The facelifted version of the Bajaj Dominar is just weeks away from being launched in India. Bajaj Auto has just released a brand new picture of the motorcycle, along with a video that shows it in action. Here it is.
As the image reveals, the 2019 Bajaj Dominar will be more than a just the customary cosmetic nip and tuck vehicles get when they’re a couple of years into their life cycles. Bajaj Auto seems to have taken customer feedback seriously, and reworked the Dominar significantly.
The result is not only a motorcycle that looks significantly different from the version it replaces but also one that has a slew of mechanical changes aimed at improving performance through and through.
The key visible changes on the motorcycle include the new upside down front forks, a larger radiator and a new exhaust canister with double barrels. The front mudguard and the rear view mirrors have received cosmetic makeovers as well. The upside down front forks are likely to improve both ride quality and handling across multiple surfaces. The older Dominar was quite stiff on broken roads, and the new front forks could solve this issue, making the motorcycle more comfortable for touring even on bad roads.
As a spy video indicated a short while ago, the new exhaust with double barrels improves the way the Bajaj Dominar sounds. Motorcycling is all about sensory experiences and a sweeter sounding motorcycle is something that a lot of buyers will appreciate. The exhaust note is now more bassy and growly. The new radiator is expected to allow the motorcycle stay cooler in high traffic conditions, which most Dominar owners across India experience on a day to day basis.
The engine will be the same 373cc, single cylinder liquid cooled unit that runs fuel injection and a four valve, triple spark SOHC head. Power delivery may be tweaked and the 35 Bhp-35 Nm outputs retained. The motorcycle will also retain the 6 speed manual gearbox with slipper clutch. Vibrations – though not excessive – are one unpleasant part of the older Dominar. Bajaj Auto may rework some bits of the engine and the motorcycle’s body work to bring these down, and make long distance riding more enjoyable.
Dual channel ABS, which was available only on the top-end variant of the older Dominar, is expected to become standard on the facelifted model. This is because of the new safey regulations kicking in from April this year, which mandate ABS on all motorcycles with engine capacity over 125cc. A slight price increase is likely thanks to the various changes that the new 2019 Bajaj Dominar comes with. The older Dominar’s sales have been less than encouraging, and the new version is expected to give sales a big boost.
Stay tuned for the launch, which will happen in the next few days.