Royal Enfield 650 Twins created ripples in the market when it was launched in the Indian market. The all-new bikes powered by an all-new parallel-twin cylinder engine became the most-affordable twin-cylinder motorcycles in the market. Earlier this year, Bajaj also launched the upgraded the Dominar 400, which now offers more power along with a range of other features. How do the bikes perform when it comes to the top-speed? Well, here is a video that shows the top speed of both the bikes on the highway.
The video by Ayush Verma shows the 2019 Bajaj Dominar and the Royal Enfield Interceptor fighting it out on an open highway. Please note that this is a public road and speeding on such roads is highly dangerous and illegal too. Such speed tests should be done in a controlled environment or closed areas. This post is to show the faster motorcycle of the two and not to promote any illegal activities on the public roads.
Both the bikes can be seen getting a start on the sparsely crowded highway. In the first run, the Bajaj Dominar 400 can be seen getting ahead by a few metres soon after the start. However, at higher speeds, the Royal Enfield Interceptor went past ahead of it. The top-speed indicated on the Bajaj Dominar 400 is 172 km/h. The Royal Enfield overtook the Dominar 400 when the speedometer was indicating around 165 km/h on the Dominar 400.
The riders exchanged the motorcycle after the first run and concluded the second speed test run with the same results. In the second run, however, the Interceptor overtook the Dominar 400 much earlier and gained a lot of distance. This difference in result is different purely because of the riding style and the weight of the riders.
The updated 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 is powered by a 373cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 40 PS and peak torque of 35 Nm. It gets a 6-speed transmission. The kerb weight of the Dominar is 184 kg, which is quite heavy. However, the Royal Enfield Interceptor is heavier than the Dominar 400.
Coming to the Interceptor, it gets powered by a 648cc, parallel-twin cylinder, oil-cooled plus air-cooled engine. The all-new engine produces a maximum power of 47 Bhp and peak torque of 52 Nm. The weight of the Interceptor is massive 202 kg, which makes it slow initially. In a drag race, it could have lost to the Dominar too. Also, another reason for Bajaj Dominar 400 being quicker initially is the gear ratios. The different gear ratios of the bikes are tuned as per the engine power and torque delivery. This is why the Dominar 400 can be seen racing ahead initially in the video.