Bajaj Auto has just hiked prices of its flagship offering – the Dominar 400 – for the 5th time since its launch in December 2016. Prices of the motorcycle now start at Rs. 1.46 lakhs for the non-ABS version and Rs. 1.6 lakhs for the ABS equipped model, both prices reflecting ex-showroom Delhi figures. While this makes the Dominar nearly Rs. 10,000 costlier than the price at it which it was initially launched, the motorcycle still remains as a compelling value for money bike. In fact, the Dominar 400 offers much more than similarly priced rivals in terms of features and performance. This is perhaps the reason why Bajaj Auto is taking the liberty of constantly revising prices.
When launched, the Dominar 400 stunned the market with its Rs. 1.36 lakh price tag. However, the sharp pricing didn’t really give the Dominar a huge boost in terms of sales. Rather, the motorcycle was a tepid seller for many months before sales volumes started stabilizing between 1,500 to 2,000 units each month. Coming to what the Dominar offers to buyers, the motorcycle uses a KTM-derived 373cc, four stroke engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection. Unlike the KTM Duke 390’s engine which has the same displacement, the one on the Dominar uses a four valve head but with a single camshaft.
As for power and torque, the Dominar’s motor makes 35 Bhp and 35 Nm. The gearbox is a six speed unit, replete with a slipper clutch. An LED headlamp is standard on the motorcycle, which also gets dual channel ABS as an option. The Dominar weighs a hefty 182 kilograms and can reach a top speed of about 145 Kmph. Acceleration is quite brisk, with the 0-100 Kph sprint taking about 7 seconds; enough to leave most cars in India behind. The Dominar uses conventional, telescopic front forks and a single, gas charged monoshock at the rear. The motorcycle will soon get a range of touring accessories from Bajaj.