In just weeks after the Bajaj Dominar 400 began rolling onto Indian roads, we have the first documented crash of this powerful motorcycle. Omer Bin Abdullah Al-Balhaq, the owner of the Dominar, was riding on the Bangalore-Hyderabad NH7 highway when this accident happened.
According to Omer, a woman suddenly came onto the highway, causing him to lose control of the bike. Both the rider and the pedestrian escaped with minor injuries but the bike took most of the impact, and was significantly damaged. The right side of the bike took the brunt of the crash.
Parts such as the crash guard, exhaust muffler, foot peg and grab rail were scraped while the engine case got holed. Now, that’s something that doesn’t happen frequently. Dominar owners, it may be time to think about some more reinforcement around the engine. Perhaps frame sliders would be good investment on this bike.
Meanwhile, one thing that really stands out from this accident is that the rider’s head has hit tarmac but without injuring him. What helped? One word, helmet. Omer was wearing a high quality Studds helmet, and this was the difference between life and death. Helmets save lives!
For the record, Bajaj Auto offers ABS as optional on the Dominar. It remains unclear whether Omer was riding a Dominar with ABS. ABS is a life saver, especially on two wheelers as it helps prevent skidding under emergency/hard braking. By the end of this year, all two wheelers with engine capacities above 125 cc will be fitted with standard ABS.
Love riding on highways? Some tips!
Indian roads are uncertain, more so for two wheelers. It helps to stay cautious at all times. Here are some survival tips meant for long distance two wheeler riders.
- Make sure you’re well rested. Fatigue can be fatal on the road. You want to be alert and quick on the road, responding various situations. A well rested body allows you to perform at your best.
- Slow down. Modern bikes are very fast, and on these bikes, it’s easy to hit 120-140 Kph in less than 20 seconds. However, Indian roads are just not meant for such speeds. Moreover, the human body isn’t designed to go faster than 40 Kph. Get the drift? Stay under 100 Kph on even the smoothest roads. If you’re slower, you’ll have enough time to react. And the scenery’s more enjoyable, too.
- Wherever possible, buy a bike with ABS. It’s a life saver.
- Ride defensively. Do not get carried away, and into street races. On a 2 wheeler, surviving Indian roads is a big thing. Don’t push luck further.
- Invest in good quality safety gear. While the helmet is your first line of defense, good quality gloves, riding jacket and riding pants make riding much safer.