The long wait for an all-new performance motorcycle from Bajaj has finally ended today, with the launch of Dominar 400. The motorcycle has replaced the current Pulsar RS 200 as the flagship model for Bajaj in India. The motorcycle is priced at Rs. 1.36 lakh for the non-ABS version and Rs. 1.5 lakh for the disc brake and ABS version. Here is all that you need to know about the motorcycle.
What does it look like?
The overall design of the Dominar 400 stays very close to the Pulsar CS400 concept model showcased during the 2014 Auto Expo. The motorcycle gets a muscular body with a curvaceous fuel tank and micro fairing on the side. The 3D moniker of Dominar gets an aggressive font style. Interestingly, the 13-litre fuel tank also gets a cluster of warning lamps that will tell the rider about the status of the motorcycle.
The motorcycle does not look sleek, it is inspired by the stance of lion’s stance. It is built around massive perimeter frame that helps during cornering. It has a bulky design which is accentuated with the micro fairing on the tank. The motorcycle gets split seats and Pulsar 220 styled grab rails.
The alloy wheels of the motorcycle are also very similar to the concept model and give a floating effect to the onlookers. The headlamp unit is nicely shaped with dual colours and gets a small windscreen. The body also gets dual colours and will come in 3 colours, midnight blue, moon white and twilight plum.
The motorcycle gets a low-seating that will make it very easy to ride over a long distance. The single-piece handlebar is quite high and will provide an upright seating posture that proves to be more comfortable over long duration rides. The Dominar 400 also gets futuristic headlamp set-up with as many 7 LED lamps in the headlamp unit along with 1 halogen lamp. When the full beam is used during the night, the motorcycle can be seen from a distance 1.5 km. The tail lamp set-up gets 2 LED lamps. The motorcycle will get 41mm telescopic forks at the front and an adjustable rear mono shock, which gets a spring inside it for better damping.
The motorcycle also gets a fully digital instrument cluster, making it a first Bajaj motorcycle to feature such a feature. The blue backlit instrument console shows various information like engine RPM, speed, distance travelled, total distance, and clock. The switchgear of the motorcycle remains similar to the ones we see on the Pulsar range. The illuminated switchgear also gets engine kill switch on the right-hand side. The Dominar 400 also gets dual channel ABS system and disc brake system at both front and rear.
What about the engine?
The Dominar 400 is powered by the KTM 390 Duke’s derived engine. The liquid cooled, 4-valve, fuel-injected, single cylinder 373.3 cc engine also gets the Bajaj’s patent triple spark technology. The engine churns out a maximum of 34.5 BHP and 35 Nm of torque. The engine will be mated with a 6-speed manual transmission.The engine is quite efficient and returns a maximum of 35 km/l. The motorcycle also features slipper clutch, making it the first in the segment to get the feature.
The motorcycle also features slipper clutch, making it the first in the segment to get the feature. Bajaj also claims that the motorcycle can operate at an altitude up to 18,380 feet above sea level without much power loss.
The motorcycle can do 0-100 km/h in just 8.23 seconds while it can stop from 100 km/h in 46.19 metres. The motorcycle can reach a top speed of 148 km/h. Bajaj has already started taking bookings for the Dominar 400 and the deliveries will start from mid-January 2017. The motorcycle will be available at dealerships from tomorrow and can be booked at Rs. 9,000.
Interestingly, the Dominar 400 is priced at Rs. 1.36 lakh for the non-ABS version and Rs. 1.5 lakh for the disc brake and ABS version. The Bajaj Pulsar RS 200 is priced at Rs. 1.2 lakh while the KTM Duke 200 is priced at Rs. 1.43 lakh. The lower end variant of the Dominar is just Rs. 16,000 expensive from the Pulsar RS200 while the ABS equipped version is just Rs. 7,000 more expensive than the KTM 200 Duke. You get a 373.3cc motorcycle with added features. It truly shows how value for money the Dominar will be in the market.