2019 Bajaj Dominar 400: First ride review out on video

The 2019 Bajaj Dominar is just weeks away from launch. Here’s a video shot by one of the stunters who was involved in making the TCV of the new motorcycle. This video is from September 2018, and it lists out the various changes on the 2019 Bajaj Dominar, and is more of a short ride review on a pre-production version of the motorcycle.

Video courtesy Riders from Soul RFS

As the video reveals, the 2019 version of the Bajaj Dominar is a facelifted model that has a host of improvements  mainly made after listening to existing Dominar owners. The motorcycle gets upside down front forks, a larger  radiator, revised instrument cluster, twin barrel exhaust, revised rear view mirrors and a new side stand. Smaller  but significant changes include a new fuel tank and a revised headlamp design.

The rider suggests that the 2019 Bajaj Dominar feels vibration-free and a lot more refined than the older version.  The noise from the engine is said to be reduced while the typical first gear clunk than the older Dominar used to  suffer from has been eliminated in the new model. The motorcycle’s handling is also said to have gotten better thanks to the upside down front forks. All in all, the 2019 Dominar is a big improvement over the current version.

2019 Bajaj Dominar 400: First ride review out on video

According to the Youtuber, the 2019 Bajaj Dominar is likely to be priced about 20,000 rupees higher than the older  version given the number of changes it features. The launch is just around the corner and Bajaj dealerships across  India will soon start pre-booking the new motorcycle. The 2019 Bajaj Dominar will not just be sold in India but also  exported to many countries around the world where Bajaj has significant presence.

The engine of the motorcycle is expected to retain the 373cc capacity, and 35 Bhp-35 Nm outputs. The focus on the  2019 Dominar has been on increasing refinement levels all around rather than making it more powerful. The 6 speed  manual gearbox has also been refined, and the slipper clutch is retained as is. The Dominar will continue to be Bajaj Auto’s flagship motorcycle, sitting right at the top of the variant line up.

The non-ABS version of the 2019 Bajaj Dominar will not be made as the Indian laws now mandate ABS on all two wheelers that have engines bigger han 125cc. The new Dominar will be pitched as a sports tourer that’s a lot more powerful than the other option that buyers have – 500cc Royal Enfields. We’ll have to wait and watch if Bajaj Auto continues to make TVCs poking fun of Royal Enfields. The new motorcycle is also aimed at growing sales of the Dominar 400, which by Bajaj Auto’s own estimates, has fallen short of targets.