Bajaj Dominar non-ABS variant was in limited demand
Bajaj Auto has discontinued the non-ABS version of the Dominar 400 motorcycle due to limited demand for the low-cost variant. Henceforth, the Dominar range will be equipped with dual channel ABS as standard. With this, the Dominar range will start from Rs 1.56 lakh instead of Rs. 1.42 lakh. Bajaj doesn’t seem to be worried about this as 80 % of the Dominar’s sales come from the ABS-equipped variant. Other than the absence of ABS, the now-defunct version had nothing to distinguish itself from the ABS-equipped model.
The Bajaj Dominar 400 is the most powerful and the most expensive product in the BAL’s lineup. It is powered by a re-tuned version of the KTM 390 Duke’s 373cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine. The motor outputs 35 Bhp of maximum power and 35 Nm of peak torque. This engine benefits from four valves, liquid cooling, fuel injection and a triple spark plug ignition. The motorcycle uses a slipper clutch and a 6-speed manual gearbox. Telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear shock absorber handle the suspension duties. Disc brakes are present on both the ends. The motorcycle gets attractive alloy wheels that are shod with tubeless tires. The Dominar 400, at 182 KGs, is a lot heavier than the KTM 390 Duke.
ABS, an acronym for the anti-lock braking system, prevents the motorcycle from skidding even under the really hard braking. It’s controlled by a microprocessor. The microprocessor senses wheel speed and releases braking pressure in micro installments during hard braking. This ensures that the wheels don’t lock up even during emergency braking, thus allowing the rider to steer the motorcycle even under hard braking. Skidding is eliminated as well. Bajaj Auto has taken a welcome step by making ABS as standard on the Dominar. We hope more manufacturers follow this approach in the interest of rider safety.