also features twin channel ABS on both its wheels. A cheaper, non-ABS version is also available but the ABS version is highly recommended due to the additional safety it offers.
To keep costs low, Bajaj has used telescopic front forks on the Dominar 400 while the rear suspension is a monoshock that’s adjustable for pre-load. Apart from selling this bike in India, Bajaj also exports it to many countries around the world. In fact, exports of the Dominar are nearly as much as domestic sales. Bajaj originally planned to name the Dominar as the Pulsar CS400 but later decided to create a new flagship brand, which is why it’s now called the Dominar 400. Prices of the Dominar 400 start from Rs. 1.42 lakhs.