Bajaj has just launched the Dominar 400 with touring accessories. It has been priced at Rs. 2.17 lakhs ex-showroom while the non accessorized version is priced at Rs. 2.12 lakhs ex-showroom. The extra Rs. 5,000 get you touring accessories which makes the Dominar 400 more touring friendly. Till now, people were getting the accessories from after-market. However, now they would be able to get them directly from Bajaj.
There are quite a few touring accessories that Bajaj is offering from the factory. There is a tall visor that is made from CFD technology. The visor protects the rider from the windblast while going down on the highways. Then there are knuckle guards to protect the brake and clutch levers and they also protect the hands of the rider from cold winds. Bajaj is also offering the knuckle guards in two colours. They are available in Aurora Green and Charcoal Black. It also gets an engine bash plate that protects the engine from the stones while riding. Replacing the engine bash plate is affordable as compared to repairing the damaged engine.
There is also a leg guard to protect the rider and the motorcycle. Then there is a rear carrier that can store luggage and it comes with an integrated backrest that adds to the comfort for the pillion. It also now comes with saddle stays and four bungee straps that help with mounting luggage. Also, now it comes with a USB port from the factory so now the rider can charge their mobile devices on the go.
Dominar 400 was always a great touring machine. However, people had to buy after-market accessories for the Dominar to make it more touring friendly. Now, Bajaj themselves is offering the accessories and because they are made specifically for the Dominar, they suit the design of the motorcycle and do not look out of place.
No mechanical changes
There are no mechanical changes to the Dominar 400. It still comes with a 373.2cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, liquid-cooled DTS-i engine. The engine produces 40 PS of max power and 35 Nm of peak torque. It comes mated to a 6-speed gearbox with a slip and assist clutch.
This engine is derived from the KTM’s 373 cc unit that we have experienced on the RC 390 and 390 Duke. However, Bajaj has heavily reworked the engine. It now comes with triple-spark technology. The engine has been detuned so it is not so stressed and delivers power in a more linear fashion, whereas in the KTMs the power is reserved in the top-end. So, you have to rev the engine to its redline to extract its power. In Bajaj’s iteration of the engine, the torque is spread evenly across the rev range so the power is readily available. This makes the engine very touring friendly and it can hold triple-digit speeds easily.
Braking duties are done by a 320 mm disc in the front and a 230 mm disc at the rear. Bajaj offers dual-channel ABS as standard. Suspension duties are taken care of by up-side down forks in the front and a mono-shock at the rear.